Why has Droid forsaken me?

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  1. kiteless

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    I would appreciate any enlightenment anyone can shed upon me. I hope this post is appropriate and in the right place.

    I had a revelation today that made me quite upset. After waiting for my free phone credit from Verizon and anticipating for months getting my hands on a Droid I found I am going to get charged out of the wazoo just for having it. A Droid carries with it a $29.95 monthly data fee. I did not know this before today.

    Now most reading this (as I have found in other forums) will say that if I want the tech toys I have to pay the tech prices. But I would disagree with that to a point. Yes I have to pay for the hardware, I get that. But phones these days are imbued with multiple functions, some that supersede the original functions. Case in point is Wi-Fi that allows one to get their data without having to use the carrier's network.

    In addition, Droid is supposed to be from the technology savior Google's benevolent hands. Compare their app store philosophy to Apples and you will see quickly that OPEN is the word of the day.

    Now when some hear OPEN they assume I mean FREE...or worse STOLEN! Not true. I don't want anything I am not due by standard methods. I am not trying to get apps I am supposed to be charged for without paying for them. What I want is to be able to get them via a network that I can access with a function built into the phone. But to my detriment, I am charged a $29.95 fee regardless of whether or not I use their network. Does anyone else agree with how WRONG that seems? I feel like I am buying a Jeep and I am being charged some kind of off-road fee even if I am using it solely as a commuter vehicle.

    Now it may be that this is the way it is and there is no changing. I would disagree and consider this criminal. I am really disappointed that I am being charged $360 a year just to use a device when I don't intend to use the service I am being charged for.

    What I really want is a phone-sized laptop that makes calls. The Droid seems to have come the closest. It has a browser, qwerty keyboard, mp3 player with headphone jack, bash shell, apps, gps, and it just happens to make calls and text. I really wanted this phone but the cost is much more than I can take on. Am I lost on this cause? Is there a way I can avoid the data charge? Is there a way I can "jailbreak" or "root" the phone and do as I wish with it? Is there an alternative phone that will fit my needs? Am I the only one complaining about how that required data charge is immoral and criminal?

    Please move this to another forum if required. I am just SUPER distraught about this discovery as I have built myself up for months to lead to this disappointment. Thanks in advance for your input.

    (And please leave the iPhone off the list of alternatives.)
     
  2. SSHGuru

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    Any smartphone at any carrier will carry a fee like that. All blackberries do. It's expected and when you buy one it's on the agreement you sign.

    You can't expect free data on a phone that eats it up.
     
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    But I don't want free data, I want to make calls and text on their network then use Wi-Fi for everything else. That is not getting free data via their network.
     
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    This is not a Droid issue, but rather a Verizon issue. To an extent, it's becoming an industry/smartphone issue. If you look around the forums, you will see that Verizon is starting to require some type of data plan for any phone that includes any type of "smart" service. One poster mentioned that his wife bought a rather basic phone for standard phone call use and Verizon required a $10 a month data charge. It's just how companies are choosing to nickel and dime us.
     
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    I fully understand that. But being that Droid is only available through Verizon, well...

    But what if I never use their network for data? What if I just wanted to download software via the internet and my computer and upload it to the phone via the SD card? I still stand by my point that this is an unfair and potentially criminal mandatory charge.

    And I think it is terrible that we all throw money at cell phone companies just because they present a charge like this along with their fancy new phones. I am outraged...but more heartbroken. I know, I am a softie.
     
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    Yep, I was just in Verizon, looks like ALL phones are going to require that $10 nonsense in the future the rep said. A bunch of the new dumb phones already do.
     
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    This is like when the Canadian government put a tax on blank CDs. This tax was to compensate musicians who supposedly lost revenue due to "illegal downloading". Because we all know that the only thing that you can burn to a CD is music...er, I mean ILLEGALY OBTAINED music. This is an inappropriate way to patch the hole in the dam.

    This data fee is just another instance of where we are being jabbed in the wallet because their technology model is FLAWED and can be circumvented. It's the "we better screw people out of their money while we can" plan.

    I get that this is the way it is and I just don't get it. But can you all really just sit there and comply without thinking I have a point? I mean really?
     
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    Not every phone requires a data plan. You can still get very basic phones that don't require the extra charge. A lot of dumb phones are now being offred with data intensive features, thus the extra charge. Did you really think that all the expanded features that tax the network would not cost extra? As for the smartphone data charge....it is written into the contract which you a free to not sign. No one is forcing you to buy a smartphone.
     
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    "criminal mandatory charge"? << Please clarify this statement.

    What law or laws do you feel have been potentially broken and by who?
     
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    True You can buy an N1 at full price, But you can only use it on T-Mobile or AT&T (edge Only).

    When the N1 comes to VZW it will be under the same rules as the Droid.

    And the Data requirement is the the TOS that the OP should of read.
    VZW has required the data plan for over a year on smartphones.
    This is nothing new.
     
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    I think the real issue is that we live in a world where there is a "choice", but in reality, there truly isn't.


    Case in point - you have to have a data plan.

    True, you can choose not to buy a phone that requires a data plan, but you won't get all the goodies that come with it. So, the REAL choice is - You can have a crappy phone, or you can have a better phone that charges a whole hell of a lot more a month.

    Its like having cable television. You really can't complain about cable prices, because you CHOOSE to have cable, right? of course, the alternative is what? Its a joke.

    This applies to so many things in our modern world, it is very frustrating. ATM fees. Credit card rates, parking tickets. All choices, right?

    Cell phones. You can choose to not have one. Just carry a buch of quarters so you can make phone calls at pay phones.

    To me, that isn't a choice. Not a real one, anyway.



    -Wil