VZW unlimited global data going away

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    I thought this might be of interest to those of us who use the global data package and who turn it off and on as needed. I just called to turn it off for a few weeks while back in the states and was told that the unlimited data package is going away effective January 17th. If I turned it off I would be unable to get it back, but if I left it active I would be grandfathered and be able to keep it. This bit of information was allegedly published on my november bill, but I don't normally look at my paper bill, just online usage and pay the bill.

    I figured I can't be the only one and should pass this along. I don't want to cross post and do any improper forum procedures, but is it possible for this to be linked to the droid pro forum as well?
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    Good to know. Thanks for sharing the info

    Sent from my DROID2 GLOBAL using DroidForums App
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    Thanks! For those that are mainly in the US, keeping it on all the time probably isn't a viable option. Did they say what replaces it,, e.g. a plan with X MB per month or something? The pure Pay As You Go option is way too expensive!
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    I happened to get mine turned on cause I'm still listed as an employee of Motorola. I was told that only business accounts could get it turned on.
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    Wow, I got it in the nick of time! I'm military in Iraq right now and just had it activated about a week ago. Thanks for the info on this!
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    I wil put a new thread in the Pro Area.
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    I didn't write down the specifics but if I remember correctly the package is 75 MB for about 30 bucks, but the kicker is it is only good in Canada, Mexico, caribbean, and Europe. Once you get beyond those places it is pay as you go, period. The guy I spoke with gave me what must have been the pitch they were told to give the customer, and told me they are changing it because users don't use that much data and don't need unlimited. He told me I am just worried about losing the comfort of unlimited and even if I did live under the new plan I wouldn't be spending any more money. He then examined my usage and I pointed out how just one country I had been in would have been a $300 bill. Glad I am grandfathered for now but fear the next plan change I have to make that forces me to lose it. If I was so inclined I can not switch back to my blackberry at all, since that's a different data plan.

    Thanks, hookbill, I tried to spread the word as best I could.
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    I just had mine switched over to Global last week before I flew out of the US to Brasil. I spoke with Global Support on 3 Jan and she did not mention anything to that effect. And actually told me that I can switch back to the US plan when I am back in the country and then back to the Global when I leave again. I know the pay as you go is brutal. Did a layover in Panama and racked up some decent charges before the phone was switched over at midnight! Worth looking into. Thank for the heads up freightdog!
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    Wow, my UK SIM is about 40 cents per day for 25MB a day, s0 $30 for 75MB doesn't look good! Calls were already really expensive compared to local SIMs but unlimited data was compelling. Wonder how many people use the plan though.
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    New rates are on the web site, even worse than Freightdog remembered!

    Canada & Mexico 75 MB $30/month
    200 MB $100/month
    Overage: $.002/KB - Canada
    $.005/KB - Mexico

    Caribbean & Europe
    25 MB $30/month
    70 MB $100/month
    Overage $.005/KB

    * Data usage in other available countries will be charged at the pay per use rate of $.02/KB.

    So $100 for 70MB in Europe/Caribbean, and $20+ per MB outside Canada/Mexico/Europe/Caribbean.

    SIM unlock becomes more important!
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    They threw this note on there too:

    Note: Verizon Wireless will terminate your service for good cause if less than half of your voice or data usage over three consecutive billing cycles is on the Verizon Wireless National Enhanced Services Rate and Coverage Area.

    Looks like folks who take their verizon phone overseas for extended periods of time might get hosed. They've changed a lot of policies over the past week and none of it looks good to me.
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    I think that language has been there for a little while (it was there last week before the change)

    Presumably if you are using only local SIMs, this policy doesn't apply, as VZ will show no usage of any kind.
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    I am just wondering about the truth of this announcement. If Verizon had signaled an end to unlimited data, would not the news sources and blogs be screaming about it? At the present time, the news reports would seem to indicate that an unlimited data plan will continue to be available, and will be a key differentiator for the new iPhone users coming from other carriers or AT&T. I don't think VZW would kill their only true iPhone advantage.
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    This is talking about the Global data plan, which many people don't care about.

    Also, not much to doubt! Go to:

    GlobalData

    and click on the Rates&Coverage tab. Since this is the Verizon Wireless site, I think you can believe.
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    Well, i really have nothing to add to all this except my thanks to freightdog
    who caught this and eveybody else who was able to expand and confirm.
    I remember hearing that "good cause" thing ten years ago when i was with cingular.
    What a joke. to me. you wanna cancel my plan? go ahead. I'll have newer tech in
    my hand in an hour - I've been watching this industry for quite a few years now..:)

    r, john
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    geez this sucks. I only use international data on a occasional basis so no point in leaving it on permanently so I can get grandfathered in. I guess I'll just use the overseas prepaid cards instead. =\
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    Just received verizon's email newsletter with this little gem, a few days after they discontinue their global roaming package:

    Global Traveler named us "Best Service Provider in the World," noting the ease of our international service.

    Yeah, it's still easy, I suppose. Definitely not of any value anymore.
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    Man that sucks!
    The Unlimited Global Data plan was one of the best things VZN had going for them.
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    I called Verizon this morning. Their rep said that the 70 mb plan can be pro-rated. If you go to Europe for a week, you'll be charged $25, more or less, and can still use the full 70 mb. It's the same idea for North America. You're out of luck in the rest of the world.

    She also said they might change it back if enough people protest. It might be worth a few phone calls to that end.
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    That seems very strange! It makes sense to pro-rate unlimited, but to give the full 70MB for a fraction of the price seems uncharacteristically generous for Verizon. On voice plans, they pro-rate both the allowance and the cost.
    But, if it is really true, it makes it a little better (but still not good!
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