Verizon Wireless

We've heard in the past that Verizon is planning eventually to roll out family data plans, with Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam saying back in December that we may finally see such offerings some time this year. The carrier hasn't said much on the matter since, but today CFO Fran Shammo shared a slightly more precise window of time in which family data may arrive. Speaking at a recent conference, Shammo said that family data plans are expected to launch "midyear," but didn't open up on any other details of the new offerings.

Shammo also touched on Verizon's LTE network a bit during the talk. When asked about Verizon's double LTE data promo, the exec explained that the LTE network "has a ton of capacity" and that only five percent of Verizon customers are currently on it right now, so the promotion is a way for the carrier to try and convince its subscribers to make the leap to 4G. Shammo added that Verizon built out its 3G network to be able to handle the arrival of the iPhone, but now it wants to spend as little as possible on its 3G network and focus instead on its 4G coverage. 

Rumblings about Verizon family data plans have been around since December 2010, with the most recent bit of news coming at the tail end of last month when an image purportedly showing the arrival of Verizon training documents for account level data plans. Considering that we're always seeing more smartphones and tablets coming all the time and that more and more people are adopting these data-hungry devices, it's good to hear that Verizon is getting closer to offering family data plans to simplify the process of getting all of those devices hooked up with a data connection. It should be interesting to see what kinds of data allotments Verizon plans to offer with these shared plans and how much they'll cost when they do finally arrive. What kinds of family data plans would you like to see on Verizon later this year?

Via Fierce Wireless, Wall Street Journal, Verizon transcript (PDF)

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Ama Stamps
Ama Stamps Well tell me this how come I didn't no about this earlier. Come on. Come real. Come straight.
Cleveland B Stamps
Cleveland B Stamps I suspect a catch 22 somewhere in there. This wont be the savior they are advertising. Hope im wrong!
Ed Plnia
Ed Plnia Hell yeah let see the price of the data family plan Verizon is not stupid and always play games with they customers, wireless and fios. I am one of them
Tyler Shoulders
Tyler Shoulders I still pay $30 for unlimited data on verizon
Kenny Kenwad Holder
Kenny Kenwad Holder ahhh now were talkin. now get some damn LTE Nokia 900s and i'll be happy to drop slow sprint in a heartbeat
Sam Cass
Sam Cass I already have $20 unlimited data plan from Alltel. One of the best deals around!
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago With the amount of 4g phones being released,they should bring back unlimited data!!
Linda Strasser Hale
Linda Strasser Hale Just another plan to soak more money out of its supportive consumers.
Lulie Salihovski
Lulie Salihovski FINALLLLLLY!
Travis Peterson
Travis Peterson Word!!!
Denise Jones Hardin
Denise Jones Hardin I wish it were now, we could use it!
Niko Vellios
Niko Vellios Awesome! My mom has a smartphone, but maybe my brother and I can get smartphones too, and we won't have to pay an extra $90 a month.
Ryan Landis
Ryan Landis Hooray. The most expensive carrier out there will have a family data plan! I'm sure it will be an incredible value...
James Rengigas
James Rengigas Too late for me,, I switched to Virgin Mobile, my wife 55/month unlimited everything. My Daughter 35/month 350 min unlimited data & text, at night at home she can talk all night with her Groovip app through her Google Voice. I do not miss Verizon at all after 20 1/2 years.....!
Steve Crowell
Steve Crowell I already have a family plan, it's the grandfather unlimited plan
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata Can this be a good thing only time will tell I want to see the pricing. I like Unlimited data myself but I don't know I have 4GB but only use 19MB & my billing cycle is almost over so maybe this will be the cheaper on my bill by the way I'm always on WiFi so I do use data.
S.m. Celest
S.m. Celest Still going to more of an exorbitant bill. Rapists! Cutting the cord
Aj Green
Aj Green I'm not getting rid of my unlimited ever!!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline It's a safe bet that they're going to be tiered family data plans.
Greg Hober
Greg Hober I'm burning verizon down.
Stephen A Carroll
Stephen A Carroll Im grandfathered in to the same family plan ive had for about 5 or 6 years...I pay 62$ for unlimited everything on my iPhone...
Ron Bragg
Ron Bragg Not really.
Mike Jordan
Mike Jordan It'll be the norm w/Verizon. Coverage will be great. Prices will be high. Options will be relatively inflexible.
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson If you have to share the data like the minutes that will more than likely suck.
Al Waisman
Al Waisman It's a great idea, but you guys should know by now that there will always be a trick to it, maybe not enough gigs or it will only be worth the price if you are runnign 5 lines off it. It's always something with wireless companies.
Daniel Cuadrado
Daniel Cuadrado AT&T already has them.
Marianne Duyan
Marianne Duyan It's about time!
Andy Chen
Andy Chen bring back the unlimited, then we'll talk
Aaron Couts
Aaron Couts we all have unlimited don't care
Matthew Norman
Matthew Norman With my wife and I both using Android devices, YES I am looking forward to hopefully a smaller bill.
Claude Crevecoeur
Claude Crevecoeur It's about time

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