01-04-2011 02:10 PM
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  1. biggie_56's Avatar
    Has there been any word if Verizon will be charging extra for the data service for the thunderbolt even if you are not currently in a 4g area.

    From what I've found sprint charges a premium data charge of $10 on the Evo even if you do not use the 4g data at all. T mobile on the other hand doesn't charge anything extra for the 4g devices.
    12-29-2010 08:33 PM
  2. RHChan84's Avatar
    I have looked briefly but did not find much on that. But LTE modems are $50/month/5GB and 3g modems are still at $60/month/5GB. Nothing I found was solid proof/word of what VZW is going to charge for phone plans.
    12-29-2010 08:37 PM
  3. SUB-dawg's Avatar
    knowing verizon they wil probably charge for 4G.
    12-29-2010 09:20 PM
  4. SUB-dawg's Avatar
    I have looked briefly but did not find much on that. But LTE modems are $50/month/5GB and 3g modems are still at $60/month/5GB. Nothing I found was solid proof/word of what VZW is going to charge for phone plans.
    i sure hope the charge isn't $50 per month! i am hoping for a charge that is either free or $10
    12-29-2010 09:23 PM
  5. RHChan84's Avatar
    Highly doubt they will charge $50 a month for for USB modems, $50/5gb isn't bad at all.
    12-29-2010 10:27 PM
  6. bobbiac's Avatar
    optout would be nice
    12-30-2010 08:01 AM
  7. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    I can imagine there will be some sort of extra charge, probably in the same range as Sprint's $10
    12-30-2010 08:25 AM
  8. RHChan84's Avatar
    But isn't LTE USB modems plans cheaper on VZW then Sprint? I though I read something where LTE uses less towers and cheaper to operator then WiMax. But I don't quite remember so don't quote me on that.
    12-30-2010 08:34 AM
  9. Upstreammiami's Avatar
    if Verizon really wants to step up (they are one of the priciest) they will just add 4g in the data plan keeping the same price
    12-30-2010 11:30 AM
  10. Comineeyeaha's Avatar
    My deductive reasoning says that there won't be a higher price. The LTE USB plans are $10/month cheaper than the 3G one, so why would LTE on the phone be more expensive? I think this is a competitive move over Sprint.
    12-30-2010 12:20 PM
  11. Tarpit_Carnivore's Avatar
    I'm trying to keep some optimism that they'll be cheaper than the current modems or have a 3G only plan.
    12-30-2010 08:20 PM
  12. RHChan84's Avatar
    So far they are cheaper then 3g plans and cheaper to maintain since they use less towers. But to the normal average user, high speeds=more price cost. To us, we know a bit more and know it's cheaper to operate.
    12-30-2010 10:08 PM
  13. Droid hungry's Avatar
    as much as i wish i could say that verizons 4G plans would cost the same, i highly doubt it. Verizon is notorious for being the most expensive. But you do pay for what you get. I hope that they let us opt out at the least. If its a mandatory thing like that evo that would be incredibly stupid, especially since i live in Tucson, Arizona. No lte here for a loooong time.
    12-30-2010 10:21 PM
  14. Smitty_82's Avatar
    as much as i wish i could say that verizons 4G plans would cost the same, i highly doubt it. Verizon is notorious for being the most expensive. But you do pay for what you get. I hope that they let us opt out at the least. If its a mandatory thing like that evo that would be incredibly stupid, especially since i live in Tucson, Arizona. No lte here for a loooong time.
    I think we'll have to see what happens. They just lowered the price on broadband 3g and lte is the same price.
    12-30-2010 10:27 PM
  15. RHChan84's Avatar
    Nice, saves me $10/month for my MiFi, I'm still waiting for a MiFi version of 4G, hopefully out soon.
    12-31-2010 12:20 AM
  16. Smitty_82's Avatar
    Nice, saves me $10/month for my MiFi, I'm still waiting for a MiFi version of 4G, hopefully out soon.
    I'm waiting for that too. Would love to upgrade my netbook but don't want to use the usb modem.
    12-31-2010 12:25 AM
  17. RHChan84's Avatar
    USB Modem are just annoying to attach and have it hanging there. At least I can keep my MiFi in my bag and use it.
    12-31-2010 12:39 AM
  18. largeselection's Avatar
    If they do charge extra for LTE (which I don't think they will) I probably would not upgrade to it. I don't have a significant need for faster data.

    Anyone know how LTE compares to penetrating buildings/structures/etc? I'm in NYC and my service is generally excellent, but I have garbage service in my office building (other carriers have some better service). Does LTE penetrate walls better? If it does, that would be worth it.
    12-31-2010 06:03 PM
  19. thebizz's Avatar
    Giving the band its running on it should be great
    12-31-2010 06:56 PM
  20. Smitty_82's Avatar
    OK, just wanted to make this observation. I have been on VZW for a long time and have never been on another carrier. With all the changes that have been made with other carriers it is my opinion that VZW has been charging a "fair market price" for their service. They didn't get involved with the price wars that the other carriers are having to recover from by increasing their prices.

    I know there are people that have had bad expiriences with Verizon and that will play into their decision on what carrier to go with. For me, I have always been treated fairly and my service has always worked for me. It's a big decision on what carrier to go with, but I have always felt that you get what you pay for. Verizon has positioned themselves well for the next step into the "4G" market and if the past is any indicator, the transition to LTE will go well with little changes to the service plans.

    Just a disclaimer before any responses start coming in (if any) I DO NOT work for Verizon or in the cell industry and I do know what it's like to have a large cell bill. I have 4 smartphones and a netbook on my account. Just food for thought.
    12-31-2010 07:07 PM
  21. Raptor007's Avatar
    Good point Smitty_82.I have been with Verizon for most of the last 15 years and twice I foolishly tried AT&T for "cool" phones only to be let done with service issues and ultimately the phones did not live up to the hype.

    I have two MiFi's that are used for our actual daily internet use each with 10GB of data. I get 4-5 bars at my house, maybe 1 with AT&T. Verizon tech support and customer support has always been great and they even allowed a second device exchange which is not the norm. That is what keeps me as a customer.
    Smitty_82 likes this.
    12-31-2010 09:00 PM
  22. Smitty_82's Avatar
    Raptor007, thanks for the comment. It goes back to picking your carrier first and then the phone, lol I like to point out the good cause all to often, it is the bad that has the loudest voice!
    12-31-2010 09:05 PM
  23. Dark Phoenix's Avatar
    An article when sprint had its network apparently Verizon will also charge the 10 dollars for it.
    12-31-2010 09:12 PM
  24. Raptor007's Avatar
    Link to the supporting article?
    01-01-2011 03:02 PM
  25. tritan's Avatar
    I haven't followed verizon 3g plans for some time , since my droid x purchase. Are there 5gb caps in place for newer devices? When netflix comes this year won't it be really easy to go over the data caps if you use your device for movies etc?
    01-02-2011 08:09 PM
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