Verizon's LTE Growing With Few Speed Bumps; Verizon Still Moving Toward Tierd Pricing

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  1. jroc

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    I agree unlimited data should stay.

    I also agree when tiered plans do come, it should have some favorable caps: 10GB, 20GB, 30GB. 30GB should be enough even for ppl that stream music. I just found out Tune In Radio app is fixed so now it works like its supposed to. So I will be one of the heavy music streamers soon. Of course Verizon will go with the crowd and wont offer caps nowhere near that high.

    I would also pay $10-$20 more for unlimited 4G. I pay a monthly fee for getting newsgroup access form a server that lets me max out my connection speed. (had 20Mbps down with RCN, switched to Comcast and get 60Mbps down for close to the same price) So paying extra for the service is no problem to me. I do it now for my home internet.

    Seeing as I use newsgroups alot, and I will probably be using 4G alot, I wouldnt mind. But 2GB and 4GB only plans and then overages like AT&T....I dont think I could handle that now. I hope they follow Sprint's plan.
     
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    I think it was either 5 1/2 or 7 1/2 gbs was measured for the avg user...

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    why are they differentiating themselves from ISP's? THEY ARE ISP's!!!!!!! The only difference is the pipe and end user equipment. We're all just trying to get to the internets...so, why not bill the same?
     
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    A couple of weeks ago, I receied a letter from AT&T that they are capping my HSI at home!! :icon_evil:
     
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    I just can't see myself consuming a ton of data on a tiny smartphone screen. If I watch netflix, it will be on a tablet or laptop (or bigger). Probably why tablet/laptop/datacard plans have been capped at 5 or 10 gigs from the get-go.

    Now, because of that constraint, they were able to offer unlimited data on smartphones. But the reality is tethering provides a work around that natural constraint, so here we are. And the irony is that, for the most part, people who are complaining are the ones who brought us to this point with excessive tethering!
     
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    I welcome a 2-5GB cap as $30 for the 1/4GB I use a month is highway robbery and don't see myself ever using anymore then 2-5 (and haven't even come close to that yet). However, I agree with what people are saying when they're introducing services like Netflix/Hulu which by nature are going to use tons of data only to cap you and charge overages haha. Wifi FTW, I guess....
     
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    2 to 5 gigs would be great but I have heard, again HEARD, that 4g eats data like crazy. Anyone who uses 4g alot care to confirm or dispute that feel free cause I am interested.

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    Yeah, but they are putting that stuff on devices now which is essentially not being supported by the networks... kinda stupid imo, we will figure out ways around it to piss them off probably

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    I fail to see the reason for buying the phattest, fastest phone on the market just so that I can get to my download limit quicker. This is nothing more than a new version of the old minute plans for cell phone airtime.
     
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    I agree, however 5 gigs is still a boatload of data. I believe a 90 minute movie compressed for a smartphone is only 150 megs. Hi-def Pandora will burn about 60 megs an hour.

    So......4 gigs would be about an hour of Pandora a day and half a dozen movies a month. It's hard for me to imagine people needing more than 5 gigs. I suppose video calling might run 200megs an hour.

    Oddly enough, my biggest usage culprit is downloading all my apps after flashing a new rom (when I'm not on wifi and don't use titanium). Rom + apps could hit 200 megs.

    The vast majority of people going over 5gigs a month are tethering and/or downloading mostly illegal torrents. If you're VZW, that <5% of users are people you either want to charge more or you don't care if they leave, because they "cost" you money.

    While we're on the subject, I saw a blurb where VZW was going to start selling video monitoring services to businesses over LTE. So what this all really boils down to is not bending over customers but guaranteeing bandwidth be available to sell to these businesses. Again, probably like 98% of users consume less than 5gigs. If you have wifi at home, I don't know how you could possibly use more than 5gigs (unless you're on your phone at work instead of, you know, working... in which case you might soon be spending a lot more time at home).
     
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    Yeah you're right. I don't anticipate ever using that much especially since I'm on wifi 99% of the time, but as far as a low tier I think 2 to 5 is more then enough for any user

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    I care far more about speeds than caps (but it is a little frightening they've been talking about speed tiers, too). 3G is slow as it is, ok when you top out at the healthy average of 1.2mbps, but get in a sketchy signal area and you get 1/4 that speed and it's unbearable.

    And you're right about wifi. If they had a 500meg-1gig tier for $15-$20 a month I'd have to strongly consider switching.