|reply to jseymour |
You didn't even read my examples, did you? The new shared plans comparable favorably with the tiered plans that replaced unlimited. They obviously do not comparable favorably with unlimited plans, but those were going away regardless.
As far as your hypothetical:
2 Lines w/700 minutes and unlimited texting: $99.98
1 x 2GB or unlimited data: $30.00
1 x Smartphone = $40
1 x Dumbphone = $30
2GB of data = $60
Look, it costs the same. Which is exactly what I pointed out above.
If you were willing to forgo texting entirely (kudos to you, btw, though few people do this) it would have been $30/mo cheaper under the old scheme. Tiered packages would cost $20 to cover both lines, so you'd be saving $10/mo in that instance.
These plans do suck for the people who just want a basic no-frills dumbphone, the stereotypical "I'll use it for emergencies" user. In the old days you could add them for $10. Now it costs $30. In reality you'd just get them a prepaid phone and be done with it. Verizon doesn't want to subsidize a device for this type of person, hence the $30/mo charge.
It sucks, but there are lots of prepaid alternatives, so what's the problem?