Verizon Reporting 5X More Data Use With The X
Read an article posted on a Droid X blog, where Verizon was reporting that new users of the X were scarfing down 5 times more data than other smartphone users.
Of course, this leads one to suspect that the tiered data plans aren't far off. No info heard how Verizon will handle these new plans with regards to existing users.
This might be a temporary thing, as we settle in with our new devices, and the data usage could calm down in time. OR, with the coming of Froyo, it could escalate.
- 07-23-2010, 10:40 AM #2
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- 07-23-2010, 10:58 AM #4
While the Droid Incredible has sold well - it doesn't have the same enthusiastic following as the Motorolla Droid family. The Droid X will most likely end up being Verizon's number one selling smart phone and why not...it is a compelling device and the Motorolla name has better brand recognition than HTC and the screen is larger.
The Droid X is flying off the shelf just like the iPhone and when people get them they spend lots of time playing with their phone...which drives data usage through the roof.
- 07-23-2010, 11:01 AM #5
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- 07-23-2010, 11:12 AM #7
There should be a bit of both. I know I'm not using as much bandwidth this week as I was last week...but I'm still using a lot more than I was on my Storm a couple weeks ago.
That said, the Wired article on the iPhone said that when it launched users were using 19x as much data as other smart phones (which was more than double AT&T's initial estimate). So I sort of doubt that Droid X usage is far out of line with what Verizon expected. If anything, the number is just being floated to help provide justification for the tiered pricing model they were already planning on moving to ahead of their LTE roll out.
- 07-23-2010, 11:17 AM #8
I know im using a TON more data then i ever did with my blackberry. I never did things like stream pandora in the car, but that's almost all i do with the x.
Hopefully we get to keep out unlimited data... or ill be screwed. 2gb just wont cut it on this bad boy.
- 07-23-2010, 11:29 AM #9
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- 07-23-2010, 12:12 PM #12
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Think about every action you make on this phone. Almost 9 times out of 10 you're using data. To have to monitor your data usage and when things get a bit close to cap, have to shut down functionality of the phone just because you don't want to go over is enough for me to spend an extra $10+ bucks a month to avoid.
- 07-23-2010, 12:13 PM #13
Well, it's been clear for months that this is going to happen before your next contract renewal. Honestly, they have little choice but to go to tiered pricing when LTE gets rolled out, as the incipient 3.7G network won't be able to handle unlimited data plans for several years.
So expect tiered plans to be introduced before November (when the LTE computer cards should go on sale)...I'd expect an announcement in September with a month long grace period for people to renew to get unlimited data plans. Either way it's not going to impact any current DX users.
- 07-23-2010, 12:54 PM #14
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- 07-23-2010, 03:18 PM #17
That is all coming to a screaming end. We might as well get prepared for it. Data is going to cost us more. If we want to continue to have these little laptops with us all the time, and with more on the way....the highways are getting very crowded.
- 07-23-2010, 04:28 PM #19
- 07-23-2010, 04:39 PM #20
People here talking about cap limits is mostly ignoring the real truth of the matter. 2GB doesn't cost them any more then 200MB. The point is the more you use the service the more likely you will be competing with others in their bandwidth which means they are basically selling a transfer-rate that they can't offer to everyone at the same time and hope placing constraints on usage will lower the likelihood of everyone downloading at the same time. What they should be doing is capping the rate and charging more for faster rates, not capacity.
You are right about rates vs. capacity. Would make more sense to charge by rate, but then how many would opt out for the slower rates of transfer? You'd still be in the same boat...with a large majority using the system to its max. Just ask AT&T.
I'm am certainly no expert on data uses and bandwidths, etc. LTE will put a new light on all of this.
- 07-23-2010, 07:55 PM #22
This is going against what Steve Jobs has said about the Iphone dropping calls. I don't remember when but he said that "The reason AT&T has a problem dropping calls is because of the amount of data that they have to handle for the Iphone." I love it!