with att getting rid of their unlimited plan, can Verizons network handle all the ex att users?
I personally don't think there will be that many ex AT&T users switching because of the data plan modifications. Based on their data, 98% will be able to slide in under the 2GB cap and will ultimately save $5/mo.
I hope Verizon does the same thing.
Droidist since 12/1/09
Sign of the times. And with AT&T blinking first, Verizon is almost sure to follow suit. VZW gains nothing by attracting heavy bandwidth users defecting from AT&T. There aren't that many and the burden they impose on the network far outweighs any benefit VZW derives from their monthly revenue.
I'm guessing that Verizon may start by imposing the same five gigabyte limit on new phone contracts that exists for broadband access on other devices. That would impact few users, provide a competitive advantage for VZW, and set the groundwork for new pricing in the future.
Curmudgeon Member of Rescue Squad
It really sucks. When LTE rolls out, 2 gigs is going to be a pair of hydrogen atoms dancing with some lucky oxygen atom in a gigantic bucket.
2 gigs is 35 hours of streaming Pandora @ 128kbps. Might sound like a lot but considering a lot of people like me listen to pandora while commuting, running, walking around NYC, etc... 35 hours isn't that much. I've hit the 40 hour limit numerous times.
And that doesn't including youtube videos, downloading apps and upgrades, email, news feeds, etc... stuff adds up quick. I consistently use 2-5 gigs a month. People like me are basically screwed if VZW adopts the same pricing.
If 98% of people really use less than 2 Gigs than it doesn't make sense to charge people less for that. I think the numbers are complete BS and much more than 2% will be paying those extra $10 for more gigs. I feel bad for you guys using 5+ gigs. Get ready for $60/month data bills.
Last edited by Romple; 06-02-2010 at 08:16 AM.
A few points.
First, it's true that current AT&T subscribers won't be affected by the change. No carrier would try to change the rules in the middle of contracts. However, it's up to a carrier to determine "grandfathering" rules for contract renewals. Over the course of a couple of years the slice of customers with unlimited data plans will shrink to a tiny percentage.
Second, what has gone largely unnoticed here is the fact that new iPad purchasers will be hit with the same plan changes and there the changes are much more significant. A device that (a) encourages internet surfing with a large screen and (b) depends almost exclusively on streaming content will hit a 2-3 gig limit much more quickly than a phone.
Of course, the availability of wifi mitigates the effects, just as it does in current broadband access plans on VZW. (I have such a plan on my netbook and have never hit 5 gigs in a month on that device simply because I use wifi far more frequently than 3G.) But tablets like the iPad (and forthcoming android tablets) are even more "mobile" than netbooks. And that means they're more likely to take advantage of a 3G (and later a 4G) network.
All in all, AT&T has just made the iPad considerably more expensive (at least potentially) for new buyers. And since iPads are seriously back ordered everywhere, it means most iPad owners will be hit by the new plans.
It will be interesting to see what VZW does when it starts carrying the new generation of android tablets. My guess is that such devices will drive a new pricing structure.
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