Digging Through The Details Of Verizon Wireless Pricing Changes

By Anthony Silva, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 New England Business Editor

BOSTON (CBS) – The new Share Everything pricing plan from Verizon Wireless is raising some questions among tech experts.

Some analysts say the new pricing system, which goes into effect later this month, allows families to share a monthly data allowance for one price, but it will be more expensive.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva reports

San Jose Mercury News technology writer Troy Wolverton tells me this a “crummy deal.” He says Verizon Wireless is jacking up the prices for its data services, doubling them in some cases. He adds that many customers will be paying the same amount or more for phone services as they did before.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Michael Murphy says that while some customers will see higher bills, many plans are cheaper with more shared data and minutes.

Wolverton says some Verizon Wireless customers currently have low cost plans with 450 minutes, no messages, and 2 GB of data for about $70/month. He says the minimum amount those customers would pay under the new plan is $90. That gets a customer unlimited messages and calls, but only 1 GB of data. Wolverton says to keep the 2 GB they now have, those customers would have to pay $100.

Other companies are expected to follow Verizon’s lead with these types of packaged plans.

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