Verizon’s shared data plan has been known since CFO Andrew Davies announced the news on the company’s call with investors in late April—along with many other rumors that developed over the past year. It will allow Verizon customers to share data between their iPhone, iPad, or with the rest of their family’s devices. Davies said it will be available by mid-summer.
According to a screenshot of an internal listing from Sam’s Club, which was given to 9to5Mac by a tipster, the plan to roll out shared data still seems to be on track for a mid-summer release. The note said the plan would be similar to how customers “share minutes today.”
In March, PhoneArena leaked a screenshot of the family data usage calculator to estimate how much data is used on your plan. There is no word on how much data will be provided, or how much it will even cost. However, according to the screenshot below, it looks like it will extend to 30 GB and beyond.
For those on AT&T, you will also be able to use a similar plan soon. Just last week, AT&T CEO of Mobile Business Ralph de la Vega told CNET that a shared data plan is on its way. When it came to the carrier’s profit from the plan, he said, “I’m very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers.” Carriers, of course, make bank off data plans.
It is great to know things are still on track, and we will let you know when these types of plans launch in the near future. Is anyone interested?
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