[Updated] Verizon Plans To Eliminate 'Grandfathered' 3G Unlimited Data Plans

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    Are you guys surprised. They have a streaming partnership with red box they are working on and they been pushing and shoving every data intensive app they can pre load on our phones but preach about how to watch your data. Its like a casino posting the 1800 number for people with gambling problems to call. It is there so they don't get sued for not advising the people but the casinos really don't care if you have a gambling problem just as Verizon hope u rack up as many gigs as you can.
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    This obviously sucks hardcore. But really, who else has the LTE network? At my parent's house Verizon is pretty much the only provider that gives them signal where they don't have to stand out at the end of the driveway to make a cell call. My boyfriend's parent's house only has 3G, and Sprint doesn't reach out there. Verizon really does have the best coverage and speeds (from my personal experience). Unfortunately, I'll need at least the 5GB plan to satisfy my current use (I already am using wifi whenever possible and I never tether), so this is going to get expensive, especially since I still text a lot. I'm hoping I can get my work to pay for my phone next time (I'm the IT Admin, so they should, especially if they want me to check email on the go) so Verizon can stick it to them instead of me.
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    wow, I just noticed I didn't even use a 1GB of data this month
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    Its redonculous
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    Bragging had nothing to do with it. Verizon has reports of user's data usage - they can see peaks. They have complete visibility into who's doing what on their network.
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    Yeah I used to have trouble reaching 1 GB, but since I got into podcasts, Pandora, and HBO, my data has skyrocketed. I will switch to Sprint if they still offer unlimited data by next May. If I'm able, I'll switch earlier. Sprint gets pretty good Android phones anyway- I guarantee they get the Galaxy S3 and the next Nexus(es) before Verizon. I really need unlimited, even if it's throttled. I can't imagine being paranoid and counting how many minutes I've been on Pandora and such.

    I doubt the super-data hogs are even the problem. Like someone else said, they're probably trying to squeeze more money out of that 5-10 GB user, and with LTE I gather that is quite a number of people now.
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    I would be less irritated about losing unlimited data if unlimited text message plans weren't $20. Those plans are absolutely absurd. It costs Verizon next to nothing to send a text message and they charge $20 for unlimited texting. Ridiculous.

    Six hundred text messages contain less data than one minute of a phone call.
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    Well poopie!
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    This might be the reason for me to leave Verizon. Unlimited was the only reason I was staying. I don't use a ton of data, usually less than 2 gigs a month, but if I happen to go over, I don't want to be charged for it. AT&T has 3 gigs for $30 a month and AT&T is good in my area. Hell, even TMobile is good in my area. 4G isn't where I live directly My wife's Thunderbolt says it has 4G, but gets VERY slow speeds. 4G is available about 20 miles from where we live and I think she is on the edge of it. Anywho...this and possibly charging us an upgrade fee along with an activation fee....piss on them.
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    If you're feeling froggy VZW then JUMP.

    I dare them to do it. I have no problem leaving for Sprint.
    Sure VZW is better, but I don't think they're $700 per year better than Sprint.
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    I have been a Verizon customer for a zillion years, I've always had an unlimited data package, not that I use that much data, I would just rather pay a set fee and not worry about overages. This would inspire me to leave Verizon. Their policies continue to evolve to ostracize their loyal users. If this continues I will leave and take my 6 lines of service with me.
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    You do realize that all the people who say they are going to jump ship over this mean nothing to VZW in the grand scheme of things.
    Not to mention everyone who does jump ship and switch over to another carrier - you don't see them doing the same thing in the long run?
    More customers / more network traffic / more money required to maintain it. Sprint / AT&T / T-mobile / etc - they will all do the same thing.

    Unlimited data is an outdated concept in their eyes and in their profits.

    It's just a matter of time. Get used to it. Use wifi where you can. Don't use your phone for a home modem.
    Control your usage and in all honesty you can keep yourself into a reasonable data plan.

    This is not the end of the world. And if you view it that way , you are waaay too tied into your phone ;)
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    Yep...me and my 4 phones would leave as well. The unlimited plan is the only reason im still with them. Maybe its about time to go to a free phone that doesnt use data.
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    Vzw will jump they are putting all their chip in the middle. They have lte up and full go with the line up. The have the fastest most reliable service. And they know majority of their users dont even hit the 2 or 3 gig cap. They are betting their hand is bigger than ours. Will the lose a couple yup but they know they will come out on top.
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    this is just evidence of the rich just wanting to get richer. when they were a small company with an annoying commercial they never charged a fee when you had your upgrade and had unlimited data. now that they are bigger and get more money they want to nickel and dime on the stupid things. Business is Business i guess.
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