AllThingsD reports that Verizon is about to throw down the gauntlet to its rivals in the United States by introducing a big change to how it charges customers for wireless services.

Instead of charging people based on their voice minutes spent and text messages sent, the big red carrier will “almost exclusively” invoice users based on how much data they are using.

The new plans are said to go into effect June 28 and will reportedly be the only option available to new customers…

Ina Fried, writing for the Wall Street Journal-owned AllThingsD blog, explains:

The plans, known as “Share Everything,” allow users an unlimited number of calls and texts and also allow data usage to be pooled among up to 10 devices on one account. With the move, Verizon becomes the first U.S. carrier to offer the ability for customers to share a bucket of data across multiple devices.

Verizon confirmed the report via a short press release.

So, instead of paying for voice minutes and text messages, customers will be charged depending on the device they use and the amount of data: $40/$10 per smartphone/tablet and $50/$100 for 1GB/10GB data a month. Also important, the $15 hot spot fee will be a goner under new terms.

The new policy might put new users who only need one smartphone at a disadvantage:

Under the new plan, a customer pays $90 a month ($40 for the smartphone and $50 for 1GB of data) and gets unlimited talk and texting. Under the old plans, the same customer could have paid that same $90 and gotten a bucket of voice minutes plus 2GB of data and unlimited text messaging.

Check out Verizon’s own pricing matrix.

This is huge, if you ask me.

There’s no chance on Earth that Verizon’s nemesis AT&T and Sprint will stand still once Verizon’s new charging scheme goes into effect.

In fact, Fried points out that AT&T has also said it is working on plans that will allow such sharing.

The move also reflects the sweeping change in how customers use wireless services nowadays. While we all still rely on voice calls, tech-savvy consumers have long been using Skype with Skype Out number on their cell phones.

And with proprietary messaging services being the norm on Android and iOS devices, namely Google’s Gtalk and Apple’s iMessage, carriers’ messaging revenue is going down the drain as well.

And once U.S. carriers finish commercial deployment of their 4G LTE networks and services like Voice over LTE take over, IP-based messaging and voice traffic will rely exclusively on data.

Verizon is only noticing the trend and prepping for the inevitable.

The question is, will our wireless bill go up or down as a result of these changes?

  • Let’s just hope they don’t force those of us grandfathered into Unlimited Data into this. $50 for only a gig of data is outrageous! Especially considering they ran specials on 4 gigs for $30 instead of the standard 2 gigs for $30. But I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before us “unlimited” people get forced into a tiered plan as well.

    • its even more outrageous cause its $50 to SHARE 1 GB!!!!! I think we will all be forced when anyone on the plan upgrades a phone through verizon. Might be more worth it to buy phones on ebay and craigslist from now on :-(. VERIZON YOU SUCK!

      • I know! That 1 GB wouldn’t even last a week on a shared plan with how much data I use and the person who would be added to my plan uses. Looks like when my plan is up next year I just might be switching companies or going back to prepaid and their real unlimited plans.

  • carolinamic

    This isn’t bad at all. So if I have this correct I could have two smartphones ($40 bucks a piece = $80.00) and 6 gb’s a month, plus unlimited talk and text for $160.00 a month (not including taxes and fee’s of course). I can dig that.

    • anything but unlimited data is awful. splitting 6gb between 2 people is pretty difficult.

  • Sounds really bad to me. How about get rid of requiring us to buy voice and sms for our smartphone? The new plans will eventually get the grandfathered “unlimited” users once they are ready to move to a new smartphone.

  • so fuck current customer wow..what a slap in the face..thats why im changing carriers..fuck verizon and they monopoly!!

  • thor_molecules

    With two lines on my account this would save me around $50 bucks a month. Neither line comes close to sniffing 1GB monthly so sharing data isn’t an issue for us.

    Also, existing customers don’t have to extend their contracts to get the new plans which is pretty sweet.

    Pretty bold move on Verizon’s part. I’m anxious to see how this will affect the rest of the wireless industry.

  • This is not as bad as people think it will be. I’m glad to see shared data plans coming now because me and my family are tired of paying the data fees for 4 individual smart phones. Each phone has $30 data plan. $30 x 4 = $120 / Month JUST for Data. $100 for 10GB data to be shared between 4 phones? Bring it on. I’m all for it. That’s plenty of data.

    • For families it’s not that bad, but for those of us with only a single line, it’s a total rip-off.

  • 90$ for 1 gig is outrageous! if i use 50 talk minutes a month it is a lot and i’ve never come close to 1000 texts in a month so unlimited talk/text is meaningless. i thought at&t were ripoff artists but for the same 90$ i pay them i at least get 3 gigs. my contract with at&t is up and i WAS planning on going with verizon in october with the new iphone but with this as their new plans? EFFE THAT! i’ll pay full price for the phone and go to virgin mobile and deal with slower speeds first!

  • I highly doubt that the company will force people with older plans (on the capped data plans, not the unlimited one) to upgrade their plan to paying $40 extra per line. What they might do is allow the customers to add on the shared data plan, although there might be SOME catch to it. I don’t think Verizon will screw anyone over this bad..

  • This is such crap! This is NOT good, especially for those, as you pointed out, that are on a plan alone. Let me first say I’m on AT&T so this won’t affect me (yet) but I have the lowest voice plan because I everybody I know, for the most part, is on AT&T and I get free mobile to any mobile as well. No need for unlimited minutes cuz I kind of already have that. I only have a 2GB data plan and have received a notice this month thatI’m at the 65% threshold and ALL I use data for is streaming music in the car. THIS IS INSANE! 1GB of data?! I swear, I love my iPhone but these phone companies are making it hard to wanna keep it. I’ve already given cable the boot… my cell might be next unfortunately.