Unlimited data + bionic for $0.01 or 2 gig limit + pay $250 for Bionic?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by combres, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. combres
    Offline

    combres New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I need some help deciding whether to pounce on this $.01 amazon deal for a bionic and give up my grandfathered unlimited data plan.

    I don't think I have ever gone over 250 megs a month with my Droid x...

    The free phone is so tempting.

    Help.
  2. jstafford1
    Offline

    jstafford1 DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    9,074
    Likes Received:
    134
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Hebron, Oh.
    How would you be giving up your unlimited plan?

    Sent from my HP Touchpad using Tapatalk
  3. nateohio
    Offline

    nateohio New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    Messages:
    540
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Im assuming your talking about adding a line to your account? If that's the case just transfer the Bionic to your line and grab a cheap dumb phone off of craigslist to throw on the new line so you can cancel the data package.

    That's what I did!

    Also, if you're thinking about using the Zumocast app when you're out and about, I'd definitely reconsider getting rid of unlimited data. Streaming music and videos from your pc to your phone over 4GLTE is definitely gonna eat up some bandwith.
  4. sweeeeet
    Online

    sweeeeet Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    8,580
    Likes Received:
    67
    Trophy Points:
    48
    no matter what don't lose the unlimited ... 4g chews up data like crazy
    ... im over 2gb every month where as with 3g phones I was no where as close.... I don't stream music and just youtube watching at most

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using DroidForums
  5. dudeitsmattx
    Offline

    dudeitsmattx New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    Yeah you are going to want to keep that unlimited plan. Im glad I have it. I use over 6GB a month according to the :Verizon data app. I watch a good amount of Youtube and Netflix because I work over nights

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using DroidForums
  6. JriderG
    Offline

    JriderG New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    277
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Yea you want to keep the unlimited...40gb here

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums
  7. dudeitsmattx
    Offline

    dudeitsmattx New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    You use 40gb a month? Wtf

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using DroidForums
  8. gthotie5
    Offline

    gthotie5 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2010
    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    HOLY! 40 GB lol
    I thought I was bad.

    Sent from my DROID2 GLOBAL using DroidForums
  9. nateohio
    Offline

    nateohio New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    Messages:
    540
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Its simple, faster networks + Faster phones = way more data usage!!! Also, when most phones are 4g and apps are written to take advantage of 4G speeds thats also going to increase data usage dramatically.

    That's why even though I've only used a maximum of 792mb in the last six months, I made sure to upgrade to unlimited before they took it away. There is no guarantee that its ever going to come back.
  10. Mullensbb
    Offline

    Mullensbb New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tampa,fl
    I pretty much always use a good amount of data. when I had my droid x 3 g I used anywhere from 5 to 10 gigabytes a month streaming netflix youtube or just wireless tethering to my xbox for netflix and hulu.

    My first month of having my bionic also my first month of 4 g I used 40 gigabytes using zumocast, netflix, hulu plus, watch espn..... 4 g is awesome but having an unlimited plan is almost necessary

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using DroidForums
  11. Big Cam
    Offline

    Big Cam New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    917
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    Wow, the worst I ever got was 21gb, and that was streaming a radio show on Ustream 6 hours a day for 5 days a week, all month, and that was back on 3G. I've moved to podcasting and now with 4G I average anywhere from 5-8GB a month, I never really break 10 anymore, and I don't use Wi-Fi since my phone is constantly needing to be reset.
  12. JriderG
    Offline

    JriderG New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    277
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Well its alot of downloading files, and tethering to watch Netflix on a bigger screen.

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums
  13. aaf709
    Offline

    aaf709 Nice Guy Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Messages:
    4,189
    Likes Received:
    49
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    So Cal
    I recently watched 2 movies from Netflix on 4G and I don't wanna know how much data I was using. Unlimited is the best. It's like buying a sports car that's cheaper because it only has a 2-gallon gas tank. Fast, but you don't go far.
  14. combres
    Offline

    combres New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I ended up going with an add a line on my family plan using the Amazon 1 cent deal. It can't really be beat for a $299 bionic. I don't use a whole lot of data, so I think the 2 gigs a month is fine for me. I am on wifi at work and at home and don't travel a whole lot. I think that verizon will eventually eliminate the unlimited or limit speed when you get to a certain threshold.

    The economics for me make more sense to go with the 1 cent deal. 2 gigs is a ton of data...
  15. CTownDroid
    Offline

    CTownDroid Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Cleveland, Oh
    So who's using the old line with the unlimited data?
  16. combres
    Offline

    combres New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This line will have the number ported to google voice and the month to month plan (which goes off contract nov 6th (2 year anniversary date of original droid)) will be canceled. The google voice number will be forwarded to my new line.

    I still have a few days to decide if this is the best route. I still cannot come to terms with paying $299 for a phone with a 2 year contract. Even the new iphone is $199. Verizon has gotten out of control with their phone and contract prices. I have been a verizon customer for 10 years and a new customer can buy a $299 phone for 1 cent, wtf?! Other than unlimited data there really isn't much else they are giving their loyal customers.

    Thoughts?
  17. nateohio
    Offline

    nateohio New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    Messages:
    540
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I AM. I did it like this:

    -Ordered Bionic from amazon for .01 cents and added a line for 9.99 a month and 29.99 data package (2GB)

    -Recieved the bionic on Monday, took it to the verizon store and activated on my primary line w/ the unlimited data package.
    - My X2 went on the line I added to get the bionic temporarily

    -Purchased dumb phone off of craigslist for $5 on thursday, and activated it on the added line and dropped the data package. So now we are down to only 9.99 a month for the added line

    - X2 went to the girlfriends account and this is how it's laid out now:

    Line 1: Droid Bionic w/unlimited data
    Line 2: Droid X2 w/unlimited data
    Line 3: Dumb Phone with NO data package

    I would NOT have done this if Amazon wasn't selling the phones for a penny. But with that price, I'll only end up paying $240 over the length of the contract plus a $25 activation fee.
    That's $265 total, in other words, a hell of a lot less than buying the phone retail, and I have an additional line's upgrade to work with in the future. Right now, I can upgrade phones about every 7-8 months at the subsidized price. Kinda nice if you ask me.
  18. combres
    Offline

    combres New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    @nateohio

    I have a feeling that amazon will ding you for the change in plan during the first 181 days. They are pretty explicit in their terms and conditions.

    Perhaps you worked the system correctly by keeping the dummy phone at the $10 a month plan. I can do a similar setup, but I already activated the new bionic on the new number with the 2 gig plan. I will try and call verizon to see if I can do a switch a roo with the number.
  19. nateohio
    Offline

    nateohio New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    Messages:
    540
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Nowhere in their terms and conditions did they mention the data package specifically, the only thing that was addressed specifically was the line itself. As long as that line stays active for 181 days, its good to go.
  20. combres
    Offline

    combres New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I was just reviewing the terms and conditions and you are right. Verizon seemed to charge me $35 instead of $25 for the add a line, which is strange. The extra $9.99 a month kinda stinks and amounts to about the same cost as to just buy the bionic with an upgrade for $249.99. You have to assign a value to being able to upgrade in 7 -8 months like you say. I am not sure if it is worth the extra cost though going the add a line route.
Search tags for this page

can i use droid bionic with page plus

,

why was bionic 1 cent