I ran into a Verizon rep at the BB store near my office. My guess is she was covers the big box retailers for Verizon. I walked up as she was talking with the BB Mobile guy, and he was responding to the # of pre-orders, he said 5 so far. I commented it must be the TB they were talking about. They confirmed it. I chatted with them for about 10 minutes and she asked my opinion on why the TB, thoughts about the XOOM, why no iPhone etc.
In the end she commented the data plan is unlimited data and the prices were to remain the same as they are. I take it all with a grain of salt. Still Verizon is playing the cards smart, get people in, hooked on 4G speeds build the network out, then adjust pricing based on consumption and/or speeds.
For now at least it seems to be the same pricing with the unlimited caveat.
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I kind of think they'll keep 4G pricing the same regardless. As new technology comes around it also becomes cheaper. Remember back in the day paying like $25/month for AOL dial-up. Cable/dsl is about the same price today factoring inflation.
I don't see 4G pricing going up too much, if at all. Verizon said sending the same amount of data over 4G is something like 30% cheaper than over 3G. If anything, I just see them putting in data caps for smartphones, or going to a throttle/speed based system with unlimited still.
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4G costs about 30% the cost of 3G.
And I am getting the TB now just in case they start capping 4G or charging extra for it in the future.
And does it cost more to put up LTE antennas than it does evdo antennas? I mean it isn't like they are having to build whole new towers is it? So their LTE rollout should actually be cheaper than their evdo rollout since they aren't buying all that steel and paying all those builders.
I am just talkin out my butt* here though. (Mod edit - Refrain from bad language)
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