First world problems.
It comes down to this: Verizon can charge the price because we are willing to pay for it. You want the verizon's att's to drop in price then every one start going to metro, cricket, and virgin mobile. Its like they say it is worth what the customer is willing to pay. We love having data on the go that is fast and reliable along with a strong network and we are willing to pay the cost to have it. As much as we complain about it we continue to write the check. So what do verizon do they have a csr who answers the phone and take the venom of customers complaining about the price and then tell then how reliable the network is which make the customer continue to write the check. It is sort of like the argument about walmart. I know people who complain about how walmart is tearing down the fabric of our country with their cheap Chinese imports and low wages and yet people continues to shop there. Until people stop spending hundreds of dollars at a time at walmart it will continue. But it comes to this we like walmart because every thing is in one place so I no longer have to burn gas going to different stores to buy food, clothes, electronics, etc. I can go to one store and pay low prices to shop for groceries, pet food, clothes, christmas gifts, home improvement items, and electronics and that trumps all the other issues.
I dont think Verizon is any greedier and any of you guys. We would all be doing the same thing if we were in charge. Who wouldnt try to make the most possible? They do provide a great service though. Thats why most of us will not drop it.
For one, the U.S. has far more area to cover, most of which has very few customers. Whereas Europe and Japan are for the most part pretty densely popular. If you live in the city and don't need parts of the country covered where you will never, ever go, then switch to T-Mobile. You are paying for nationwide service with Verizon.
Some of us users don't have much of a choice in carriers. Verizon has the best coverage in my areas. I would not get any coverage in many spots wit AT&T. That doesn't mean that I like paying high monthly fees.
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Witch if you are willing to endure metro or cricket and find other means to use data (wifi in restaurants and home internet) then you have a way out. The reality is we dont want to. I know I don't. As much as I hate the high prices I still pay just so I can watch a youtube video at work with out buffering.
I really have nothing else to say, it amazes me what consumers in this country have been taught to worship, it's all about the effing almighty profit, not my profit but corporate profit. It's the same with gas prices... there is no reason regular unleaded should be 4.20 where I live, consumers just accept whatever corporations say... that's how we've been trained.
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I would like to see a price comparison with 3G data service from a couple of years back. I know it is not near as relevant, but I have a feeling we would see an ever larger gap between U.S. prices and European.
Oh hey, further down in the original article:
"The LTE comparison mirrors the trend for other types of mobile services, like 3G, which also tends to cost more in the United States.
U.S. consumers who bought mobile service through contracts spent $115 a month for 3G service, according to a survey conducted in May and June of 6,000 consumers in 12 countries by Ernst & Young, an accounting firm. In the Netherlands, the average was $51; in Britain, $59."
I love how the Verizon rep tries to justify the pricing by talking about the unlimited talk/text angle. If this study is based off of their new shared plans, any semi-intelligent person would quickly understand just how much Verizon is taking advantage of its customers on the data front. Saying unlimited talk/text is a great selling point, especially for those who are new to the smartphone world and are ignorant of just how fast a person's data cap can be reached, especially when it's shared between multiple devices. God forbid one of them decide to download a game with a large install. There goes half of the month's data plan right there! And sure, the European plans do not include the unlimited bundles, but those prices are relatively cheap in comparison as well.
I hate to admit it, but when upgrade time comes around again for my family, if Verizon is not willing to work with me on the unlimited data front (since we were promised staying in as grandfathered unlimited) I will most likely jump to T-Mobile's pre-paid plan and pick up an unlocked Nexus device. Or maybe the latest offering from Moto at that time. Since I'm generally in a Wifi area, I'll just set up Google Voice (finally) and be happy with the $30 a month for relatively decent coverage when I'm not in those areas.
Actually, now that I'm thinking about it. Say a person were to kill their plan. Could they, in theory, set their device up as a home/work number through Google Voice as long as their is a Wifi connection?
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been using that awhile. issue is the echo.
As far as vzw they are going to voice over lte so of course they are offering unlimited data and text. Especially when they are trying to go all lte in the future. You have to slowly start the migration to lte so they can make a killer. You know how much data voice over ip uses.