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Verizon Account Level Pricing Coming 8/22, Family Data Share Plans in the Works?

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It’s no secret that Verizon Wireless will be moving to family shared data plans in the future now that tiered data plans are in full force, but before that happens, it looks like the carrier will first be implementing account level pricing, or ALP. The carrier is now trialing ALP in the western markets of the U.S., and full roll-out of ALP should happen by August 22 if a leaked document is to be believed.

Essentially, those on one of Verizon’s Family SharePlan will still maintain their overall plan and pricing, it’s just the billing that will change. Billing will now be simplified. Rather than bill items–data and voice–line by line, customers will see their whole account be assigned a bill rate. customers who wish to see item-by-item billing can still opt to do so.

The move is being pointed out by folks over at The Droid Guy as being a precursor to family shared data plans. The way that family shared data plans are believed to work is that rather than requiring you to buy a data plan for each individual device you have, Verizon will allow you to purchase data in buckets and allocate that however you wish to the many data-centric devices you own, whether those be tablets, smartphones, USB modems, MiFi devices, connected notebooks and netbooks, or e-readers. The potential is that data will become more fair–pay once and use it on any device you want–as we enter the world of tiered, metered data plans.

Via: GadgetU

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    08/05/2011 at 9:46 pm

    Hmmm,  not sure I like that unless they go like t-mobil and allow me to allocate x amount of high speed bandwidth per device before throttling down and not overage charging my ass, or just stopping data cold.

  2. Anonymous

    08/05/2011 at 9:46 pm

    Hmmm,  not sure I like that unless they go like t-mobil and allow me to allocate x amount of high speed bandwidth per device before throttling down and not overage charging my ass, or just stopping data cold.

  3. Y-care

    11/12/2011 at 11:26 am

    I don’t believe anything good about verison./lies, BS, and thievery YEP !! Stealing your identity for the advertisers ??!! YEP ..RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN AWAY FORM THESE PEOPLE !! I had Sprint when they were #1 and they were jerks, funny how a good beat down checks the attitude eh ?? DO the same with verizon , make a run like we saw on teh banks in NY who wanted to charge a 4% / month fee…THEY STOPPED..STOP USING VERIZON AND WATCH HOW FAST UNLIMITED DATA COMES BACK !! If their lie was correct , the limit would be more like 5 Gb per month NOT the useless 2 gb..lies BS and thieves !! KEEP THEM

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