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    Default Unlimited 4g ending Thursday?

    I just read this over at XDA... Not sure of the validity or not, but if it is, I need to do some convinceing to get my upgrade date moved. I am upgrade on April 16 but want to get locked in on the unlimited 4g/

    Anyone here heard anything about when unlimited will end?

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    I remember there being a rumor about it ending shortly after launch, but I thought that only pertained to the non-contract data pricing.
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    I was told as long as you have an unlimited data plan now, you will be grandfathered in no matter what happens. Of course you could always change your plan if you wanted but the unlimited option will be there for you.
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    Not doubting this will happen, but I'm guessing this will come and go as VZW prioritizes which phones it wants to move.

    Remember they had tiered 3G until the iPhone 4 came out and amazingly there is no $15 plan right now...
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    I already reported this yesterday in another thread that has long since disappeared into a different page.

    I suspect its going to be grandfathered for those who already have it and will stay in place until they upgrade to another phone. I think it will be applied to news customers or to current customers who upgrade.

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    I think they are beginning to realize that they are losing money with their unlimited plans especially since these new phones are so much more reliant on data. Coming from a BlackBerry, the amount of data the Thunderbolt uses is much higher than anything I have ever seen. I think that these tiered plans are going to be the way of the future for carriers and I am not going to like it.

    Regardless, I'm locked in for another two years with unlimited so I'm a happy camper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevez48 View Post
    I just read this over at XDA... Not sure of the validity or not, but if it is, I need to do some convinceing to get my upgrade date moved. I am upgrade on April 16 but want to get locked in on the unlimited 4g/

    Anyone here heard anything about when unlimited will end?

    Makes no sense for Big Red to go EZ Pass on their 4G network at this point when they are expecting to roll it out to almost 150 cities during the next year. I would be given their investment in it they want to draw as many people in as possible and then change the payment structure.

    they know how many customers they need to support the investment and i would bet they are way short of that $ currently and will be for at least a year or two.

    If they change it now,,, they will slow down customer usage and encourage other customers to go to a single pay system. it would also encourage other carries to use a single pay structure to gain customers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bweston1 View Post
    I was told as long as you have an unlimited data plan now, you will be grandfathered in no matter what happens. Of course you could always change your plan if you wanted but the unlimited option will be there for you.
    I was told the same thing, grandfathered *for the duration of your contract.*
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    Quote Originally Posted by debsdroid View Post
    I was told the same thing, grandfathered *for the duration of your contract.*
    Technically the "duration" is as long as you want it to be. In other words, you can sign a 1yr contract and you'll still be getting whatever terms you had on the 13th month. In order for them to change the terms you have to agree to purchase a new phone under contract or they have to force it. If they force it, you can cancel without penalty.

    I've never seen them change the terms of your contract after the 1 or 2 yr period expired. Everyone here will be grandfathered in and keep their contract so as long as they don't sign a new one to get another phone.
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    And then all u would have to do is keep paying for extended warranty, and then when ur phone craps out keep getting it replace until here are no more available. Free upgrade!
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    If they force it, you can cancel without penalty.
    only if it has a "materially adverse effect" which for most people it won't if they set the $29.99 tier between 2 and 5GB. There's no way they'll touch existing contracts with data features though because they don't want to be known as the first one to do so.

    As for when tiered will get here. It was initially said in early March that it would be mid-summer but in the same sentence it was mentioned that “then that will give you a flavor of our tiered-pricing structure going forward” referring to the upcoming Thunderbolt launch. No one knows exactly what that means though. Will there be a $29.99 unlimited plan? No one knows.
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    I see on the site it is 29.99 for 3G and 4G unlimited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJnc284 View Post
    only if it has a "materially adverse effect" which for most people it won't if they set the $29.99 tier between 2 and 5GB. There's no way they'll touch existing contracts with data features though because they don't want to be known as the first one to do so.

    As for when tiered will get here. It was initially said in early March that it would be mid-summer but in the same sentence it was mentioned that “then that will give you a flavor of our tiered-pricing structure going forward” referring to the upcoming Thunderbolt launch. No one knows exactly what that means though. Will there be a $29.99 unlimited plan? No one knows.
    Been over this before and I thought you agreed it is extremely unlikely. Regardless, they have the provision, but I doubt they force any contract changes.
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    The rep I talked to about this stated that those who sign up now and have unlimited will be grandfathered into LTE unlimited.

    Can you imagine the stink VZW customers would through if they were not. ATT did this when they changed over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jude526 View Post
    I see on the site it is 29.99 for 3G and 4G unlimited.
    It's not Thursday yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bweston1 View Post
    I think they are beginning to realize that they are losing money with their unlimited plans especially since these new phones are so much more reliant on data. Coming from a BlackBerry, the amount of data the Thunderbolt uses is much higher than anything I have ever seen. I think that these tiered plans are going to be the way of the future for carriers and I am not going to like it.

    Regardless, I'm locked in for another two years with unlimited so I'm a happy camper.
    Actually that's probably incorrect. When I track my data usage, I'm not even close to eclipsing 5GB of data. In which case, I would opt for the 25 dollar 3GB plan (or whatever the cheapest plan with significant data allowance is)...so they technically would be losing money by going to tiered. From what I've read, it's only the top 5% of data users that would be affected by Tiered data...the rest of us would actually be saving money.
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    Nothing further about LTE tiering over on the previously mentioned XDA thread. Perhaps it's still too soon for VZW to gauge normal LTE use after only one week. More likly we'll see it by the time the Bionic is released?
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    Quote Originally Posted by htowngtr View Post
    Been over this before and I thought you agreed it is extremely unlikely. Regardless, they have the provision, but I doubt they force any contract changes.
    I said it was unlikely at the end of the part you quoted. Was just saying that them changing something isn't an instant out.

    Quote Originally Posted by pheatton View Post
    The rep I talked to about this stated that those who sign up now and have unlimited will be grandfathered into LTE unlimited.

    Can you imagine the stink VZW customers would through if they were not. ATT did this when they changed over.
    The reps know less than we do. Right now there's no differentiation in the unlimited plans between 3G smartphones and LTE phones like the Bolt. Both use "Unlimited Email & Web for Smartphones (personal email)" so unless there's a different feature code in Verizon's system we don't know how it's going to work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvolutionGSR View Post
    And then all u would have to do is keep paying for extended warranty, and then when ur phone craps out keep getting it replace until here are no more available. Free upgrade!
    done that before, free upgrades rule!
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    I bit the bullet and early upgraded to get locked in just in case. $199 aint too bad, and if anything comes up better...Well, craigs list and swapa sound like good options :-)
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    BENNNN?? You around?
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    Later on, if you pay full retail for a different LTE device will you be able to switch and still retain the unlimited 4G data plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by experiment626 View Post
    Later on, if you pay full retail for a different LTE device will you be able to switch and still retain the unlimited 4G data plan?
    correct but might not work if you buy from them.
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    I think that 4g will come back to be unlimited.
    They just don't have all the implementation in place?

    Or the other side is they are doing this to push TB sales because of public backlash for not getting the device out sooner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbdynsty25 View Post
    Actually that's probably incorrect. When I track my data usage, I'm not even close to eclipsing 5GB of data. In which case, I would opt for the 25 dollar 3GB plan (or whatever the cheapest plan with significant data allowance is)...so they technically would be losing money by going to tiered. From what I've read, it's only the top 5% of data users that would be affected by Tiered data...the rest of us would actually be saving money.
    You are right. Right now Verizon isn't losing any money. It sort of like an all you can eat buffet. Sure you'll have a few people come in eating you out of house and home but for the 90% majority that eat like birds, you'll be making more money to cover your loss on the other 10% that eat more than they pay and still make a big profit.
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