Thursday, May 19, 2011

Verizon Hints at Possible Family Plan for Mobile Data

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo says a shift to data "family plans" is “inevitable,” but didn’t say when it might happen.

“I think it’s safe to assume that at some point you are going to have mega-plans (for data) and people are going to share that mega-plan based on the number of devices within their family,” Shammo said. “That’s just a logical progression.”

Family calling plans have long been an an industry standard for voice services and texting, allowing people on the same contract to share a bucket of minutes or messages.

Some might also suggest there eventually will be data plans that combine a mix of landline broadband access and mobile access as well.

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