Verizon to drop Unlimited Data on 7/29, tiered pricing to follow?

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    It depends I think on this, I have been a VZW "Unlimited BroadBand Access" Customer for many years now. My account is Grandfathered as True Unlimited Access, as that was the plan I signed my contract on. I have upgraded my device a few times over the years and have not lost that status on my BroadBand Account. My Bill even States, "Unlimited Access". Most of the new plans are listed as 5gig Max accounts. I have even heard of the Unlimited account being transferable too. But once deactivated, The Grandfather status disappears.

    We can only hope that since they sold us all "Unlimited Access" on our smartphones, that these also get GrandFather Status too. Only time will tell.

    I can tell you this, that VZW can throttle back your connection anytime they want to. They are suppose to have this option in their system. So you only access their network at slower speeds / less data use. I have not had this happen to me yet, but have heard it happening to others. I very seldom cross the 5 gig line though. I come close often. I only use this CDPD Modem (3G, REV-A) while on the road for work. Very seldom at home.
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    i don't see why verizon can't keep the unlimited data price point and have several tiered price/data plans. chances are that folks that use several gigabytes per month will or might end up paying more per month with a tiered plan than what we pay for an unlimited now.

    i suspect that those that use little data will end up paying less and those that use a lot will pay a lot more.
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    My sister has her unlimited data plan for like $10-$15 because she as grandfathered in, she even switched phones but i don't know if she renewed her contract. Ill try to get more details.

    If they are going to tier 3G ad i have to pay for it they can goto hell. Sprint here i come with my nice employee discount and my DX will be on E-*ay. This sounds like more hope and change. Where did i put that KY!
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    Hopefully Verizon does this too. What I'd really like to see is $5 for 1GB, $15 for 5GB, and $30 for 10GB but I doubt that would happen. :icon_ nono2:
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    If true, the Droid will be my last smartphone, at least on Verizon.

    With the prevalence of wifi, I could get by with a crappy little flip phone and a small android wifi tablet for media/browsing.

    Very seldom have I ever exceeded 2gb in a month, but for a convenience item, nuts if I'm going to do the mental calculations all month whether or not I'll have enough data to stream some music, or the Packers game broadcast on the new NFL app, and still have enough for the rest of the month. That takes it from convenience to chore very quickly.

    I've been looking for places to trim the budget a bit, and this would give me one. No anger towards Verizon. I'll just find a different product that suits my needs better.
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    I was talking to a friend of me that have AT&T and they got a letter in the mail explaining the unlimited usage and the charges that will be applied to Iphone users. However, it’s just for new customer and no exiting customer. I will imagine that Verizon may go that root. :icon_eek:
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    I think you're putting the cart before the horse.

    For one thing, this is a rumor date, nothing is confirmed. Yes, tiering of data is going to happen on VZW. No, nobody knows how it will be enacted, no, VZW will not touch the existing contracts because they know that it will be a "get out of jail free card" if they did enact it. Also, there is no guarantee that Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data either. The big 3 always follow suit, in this case it was AT&T that started, VZW is falling in line (no surprise), and Sprint will do the same thing.
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    i hope not...

    When att anounced it's data tiers i cringed knowing that big red was soon to follow.... data tiering will happen.... even with lte we will see speed tiers and higher data caps... I hate that they get us addicted to data and then restrict it... i averaged 1.8 gigs a month with my droid... a 2 gb plan would be cutting it close for me...
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    I downloaded the My Verizon app a few days ago. I'm on my 16th day of my month and used 210892kb. so thats like 205.9mb and .2011gb, that sound about right?
    Does the average movie use about 600mb? guess I will not be watching movies or using Sirius.......Damn, I just purchased this phone last month and it was just starting to get fun....
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    i'm not going to get bent out of shape when verizon moves to a tiered pricing plan. i'm probably a light to medium data user so i'll probably save a few bucks when they change.
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    it looks like if im going to get a "new" phone i will just be getting it off of ebay or something like that and do a replacment myself so the contract doesnt change i use to much data for them to charge overage :/
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    that is a good idea
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    Well it looks like my Droid Incredible will be my first and last smartphone. After my 2 year contract is up I'll go back to a dumb phone, because I would be dumb to pay a lot for so little. 2 gigs is nothing for me. Hopefully Verison will offer an unlimited package at a reasonable price, but I doubt it. These big companies are acting like "Oh poor us, we should be making so much more money."
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    yep, this is what i think. what a coincidence! :mellow:

    makes a ton of sense to me, especially after recently hearing the "equipment awaiting activation" message on *611, then calling back today to hear no such message & find out from the csr that "it was a technical error" or some crap & that my phone will now be shipped before 08/02 or something, a whole week later than what they've been telling me up until now...
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    So i just checked my verizon... 1.8 gb was my mobile broadband card the most i ever used on my droid is about 1.3gb scary thought tho is that my fiance uses on average about 100 mb more than I do. On a side note I checked my data usage in october 2009 (one month before i purchased the droid) my usage on my blackberry storm was 300mb and my mobile broadband was 3.8gb
    my droid provided a far better web experience which kept me off my laptop.
    Maybe a 2gb plan would be ok on 3g
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    what if you port a number in after July 29th to an existing VZW number. Will that effect a change in teh contract? it shouldn't, but you never know with these a-hole? anyone have any conjecture on this scenario?
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    if they want to force me to move to a tiered data plan when i want to upgrade my phone then I will:

    1. never renew my contract and buy my phone from another source or pay full retail(not)
    2. Go to Sprint and get better prices and the unlimited everything plan.
    I use about about 2gb to 8gb a month on my mDroid, I average about 5gb. Mostly I listen to podcasts and internet radio, sometimes watch jetflick while im at the gym running.
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    Why is Verizon following AT&T footsteps??? I switched from AT&T because of this situation. As far as my knowledge Sprint is still offering unlimited Data Plans. After my contract, I thinking about switching to Sprint.
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    This is a horrible decision! These are smartphones and not just an ordinary cellphone. That means I will be restricted on the amount of work I can do on my phone and have to worry about going over? That totally defeats the purpose of having a smartphone! Otherwise I will just switch back to a regular plan and not worry about it! It so bad now that if your phone can handle data, your have to get the data package even if You don't want to use it! I am glad I will be leaving this country in the next couple months and not have to deal with all this crap!!

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    That sounds like a good idea. Start back being with my Motorola RAZR. :/
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