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    Default Verizon's new tiered data plans

    Hey guys. I want to ask the people who have switched over to tiered data plans: did you guys save money doing so? Or are you paying more? Is being able to use your phone upgrades worth giving up unlimited? And lastly, how hard do you find it to not go over your data cap?thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Verizon's new tiered data plans

    If you're just going to a tiered plan from an unlimited plan, you can't save money as the cheapest tiered plan is the same price as an unlimited plan ($30/mo.). Are you referring to the Share Everything plan? If so, the answer is "it depends on your family plan". You almost certainly won't save money if you're just on your own. If you have several smartphones on your plan, you might save money. The share plans would be more expensive for my plan, 2x dumbphones, 2x smartphones (1 unlimited, 1 2GB/mo).

    If you want to keep unlimited, there are ways that still allow you to use your upgrade-you can transfer it to another (non-unlimited) line, use the upgrade on the non-unlimited line and switch the new smartphone to your unlimited line from the non-unlimited line ([Instruction] How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon). Or, add a line, get a smartphone, and then get a dumbphone to put on the new line, which is cheaper than paying full retail for a new smartphone.

    Personally, I use enough data (6-10 GB/mo) that keeping unlimited is important to me, though I could cut my usage back if I lost my unlimited.
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    The short answer: If you only have 1 person/phone on your plan, it's pretty much impossible to actually save money with the new plans, but *may* be able to get away with paying the same amount (for much less data allowance). IF you have several persons/phones on a shared plan, then the new plans can actually save quite a bit of money, in theory, assuming that collectively you don't go over the data allowance.
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    Default Re: Verizon's new tiered data plans

    Quote Originally Posted by paintdrinkingpete View Post
    The short answer: If you only have 1 person/phone on your plan, it's pretty much impossible to actually save money with the new plans, but *may* be able to get away with paying the same amount (for much less data allowance). IF you have several persons/phones on a shared plan, then the new plans can actually save quite a bit of money, in theory, assuming that collectively you don't go over the data allowance.
    There are three people each with their own smartphone on my account

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyry View Post
    There are three people each with their own smartphone on my account

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    I'd look over both your usage and the plans available -- it is quite possible you could save a bit of $ using a shared data plan.
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    Need a little more info, like how much data the three of you use. That's the big thing. If your family uses a lot of data, you'll have to either cut down on your usage or pay a lot of money. If you do use a lot of data, then it may be cheaper to just pay full price for a phone.
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    I am saving. Definitely

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    Default Re: Verizon's new tiered data plans

    I went from a smartphone and a dumb phone, to two smart phones, and it only cost me a few dollars a month to turn on that second smart phone. Plus I now have unlimited texting on both, which I didn't have before. The end result is a plus for me. But I did lose unlimited data and now have 2GB. Generally not an issue, but now I have to be aware of it.
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    i took the subsidized phone with 2 gig. my bill is the same. however if i knew then what i know now i would have never given up the unlimited. i cant even use my phone last wk of my data 2 gig or i will go over. have had serious thoughts of buying out verizon and going to sprint.

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    I have 3 unlimited phones and 2 reg phones with 1400 min shared all texts, switching too the shared plan I would be paying about the same a few dollars either way with less data. I try to by my phones used outright but sure the unlimited will go away eventually anyway as will discounted phones...IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by minnieusa View Post
    i took the subsidized phone with 2 gig. my bill is the same. however if i knew then what i know now i would have never given up the unlimited. i cant even use my phone last wk of my data 2 gig or i will go over. have had serious thoughts of buying out verizon and going to sprint.

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    that's a little bit of an overreaction, don't you think? it's $60 for 2GB, and $70 for 4GB right? let's assume you have 20 more months on your contract, meaning if you stepped up to 4GB, you'd pay $200 more over the life of the contract. your buyout, however, would be in the neighborhood of $300, and you'd be paying for the inevitable activation fees and stuff like that.

    on top of that (and what's most important to me, anyway) is the fact that Verizon's LTE network blows away Sprint's right now. verizon is everywhere, and sprint has these little narrow pockets of coverage. i had unlimited data with my HTC Evo 4G but it was worthless because 3G in DC is awful, and WiMax was never a comprehensive solution.

    i will agree that if you are on your own, however, you get absolutely ripped off on Verizon right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frescagod View Post
    that's a little bit of an overreaction, don't you think? it's $60 for 2GB, and $70 for 4GB right? let's assume you have 20 more months on your contract, meaning if you stepped up to 4GB, you'd pay $200 more over the life of the contract. your buyout, however, would be in the neighborhood of $300, and you'd be paying for the inevitable activation fees and stuff like that.

    on top of that (and what's most important to me, anyway) is the fact that Verizon's LTE network blows away Sprint's right now. verizon is everywhere, and sprint has these little narrow pockets of coverage. i had unlimited data with my HTC Evo 4G but it was worthless because 3G in DC is awful, and WiMax was never a comprehensive solution.

    i will agree that if you are on your own, however, you get absolutely ripped off on Verizon right now.
    Yeah that's why I didn't go to Verizon.. Price. Only reason. For someone like me on an individual plan it hurts.. Badly lol.

    Also I agree with the above post. Unless Sprint is starting LTE in your area it can be painful. I'm in Jacksonville Florida and Sprint is rolling out LTE so I'm being patient because once it's widespread it won't be bad. The areas I get LTE it's not to bad. Usually 20Mbit down and 10ish up.

    But yeah if it's not being deployed like now in your area.. Or really soon. 3g is extremely painful for Sprint lol.

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    Definitely not planning to change my plan. It'll cost me $30+ extra for less data. *That's my wife's iPhone, I'm using a GS3 on a separate plan*

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakmansi View Post
    Definitely not planning to change my plan. It'll cost me $30+ extra for less data. *That's my wife's iPhone, I'm using a GS3 on a separate plan*

    Any SINGLE phone will cost more if you compare it to a "Share everything" plan. Realize that you are also upgrading your calling and text plans to unlimited, which can be shared across all devices on your account. If you have several phones on one account, then you'll start to see savings. Thing to do is take the total bill for ALL phones on your plan, and then compare the savings to the share everything plan.


    Again, the real thing to consider is how much data, collectively across all phones on the account, do you use? If your data usage isn't that high, the share everything plan is great idea -- if you use a lot of data, then it probably won't be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paintdrinkingpete View Post
    Any SINGLE phone will cost more if you compare it to a "Share everything" plan. Realize that you are also upgrading your calling and text plans to unlimited, which can be shared across all devices on your account. If you have several phones on one account, then you'll start to see savings. Thing to do is take the total bill for ALL phones on your plan, and then compare the savings to the share everything plan.


    Again, the real thing to consider is how much data, collectively across all phones on the account, do you use? If your data usage isn't that high, the share everything plan is great idea -- if you use a lot of data, then it probably won't be.
    I personally use between 4 - 10GB per month by myself, and I don't even consider myself a heavy user. I feel like these data limits are stifling innovation and progression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pakmansi View Post
    Definitely not planning to change my plan. It'll cost me $30+ extra for less data. *That's my wife's iPhone, I'm using a GS3 on a separate plan*

    Seems as though your wife has a limit of 450 minutes on her phone, you pay per text message (send and receive) and unlimited data. With the shared data or tiered data plans, a person gets unlimited talk and text but there is a limit on the data. So it looks like you're actually paying less for less. Paying for texts going both ways adds up quite quickly and if you talk on the phone, during the day 450 min is not much for 30 day billing cycle. You could easily end up paying that 30 Bucks you're saving by paying for texts and/or going over your minutes. Your bill would come out to the same as a tiered data or shared plan. A person checking on their data usage with a tiered plan wld be the same as your wife checking how many texts she sent or received and how many minutes she's used. Unlimited data is a hot commodity now a days but I think it all depends on what a person uses the most on their phone. If your wife doesn't talk much or text then you definitely save Money on the plan she's on but if a person is on the phone a lot and texts often, then they gotta go with unlimited talk and text. And sacrifice the capped data. Unless you're using your phone as your home Television, radio and computer, I don't see how some people use 50-100 gigs of data. I have a 4 gig plan and I have never gone over 1 gig yet so the cap on the data is not an issue for me but I do talk and text a lot. Unlimited data is awesome but for some people it isn't an absolute necessity. Having a shared plan is not so bad

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    Default Re: Verizon's new tiered data plans

    but with unlimited data, its so easy to text with an app, and use google voice for extra mins, not a big deal. But with limited data, now you have to clock watch everything you do, you are out and about stream a few youtubes and look up a few things on the net, and next thing you know you are at your 2 gigs with 2 weeks to go...the more powerful and better browsing these phones become the more it will cost to use them
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    i just downgraded from 4 to 2gb plan because i hardly use 1gb per month (moble data). it seems like every place now has free wifi. i just have it jump on it when ever i am there. saves a ton of data. i used over 6gb on wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z71kris View Post
    but with unlimited data, its so easy to text with an app, and use google voice for extra mins, not a big deal. But with limited data, now you have to clock watch everything you do, you are out and about stream a few youtubes and look up a few things on the net, and next thing you know you are at your 2 gigs with 2 weeks to go...the more powerful and better browsing these phones become the more it will cost to use them
    Good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakmansi View Post
    I personally use between 4 - 10GB per month by myself, and I don't even consider myself a heavy user. I feel like these data limits are stifling innovation and progression.
    A big part of the reason I'm holding on to my unlimited data plan is that even if I were to fit in 2GB/month now, new apps/services developed over the next few years will probably increase the average data use per user. Where 2 GB may suffice today for many people, we may find it inadequate for even an "average" user 2-3 years from now.
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    Wifi is my friend. I haven't gone over 2 GB for over a year now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mesocyclonic View Post
    A big part of the reason I'm holding on to my unlimited data plan is that even if I were to fit in 2GB/month now, new apps/services developed over the next few years will probably increase the average data use per user. Where 2 GB may suffice today for many people, we may find it inadequate for even an "average" user 2-3 years from now.
    Very much this...
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    please do not believe people who say you won't save or that it's impossible to save.

    I work selling verizon wireless service and most people are not like us, most people don't use a ton of data. Most people use less than 2 gb. Seriously.

    Usually when I look at a plan I advise them to switch, I look at their usage (specific months as well as average data use) and most people are paying around 130 for a single line with x amount of minutes and unlimited data but using less than (in some cases FAR LESS THAN) 2 gigs.

    I priced verizon a few years ago when I was trying to leave sprint and it would have cost me 130 per month to go with verizon. one hundred thirty dollars.

    Meanwhile, a 2 gb plan on the new share everything plan with just ONE LINE is 100 dollars. That's 2 gigs, unlimited talk, and unlimited text.

    130>100.

    So yes, most people DO save money. If you use 4 gigs - you'd save money. you use 6 gigs, you'd save 10 bucks, you use 8 gigs you'd break even.

    This is of course unless you have a legacy plan with a very small monthly bill.

    see what YOUR data usage is to determine if it's worth it.

    there's a very small percentage of people that I advise NOT TO switch which is those who have really high usage! I saw a guy that had 172GB per month in usage. He definitely advised him NOT TO switch. He'd be paying 2,470 per month with that typa usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesocyclonic View Post
    A big part of the reason I'm holding on to my unlimited data plan is that even if I were to fit in 2GB/month now, new apps/services developed over the next few years will probably increase the average data use per user. Where 2 GB may suffice today for many people, we may find it inadequate for even an "average" user 2-3 years from now.
    Exactly. Like any other company Verizon is always looking for ways to increase revenue.
    The "unlimited program" was made available during a time when 2GB was huge and not realistic for most. At the time Verizon was making bank on many that were on unlimited but never came close to using it.
    With the constant advancement of technology and dependence on "data" Verizon now realizes that an "unlimited program" is not cost effective....for them. They know now that data is king and people will be using more and more with no end in sight.

    My advice, hold on to your unlimited plans whatever it takes.
    The day will come when 2GB will be / can be used in a day.
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    I have the unlimited on my phone, the wife has 2Gb on hers (so I use our free upgrades through her line) and it would cost us more to switch to the new plan.

    We don't text (we have smartphones...) and with the new plan, they won't honor my 20% company discount on my data costs.

    Most importantly, I can just leave 4G on all the time and not worry about consumption.

    Pretty easy decision for me.

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