Is 4G worth the price? I say no...

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    Check this article out Verizon Wireless?s New Plan: So Long Unlimited Data, Hello Buckets? - PCWorld. There is no doubt that 4g will be more expensive. Also 4g will not be fully capable for a year or 2. Will these new 4g lte phones even be backwards compatible, or are they going to force us into a 4g plan. My 3g is pretty fast, why do I need to pay ridiculous amounts of money to greedy verizon.
     
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    4G phones can access 3G, but like Sprint, they'll charge extra whether you use it or not.
     
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    So if I have a 4g phone and I just want to use 3g, I will still get charged extra? More than I would if I had an old 3g phone?
     
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    Probably. As has been said in the dozen or so threads on this topic, Verizon is a business, they are not developing this network to "give it away" at the same cost and just break even. They're trying to make money. To do so, they have to charge more money.
     
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    You know, there's another way to make money, which is called selling the service for the same price to MORE customers.

    Everything is speculation. The only thing we know for certain is that LTE mobile broadband plans were flat (and a few options actually cheaper) on data cards, tablets, modems, etc...

    Caps are definitely coming, but that doesn't mean that prices will go up for everyone or even most (depends on where the cap is set). With the IPhone coming to suck up bandwidth Verizon HAS to upconvert people and so $10 more will be the max, if it goes up at all.

    As for the ETF's, smartphones retail for $600 and contract prices are $200-$300. That's a lot of money to make-up if people cancel service, although by rights it should decrease at least partially over time.
     
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    ^exactly, and for the people that don't want to pay for it DON'T USE IT... get a prepaid phone or some cheap service from elsewhere. Noone is forcing you to have a high-end device or to use 4G. If you want to save money get a cheap prepaid phone or something and stop complaining... If you want a smart-hone and/or top end service (i.e. speeds coverage, phones) than shut the mount and open the wallet. There's plenty of cheap alternatives out there.
     
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    Sorry...I created a "beat-a-dead-horse" thread :)

    I am sure they are making well enough now on us, to cover the expenses of their new 4g network, they are just using the 4g terminology to rip us off further, really how much faster can it be? Data speeds vary so much anyways. Also I do not care about browsing the web while I am on a phone call. I have a business idea, I am going sell tootsie rolls, add some more chocolate to them and the call them 4g tootsie rolls and charge more for them lol
     
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    If they go to a tiered data plan for a cheaper price I have no problem upgrading. Most of my data usage is on wifi and my wife uses hardly any data at all. Add to that my daughter and son want to upgrade to Droids when our contract is up, then I could use a break in pricing. My bill now is over $200 a month, I can't/won't pay much more for 4g.
     
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    As more light starts being shed on this topic I may very well be leaving big red and heading for sprint or Tmo.

    Sent from my Droid using DroidForums App
     
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    Yes, there is a breaking point for me. Once price for services (not much different services aka price gouging) hits a certain point, I am canceling and going back to using portable computers for all my needs. My phone will then be somewhere between the land of prepaid and 3g. 4g is a no go for me.
     
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    If you think all carriers rip you off, maybe you shouldn't be paying for a smartphone then. Go buy a wifi only device and stop complaining.
     
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    I'll gladly pay for higher speeds. Would be nice not to but ...... : )
     
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