Verizon LTE Pricing

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    4G data plans.

    Will the 50 a month be unlimited data usage? Not sure if anyone knows yet or not just curious.
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    From what I've read about:

    $50 for 5 GB
    $80 for 10 GB

    $10 for every GB afterwards.

    This isn't official yet, so I'm not so sure.

    But, if these are the official prices for the 4G, I'm just gonna get a 3G phone than.

    The Droid X looks great, but it's being discontinued in about 10 weeks. So, I'm not sure what 3G Droid phones are coming out this year, since 4G is taking off.
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    Yeah yeah yeah, I know nobody knows about LTE pricing yet.... but what do you guys think? I know we all WANT unlimited 4g but do you think a cap is in Verizon's future?

    Share you theories, ideas and opinions below!

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    I firmly believe it will be tiered. And you will have an option to for unlimited data..

    I also think that if you already have unlimited data that you will be grandfathered in. Verizon has already announced tiered data so it should fall into one of the available plans.
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    If you jump to a LTE phone, you would sign a new contract, thus you won't be grandfathered in. Is that a correct assumption?
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    I've heard that it isn't unlimited from other also..... I need to go get my droid x. I haven't had a smartphone yet, when the give you say 5gb for 50 dollars a month how long does that last surfing the web and using apps on your phone. I don;t really get how it works.
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    I could be wrong but I don't think this is how it works - the new contract is for length of service and commitment - unless you specify a plan change then it stays the same - but with the introduction of LTE - who knows how it will work
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    Think about this: the droid bionic looks to be released in the 3G form with the 4G becoming available on an update. In order for Verizon to do this they would have to have you sign up under our current 3G pricing (as they can't allow you to sign up for a higher service that you physically can't receive). Then when the update becomes available for 4G they couldn't charge you more (breach of contract). Just my thoughts on it but I really don't think they will change the data pricing, at least not initially.

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    You don't have to sign a new contract to buy a 4G phone. Only is you wanted the susidized price would u have to sign a new contract. Over the long term it may be quite beneficial to just buy the phone outright and maintain your current plan thus saving you money on a monthly basis. Even comparing the highest 3G package (unlimited data @ $30) vs the lower 4G package (assuming they did go with the same as for laptop singles @ $50) you would save $240 over one year or $480 over two years and have unlimited data. You have to remember that the data packages in the plans only govern amount of data not speeds.

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    So if you buy the phone outright you don't have to pay for data plans? :confused:
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    So, if I read some of these replies correctly.

    I decide to update my phone to a 4G device, and jump onto a 4G plan. And that a new contract is not required to change plans from 3G to 4G?

    I understand that adding features do not always require a new contract, but I would bet a lunch, that when VZW jumps to 4G service for phones, if you want to update to a 4G phone with 4G service, you will be required to sign a new contract. Just my opinion...and like all others on this thread, I or no one else knows for sure what will be required for a person to jump to 4G. All this is polite speculation.:)

    Lucky for me, I won't have to make this decision until 2012, when (if?) 4G service makes it into the area I live in.
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    How long should 5gb last?
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    No my thoughts on it are that you don't have to sign any new contracts or be forced to a new plan if you buy the phone outright. You still have to pay for the data plan but it's at the original rate of $30 for unlimited data. This is usually how people get grandfathered in on new carrier takeovers (i.e. when alltel was taken over by Verizon) and this also occurs when carriers make large changes to their plans.
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    5GB, well it depends. My record for a month is about 38GB, but I tether almost constantly. I'm pretty sure most people on droidforums.net tether, which is why maintaining an unlimited data option for LTE is VERY important.

    Anyway, when I hada feature phone (enV Touch), I used like 100mb, that was just browsing the web occasionally. I got the Droid X/Incredible, started tethering, and monthly data usage shot up to about 20GB/month on average. So it depends on how often you will use your phone's data.


    As for what I think will be Verizon's plan for LTE pricing for smartphones, everything will remain the same. Unlimited data may go up to $39.99/month, but I doubt it. What's the point of 4G LTE if it's capped? Verizon advertises Skype video chat on its 4G smartphones, there's no way you can video chat a decent amount as well as do what you already do on a smartphone without going over a 5GB cap. Even a 10GB cap would be pretty easy to hit, without tethering. Besides, what about the people who live in rural America? Charge them for 4G they can't even get yet? Yeah, right. Actually, I think Verizon will let you pay for unlimited 3G, then you get limited 4G allowance every month. It's not what I want them to do, but I think that's what they'll do....

    The reason I am so concerned about 4G smartphone pricing is that I have to know whether or not to sell my Droid Incredible , if 4G is capped, or unlimited is more expensive, I have to stick with 3G and my Incredible... :(
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    Oh and contracts don't effect being grandfathered into unlimited data. You will be grandfathered into unlimited data as long as you keep that phone number active, and I think you have to have the same device, but I could be wrong. No one really can say since unlimited data is still an option.
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    Right I'm not trying to force my thoughts on anyone. To my understanding (granted I'm not a carrier specialist) we sign up to a data quantity (MB/GB) not to a speed (EDGE/3G/4G). In fact if I remember correctly there wasn't even mention of speeds in the contract itself (they don't charge more for 3G vs EDGE, no carrier does). It is my understanding (and hope) that this holds true for future developements.
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    Sprint charges $10 more/month for WiMax (their 4G) than their 3G don't they? Oh well I'm on their website... and wow, way more complicated plan layout than Verizon. But it looks like Mobile Broadband 4G is unlimited and 3G is capped at 5GB/month... Alright well I think we can all agree that Verizon can do anything at this point as far as 4G data pricing goes.
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    So, if im looking to add a line soon, should i do it asap as to maybe benefit from possible grandfathering? Was trying to waiit for a new release, but those seem months away.

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    If you want, but you would need a smartphone on that line at all times, if that means signing a two year contract, I wouldn't. Personally, I think if Verizon doesn't offer unlimited 4G, there would be no way to get unlimited 4G since you never had it to begin with. You had unlimited 3G, you may be grandfathered into that, but I also think Verizon will keep unlimited 3G forever, including after 4G smartphones and data plans come out. So long story short, I would just wait for the ThunderBolt to come out, if 4G is unlimited, go for it then.
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