4G LTE Pricing?

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    Hey all,

    I know it's still early, but does anyone know if the price for 4G LTE data going to be as high as the bandwidth?

    Best case scenario I can get the Thunderbolt with unlimited data for the classic $29.99/month, but Verizon disappoints sometimes. So yeah anyone have any insight or information on this?

    If you're a Verizon employee, perhaps you know? haha
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    I'm wondering this also. Bc if 4G gonna cost a crazy price or have a $30 with only 2 gigs or just 5 gigs ill get an x and wait 2 yrs til 4g goes down in price or offers unlimited at a decent price.

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    Which is why I am still wondering. haha

    Yeah if I can't get unlimited, then no deal, I will just have to stay with 3G for life or go to Sprint, maybe T-Mobile if they expand coverage more, that's how important unlimited data is for me, it is a must.
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    I called customer support asking about an early upgrade and I the rep told me she thought it was best to wait for one of the new 4G phones to come out. I asked her if I could have to change my contract or upgrade to an LTE contract and was told that my 3G unlimited plan would transfer over and I would be able to use the 4G phones and LTE without having to upgrade. Again they have been wrong before so who knows...
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    That would shock me if true.....
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    Yeah thats what I thought also, I figured I would have to purchase a 4G plan but she assured me that wouldnt be the case. I wont have 4G in my area till 2013 if we ever get it, I just wanted to make sure I could still upgrade to a new phone because the LTE isnt a big deal for me. Customer service is wrong a lot, the lady I talked to was one of the managers though so maybe she knows more than the rest are willing to release.
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    i doubt it. with the speed increase for 4g there gonna make there money on it. they want it to replace home land line services so of course they will charge more, especially since we can wifi tether to cheat and stuff. unlimited may become $50 a month is my guess. which is tooooo expensive for me. ill stick with 3g and get a droid x and keep it for 2 yrs lol til 4g drops in price or i find a better deal.
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    I dunno, I assume Verizon will make enough money off of the hardware and the two year contracts. Besides, LTE costs less to operate. But I watched (most of) the CES event for Verizon, and they STILL have no idea how they are going to price LTE. If I ran that company, in fact if anyone on this forum ran that company, it would be unlimited LTE for $29.99/month, pretty much the same pricing and plans, no changes. No one here would reduce the price I think, since if they were the CEO of Verizon, they would get free service. But that's irrelevant, the point is that the decision isn't that hard. And if they haven't decided yet, you know by the time CES rolled around, it makes sense that they would schedule another CES-like event to make more announcements on what they couldn't announce at CES, including LTE pricing and data caps.
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    Maybe, just maybe the iPhone coming will force Verizon to get as many current customers to upgrade to LTE to make room on their 3G system. If this becomes the case, (again maybe) Verizon may keep the price and plans nearly the same. That's what I'm hoping for.
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    I would expect the pricing to be announced right before or on the day the first LTE phone(s) hit. The mobile broadband plans cost the same, so hopefully that bodes well for us, but even if it is $10-15 more for unlimited I wouldn't mind, so long as the price bump does take affect until you actually have 4G in your home market. The sprint move was just a bend over job anyways.
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    Agreed, I could handle a $10 bump for unlimited. I'm hoping they keep the plans exactly the way they are obviously, but I could understand (and kinda expect) a slight increase.

    I think a good way to handle it would be no change to the 3G data plans, but you have the option to pay $10 a month for an LTE sim. That way people can buy and enjoy the phone, than add LTE once it's available in their area (which according the VZW's 4G site should be this year for me :icon_ banana:).
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    That would be frakking amazing.....
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    from what I've been able to find, it's $50 for 5gb of data monthly, $10 per gb over that. also saw that verizon network testers were able to burn through the 5gb in 32 minutes.

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    That's for their data cards only. They not have released their phone pricing yet.
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    well, here's hoping that it won't be as ridiculously priced for our phones.

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    My local verizon rep's official word on this is $29.99 a month for unlimited 3G/4G. This is likely introductory pricing, so as not to scare people away from the new LTE phones, so I would jump on board early to lock that in for a good long time. I'm 100% sure on this too. :)
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    I'm in the same boat, I've been really leaning toward getting the Thunderbolt over the X, but if the pricing is higher, than I'm just going to get the X...

    I asked this question in the release date thread but only got 1 response, so I'll just ask here as well, with the Thunderbolt, can you switch from 3G to 4G and vice versa?? I go to school in a city that will be getting 4G this year, but I come home a lot of weekends where they prob won't be getting 4G for a few years. So when I'm at school, I'll be able to use 4G but not when I go home for weekends, it would have to be 3G...just wasn't sure if you could do that..this is assuming the pricing is the same
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    Yes you can use 3G. Confirmed here in a few threads and on Android Central. I believe you can turn off the 4G radio if you choose to always use 3G.
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    my buddy has an evo and you can switch 4g off especially if your not using it or not in the area it saves a ton of battery

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