VZW unlimited global data going away

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  1. tebower

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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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    I agree that this doesn't make sense, but I asked her specifically if the data was also pro-rated. She said no, that it was 70 mb no matter how long you were in Europe. Even then, that's a very low limit with extremely high penalties for exceeding it.

    It's quite possible that she had this wrong. The policy is new, and sometimes the agents get confused.

    The larger problem is that, if you travel outside of Europe or North America, the phones are essentially unusable at $20.48/mb.
     
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    Yes, well it's not the phones that are unusable, just need to get them unlocked and use a local SIM!
     
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    I know how much better you can do in the UK (40c per day for 25MB per day on the network I use) but I thought maybe that was just there. But checking Germany, Vodafone websessions: $5.30 per day, or $17.50 for seven days, with a 1GB allowance, or $54 for a month with 3GB allowance.

    $100 for 70MB doesn't compare very well!
     
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    Well I go to Japan every few months, so I'm screwed.
    There's no way I'm leaving data on for $20.48/mb.
    Last time I was there, Verizon had made some configuration mistake so while I was indeed on the unlimited plan, they still sent me usage warning text messages.
    After landing in Tokyo and taking the train to my hotel, I got a message that I had incurred the first $20.48 roaming charges - a few hours, and all I had done was to turn it on. Next day around noon (I landed at 10pm) I got the second message that the charges were now $200. Scary stuff!

    Just called Verizon and got my SIM unlock code ... I guess they will lose money on me since I will not spend a nickle on their SIM card abroad now.
    The Global Support lady told me that they had not received too many complaints.

    Honestly, I am probably going to switch provider when my contract runs out.
    The best things Verizon had going for me were: International Unlimited data and their coverage.
    On the other hand, they are pretty useless as an international company otherwise - for example I can't send/receive any text messages from family in many European countries.
     
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