Is keeping ulimited worth it anymore?

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    One very important distinction to make here is that the Max plan and the Edge plan are two DIFFERENT plans. With the Edge plan you must still buy your own, full price, unsubsidized phone. This is NOT the case with the Max plan.

    The Max plan is a normal, 2 year contract plan, but with 6GB of data. You buy a subsidized phone, just like any other 2 year contract plan. So you save the $300 - $400 difference of buying your phone at retail, or buying it with monthly payments (Edge plan). If you use less than 6GB of data, the Max plan (available ONLY to current unlimited customers) is a no brainer. Why pay full retail on the Edge plan?

    Verizon may try to confuse you, and sell you the Edge plan with 6GB of data (so that you're still paying full price for your phone). But if you want 6GB of data AND you want a subsidized phone, make sure you are actually getting the Max plan.
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    See I have the rezound as well and honestly Ive had enough of it. The battery life has never been great and its gotten even worse recently...I struggle to get a hour of screen on time. I think the next phone I get will have for at least 2 years, unless Im on the Edge plan than why not trade up for something new after a year, but its not something I need to do.

    I wanted no contract and edge....that's what to rep said I could do....whether or not he knows what hes talking about I suppose is a different story.

    I do use less than 6 gigs, but them again with a phone that works properly and that had a decent surfing experience..who knows, but honestly probably not. Im not going to be watching netflix or anything on it. Maybe some music streaming.
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    This hasn't been mentioned and should be considered.
    Currently voice isn't using data. Sometime this year Verizon will changing over to VoLTE which will
    use data. Not all phones are capable of this though. I'll be keeping my unlimited for this reason alone
    even though I don't use more than 3Gb at this time.
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    VoLTE uses like 10-12 megs of data per hour. If you talk a ton and have a 1 gig plan it might be an issue, but for the vast majority of people they "leak" more data downloading app updates.

    The bigger question is if that's going to force a lot of people off unlimited, even if indirectly (because of superior call quality, especially if supplemented with wifi when available). Theoretically as new phones come out VoLTE compatible, VZW might force you to have a VoLTE plan....meaning you are SOL if you want a new phone and to keep your unlimited data.
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    My battery was on its last legs. Bought an extended battery a few months ago and now easily get 20 hrs (up to 48+ with very low use)...probably 8hrs of display time on a full charge.

    Not a bad deal for $30. I expect to wait at least another 6 months for the phone I want, and I know very specifically what I want so my next phone will last me 3+ years.
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    somehow I think they can separate whats voice and whats "data" I think thing call will count against your limit....and if it did that would be ridiculous....
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    Good call. Max plan is 100% the way to go here. Unless you want to burn money upgrading every 12 months, then you're paying a $150-$200/yr for the convenience.
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    So, this comment triggered a knee-jerk reaction for me: If it's battery life, new replacements on Amazon are $6--10! I just did this exact thing for my Rezound, and it's like having a new phone again---except, of course, that I went ahead and bought 2 of them due to the poor battery life generally in Rezounds. :)

    If you're done with it for other reasons, then, well, you're done with it and there's really nothing more to say. But if it's because you have a battery that loses juice in an hour, pay the $20 and give yourself some time to sort all of this out...

    good luck,
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    Ive though about it and I think it basically chalks up like this......Im giving up unlimited to basically save 20 or 25 bucks a month. when I think about it that way its not worth it. I can also lay down some cash on the phone Im buying and spread the balance out over the year, I think.... So with that I think Ill keep unlimited. The only thing that left is to possibility that Verizon will just talk it away at some point and force us all onto 2 gig plans. Honestly I think thats a slim possibility..Ive been with Verizon for some time now and as far as I know they have never just took a plan away. Can they? sure will they probably not.
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    If you stay unlimited, you pay about 25 dollars more per bill cycle to keep unlimited.
    If you go subsidized, the 25 dollars goes toward the phone you are using.
    If you go Max plan, you get 6 gigs of data a month, and get a subsidized phone (for unlimited users only)
    If you go Edge plan, you get a new phone every year, but pay a fee for your data usage (2 gig, 4 gig, etc.). You are leasing your phone until you pay for it.
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    I feel its worth the extra 25 bucks a month to keep the unlimited.
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    $300 a year is a lot of money unless you average over 6gigs a month.
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    Exactly. As much as I love the "idea" of unlimited data, I average 2 to 3GB/month, and have never used more than 4GB, so I went with the Max plan and got a subsidized Moto X. At least I am guaranteed to have 6GB for 2 years. (there are no guarantees when you're month-to-month. Hence the name "month-to-month"... )
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    I don't know what I will use when I get a phone that I can actually use. Its worth it at least once to see. Plus its not 300 a year...its 300 once....when the phones payed off my bill should go back to normal. With the edge plan your still paying the same amount of money for the phone just over more time and you can upgrade after a year. If I pay the phone off over a year I still have that option, though not as easy as with edge. So I'm giving up unlimited just to have to option of taking longer to pay my phone of essentially, but either way Im paying full price for a phone.
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    No, there was a different plan (Max?) that was like $60 a month for 6gigs. And that's probably $20-$30 lower than your current unlimited plan. So, in fact, keeping unlimited costs you $250-$300 extra a year, not including the value of a subsidized phone.

    6gigs is A LOT of data if you have wifi at home. The only realistic way to blow over that is if for some reason you watch a ton of youtube/netflix on your phone.
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    Right now I pay 60 a month for unlimited...in fact up until recently any change in plans would have actually raised my bill..
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    $60 a month total bill or $60 for unlimited data? My unlimited is $29.99 a month on a 1400 minute plan comes out to $107.
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    60 a month total bill.....its an old 450 minute plan that's I actually had to call in to get.
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    For the majority of people, unlimited is not necessary. The average smartphone user is anywhere from 1-2gb each month. I was adamant about not losing unlimited until I saw what I was using. Only once have I had more than 2gb, so I went with the 4gb plan just in case. If I did not work for Verizon, I would be doing Edge because I'm so used to getting a 1yr contract for being an employee

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    I finally got a call from VZW the other day....it was kind of cryptic and hard to understand, but said something about upgrading and keeping my plan (I assume he met "similar").

    I'm curious to call, but not interested in upgrading at this time. I'm sure it takes them time to get around to it, but Ive been eligible for upgrade for over 6 months, so strange to get a call now.
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