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Engadget: Verizon switching to AT&T-style limited data plans later this month?
Hang on to your megabytes, folks, because it looks like the Brave New World of limited data is truly upon us. AT&T and Verizon tend to follow each others' moves pretty closely -- the two carriers regard each other as their nearest competitors, after all -- and we're hearing that Big Red intends to move to some sort of tiered bucket strategy on July 29. We don't have details on whether the pricing will be identical to AT&T's ($25 for 2GB, $15 for 200MB), but we imagine it'll be within shouting distance if not. Of course, Verizon has been sending this message for a long time -- even before AT&T was -- so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that this is going down. You might say that Droid Does Caps, eh?
Verizon switching to AT&T-style limited data plans later this month? -- Engadget
- 07-20-2010, 06:58 PM #2
Hey, Droid Does caps.. yep.. but the iPhone has caps too.. There's a cap for that!
90 something % of users don't use more than 2GB, so does this really affect many people? No.
1. Use WIFI when at home, your battery will last longer and you'll get data quicker.
2. Chances are your home broadband's cap is much much higher so you wont run out.
- 07-20-2010, 07:16 PM #3
It doesn't matter for us current users anyways. Limited data is for new verizon customers, or verizon customers that are JUST adding data to their plans, after the effective date. If you already have unlimited data, you will get to keep it. Just don't interrupt that data plan, because if you cancel it and then try to add it back on later, then unlimited will no longer be available. I know that I'VE got nothing to worry about.
Same goes for the AT&T customers.
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If this is true, get a contract now. You will be locked into unlimited for at least 2 years (you could probably buy a phone off contract at that point and put it onto your still-unlimited-data plan). I bet Verizon will offer better pricing than AT&T though, their network hasn't been hit by the iPhone madness. Plus, LTE will start taking some heat off the CDMA 3G waves.
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Just another way to screw users out of money who like using their smartphone. Personally I use close to 5GB a month. Why the hell they would want to put a limit on data for $5 less is beyond stupid, However if they offered this as an optional choice for light users it would make a good decision but do not take away what everyone already enjoys.
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- 07-21-2010, 06:59 AM #17
I wonder how current or real time the My VZW app is?
To me, having a real time count of data used, not an "estimate as of...", is essential for the customer if a carrier moves to tiered data pricing like this.
- 07-21-2010, 08:23 AM #18
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- 07-21-2010, 10:20 AM #21
As for the actual story, think about this.
The news story said that Verizon might be going to caps later this month, and then they posted the caps ATT has on their account. They didn't post ANYTHING about what verizon caps would be, or what the price point is.
For all we know, it could be 5gb for 10 or 5gb for 100.
Personally, I don't see them really doing this until they have a 4g network in place (though a lower tiered data plan might work to try and get people to make smartphone jump). I'm not saying it won't happen, but I really doubt they'll match ATT exactly on this.
- 07-21-2010, 10:40 AM #22
For most of us, this type of plan is advantagous. I rarely (and by rarely I mean on once) have gone over 1.5gb.
- 07-21-2010, 11:00 AM #23
I agree that this could be a boon for users. But they need to do it right. I think 2gb for 25 is too low considering they don't have issues with their network like att, and Tethering should be part of your usual plan, this is for wifi and wired.
And they need to improve their my verizon usage to make sure it's accurate and realtime.
- 07-21-2010, 01:30 PM #24
- 07-21-2010, 01:51 PM #25
I don't think this will affect existing customers; Only those who sign up w/Verizon after they launch their tiered plans. ATT grandfathered people even when they extended their contracts after June 7 so I would assume Verizon would follow suit especially since they're not having network congestion like ATT.