Verizon moving towards to new cell phone plans

3:16 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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ST. ANTHONY, Minn. -- When people come to Wireless World in St. Anthony, they have to make some big decisions, not only what to buy, but how to connect.

"People want all these data devices," said Caleb Driscoll, of Wireless World. "But they don't want to pay 30 dollars a month for them or sometimes 50 dollars a month for them."

Well, now they won't have to.

On Tuesday, Verizon said it's moving to all new Share Everything Plans, which let you pay one fee for both cell phone minutes and data.

Here's how it works: you get unlimited minutes, texts and video and picture messaging to share among as many as 10 devices. All of them will also have hot spot service at no charge. All you have to choose is how much data you will need. The more you want, the more you'll pay.

Verizon says deciding on a plan will be simpler than ever before. "If you're a family and have a smart phone, you have a basic phone, you have a tablet, you can combine all that in and share the same bucket of minutes," said Verizon Spokesperson Karen Smith.

It may make your cell plan easier, but what about less expensive? That depends on what kind of plan you're on now, and how much you use your phone.

Wireless World is one place that offers training, so if you do decide on a smart phone, you can learn how to use it to get the most for your money. Experts recommend tracking your usage to decide what's best for you, but if you ever go over your minutes or messages, these new plans mean you'll never again have to worry. "I see it alleviating a lot of the worries customers carry around with them, 'Am I going to go over my minutes? How much data do I need?'" Driscoll said.

These new rates are available to everyone, both new and existing customers, but even if you're already with Verizon, you don't have to move to the new plans. And you still have time to decide. The new Share Everything plans won't start until June 28.

Check out your usage and recommended plans through Verizon before making a decision.

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