verizons plan to eliminate unlimited data

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  1. goaliemn

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    It's cheaper for me than my existing plan. We're not huge data users so buying 2 data buckets makes no sense for us. If you're a heavy data user or coming from an unlimited plan, it's hard to justify the move.

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    I looked last night and it would save me about $30-40 over my current plan. I have 3 data plans and totaling the highest usage of the last 6 months we were still under 4GB. I think with 6GB that would give us plenty of room to grow. I am going to have a discussion with the others and see what they think. There are two simple phones on the plan too so we are maxed out and I could add more devices if I want to in the future too.
     
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    Im looking at the same thing. We have 4 phones (2 iphones, my bionic, and a basic phone). All 3 smart phones have unlimited but when I added up the usage over the last 6 months never hit 4 gig in any month combined. Thats with me averaging 2-3 gig on my phone alone. Right now I get an 18% discount on the main line for the line itself and internet. If everything goes bundled I am curious how they will handle that going forward. I have a ton of questions but just need to call or visit the local store and start asking. Losing unlimited would suck but with how much we actually use, if I can save money starting now, I can start putting it away for when they stop subsidising phones DOH!
     
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    $200 subsidized device or free depending on a $30 data plan vs $500 and a $10 or $20 monthly fee on top of your data doesnt seem like it saves anyone.
     
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    What I don't understand is why they didn't make tiered/family share plans EXTREMELY attractive to lure more people away from their unlimited (and new customers away from other carriers), at least for a couple years, and THEN raised prices. We personally don't need unlimited. With two smartphones we go thru less than 4gb a month. I've said many times that sharing data is an awesome idea. But they missed the mark on their pricing. Either the access fees should have been lower ($20 for SP, $10 for FP) OR the data "buckets" should have been lower ($30 for 2gb, $40 for 3, etc...)
     
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    Well, It's been kind of obvious for awhile that VZW will phase out unlimited data...there's no real profit in it for them. They've already stopped new customers from getting it (last year), only allowing "grandfathered" clients to hold on to it. Now (June 28), they've stopped grandfathered, subsidized clients from doing it. Right now, no one can BUY an unlimited plan, they can only renew it by paying full retail price for a new phone, meaning the CLIENT is subsidizing unlimited data!
    So, unlimited data will stay profitable for VZW for awhile, since the client is paying for it. But sure, at some point in the future, they can simply say, "Well, unlimited data is proving to be a huge drain on our resources and thus a drain on our ability to service our customers, so as of August 1, 2014 (or 2013, or even 2012), we will automatically convert users of unlimited data to a 4 GB plan, at a reduced rate (or not)...blah blah.
    They can do this at any time, so let's just enjoy UD while we've got it. I've never expected to keep UD indefinitely. Someday, it's going to go away, and you can cuss and threaten to leave Verizon and go to Change.org all you want...but consider this: How many times has Verizon changed ANYTHING because of customer protest? Not a long list, I'll bet.
     
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    I would rather pay full price for an unlocked phone and have unlimited data.
     
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    Looking at how good no contract hardware selection and monthly rates are now, I'm no doubt going contract free next time around.

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    I'm staying off wifi to get my money's worth now.
     
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    If anything that may accelerate the end of unlimited. If they see lots of people devouring lots of bandwidth they'll want to get rid of it sooner. Use wifi and save the data for when you really need it.

    My 2¢

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    Even if I'm on network exclusively, I doubt I'll be using more than 3 or 4gb a month. Skipping the wifi won't cause VZW to freak, at least for me. I'm not one of those 30gb a month people.
     
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    They are already sucking up ways to shaft us, and i'm sure folks will see it gone by the time my renewal is up in 2 yrs. That said, I generally use wifi at work and home and already have 4.5GB (which is the 2nd most i've ever used) on my last day of my cycle.

    So since I expect UD to be gone, I won't bother conserving or anything. If you use 10GB on a 10GB plan and I use 5GB on an unlimited, the only difference is that Verizon will want the extra $$ from what you pay and I pay and will figure out a way to get it. i'm not taxing the network more than you, but I'm paying less.

    It wouldn't matter if I use 1GB or 50. the 1GB plan is more than I pay so even if I used less, they'd want me to pay more for the priviledge.
     
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