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Is the New Verizon ‘Share Everything Plan’ Really Going to Save You Money?

By John Joyce on June 28, 2012 - Comments 2

Verizon Share Everything PlanVerizon launched its Share Everything Plan today which finally allows you to share voice, text and, yes, data across multiple devices.  If you already have a personal plan with Verizon where multiple devices are being managed with separate data plans, it might make sense to look into this new option to see if you can bring your monthly costs down.

You can actually use this Cost Calculator to compare your existing monthly spend with a new Share Everything Plan to see if there is going to be any savings for your particular scenario.  In most cases, it appears that the cost of the new plan is either the same or slightly cheaper.  There is also the potential for savings for an individual or family with only two devices.

A typical family plan comparison would look like this:

Old Verizon Family Plan

  • 2000 minutes for 4 phones = $120
  • Unlimited texting = $30
  • 3 data plans (2GB each) = $90
  • 1 mobile hotspot (2GB) = $20
  • 2 tablets (2GB each) = $60
  • Total =$320

There would be a $10 a month savings if they purchased a comparable configuration using the Share Everything Plan.

New Verizon Share Plan

  • 2 tablets = $20
  • 1 hotspot = $20
  • 3 smartphones = $120
  • 1 feature phone = $30
  • 12 GB of data = $120
  • Total = $310

A smaller family plan comparison would break down as follows:

Old plan

  • 1400 voice minutes = $90
  • 2 data plans (2GB each) = $60
  • 1000 text messages = $20
  • Total = $170

New Plan

  • 2 smartphones = $80
  • 4GB of data = $70
  • Total: $150

In this case, there is a monthly savings of $20.

What do you think?

UPDATE:  Although I had kept my unlimited data plan after Verizon phased out that option, I was never going above 1G of usage. So, I decided to take the plunge and migrate to the Share Everything Plan.  The real benefit for me is being able to upgrade feature phones to smartphones without having to pay an additional $30+ per month for a separate data plan.  It’s now just an additional $10 per month for a smartphone using the Share Everything Plan.

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The New Small: Gain Leverage Through Technology

By John Joyce on February 16, 2011 - Comments 0

How a New Breed of Small Businesses is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies

The New Small:  How a new breed of small businesses is harnessing the power of emerging technologiesPhil Simon offers a comprehensive view of technology past, present and future as it pertains to empowering small business owners to compete, adapt and grow as effectively as possible.  Many of the stories and examples highlighted in the book include lessons learned from Simon’s past experience working with big companies – mostly how NOT to operate your business.

The New Small takes a holistic view of working smarter  by identifying major technology trends and explaining how the landscape has changed and why you need to understand the impact on your business.

Employees can be only as productive as their company’s tools let them be.  Even the hardest working person who requires zero sleep cannot move heaven and earth.  Many New Small founders know from their previous jobs the frustration of having to make do with outdated technology.  As such, they do not want their employees to struggle using inadequate tools.  The New Small wants -and needs- their employees to be as productive as possible.  Emerging technologies are crucial in this regard, especially collaborative ones.

Before giving you examples of successful New Small business owners (and there are plenty of great stories in the book), Simon explains the evolution of technology and the impact it can have on your business.  Simon refers specifically to “The 5 Enablers” as follows:

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. SaaS
  3. Free and Open Source Software
  4. Mobility
  5. Social Technologies

Once you understand these “game-changing” technologies and the impact they can have on your business, and combine that knowledge with the real world examples in the book, you’ll be ready to enter the realm of the New Small.  Kudos to @philsimon for combining technology and business insights in one book that is well written and so densely packed with nuggets of insight and inspiration that it will certainly become more of a “operational reference guide” in the future.

I recommend this book to any small business owner that embraces the fact that change is inevitable/ongoing and you must be ready and willing to adapt to the uncertain world around you.

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Windows 7 + Outlook 2007 + Google Sync = Not So Much

By John Joyce on March 14, 2010 - Comments 0

Microsoft and Google fighting is hurting the customer

Hey, what’s a raining Sunday morning without a little REGEDIT action, huh? I don’t know who’s ultimately at fault here, so I’m giving both Microsoft and Google red cards for childish behavior and losing sight of the needs of their customers. Luckily, I have a customer generated fix.

This is a quick tech support bulletin for small business owners who, like me, purchased a Droid because they use a wide array of Google services like “sync” and figured going with a Google-based mobile device was a no-brainer. As soon as I upgraded to Windows 7, I was greeted by “Could not connect to Microsoft Outlook: error -2147467259″ and the Microsoft “Help Center” link was dead.

So, I went to the Google forum and was able to find the following solution: (not specifically for Windows 7)

1. Close Outlook.
2. Click on the windows button (extreme left bottom corner of the taskbar).
3. Click on ‘Run’.
4. In the ‘Open’ box, type ‘regedit’ (without the quotes).
5. Click on the ‘OK’ button.
6. In the ‘Registry Editor’ window, click on the ‘+’ sign next to ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’.
7. Search for the ‘TypeLib’ entry under ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’ registry key.
Note: Keep pressing the ‘T’ key on your keyboard until you find out the entry ‘TypeLib’.
8. Expand (Click on the ‘+’ sign) the ‘TypeLib’ entry.
9. Under ‘TypeLib’ search for the entry ‘{00062FFF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}’ and expand it by clicking on the ‘+’ sign.
10. You should find an entry with the number ’9.3′.
11. Right click on the entry ’9.3′ and choose ‘Rename’.
12. Rename the entry from ‘9.3’ to “DoNotUseThis9.3″.
Note: If you do not find the ‘TypeLib’ entry in step #9 above, do not rename any other entry.
13. Close ‘Registry Editor’ window.
14. Open Outlook and check if you are still getting the same error message.

I can’t offer any guarantees but it worked for me. Good Luck!

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