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    Default Droid Bionic Not Released Before Tiered Data Plans!

    This just Posted at Droid Life: Exclusive: Tiered Data Plans Headed to Verizon July 7, Packages Start at $30 for 2GB - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog

    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…

    Data plans:

    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?

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    *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.
    Last edited by Jasper; 06-20-2011 at 12:58 PM. Reason: Read Note 2 Carefuly
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    Pretty expensive..I see many upset customers below me
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    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.
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    No me I just resigned and kept my og droid.... I added my gf and got a tbolt for her... repsare saying you will be grandfathered in if u have unlimited data
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    Same issue here Slinky. I use 2GB wife uses 500MB or so on our OG Droids. If this is the same for family I would save $10, but these prices are still terrible. I at least expected them to tie ATT and maybe bump up the data a bit.
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    Already made the switch to the Bolt. There was no way Verizon was gonna release their next so called "flagship" phone before tiered data.

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    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

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    Charge here I come and after that, Sprint here I come.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazen View Post
    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.
    I doubt it. As much as this sucks, most regular users really don't use that much data... and if these buckets can be spread over family plans, then it will actually save some folks some money.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazen View Post
    OBTW both my wife and my contract ends 30th of this month luckily.
    I'm fearful to ask.... ...but... ...what exactly is going to happen to your wife in 10 days?...

    -Suntan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suntan View Post
    I'm fearful to ask.... ...but... ...what exactly is going to happen to your wife in 10 days?...

    -Suntan
    Ording my Charge tonight.

    Ill stick around the forums. I want to see what becomes of this device, and Motos future.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suntan View Post
    I'm fearful to ask.... ...but... ...what exactly is going to happen to your wife in 10 days?...

    -Suntan
    She will get a new cellphone to lock in her unlimited (98% sure it will be an Xperia) just like I will after our 2yr Contract is up with VZW. Nice try at humor btw but not a good day for it.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    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.
    Once you go 4G you probably will be spending mroe than 1-2gig a month

    I really doubt existing unlimited owners will be able to upgrade in the future and still be grandfathered in.

    However if you buy it off contract, you probably can. i think thats what they mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    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.
    At this point I have a hard time believing that they will honor the unlimiteds past July 7 with this pricing stunt they just pulled. Now if this is just for the singles and there is a different family share that is more reasonable then sure but its not looking promising.
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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DolfanCole View Post
    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.
    For a fact, if you renew after tiered prices take effect, you will not have an option for unlimited data. My guess with a family data pack would be that you are agreeing to take all your phones under the the family pack contract, thereby allowing Verizon to alter your wife's unlimited contract early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by testt View Post
    For a fact, if you renew after tiered prices take effect, you will not have an option for unlimited data. My guess with a family data pack would be that you are agreeing to take all your phones under the the family pack contract, thereby allowing Verizon to alter your wife's unlimited contract early.
    I too have an extremely strong feeling that upgrades after the 7th wont grandfather you in. Afterall why would they do that?

    Off contract phone is highly likely though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by testt View Post
    For a fact, if you renew after tiered prices take effect, you will not have an option for unlimited data. My guess with a family data pack would be that you are agreeing to take all your phones under the the family pack contract, thereby allowing Verizon to alter your wife's unlimited contract early.
    That would be my guess. But, would I be forced to a family data plan or just be fored to have a tiered pricing data plan on my line? With contracts on a per-line basis, if we're both forced into a family data plan, how does that effect her upgrade date? And could she opt-out with no ETF since the contract was changed? Lots of questions for me on how this will all be implemented. Unfortunately, I probably won't know the answers until after it's implemented.
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    For those who don't use much data (or think they will)... You may use a lot more data with a 4G phone, heck, thats 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, thats 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... Its just too easy to 'get to stuff' now.... So watch out!
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    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.
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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    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...
    So whats your plan?
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