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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
    See... I do not agree with this at all! I think data caps are a bunch of bull, this is why.

    First customers do not understand what a megabyte or megabit or a kilobyte is, at least as far as billing is concerned. People understand if they use 1000 minutes or send a 1000 text messages. But how many times can I get on the internet with my bucket of megabytes concept? The answer is the same,it depends on what sites you go to, are you streaming audio and video, how many documents or files you download, how your apps connect to the web. Are they always on apps? Then there are adds they add to the bandwidth. See data is muti-functional. Its not practical to have a limit on total ammounts data. You create people that are afraid of huge bills created by overage and they do not by as many smartphone devices.
    It is practical to bill for buckets of minutes or text because it single functions. You talk or text.
    I agree with you. While I would be happy to pay less than $30 for my data (because I use very little data), I am certainly not looking forward to having to "police" my megabytes constantly in fear of exceeding my cap and then paying exorbitantly by the megabyte.

    I suppose a system that would work for me would be a tiered system with specific limits, and you simply pay for the tier you used that month. Like if they have a 1GB, 5GB and 10GB tier: say I use 800MB one month, I pay the 1GB price that month; but if I happen to use 3GB the next month, I pay for the 5GB tier, etc. This gives me a definite incentive not to abuse my data usage (which is their goal, obviously), but doesn't gouge my wallet in periods of heavy data usage.

    Imagine if you signed up for a 1GB data plan and ended up using 5GB - that's 4000MB paid for by the MB. I'm not sure what a MB costs these days but even if it was only $0.05, 4000MB comes out to be $200 freakin dollars! Whereas a 5GB tier might only have cost $30 - $40. There are going to be a lot of very unhappy smartphone users if the tier system is a fixed cap with pay-for-usage above that!
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    stretch2m, if VZW follows the ATT model, pricing won't get extravagant if you go over.

    $25 for 2gb data if i recall, then if you go over that, $10 per gb ($35 for 3gb, $45 for 4gb, etc), if i recall correctly...
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    The My Verizon app lets me monitor my usage. If it warned me when I thought I was getting close that might do the trick. Now, if I'm tethering a bunch of X-Boxes and not paying attention to my phone...well, I guess I'll pay more attention next month, won't I ?

    Better yet, data traffic stops and I have an option to upgrade my plan for the rest of the month, leave data off until the end of the month, or pay the higher rate. All speculation at this stage of how they will implement it. I'm sure we'll be hearing more in the days to come.
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    I agree there should be smaller packages available for users. I think it would be reasonable to have say 2 gigs for 20$ 5 gigs for 25$ and unlimited plus wifi hotspot tethering for 50$. If you transmit x ammount of data say a gig in 12hours. Have the speeds throttled down to 3g. To protect the network from overload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuyanks View Post
    stretch2m, if VZW follows the ATT model, pricing won't get extravagant if you go over.

    $25 for 2gb data if i recall, then if you go over that, $10 per gb ($35 for 3gb, $45 for 4gb, etc), if i recall correctly...
    If that's what they end up doing (or something like that) I would be happy.
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    I think that its a bad idea because I use things like youtube and facebook (full site) on my phone a lot since I have unlimited and dont feel like having to check all the time if Im going past my data limitation.
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    The thing that bothers me about this is simple..... I paid $569 of my hard earned cash (+tax) for my Droid under the understanding that I could have unlimited email and data for $29.95/month. If they're going to start nickle and diming me because I use ~3GB/month; then i'm gonna have to give up my Droid and move to a prepaid carrier such as Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Both MVNOs are starting to offer smartphones, and the pricing for unlimited data KILLS Verizon's pricing. For $60/month, I can get UNLIMITED everything on Virgin Mobile. I also hear they're going to be getting Android devices soon; maybe someday we'll see an EVO 4G since VM USA is a Sprint MVNO. Right now the best I can get is a Curve 8550; but as I said mention has been made of an Android device.

    Boost seems to have the same plan pricing, and they ALREADY have a (admittedly low-end) Android device. The worst thing about the Motorola i1, though, is it only runs Android 1.5 - however, if the pricing on VZW gets out of hand, I might HAVE to move to a cheaper device/carrier if I want to continue owning a smartphone. I already get snagged $100/month and I don't have unlimited voice or text. And that's with a 19% discount on my plan.
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    I think tiers would be great for people who aren't always glued to their smartphones browser. But personally I am royally f***ed since I use anywhere from 7 gigs to 11 gigs of data a month. But eh me and people like me are aparently the minority.
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    I would be OK if unused bandwidth would carry over so if I paid for so many gigs a month and didn't used it all it would carry over and be deposited in my account. That way my usage would reflect how much I pay and the carrier would be paid for everything I do. That seems fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch2m View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wuyanks View Post
    stretch2m, if VZW follows the ATT model, pricing won't get extravagant if you go over.

    $25 for 2gb data if i recall, then if you go over that, $10 per gb ($35 for 3gb, $45 for 4gb, etc), if i recall correctly...
    If that's what they end up doing (or something like that) I would be happy.
    You would be happy paying $25 a month for 2GBs of data (which is nothing, jesus if that's AT&Ts real plan...) after paying $30 for unlimited?

    I don't like getting boned in the ass so I hope it doesn't go to that.
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