Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be the first carrier to offer shared data plans for businesses with its Share Everything Plan for Small Business, and the enterprise-oriented Nationwide for Business Data Packages and Plans.
Share Everything Plan for Small Business
The Share Everything Plan for Small Business will give companies up to 25 lines of unlimited minutes, texts, picture, and video messages with a shareable allowance 30GB ($225), 40GB ($300), and 50GB ($375), plus the monthly per line access cost based on the type of device activated. There will also be additional options for data only plans and calling plans with minutes to Canada and Mexico.
The plan will be accessible to both new and existing Verizon subscribers. Customers will be able to move or add any 4G LTE smartphone, tablet, jetpacks, netbooks, 4G LTE USBs, basic/feature phones, home phone connect, and other 3G or 4G LTE enabled devices on their accounts.
The Share Everything Small Business plan will also offer additional features, such as Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband. Business users will be able to share connections with others through Wi-Fi, though the data will count towards the monthly allowance.
Verizon will offer free usage alerts to keep users informed when they are at 50%, 75%, 90%, and 100% of their monthly shared data allowance.
Nationwide for Business Data Packages and Plans
For users who need to connect more than 25 lines, Verizon is going to introduce shareable data packages that will be compatible with its existing Nationwide for Business Talk and Talk & Text share plans. This solution will allow users to construct customizable shared voice and data allowances, with no limit on the number of lines that can be added. Additionally, Verizon will be offering Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Connect along with corporate email via Exchange ActiveSync at no additional cost to the package.
Nationwide for Business offers shareable data plans starting at $30 for 2GB per smartphone or tablet and 5GB per jetpack or USB modem. A larger $80 per 10 GB package is also available. Basic phones can share data starting at $20 for 300MB per device.
Both plans are set to debut later this month on January 24.
Verizon Records 9.8M Activations in Q4
In a related story, news surfaced this morning from Verizon’s latest SEC filing the telecom expects to record 2.1 million subscriber net additions, with 9.8 million smartphone activations, during the last three months of 2012. The carrier also announced that the activations consisted of a higher mix of Apple smartphones.
Verizon Wireless noted that it provided the update in connection with this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.