Where to start Ok the data on share plans is actually cheaper but why let FACTS get in the way. The issue with share plans is the DEVICE fee. And switching to share plans had NOTHING to do with eroding SMS revenues.
Let keep it simple.
Old Verizon pricing single line smartphone
450 minutes $40( actually $30 for the minutes $10 for the device fee )
unlimited texting $20
minimum 2 GB data $30( no option to choose less data )
Device fee $10
Share Everything single line
Device fee $40
Unlimited minutes and Texting/2GB data $60.
Old Verizon pricing family plan 2 smartphones
700 minutes $60( $50 for minutes $10 for first line )
Second line $10.
Unlimited texting $30.
Two 2 GB data plans $60( no option to choose less or to share data )
So device fee $20
Share Everything 2 smartphones
Device fee $80,
unlimited minutes and texting 4 GB sharable data $70
Share Everything is more expensive because the DEVICE fee is $30 higher. If it was the same $10 it would be $20 cheaper than old pricing. If you are going to complain about share plans at least complain about the correct thing.
We recently added a 5th line to our plan which would have necessitated an increase to 1400 minutes. This plan with taxes and fees would have cost us $310 month. We switched to Share Everything with 6 GB data and we are paying $292 with taxes and fees. We don't even use 4 GB so if we dropped down to 4 GB our bill would be $284. Even if we had 10 GB of data which would match the 10 GB we are forced to have on the old plans it would be $308. So still less than old pricing.
Re: Okay... So as noted above, Messaging Plus can't replace your SMS functionality on iOS, but yes, it can on Android. As to the value play here, for those that would like to have FaceTime capabilities with their Android friends, they can. Also, broken group messages between iMessages and Android SMS are a huge problem solved. Could these issues be solved with another 3rd party app? Yes/maybe, but Sprint (and Jibe) took a proactive step in offering a solution supported by a carrier. Longer term, this app is build on the Rich Communications Services standard (RCS). Therefore, it will be more tightly integrated with network functionality and certainly more directly to other carriers.