Droid Bionic Not Released Before Tiered Data Plans!
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Well, we’ve just received word that tiers are scheduled to start the day after the promo ends (on the 7th) and will look something like this…
2GB – $30/month
5GB – $50/month
10GB – $80/month
If you would like to add tethering on to any of those packages, you can purchase 2GB of data at an additional cost of $20 per month.
Data plans w/ tethering:
4GB – $50/month
7GB – $70/month
12GB – $100/month
Who is going to wait around for the Bionic?
Is it worth Buying now and locking in with Unlimited?
Is 2 Gig's enough for an LTE phone like the Bionic?
*Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both 3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on device. So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen other sites seem to want to suggest.
*Note 2 - And I should probably clarify that these new prices should not affect anyone that is currently under contract. Major changes like this concern only new customers and possibly those that are up for a renewal. We have even heard mention of current customers being allowed to upgrade to a new device after July 7 though, and continue to keep their unlimited data, but are awaiting further clarification on that.
- 06-20-2011, 12:46 PM #2
- 06-20-2011, 12:48 PM #3
I wonder if those can be used on a family plan. That would actually cut my data price in half, as I have an Incredible and my wife has an iPhone. I've never used over 1gb a month, and she doesn't really even go over 250mb.
- 06-20-2011, 12:50 PM #4
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- 06-20-2011, 01:03 PM #7
Here-in lies my only issue with tiered pricing. No tiered plans that cost *less* than the “unlimited” plan we currently have.
If I could have gotten a 1GB $20 deal I would have been ok with this. I rarely use more than 600MB, with only a modest effort to switch to readily available wifi networks, but now I still have to pay as much for a lesser plan.
…And yes, I agree if the data is tiered, hotspot should be free…
- 06-20-2011, 01:03 PM #8
- 06-20-2011, 01:18 PM #9
You are about to witness the biggest exodus from a mobile provider in history. Hope none of you have any stocks in VZ. Since Bionic is no longer an option I need to look at what is left (Charge/Revolution/Xperia) and decide what I want to "Settle" for. OBTW both my wife and my contract ends 30th of this month luckily.
- 06-20-2011, 01:25 PM #10
My only gripe with it is that if I'm paying for 2gb, I should be able to use that 2gb any way I want... whether that be through my phone or tethering. They shouldn't charge you $20 extra per month for tethering.
- 06-20-2011, 01:26 PM #11
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- 06-20-2011, 01:59 PM #13
From Droid life tiered data plans...
*Note 2 - And I should probably clarify that these new prices should not affect anyone that is currently under contract. *Major*changes like this concern only new customers and possibly those that are up for a renewal. *We have even heard mention of current customers being allowed to upgrade to a new device after July 7 though,*and continue to keep their unlimited data, but are awaiting further clarification on that.
- 06-20-2011, 02:01 PM #14
I am at a loss here. I Average 1-2 Gig's a month on my OG Droid. However I am already paying $113 a month for 900 mins, Text and Web. Which is WAAAAY to much as far as I am concerned. So I am not sure what to do, I prefer verizons network but their cost is already ridiculous. T-Mo's truly unlimited plan for 79.99 Is looking mighty tempting, Sensation might be my next phone.
Read Note 2 of Droid Life's posting and give me your thoughts, do you think they will allow existing customers to upgrade and keep their unlimited plans? It doesn't seem likely to me, but possible.
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Just to complicate matters, I wonder how my specific situation will be handled.
I'm on a family plan with 4 lines, two of which also have data. My wife just upgraded to a smartphone a month or so ago. So, her next update is not for 20 or so months. I've been sitting on an upgrade for almost a year. If I upgrade after tiered goes into effect, will I be limited to the tiered pricing and my wife get grandfathered in under her current plan? Or will I go to a family data plan, thereby forcing my wife to also change from "unlimited"?
Not really sure how all of this is going to play out.
- 06-20-2011, 02:41 PM #19
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- 06-20-2011, 03:56 PM #22
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2 cents worth
For those who don't use much data (or think they will)... You may use a lot more data with a 4G phone, heck, that’s what it is for, stream media, better faster apps / data. I have had a Charge for 2.5 weeks and have used around 4GB of data. I have only streamed about 6 -7 HULU shows and streamed XM a couple of hours . (plus the normal check mail, browse bank accounts, weather, stuff like that.) Video can eat it up, and I HATE to think what will happen if NETFLIX moves to the rest of the Android phones... Will chew up data quick! But again, that’s what these phones are advertized to do... So once you get your hands on a 4G device, it does / will take self discipline to control your data... It’s just too easy to 'get to stuff' now.... So watch out!
- 06-20-2011, 04:00 PM #23
Is there still going to be a $10 per month fee for LTE on top of that?
I'm interested in seeing what the family rates will be as well because if someone else on the plan upgrades and everyone has to get pulled in, then it will be an issue.
I can say this, my early reaction is I'm really pissed about the changes. I love how this is happening before the phones that everyone has been waiting on. Going to depend on the fine details, but I know all too well how much Verizon loves to screw customers over for money. I might be getting the Charge as well depending on what Verizon says.
I think that MOTO is going to be just as upset about this as the rest of this. Just a guess but I see a lot of people grabbing LTE phones pre Tiered Data now that we know it is coming before the Bionic, Moto just got a nice smack in the face. Maybe they deserved it though? who knows...
- 06-20-2011, 04:07 PM #25