Verizon has confirmed that it has added additional data tiers to its polarizing Share Everything data-focused servcice plans beyond the initial slate of data tiers that were launched late last June.
Going up from the initial 10GB allotment, the additional tiers start at 12GB for $110 a month, 14GB for $120 a month, 16GB for $130 a month, 18GB for $140 a month, and end at 20GB for $150 a month with overages for the new slate at $15 per 1GB of data over the initial allotment.
The catch to the additional slate is that the expanded slate is not being offered online by Verizon and must be either specifically requested in a Verizon retail location or the sales rep must make the customer aware of the expanded slate when explaining the plans to prospective new customers.
Verizon has also made the expanded slate available via Telesales, but has not indicated whether the expanded slate will be made available via its online portal. When asked about the reasoning to leave off the tiers at launch, spokesperson Brenda Raney cited simplicity in selection as the reason to limit the availability of the complete slate for consumers while shopping online.
With the expansion of monthly data allotments on Share Everything, Verizon looks to do everything it can to convince customers that this new slate of plans is still a good deal going forward, although the math doesn’t work for individual users at all and the expanded slate seems better suited to corporate users and small business rather than individuals and families, which may explain the current availability limitations.
Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney posed a rhetorical question when describing the reason for the availability of the 20GB plan to Computerworld: “The majority of customers use under 2GB a month, who would need 20GB?” without initially considering the fact that 10 devices on such a plan could easily hit that allotment and go over, especially if using Verizon’s LTE network.