As many of you are, I'm eagerly awaiting my pre-ordered Droid from Best Buy on Friday! However, I came to discover something that has me afraid.
I've had nothing but a voice plan for the past 12 years, paying ~$30/month. I have no issue at all with the $30 data plan required for the Droid, since that's what I really want. I was actually pleasantly surprised when the Best Buy sales associate told me the minimum plan would be $69.99/month, with the $30 for data and $39.99 for 450 voice min (which is all I need). This seems to line up with the minimum VZW "Connect" plan. All well and good so far.
However, in eagerly trying to find any news at all on the Droid, I stumble upon this article from PCWorld on the TCO of select smartphones: Droid vs. Pre vs. iPhone: A Cost of Ownership Reality Check - PC World
In the handy chart provided, they have $99/month listed for VZW for an individual unlimited data + 450 voice min plan. Wondering how they came to that number, I read the comments and someone posted
Someone later in the comments mentioned the PDA/Smartphone pricing was to enable tethering.FYI, you can't use the Droid on the individual connect plan - $69.99/mo. You need to have a PDA/Smartphone Nationwide Email & Messaging plan which the cheapest is 450mins for $99.99/mo. with a 2 year total cost of 2,634.75.
Obviously the best way to figure it out is to hear it straight from the horse's mouth, so I called a VZW sales rep tonight. They're response? "That hasn't been decided yet"
The first post in the "Data plan required" thread in the general discussions seems to indicate that you can, in fact, use the Droid with the $69.99 450 voice min Connect plan, which puts my mind at ease, but I was wondering if someone could shed some light on to the difference between the PDA/Smartphone pricing (which seems to be what the Droid would fit under) versus the Connect plan?
Thanks for your help!