VZW unlimited global data going away

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2 Global' started by freightdog, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. mariongiant

    mariongiant New Member

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    I won't switch providers, as VZW is the only carrier with 3G in my area.

    I've been to Germany and Cyprus with their old international plan, which offered great coverage. I don't think I can do it now. The data limits, even in Europe, are too low for an Android; maybe a Blackberry, but I don't have one of those anymore.

    A dumb question, if I might: using a local sim card with data, such as the Vodafone plan mentioned earlier in this thread, is it right to assume that you have access to all the Google stuff on your phone that you do on Verizon here? That's basically what I'll do next time we go overseas.
     
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    The coverage in US is certainly better than any of the other providers.

    A local SIM should not limit your Google access, but I guess you can't use the Verizon Skype client ... not that you want to anyways.

    If the phone is not on Verizon (even when roaming with Verizon SIM) you will not see the Verizon section of the Google market.
    There are also a TON of applications you can't download/update while you are abroad as they are only released to the US Market - so remember to install your important apps before you leave.
     
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    Google Navigation is available fine in most of Europe (including Germany). I didn't see much difference in the market when in the UK, but certainly follow the above advice! What I am now note sur about is if there was a difference in the market when I connected using Wifi vs cell network (I seem to remember seeing prices in $s then, and in pounds when using 3G, but now that sounds a little unlikely).
     
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    I called Verizon again today as we're planning a trip to Canada in a couple of months. Now they're saying that the data is pro-rated as well as the price. Effectively in Canada you're limited to 2mb/day, probably less in Europe. She did suggest unlocking the phone, which I think is the only real option now for overseas travel with Verizon. She also said they might reconsider the rates if enough people complained.
     
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    It's interesting that now they suggest unlocking, that's a change.

    One thing: it looks like the official policy (unless that changed on Jan 16th) is that unlocking will void the warranty. This made almost no sense to me, as unlike rooting, I don't think you can do any damage to the phone just by using another SIM. However, looking around, it seems most carriers have a similar policy (presumably just because they can).

    So, that might put some people off. If they strictly enforce it, is is an issue, as I don't know if there is a way to relock the phone (SBF doesn't do this).

    If that does worry you, it might be time to go back to the old stand-by, get a good (Android) phone for use in the US, and a cheap unlocked GSM phone for making call and texts abroad! Of course, after using smartphones here,it is hard to do without when abroad....
     
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    I too can confirm that the data is pro-rated as well. Roughly 2.3 MB per day (or, since I'm going to be gone in February, I get a whopping 2.5 MB per day)! This really does suck and I expressed my dissapointment with three different Verizon agents (including a global team supervisor). He said the change was due to the cost that Verizon was incurring. I got my D2 Global back in November and used the unlimited data plan the week I got the phone as I was on a trip in Italy. It was great. I am leaving today for Romania and called yesterday to activate the plan again and that's when I found out the change. I was hoping to use Google maps as I drove around Romania - so instead I spent an hour downloading various offline nav apps and maps to find one I like. I really hope Verizon reconsiders.

    Chris
    Als Ik Kan
     
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    we all need to create some way of official petition to get verizon to bring back the unlimited overseas data plan. i know that they will loose much more money once people start realizing the fine print of $20 a mb once they go over
     
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    The New York Times had this article about excessive data roaming charges that European customers pay when they leave their home countries.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/technology/15roaming.html

    It appears Verizon decided to get on board with what the European carriers were already doing.

    I've complained twice to VZW about their new plan, but I'm not optimistic that they'll change it back. The only real option now seems to be unlocking and using a local sim card. It's a pain but Verizon's current rates effectively render the phone useless.
     
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    I got my D2G a week ago, but now I'm considering sending it back for the Droid X and keeping a second GSM phone in my pocket again.
     
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    Great find with that article. At least (hahahaha) other countries are trying to leverage this damage. It looks like in the long run having a second phone for overseas use is going to be the cheapest alternative.

    Sent from the Blue Falcon cockpit on my Fission 2.4.3 D2G
     
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    Why a second phone instead of just using local SIMs?
     
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    Idk...in case you still want to retain (the semblance of) your warranty...rooting is reversible, sim unlock is not.

    Sent from the Blue Falcon cockpit on my Fission 2.4.3 D2G
     
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