Verizon Wireless store (interior 001)

The actions of major US wireless carriers are fairly easy to predict—particularly with AT&T and Verizon. If one does something, you can bet the other is going to follow suit, and vice versa. Just recently it happened with the device upgrade plans, and now this.

Hot on the heels of AT&T announcing its new 300MB share plan, Verizon has introduced a similar option for its customers. Starting this month, Big Red subscribers will be able to snag a new 500MB shared data plan for their smartphone, for $40 per month…

verizon share plans

While this comes in at $10 less than Verizon’s 1GB shared data plan, you’ll still end up paying $80 per month for a single smartphone. Now, that does include unlimited talk and text, but we’re only talking about 500MB of data here, which is subject to overage fees.

And here’s how a lot of consumers are responding to the new plan:

It’s worth noting that T-Mobile, for $70, will give you unlimited talk, text and high-speed data. Obviously there are some trade-offs, like LTE coverage and device subsidies, but it’s a viable alternative. So is Sprint’s unlimited talk, text and data (for life) plan for $80.

At one time, carriers made their money on tiered voice and texting packages. But now most of our communication is done over the Internet. So it seems like we can expect these data plans to get worse, as wireless providers try to figure out their next big money-maker.


  • Carlos

    Just goes to show you how backwards their way of thinking is. What’s next? Kilobyte shared data plans?

    • Jack Wong

      The next announcement for them will be 250MB sharable plan for $30.

      Every 10bucks more you get double of the bandwidth, this is the formula for this… sharable data plan -.-;

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I need more than 500 MB

  • Adan Santos

    Freaking daylight robbery. In Spain with Vodafone, I get 1GB shareable, 100 minutes talktime (more than enough for me!) and 1000 text messages (way more than enough)… for €19 ($25)

    • Jack Wong

      Somehow the monthly fee for smartphone keep going up in US.

      I still cannot believe this…

  • blastingbigairs

    500 MB???? I use that on Pandora on the way to work. What a joke!!!

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      How is charging $40 for 500mb even legal.

      • Necter

        They can charge whatever they wish (it’s healthy for competition). However, consumerrs dont have to buy. And I cast that no consumers buys this dupe service so they can shove it…

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Is that answer for real of course Verizon can charge what ever they want “that’s the problem.” Competition is great and all but phone Data Prices have been out of control. Prices continue to go up every few months for no reason but to bleed consumers dry. Have you even seen Verizon’s Edge and AT&T Next plans “there a dead joke.”

  • Necter

    If anyone purchases this in hopes of daily use, then such an individual or group must be totally out of their minds. As Carlos, the commenter below pointed, is Verizon regressing or moving forward? It’d be great if no one bought into this nonsense so Verizon puts it back into their cobwebbed attic where they got it from in the first place.

  • Victor

    I bet if all the customers protested something would happen….

  • Gorgonphone

    loolololl@ 500 megs to

    • Jack Wong

      I feel bad for the sales who work in the store… you know they have to sound like this is enough… you guys can share this 500mb plan… and this is good for millions of emails.

  • Craig Wayman

    This just in…. Verizon loves getting overage fees.

  • Edoc

    wow.. here we pay 6€/month for 1gb, and I think it is alredy expensive.. what a shock!

  • n0ahcruz3

    ripoff simple as that

  • Bunna Chea

    Straight talk all the way

  • Simone

    In italy we pay 7€ for 2GB, 400 mins and 400 sms..WTF? Why you pay so much?

  • Mark Seah

    ppl need data, not free talk time or smses ! this is moving backwards !

  • Jack Wong

    I don’t understand the sharable data plan…

    For my woman’s iPhone, I just upgraded her plan from $15 for 200MB to $30 -3GB, as for myself, I have been using unlimited data($30) from at&t.

    We don’t care voice minutes, our monthly bill is ~$150(included all the taxes) with 2 iPhones and 1 regular phone line.

    Anyone find they can actually save $ from the sharable data plan?