I understand all about building infrastructure and the tremendous costs involved, but the cost of cable televsion+internet and the cost of cellular phone service+data are simply ridiculous. The one decent thing Verizon has done is to allow families to bundle phones which has allowed some savings as compared with the option of having to pay for five separate plans. Despite that generosity, it is still damned expensive and we don’t even include data in our plans.
My wife, a son and I all have phones that are eligible for an upgrade. We are holding off because we had heard that Verizon was going to establish a family share data plan similar to the family share phone plan they have now. We don’t need smartphones but figured if the price was right and we could share data rather each having to shell out an extra $30 a month then we’d consider it.
Turns out that the family data share plan offers no savings at all. I guess we’ll stick to our basic phones and rely on guys like Fred to give us the weather and the latest sports scores.