Stop & think!
STOP & THINK PEOPLE!
Who says that a person who uses more than 2 gigs of data a month is a "data hog"? Where did this come from?? Why are some of us as consumers so accepting of this arbitrary number/notion?? The big 2 (& T-mobile) have done an excellent job conitioning us to think that Joe public is a bad man because he uses 6 gigs of UNLIMITED data. Why?
These companies have marketed & sold us a service where almost evertything we do with their product requires data. But don't worry - data is unlimited. Apps running in the background, pulling data at will, virtually out of our control. No need to worry - unlimited! No room for your music that you just downloaded using data? No problem - store it in the cloud! Then use your data again (& again) to listen to it. You have unlimited data right? Want to back up those precious pictures? "To the cloud!" Want to view em? Data. Want to keep with your friends thorugh social media? More data. Get the point? Data is like crack!
Then they pull the rug out from under us... One. Step. At. A. Time.
Stop & think
No more unlimited data plans for new customers. Most of us breathe a sigh of relief. "I'm grandfathered WHOHOO!"
Now Verizon is tightening the noose/ taking away a little more crack, with their latest plan which may or may not cost you more money. Stop & think. Would Verizon make a plan that takes less money out of your pocket? They know that most of us are going to choose the smallest data plan that we "think" we need. And then wait for the overages to pile up, making more $$. "Free Wifi teathering included". That's mighty white of Verizon. They know that browsing on your laptop consumes ALOT more data than on your mobile. As an example, just look at the difference between Android Central's mobile page & the same page on you laptop/home PC. The difference is startling. Verizon bean counters are wringing their hands in anticipation of you using "free" included teathering!
"I'll keep my grandfathered unlimited data by buying my next phone unsubsidized". Stop & think. You are now without contract, month to month. How long do you think Pig Red is going to let you stay month to month unlimited before they say "Uh uh. We need you to choose one of our (GREAT!) new plans" or "based on your usage, here's the plan "we think" best suits you"... Without a contract, they can tell you to pony up or beat sand. SO, I hope you just spent $600 plus on an unsubsidized phone that you can take to a different carrier.
"I don't use/need big data/I use free Wifi at home/work".
Stop & think. I guarantee you - EVERY SINGLE ISP IS WAITING TO SEE WHAT TRANSPIRES WHEN VILE-RIZON IMPLEMENTS THIS! Do you think that every other ISP, be it mobile or landline, will continue to offer unlimited data if Verizon can charge per data usage??? Do you think your work will continue to let you use their newly tiered data for your personal device? Where are you going to get your free crack when your home ISP charges per usage/exceeding data caps? It's already happening - look at Con-cast.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, whether you are a Verizon customer or not, should be absolutly furious about these changes being foisted upon us. I dosen't matter if you don't have to "choose" this plan "right now"! Because, one way or another, this corporate greed is eventually going to affect us all. Every single one of us, Verizon or not, should make as much noise/ protest these changes as possible. And if that doesn't work, Yell in protest with your wallets & choose another carrier that will suit your needs without bending you over.
Last edited by Brian_d; 06-17-2012 at 01:13 PM.
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Americans have been so beaten down by the current system theyll go along with anything as long dancing with the stars and american idol remain in the air.
Technology advacement in the wireless cell industry is raising cost . This anomaly is also seen in the healthcare industry. Due to gov and big business in cahoots.
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While I agree with the overall message, at the same time you completely ignore the realities of wireless technology and wireless markets in the US. Spectrum is finite. So is the number of users any given network can support before the quality of service degrades. The carriers are attempting to work out a solution within the framework the FCC and federal government has cobbled together, and, frankly, its the only viable solution given what they have to work with.
Your quibbles should be with the flawed nature of the wireless market itself, not with the carriers.
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- 06-22-2012, 10:13 AM #9Banned
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I agree that the point made hear is a good one. I agree that the company's make the phones to gobble up data in any form, and I understand as time goes on I know thinks change its only natural. I think there should be a option to buy unlimited data at a rate. A 6 month data rate of unlimited data would be nice.
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- 06-22-2012, 11:34 AM #10
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Re: Stop & think!
That said wireless companies are not wonderful paragons of virtue. They were brought up on making tons on money offering tons of various services that people paid for -texting, ringtones, lots of minutes, data etc... But overtime users have become smart on getting most of these services for free.
Personally I don't mind the new plans - I generally use right around 2 GB a month. I have a tablet and two other smart phone users on my plan who use less. We can save quite a bit by the new plans. I personally don't think the new plans are great right now, so I will wait a bit before I change.
Those who don't like the new plans and want to protest with their wallet should run not walk to Sprint and find out how wonderful unlimited networks are by companies run so well they have not made any money in 4 four years. As a former Sprint customer I wish you all the best.
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Let's say bob has decided to sell this new liquid that comes from the underside of a cow. Bob tells me its the drink of the future. I can have all I want for $20 a month, so I have my whole family drinking it. Then he tells Mark about it, and sells him unlimited liquid for $20 a month. This keeps going on and on. After a while, the cow can't produce enough liquid to keep up with the demand, and Bob starts telling Sally and Joe that since I drink 3-4 gallons a month, it limits how much liquid he can give them now. Boo me. Horrible me.
Now the part I need explained is this. If Bob only bought one cow, is that my fault? The output of the cow has absolutely nothing to do with me. If I can have unlimited liquid, Bob should buy more cows, and produce more liquid to add more customers, not blame me. I'm only using the service HE (read VERIZON) offered me to get my money!
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- 06-25-2012, 10:07 PM #19
And new chips/radios need to be made to support other frequencies.
They're not forcing you to buy a new phone.
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- 06-25-2012, 10:20 PM #21Android Addict
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It boils down to supply and demand......just like anything. They can only charge what we are willing to pay, and over the past couple years, we have proven that we will spend out entertainment dollars on data. Lets face it, the massive data consumption is strictly entertainment. I'm not killing 4 gigs uploading work files and sending clients huge emails. I'm doing it playing games, streaming music, and streaming video,......like all of you.
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