Verizon CEO: Data plans for multiple devices coming to Verizon in 2012

“Verizon Wireless expects to offer data plans for multiple devices sometime in 2012, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam, fulfilling hints that Verizon executives have given about such plans this year,” Phil Goldstein reports for FierceWireless.

“McAdam said that customers who are dealing with four or five screens–smartphones, tablets and USB modems for laptops and the like–do not want to pay for all of those devices on separate bills, and neither does Verizon,” Goldstein reports. “‘I think in 2012 we will see it,’ McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. ‘We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal.'”

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[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

7 Comments

  1. I know that my wife and I don’t need individual data plans. There’s Wi-Fi most of the places we go, and where there isn’t, we’re generally not doing more than visiting a few web sites. We don’t need 2GB each, but that’s the cheapest plan. I’d like to share data, the same way we share minutes.

    ——RM

  2. If anyone actually expects that the plans would end up being less expensive, they simply don’t know Verizon (or any other carrier, for that matter).

    All he said was that they are looking into consolidating billing under a single user account. Not necessarily consolidating multiple users under a single, shared data plan. He kept going on about separate bills and single-account billing, which doesn’t say much about getting several users under a single shared data plan.

    So, if anyone here expects that they’ll be able to share their 2GB data plan with their wife (and kids), all for a same (or just slightly higher) price, don’t hold your breath.

    1. I don’t think that’s what he means at all. My wife and I each have an iPhone. We share our minutes but have individual data plans. We pay one bill. So shared billing is already a reality and has been for a long time.

      A data plan for multiple devices is just that: one plan, multiple devices.

      ——RM

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