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Pricing of Verizon 4G LTE Android Phones, What Can We Expect?

When the HTC Thunderbolt is announced as the world’s first 4G LTE smartphone, would any of you be willing to pay more than the usual $199 subsidized 2-year contract price for it?  The reason I’m approaching this subject is the fact that Verizon put their four exclusive 4G LTE devices up in front of the world at CES just a couple of weeks ago, but was unwilling to mention pricing of any sort.  While this is standard procedure for any product release, we’re just wondering what a premium price tag would do to your willingness to have the best?

We’re fully expecting an entire suite of non-4G LTE Android phones in 2011 from VZW that will all likely land at the $199 2-year contract price point, but what about the big dogs?  So far, competitors like Sprint and T-Mobile have left their “4G” devices at normal pricing aside from the Epic 4G who snuck in originally at $249, leading us to believe that Verizon could do the same, especially since we all know that Big Red likes to do things bigger and some times pricier than everyone else.

Let’s also not forget about 4G LTE data plans which currently look like this:  5GB for $50 and 10GB for $80.  If those stand when smartphones start hitting the market, you’ll be paying what most would consider, insanely high prices for a block of data that you could easily surpass should you be any sort of an above average user.  Couple that with a potentially higher priced device and you are looking at quite the wireless bill.

And then comes in the fact that Verizon is changing their upgrade policy by removing the “New Every 2” deal, leaving customers stuck with devices for at least 20 months.  Many of you have talked about only signing 1-year contracts going forward, but think about a 4G LTE device on that 1-year contract at a potentially increased price?  Shake things up a little bit?

While we have zero confirmation that prices could jump to anything out of the ordinary, it’s just something we wanted to start up a conversation around.  How much are you willing to pay to have the best smartphone on the best new network?  Would you be into a $249 DROID BIONIC knowing that you would be stuck with it for 2 years?  What about $349 for a 1-year contract?  Questions, questions.

  • gvnjm

    I have used verizon for more years than i can count. I had a 4 phone family plan that ran 200+ before taxes each month. I was the dummy who could never end the contract as new phones came out, I had to have one but the other 3 family members got sick of the fees associated with verizon. My kid went to sprint, my ex went to metropcs, and my younger kid went to virgin mobile. They all pay significantly less than my “new” individual plan. The virgin mobile one is one third of my cost per month and is unlimited everything except minutes, which is the only thing I don’t care about…One third the price! And no verizon and their locking out features stuff. I will not be tempted by anything new this time. I still have 16 months to go or buy out my contract.

  • Guest

    Thunderbolt for $299 and at&t Inspire for $99. Hmmm, same phone. Big RED, what a rip off! I’ll never buy your Thunderbolt.

    • Inspire comes with 4GB internal memory and 8GB SD Card. Thunderbolt comes with 8GB internal and 32 GB SD Card. That’s 40 GB of memory instead of the Inspires 12 GB. IMO, the extra capacity will improve the phone experience a lot. While I think $300 is too much, I thought the $250 speculated price seemed fair… similar phones with 16 GB cards are going for $200, so they obviously wouldn’t sell it for the same as those. As for the Inspire, it is a complete fail. Carriers need to stop selling phones with trash 8GB cards. I use a lot of memory and I will never go back to a phone with less than 32 GB capacity! Hopefully we start seeing some phones with 60-100+ GB memory in the next few years.

  • Airsoftwinner

    If paying more for 4g service is what it’s coming down to, I refuse to get a 4g phone. It’s insane how much more money you’d have to pay for an extra 10 seconds of waiting to download something. Not fair for verizon to make insane price jumps.

  • Raiden_hideki

    This info is incorrect. Prices for Verizon data will still remain unchanged….now as far as the upgrade policy…yes it is now a whopping 2 years but Verizon still has a great service to offer……the lte is just a start. 🙂

  • Riffdex

    What people don’t understand is the 3G pricing is already insanely high. We are being royally screwed by the oligopolist carriers that stick together with pricing and gouge us, while providing sub-par services. If these are the true pricings, I don’t see how VZ believes that ANYONE will pay that much. Every VZ customer who wants 4G would sooner switch to the (more) reasonable prices of Sprint.

  • AnathemaAnimus

    Chances are, VZW will follow Sprint’s lead and charge similar prices for their 4G plans….my question is, will VZW force you to get the 4G plan and pay for it like Sprint does? I would like to get a 4G phone because of the hardware and when 4G is available in my area, then I can decide if I want to pay more for an LTE plan. I would avoid the new LTE phones if they force you to pay extra like Sprint does. That would be like having the power company charge you for electricity even if you are Amish. Is paying over $200 for a phone with better hardware worth it? I say yes, these are essentially tiny computers with smaller hard drives….hdmi out + bluetooth keyboard/mouse + Google Docs (etc) = average user’s computer needs.

  • Eweurou3

    what is LTE?

  • Aalleyne98

    If 4g dataplans is over 30 I’m keeping my lg cosmos

  • Aalleyne98

    If 4g dataplans is over 30 I’m keeping my lg cosmos

  • Aalleyne98

    If 4g dataplans is over 30 I’m keeping my lg cosmos

  • Gman

    Just bought the Droid X…..love it……but I wonder if I should have waited for the Droid Bionic??

  • daniel

    Yes, we do have to combine and stop Verizon from increasing their rates sky high!!! Like many have already said the cost of cell phones nowadays are one of the most expensive things we pay a MONTH. True, phones now have FAR more value now than they did 10 years ago and many of us can’t live without them now. But charging such a premium SUPER messed up. LOWELL MCADAM EVEN SAID AT CES That “If the press writes something long enough and hard enough it will eventually come true” So C’mon GUYS. SPEAK WITH YOUR WALLETS. AT&T AND VZW MAKES WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ALREADY!!!!

  • mnarvaez07

    Verizon is expensive as it is, so it is to be expected that their 4G plans will be eve even more expensive. True, their network is great and have great customer service but that doesn’t mean you should nickle and dime your customers – WTF!. Now they have the iPhone and I expect their plans for that phone to be expensive, even more so than other 3G devices they currently are offering. AT&T has awful customer service, their network is atrocious, their plans are just as expensive as Verizon’s and yet people flock to them likes bees to honey, and why? Because of the iPhone! Verizon knows this so I bet their plan will be more expensive than AT&T, it’s criminal what they’re doing!

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Jfhardy82

    Does anyone know about VERIZON’S trade in program? Theyre giving a $150 vzw gift card for an incredible right now… Not bad, imho…. I know, I know… “A Vzw gift card?” Yes! .. $150 gift card sounds like a free month and a half worth of service to me…

  • Lyreptjrm

    If you guys are tired of paying a cell phone bill, call 1-800-349-8033 to learn how you can get free cell phone service on a 3G nationwide network. You can also get paid a residual income every month others pay their cell phone bill. Do you know anyone that is going to pay a cell phone bill every month?

  • Iamsteventucker

    internet device pricing does not and has never equaled smartphone data pricing

  • fckapple

    the MANAGER AT my local Verizon store stated IT’S STILL $30, SO I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS POST

  • MG

    We should not have to pay anymore for data then we already do. I’m sure the ones who are super users off set the ones who don’t even use the data they pay for. Let’s not forget about Grandma with the Droid X and unlimited data plan who only calls her grandson or emergency calls only… I’m sure there are a couple of hundred thousand of them out there. My wife has a bought a Samsung with a keyboard only so she can text better. We pay for a $10 dollar data package. The phone is not even designed to go on the net, the button is just there. CRAP phones are the ones that should have options to choose from data or not. I predict more expensive price plans for data and fewer minutes. Since mobile to mobile is a big reason for getting service. The plans should be based on person by person basis. They need to average the usage for three months. A low and hi… Problem solved. Let the mobile hotspot users pay for their needs. Why should I have to pay the leftovers we do sleep and therefore the usage is not a high at night… Someone needs to add people and common sense to the billing equation.

    • mnarvaez07

      Then your grandma should have gotten herself a low end phone! It doesn’t make sense to buy a smartphone just for calls :-/

    • mnarvaez07

      Then your grandma should have gotten herself a low end phone! It doesn’t make sense to buy a smartphone just for calls :-/

  • Jmanin

    All of these changes that Verizon has announces (nixing New Every 2, Reducing the return policy to 14 days, Eliminating the Early Upgrade Policy and Outrageously high cost for data) have me seriously considering jumping to another carrier. I have been a long time Verizon customer but this is getting ridiculous!

  • Stanley Spadowski

    I wonder what device pricing will look like with the iPhone in the mix because it goes for $299 for the 32gb version. I know the die-hards will pay extra for it, but will the normal person walk past a Bionic at $199 and go to the iPhone at $299 or more?

  • Stanley Spadowski

    I wonder what device pricing will look like with the iPhone in the mix because it goes for $299 for the 32gb version. I know the die-hards will pay extra for it, but will the normal person walk past a Bionic at $199 and go to the iPhone at $299 or more?

  • Stanley Spadowski

    I wonder what device pricing will look like with the iPhone in the mix because it goes for $299 for the 32gb version. I know the die-hards will pay extra for it, but will the normal person walk past a Bionic at $199 and go to the iPhone at $299 or more?

  • Djsantos

    I don’t think that 4g is worth it at this point. As many other phones have come out the price is always high at first. Then with in 6 months the prices drop and or new phones come out. I am happy with my droid X. So will keep that for now!

  • Anonymous

    well seeing as how i’m eligible for an upgrade some time in 2012… and live in a state that will only see LTE like many of my friends see WiFi (by stealing it from the neighbors), I think I can expect to stay in my unlimited $30 3G plan for quite awhile.

  • Omaroner

    I Will be getting the ThunderBolt but on a 3g plan, Count 4g out for me, I’m running a family plan with 4 phone. playing more is not an option for me!

  • Anonymous

    Better question, now that verizon isn’t subsidizing phones a year into the contract and 1 year contracts won’t be subsidized earlier (this is what I was told by a verizon rep) will phone manufacturers start subsidizing on thier end? I mean I know the PS3 and the 360 cost an arm and a leg to manufacture but they still put it out for 300 and 600 respectively on the initial launch maybe the same can be done by motorola, samsung etc.. so that they can keep the 200/300 price point

  • SLOWVR

    Why pay so much for a 4g phone that isnt really running on a 4g network

  • Jaaa Jaaa!

    Yeah, some of you guys are making a big hub bub out of this which is apparently the intent of the post. I doubt Verizon will do anything dumb. They’re not going to mimic the current pricing for broadband devices. It may go up to like $40 for unlimited smartphone 4G web, but probably only $45 at the highest (at least that’s my prediction). I think Verizon said a lot when they introduced the $15 data plan instead of following in AT&T’s footsteps and creating a capped data plan. Judging from that alone they will introduce an unlimited 4G smartphone plan at a reasonable cost if they change the data pricing at all. The Bionic will sell for $249 at the most on a 2 year agreement. What has you guys so paranoid that the pricing could be any worse than what I just predicted?

    Verizon showed why they’re the leader in the industry again by developing their LTE technology instead of WiMax or that other Hispa whateverthefuckit’scalled on AT&T. Now every one is considering that to be the standard in 4G technology. Considering Verizon’s outstanding foresight, I think they would be smart enough to realize that they’d receive a huge consumer backlash if they started their 4G service with capped data plans. I could be wrong, though. I doubt a lot of you have forgotten the “3G Multimedia Device” era (required 25mb data plans on the better non smartphones for $9.99/month).

  • Logic439

    That would be outrageous!! I dont think they will go that high if they did I would stay 3G as long as humanely possible, after all none of these companies offer true 4G anyway. The $249 not too bad, and right now I’m 23 days into, my biking cycle and I’m at 1.883GB and I think I use it alot. I the most id do is a $10 increase for guranteed 3 to 4 GB no more..

  • cowdog

    I hope Verizon doesn’t introduce a new pricing plan for LTE phones. Some of us don’t live in the handful of metro areas where they will begin LTE rollout but would like the new phones. Plus, many of us travel to large metro areas.

    My concern: Why hasn’t Verizon announced pricing? As a company, Verizon seems to be going darkside more and more. Sadly, we don’t have a choice here. Isn’t wireless “competition” great?

  • Robbdizzle420

    first off people dont know what they talking about… 4g data plans yea uh mobile broadband plans dummies are 50 a month and oh the old 3g bb plans were high too mobile broadband is always gonna be higher then a data plan for a smart phone quit starting rumors before things even pop off… and the thunderbolt is the evo with a new design its not a super duper new thing… and my incredible still smashed the evo… epic .. and iphone 4 so im not worried

    • Colemanjj616

      What about your incredible smashed the Evo? Both phones made by HTC, incredible has no front camera, smaller screen, and only 3G data.

  • Tom M

    My guess is that Verizon will use similar rates as the iPhone on AT&T. The iPhone costs $25 for 2GB, and $10 for each additional GB. This unfortunately won’t chase many away since many currently stay below 2GB.

    However, with 4G, there will be additional applications that may increase usage, and as we know, 4G LTE can download much faster than 3G.

    In the future, it will be tough to stay under 2GB unless all you use the phone for is call and check emails. If this is you, keep your 3G phone until it breaks.

  • droidsensai

    The 4g data plans that this douchebag is talking about is for mobile broadband service (usb cards, tablets, laptops, and hotspot devices) Big Red hasn’t even anounced data plans for the iphone which is right around the corner…much less 4g devices whose technology will not be everywhere until 2013

  • My experience with Verizon is they’ll ass rape you whenever possible. As excited as I am to snatch up a 4G phone, and as frequently as I upgrade my phone (usually every 6 – 8 months), I’m actually for the first time pretty content with my phone (Droid X). For once I think I’m going to sit back and let the prices drop before switching. I think I’ll avoid being the early adopter for once. Those 4G prices are ricouculous, ridonkulous, and just plain triflin’. Verizon knows they have the upperhand with their 4G, it penetrates walls (unlike that garbage wimax from Sprint, and the speeds are impressive. I just wish they would look at being competitive with their pricing. Wishiful thinking I know.

  • gobl

    I won’t upgrade till data is unlimited. Its too easy to run it up too quickly.

  • Bs_thinker

    Verizon will charge me more for a service that costs virtually nothing? Give me the CONVENIENCE of bloatware (I really use that blockbuster app). Charge me more for a nominally more efficient device. I can hardly wait. BTW the KY jelly is extra.

  • Junglejim18

    If vzw would offer 4G/unlimited + hotspot for $50, i would be all over it…

  • VZWgetwiththeprogram

    People need to realize that phones aren’t going to pass the $199 mark because if they do, everyone will just resort to buying the iPhone….

  • future4Gowner

    Thank you to the VZW employees who posted on this. I couldn’t agree more about these talks scaring away potential customers before the devices even come out. I really want the ThunderBolt, but I know i’m not paying over $250 for the device, and not a penny over $40 for the 4G LTE service. I really hope too that people can ACTUALLY NOTICE THAT THE 5G/$50 IS THE MODEM PRICE!!!! and the phone data price will be no more competitive than Sprint’s $40/unlimited plan.

  • xyzlene

    verizon will probably have unlimited plans/pricing structure that currently exist. fast forward one year – unlimited data adios. prepare for tiered pricing plans…………

    hopefully this will not transpire

    An advanced smartphone should not be a luxury item..

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  • I’ve been saying this frequently. What’s the big deal about 4g? Why would anyone be willing to pay any amount of money for 4g unless you live in those selective areas? I travel a lot, and based upon the map Verizon offers on their website, it’s like finding a needle in a hay stack for 4g for travelers. Mind you, a bit exaggerated on the needle example but it proves my point for my point of view. Unless they have some huge upgrading and building of towers in store to dramatically expand 4g availability, I just don’t see the 4g phones worth the money. Now if you can opt to just not get 4g and use those super powered phones on only 3g with no forced payment on 4g, then I will probably side with the Bionic on my own preference.

    • PSU_DI

      The US and the rest of the world governments are heavily invested heavily in 4G development. In the US its apart of the National Broadband plan. The idea is that it a lot cheaper to put an LTE tower in an area so they don’t need to lay fiber in rural areas. So 4G is a big deal. Now what carriers are pettling as 4G is not what 4G was supposed to be as they dont hit the speeds of 100 mbps. But the the standard was recently changed to allow carries to call what they have now as 4g as they are precursors to real 4G

  • Lilcal70

    if verizon doesn’t offer done kind of unlimited data plan for their 4G handsets I will not waste time or money on it..what’s the point of have terrific blazing fast speeds if you are limited to how much of it you can actually use..it’s stupid if you ask me..I’ll stay with the 2.3mb/s I get where I live on my droid x (:

  • Motoxer

    Droid life sux!

  • Rousellbrandon

    Im not willing to pay a $1 more for 4G unless I get free hot spot. I already spend $65. For home and cell internet. Unless I can eliminate my home with hotshot not willing to pay more.

  • Tmax224

    darn im really flustered now 🙁

  • Picodroid

    You bloggers piss me off sometimes.

    Why on earth would they charge mobile broadband prices for phone data packages?? The prices listed above are for 4G mobile broadband usb modems. In fact the old 3G usb modem had a $59.99 data plan for 5GB with an overage rate that came out to $51.20/GB where the new plan is $10/GB. So the 4G pricing is even better than 3G was/is. Just because its a better service doesn’t mean they’ll definitely charge a premium for it. It’s a cheaper network to support leaving them more room for profit, so to stay competitive they’ll surely be charging a recent rate. It may be similar to $29.99 a month with a cap but it will be a reasonable amount with an ok overage rate.

  • G2memphis

    “…we’re just wondering what a premium price tag would do to your willingness to have the best?” Folks, with VZW we’re NOT getting the “best”. A more fully loaded model of each of the four phones is going elsewhere: 3 to ATT (LG Optimus, Moto Atrix and Sammy Infuse) and 1 to Sprint (HTC Inspire). We are getting s**t! I would expect to pay no more than the customary $200 as I would for any ‘normal’ phone.

  • Wollinger

    i rather have unlimited 3G for 20 bucks.

  • Morenoc12

    Odds are those won’t be the prices of you notice the 3g prices for a modem were set similar to the 4g modems but cellular data plans are priced completely different odds are they will do something similar with the 4g cellular data pricing and probably add the 10 monthly premium

  • Devo2

    would buy the 4G phone only if plans stay the same as they are now, and make GSM versions, otherwise why bother, im stickin to my BB storm2.

  • Anonymous

    I might pay twenty bucks extra for a 4g phones access a month, but not much more

  • I love the Phones, but don’t need 4G. Big Red needs to complete their 3G network first. I travel for a living and go plenty places where im only getting 1G if anything.

  • I’m far less willing to pay a premium price for one of these phones than I am to pay for my XOOM…

    Freakin’ A, people!! Where’s the pricing and availability on this thing? Tick-tock, Motorola and VZ. 1,000,000 units sales forecast in Q1, and you’re almost 1/3 through Q1. Are you really THAT confident in this product?

    {climbs out of android fanboy mindset temporarily}Hm, perhaps you have good reason to be, with fanatics like me writing posts like this… hrm…

    {climbs back into my android fanboy mindset — I missed it for that 2 seconds of temporary sanity!}I WANT MY XOOM!!!!

  • Ortizchief

    just buy the new verizon iphone 3 g and you stick with the same price for data and wait to next year (2012) to see if you area is covered by 4G

  • Buckgrad

    Happy to wait out the year and a half of my contract before moving on to something else. Droid X, 3G, part of family plan, $30 unlimited data (and PdaNet). The price is right and I’m a happy camper…and can only imagine what the phones will be like in August of 2011!

  • Doug

    You Sprint guys need to do your homework! 5gb of data for mobile broadband device is $59.99 a month. Sprint costs 9.99 a month more than verizon!

  • Doug

    You Sprint guys need to do your homework! 5gb of data for mobile broadband device is $59.99 a month. Sprint costs 9.99 a month more than verizon!

  • shr1k3r

    for this phone to be over 199 is ridiculous. There isn’t one thing thats groundbreaking about it. They don’t even include a gyroscope!

  • P ch

    There is nothing you can do about it, trust me I will see you all getting and paying more, even though you guys are complaining about, american are so easy to get persuade and will end up in debt, trust me you guys can’t fight it, so weak when materialism is in the middle

    • Anonymous

      Umm who the hell are you? Are you god because if your not your about to get smacked…i for one have no debt whatsoever so speak for yourself.

  • Motta2003

    I hope they keep their prices in line with Sprint of slightly more (it IS Verizon after-all) but $50 for 5GB without any lube is crazy!! As far as pricing… at this point I’d think I’d go to $300/350 for a 1 year contract. I’m eyeing the THunderBolt since I need to get rid of my BB Storm (original) and can’t wait for the Bionic. So 1 year to get me over to Android and can gift that phone to the wife when I upgrade.

  • Guest

    I work for Verizon and as far as I know our 4G plans for phones will still be $30 for unlimited. Droid-life needs to do more research before posting this stuff because it is scaring some customers away before things are being released.

    • Bob

      lol working in a verizon retail store isn’t going to give you anymore information than a customer…

      • So true! I have a friend that works for Verizon, and not in a retail store, in a corporate office. I know more about what’s happening with Verizon’s smart phones, iPhone etc than he does. He told me they don’t even tell them anything until the day of. For example, instead of saying he guys the iPhone is going live today, he said the told them to “watch your screens today there will be an alert”. Next thing you know, iPhone pops up in their computers and the phones light up. So working for Verizon doesn’t mean jack.

        • NewsWorthy

          +1. I have a very good friend who has a fairly prominent position at VZW who straight up tells me that I usually have the information before he does.

          ~ Slim ~

      • Christyv116

        very true customers usually no more than us employees know! I am a little concerned about data pricing for 4g because I’m not a fan of the cap not because of the price which alot of other carriers already have. With what these phones can do i can’t imagine it being unlimited data but I’m not knocking the company i think we will all be impressed with the phones and the capabilities.

    • Lilcal70

      that’s good news for me..if that’s the case I will be getting a vzw 4G device (:

    • Jonathon_flores

      Funny bc I was told by a rep at my local vzw store that 4G plans would definitely be tiered. Similar to AT&T. Pricing may be different but definitely tiered.

      • mhornet

        then your friend is forming their opinions based on things they’ve read on the internet. Retail reps are basically the very bottom of the totem pole that is vzw…there is no way anything would be kept quiet if lowel mcadam walked into the stores and said “hey everyone let me tell you whats up… but keep it on the dl nobody else can know”

    • Anonymous

      The 50 80 split is for data cards, not smartphones.

  • Doug

    You guys just need to calm down a little. If you would do some investigating on their website they are charging the exact same price for 4g as 3g. A 3g mobile hotspot is $50 dollars a month for 5gb of data and a 4g usb modem is $50 dollars a month for 5gb of data.

  • Anonymous

    $200 is the sweet spot for a superphone. Android may have raised the bar so $250 is not bad for the Bionic.
    But if iphone5 comes packing with dual core it might be a tighter race. The only difference is that Verizon is competing internally with the iphone, their still going to get contract money be it Android or Iphone. This might be the end to buy one get any phone free. It will be interesting to see how prices are going to play out during the summer. And $10 is the max I would go for 4G access.

  • Pete

    So these new 4G devices (i.e., the BIONIC) – will they be available to use on 3G network and a 3G plan? I’m up for a new phone in the fall and would like the latest and greatest VZW Android device – will I be SOL because I’m not in a 4G area?

    • 4G phones are backwards-compatible with 3G, but will probably still require a 4G plan.

    • 4G phones are backwards-compatible with 3G, but will probably still require a 4G plan.

    • Bob

      BIONIC is the size of a small car… in fact.. all LTE phones are way too big.

  • techy2011

    I think Sprint is $40 for unlimited 4g data, and there were already few complaints because of the $10 extra for 4g. so I can totally see Verizon charging more than $30 for 4g data, but what matters the most is how much. $50/5gb is completely unacceptable for a 4g phone. I am willing to pay $40 for unlimited but no more than that.

    • For the record, the existing 4G data prices are for mobile broadband, and 3G mobile broadband had previousy been 59.99 for 5GB (the max) so if anything, it’s a slight price improvement. I would expect the $10 add on like Sprint, but no more.

    • For the record, the existing 4G data prices are for mobile broadband, and 3G mobile broadband had previousy been 59.99 for 5GB (the max) so if anything, it’s a slight price improvement. I would expect the $10 add on like Sprint, but no more.

  • i am fake jesus

    those prices are the one for the usb cards. not phone. no prices have been announced for phones. so dont freak out, i dont see those prices going for phones.

  • i am fake jesus

    those prices are the one for the usb cards. not phone. no prices have been announced for phones. so dont freak out, i dont see those prices going for phones.

  • Anonymous

    hmmm either they’ll stick with the 29.99 unlimited and add maybe 10 dollars for 4g like sprint or they can’t…i mean if i buy the thunderbolt unlocked…your telling me the only way ill be able to activate it online is if i buy the 4g plan when they announce those?

  • Anonymous

    hmmm either they’ll stick with the 29.99 unlimited and add maybe 10 dollars for 4g like sprint or they can’t…i mean if i buy the thunderbolt unlocked…your telling me the only way ill be able to activate it online is if i buy the 4g plan when they announce those?

  • Anonymous

    While I might be willing to pay $349 to get a Bionic on a one-year deal, convincing my wife of this will be a whole different issue.

  • Anonymous

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  • I have a dilemma, my area has LTE already and since I bought the D1 on launch day, I’m coming soon on my NE2. However, all the LTE phones so far have no physical keyboards and even though I use the virtual keyboard, having the physical one is nice too. So, I’m personally taking a wait and see approach. Price will be a factor, but not the biggest (if it was, I’d have stuck with getting “free” dumbphones on contract).

  • Havoc70

    I am perfectly happy with my incredible, wont be upgrading to a 4G phone or service until prices are exactly what it costs me now.

  • Anonymous

    4G phones will also have 3G, it’s like 3G phones have 1x when the signal is low. So it’s not like we’ll be on 4G all the time, which is why i don’t see why they would charge outrageously. Plus like others have said, 4G won’t be fully available until the end of 2013…

  • Bnkrckr

    Verizon has really been pissing me off lately. I may be a future sprint customer. I bought my droid x in December after the launch of their 4G LTE network and was told that there was no reason to wait to get a 4G phone because Verizon would not be launching any 4G LTE phones until the 4th quarter of 2011. Now the Thunderbolt is on its way to their shelves as early as late February. I refuse to pay the prices listed for the data packages available. 5G of data for $50 is a joke.

    • Anonymous

      Those prices are for the 4G broadband data packages, not for smartphones. You’re dumb if you think VZW is going to charge those prices for smartphones.

  • Anonymous

    5gb for $50.00 ? That’s not even acceptable. If that is indeed the pricing, its simply not worth it.

  • Primus001

    All 4G phones can use 3G plan without the need for a 4G, but that is why they probably will make it the same price if they are smart.

    • Anonymous

      I am pretty sure you can’t buy a 4G phone and say you will use only 3G. All 4G phones will have to be bought with the 4G plans

  • 3G price for 4G = Subscribers
    Subscribers = Best Free Advertising (Word of Mouth)
    Best Free Ads = Friends and Family
    Friends and Family = Millions of Subscribers
    Subscribers = More Revenue and More Best Free Ads
    VZW = Dumbos

  • Justin

    Brain overload..
    May just stick with my og droid

  • Oafboy182

    I will NOT pay more for 4G than 3G even when it finally gets to my area, which could be a few years considering where I live. Nor will I pay more for a 4G phone. they already rip us off enough.

  • Oafboy182

    I will NOT pay more for 4G than 3G even when it finally gets to my area, which could be a few years considering where I live. Nor will I pay more for a 4G phone. they already rip us off enough.

  • bkj216

    Until Verizon gives the official prices, this is all speculation and paranoia as far as I’m concerned and its annoying.

  • I lead a fairly pathetic life, and am never generally far from work or home, where the wifi is free/cheap and plentiful, so the value isn’t there for me. However, the independent contractors my company hires to go to dealerships across the country probably would see the value. I imagine that probably is the crux of it for early adopters. Also, as 4G settles across the carriers, I’d imagine we’d see some more competitive pricing.

  • LinuxLover

    Honestly, I’m rather disappointed in the lack of competition out there. Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t in the same league as Verizon and AT&T and therefore they gouge the customers at every turn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Verizon customer that’s had good service and everything, but the frills are disappearing and I can just see how they’re going to up the costs on 4G. Seriously, we need more competition in the wireless market to keep prices down and the services up.

  • LinuxLover

    Honestly, I’m rather disappointed in the lack of competition out there. Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t in the same league as Verizon and AT&T and therefore they gouge the customers at every turn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Verizon customer that’s had good service and everything, but the frills are disappearing and I can just see how they’re going to up the costs on 4G. Seriously, we need more competition in the wireless market to keep prices down and the services up.

  • Someone

    I would pay extra $100 or more just to get 1 yr contract.. especially now knowing every 3 months they have a new device… They are popping out new devices faster me getting new girls…

  • Rex D

    The only way for consumers to control prices is to stick together. I will not pay a higher rate for 4g. PERIOD. Currently my cell phone bill (family plan 1400 minutes with 2 phones and 2 data plans and phone insurance) is more than my car insurance, more than my cable bill, and at least half of my electric bill. I can watch a video (a porno) on my 3g just fast enough. I have an original Droid and am running 2.2.1 and it works as good as any Evo or Droid X. In fact, it could be YEARS before 4g is even in my area. Don’t be scammed people.

    • Frencha

      I’m an OG Droid fan, but it’s not as fast as these new devices even though I run mine clocked @ 1.1GHz. And the paltry 256MB of RAM has me always running out of memory.

    • Frencha

      I’m an OG Droid fan, but it’s not as fast as these new devices even though I run mine clocked @ 1.1GHz. And the paltry 256MB of RAM has me always running out of memory.

    • PersianDeity

      it NEEDS to be said that the $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB is for a Mobile Broadband device (USB OR MIFI)… same pricing as their 3G Mobile Broadband devices… this is NOT phone pricing!… SO!… I do NOT anticipate VZW rapeing anyone on 4G phone pricing!… heelllllooooooo? anybody seeing a trend with VZW? didn’t they JUST drop their unlimited min plans? and JUST drop their 3G Mobile Broadband pricing RIGHT before rolling out 4G LTE? IF it is tiered it will probably be reasonable… oh, and side note… AT&T/T-Mobile HSPA+ and Sprint/Clearwire’s WiMax has SIGNIFICANTLY slower speeds AND building penetration… so what’s the point if it doesn’t work inside and its less than half the speed? I would EXPECT it to be cheaper, yet AT&T isn’t… and sprint is, but their 4G Can’t barely go six inches through a window… so… VZW just dropped data pricing less than 2 months ago, RIGHT before annoucing LTE, min plans get cheaper, testing out new unlimited min/txt/data plans in the central US… “smart phones talk free” for the rest of this month… so…. yeah, pricing has been dropping, NOT going up… so… SUCK IT

      • Anonymous

        While I don’t agree with your angst I do agree with your point. 4G mobile/computer data kept in line with 3G with adding a higher cap. I would imagine we’ll see the same for phone, $30 for 5GB (that we all know is the real cap, it isn’t unlimited), and $50 for 8 GB.
        As for phones $250 is reasonable only for the top phones (Bionic/TB), history has shown there is always a premium for a new tech, which makes sense since 4G chips will likely cost more than 3G until production hits a certain point in the future. So as long as they don’t go crazy, like $300, I don’t mind.
        The return policy is a non-issue for me except in the case of lemons. I have to say if my phone breaks on the 17th day and I had to get a refund I would go nuts, but I suppose so do people today when it breaks on the 31st day.
        Now the upgrade policy I’m not happy about unless it is a means to keep the phone prices down and we see no premium for 4G phones, but I imagine that isn’t too likely.

        • VZfan

          Hey, I hope you are correct about the pricing… I know my 3G is good enough that I would have a very hard time convincing myself to pay more for LTE, and I am definitely what I would call an “above average” data user; which brings me to my point. I regularly use 8-11 GB (yes GB not Gb) on a monthly basis and I have yet to be charged any overages by VZ, and I am on the $30 personal plan not $45 corporate plan. For all the posts I’ve found about the 5GB limit I have to say I haven’t experienced it. Maybe they just like me (but I doubt it). Cheers!

          • Anonymous

            Well you are obviously correct, there isn’t a hard cap at 5 GB as they put
            themselves in a tough spot calling it unlimited, their only options I assume
            are to ignore the overage or cut you off. I have to imagine charging
            overages on an “unlimited” plan would violate some consumer protection law.
            However coming from an IT perspective I have to imagine you need to
            meet certain criteria to get flagged as they want to avoid a PR crisis
            chopping everyone off exactly at 5GB. Evaluating usage, type of traffic,
            and continuous transmission and other criteria for some magic formula they
            concocted determining what abuse is.
            That’s why it’ll be interesting if 4G/LTE has an unlimited plan (unlike the
            4G mobile non-phone broadband pricing) and what they will charge. I would
            imagine we’ll see cap and unlimited options for two different price points.
            And the unlimited will have a similar soft cap where they start to evaluate
            how you use your data to determine if you qualify for abuse.

        • Already used TB Demo

          If 5 gig on a smartphone is “the real cap” then how come I regularly go around 8 gig with no problem or charge? Unlimited smartphone… is and was unlimited.

      • Winston Lane

        please dont take offense… You must work for VZW?

        • PersianDeity

          Yes I do work for VZW, but I’m the wireless sales consultant that NEVER damned the iPhone or even Kricket wireless… I’m not looking to back up a company just because I work for them… I give credit where and when it is due… I’m not the guy who said the HTC Incredible was the best phone… ever… I just want to make sure people don’t get all crazy going, WHOAH! VZW is CRAZY expensive with $50 for 5GB!… cuz it’s not… people on here get confused between the data only plans for data only devices and plans for smart phones…

          and actually it IS an unlimited data plan for a 3G phone… I know this because last month I used 15GB on my phone with a combination of Skype, Pandora, You Tube, mobiletv.net, e-mail, navigation, other random apps and IM… I did NOT get any overage charges and have yet to have VZW complain to me… so yes, it IS unlimited… Do I know what the 4G phone monthly pricing is going to be? no… I know what it wont be… it WON’T be $50 for 5 GB

          • VZfan

            I thought I’d chime in on this one too… I do NOT work for VZ in any way and, as I said above, I also regularly use over the 5GB “limit”, typically between 8-11 GB, and have never received a complaint or charge for it. As such I DEARLY hope that you are correct PersianDeity :)… because I am drooling over 4G but I’m not about to over-pay for it!

      • Iamsteventucker

        actually, the 4G Data Pricing at the 5gb level is CHEAPER than 3G depending on the device you’re using

      • Kristopher

        Actually I have both a Sprint 4g/3g hot spot and Clear as we home modem and both have amazing speeds. I have been a Verizon mobile customer for 10 years now and have no plans on leaving unless they do what they do and s*rew the current customers.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind paying a one time slightly high fee for the phone.. but no way am I paying 50 bucks for 5GB data or even unlimited 4G data for that matter. I am perfectly fine with 3G data.

    • Anonymous

      Sprint’s 4G is only $10 and that’s unlimited. Weigh your options

      • Anonymous

        yea, I might switch to sprint in that case.. only if they get good HTC phones (not evo).

    • Anonymous

      Sprint’s 4G is only $10 and that’s unlimited. Weigh your options

  • Jkoobers

    I’m at 1.3GB on 3G and only 7 days into the billing cycle and I don’t consider myself a “heavy user,” I don’t watch a whole lot of videos or download music. I have a Droid X and use it mainly for seldom checks of email and my bank account balance or settling debates with Google. I have all location tracking turned off and the only app running in the background is Weather Bug and I listen to Slacker radio at work, I’m not on facebook or Twitter.

    This rules out 4G LTE for me, there’s no way I can afford $80 for 10GB knowing I would probably go over every month.

    • Anonymous

      There’s always Sprint. Only $10 for unlimited 3G and 4G

      • Anonymous

        void

      • Wollinger

        sprint charge you 10 extra bucks for the 4G. still 79 bucks, 10 less than verizon unlimited 3G.

        • Anonymous

          yeah, my point exactly. Sprint’s unlimited 4G is cheaper than Verizon’s unlimited 3G. And of course Verizon’s 4G is going to be more expensive (the article is says about $50 for 5 GB) so your going to get charged through the roof messing with Verizon’s 4G…oh and then there’s overages charges as well, which Sprint doesnt have because there’s no data cap

          • droidsensai

            Sprint’s wimax is a joke…test speeds in raleigh nc showed that att 3g was actually faster that sprints 4g. I’d rather have att or vzw at a higher price.

          • Anonymous

            well out here in california its a much different story

          • Anonymous

            well out here in california its a much different story

          • Junior98121

            Uhh its $50 for 5GB of mobile broadband with mifi or 4g modem used to be $59.99 for 5GB so price went down for 4g USB mobile broadband article only compares it with that price does not know actual price nor limits I believe would it will b the same at first until VZW fully calculated how much the normal user would use the 4G then they might add caps on limit based on that info

      • Hate to break it to you, Sprint’s WiMax is hardly what I’d call 4G. My wife has a Sprint 4G Samsung whatever and most of the time she keeps 4G off. It doesn’t penetrate walls very well and 4G consistency is spotty at best. Sprint’s WiMax won’t be able to touch Verizon’s LTE and unfortunately Verizon knows it. Hence let the ass raping commence.

        • Anonymous

          that’s fine, but I cant say I’ve had the same experience. I get 2 bars inside of my apartment in San Francisco and that’s more than enough to browse the internet on my laptop, watch videos without buffering, and download torrents. The majority of the times I dont even notice a difference between 4G and my Comcast internet. Not sure of exact speeds but its fast enough for me, its way faster than 3G and that’s all that matters. I dont care about technical definitions, I look at 4G as 4th Generation speeds and as long as its noticeably faster than 3G then thats all that matters

      • Iamsteventucker

        um..$10 on top of the regular data you pay for 3G

        • Anonymous

          its not like we pay for data separately. the Simply Everything plan is $69, unlimited text, unlimited mobile to mobile calling, unlimited night and weekend minutes, unlimited data and 450 anytime minutes. so $10 on top of that ($79) is still cheaper than most limited 3G plans on other carriers

    • Anonymous

      There’s always Sprint. Only $10 for unlimited 3G and 4G

    • Ortizchief

      you are a heavy user only 7 days of cycle and you ate allready 1.3 , you know slacker radio eats a lot of data

      • Guest

        Exactly. All I use my Droid data wise for is email – corporate and personal – and for Google Maps navigation. Stopped screwing around with annoying Facebook. Never stream music or video. My monthly usage is around 300 megabytes.
        It is the streaming that is killing that person’s data usage.

  • tommyz

    I really would like one of the newer phones, when it comes time for my upgrade. The problem I have is the potential cost of 4G service vs. 3G service. It would be nice if you could use the better new phones on the 3G network and just pay for the 3G.

    I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens.

  • PSU_DI

    Am I the only one that remembers what phone prices were before the i*hone launched. I used to work in VZW as an assistant manager back in the day. I remember selling the Moto StarTac for $499.99, Motorola T720(first color screen phone) for $399.99, and the Moto V710 for $450.00, all of them on 2 year contracts. The list of phones over $200.00 + goes on and on. The ones I’ve mentioned were all the highest end phones for their perspective years that they launched.

    Subsidy Pricing for phones are ridiculously low, actually its over unsustainable in its current form, this is why VZW is really pulling back on NE2, ever since the i*phone came out at $199.99 it set a price bar that no carriers are willing to cross, but I think thats all going to change. Now that the i*phone is no longer exclusive and it is not looked at as a “game changer” anymore I suspect that prices will go back to where they should be. Maybe I’m wrong, personally my wallet hopes I’m wrong but I think VZW and the other major carriers will take advantage of the 4G marketing to fix their equipment pricing structure and raise pricing back to where it should be.

    • Anonymous

      I think you need to leave, lol…

      • Ckochinsky125

        agree i doubt they are going to charge that for phones people will leave and go to another carrier. Prices for phones will stay the same maybe 50-100 increase but not like what you are saying. im sure they will increase 4g data prices but I will be fine with unlimited 3g until 4g comes down just like 3g did. Remember how expensive 3g was when it first came out? Over time the prices will drop so if they want to get rid of unlimited data for 4g I’m fine sticking with unlimited 3g

        • PSU_DI

          I wasnt trying to say phones will cost 500.00 on contract again just putting things into perspective to how good we have it at least on phone prices. We get raped on our monthly bills as they are and will just slightly more with LTE. I am only speculating about what will happen with pricing but thought someone needed to point this info out.

    • Bnkrckr

      What do you mean the way prices should be? do you really believe that these types of data rates and phone prices are the way they should be? New phones are arriving faster and faster and there is a huge demand for them. why is there any reason to raise prices, if anything, prices should continue to drop.

      • SjB

        i agree, it’s the same thing with lcd/plasma tvs…when the next new thing comes out, it’s gonna be more expensive, but when everybody else starts coming out with the same thing, the price plummets. that’s how it’s always worked w/ technology. i’ve always been a bleeding edge 1st adopter, but i don’t think i’m willing to hang w/ crazy new stuff coming out at the rate it is at the cost it is, w/ contracts and ETFs involved.

      • PSU_DI

        Wow I didn’t expect so much hate from my post. all I meant was that at one time cell phones the ones that just made calls were selling like hot cakes at 300-500 on contract. And that I believe phone prices have become too low(from market view not consumer) and that we may see price rise. Trust me I want high end smartphones to be $100 I just think people don’t realize how much these phones really cost to manufacture. As for the data and voice rates that we pay in the US I think we are being raped. This is where the problem really lies. Data costs carriers virtually nothing its part of the reason they are going to voip in LTE voice. But the carriers need to make up for all these discounted smartphones so the expense will end up as monthly cost to all us and will continue to get more expensive as phone prices stay low or get lower.

        I would happily pay 250.00 to 400.00 for a phone if I could get a plan with unlimited data voice & text for 50.00 – 75.00 a month. It’s totally possible and consumers and carriers would benefit from this. But consumers are brain washed into thinking a smart phone costs 30.00 to manufacture. So we expect phones to be free.

        • angermeans

          I have to say that I completely agree with you. I was one of the ones that paid $529 for the Nexus One not just because it was a great phone (best still that I have ever owned) I wanted to support Google in what they attempted to do. I would happily pay $300-$400 to drop the monthly price. People in America don’t understand that wireless companies are going to make that money back some way. If we get cheap < $199 price points on phones that act like computers then they are going to mark up data and like you said companies will take advantage of the 4G pricing to get the pricing back where they are comfortable. All these larger screens, dual core processors, RAM, internal memory, etc are gonna cost us somewhere. I like you hope that the Verizon keeps their 4G low and the hardware around where it is, but I wouldn't mind a much lower monthly price and pay a little higher for the hardware. I work in customer service and most people expect a "free on contract" phone and that is just not possible anymore. People don't want to pay and I like you remember when the first round of Blackberries and Palm OS phones cost a pretty penny and didn't do 1/10th what our $200 smartphones do today.

        • Viper76269

          i pay $76 a month to have my Dinc

          • PSU_DI

            Yes you pay 76.00 for what? 450 voice minutes plus data and what about txt. messaging?
            40 = 450 minutes
            30 = unlimited data
            20 = unlimited text

            So 90 for just that. You really think that’s good? This should cost around 50.00 a month max.

          • Iamsteventucker

            I pay $30/month for my OG Droid..

    • Why in the world would they charge you $600 on contract nowadays!? Most of these phones cost $90 to make, so we should be paying over a 600% markup!? Your a psycho…

      • PSU_DI

        It’s a balancing act.
        Phone price >-<voice,data,&text
        If phone price goes down, monthly costs go up.
        If phone prices go up, monthly costs usually get reduced by better plans.

        Personally for me, I think overall lower monthly costs its a better deal

      • Tyczj

        just because the phone materials itself may add up to about $90 (which is a bit of an exaggeration) does not mean that is how much the phone truly costs. what good is a phone without a working OS? there are obviously people that build it so that it works right, do you think these people work for free? what about all the engineering that goes into making the phone? are they just volunteers? no they are not people get paid. Now obviously that does not bring it up to $600 but then they have to make some profit off of it.

        I hate when people make the argument that a phone only costs a company “x” amount because that is such a poor argument

      • Sambonner77

        i hate to defend the cell phone makers but you have to pay someone to make the phone(or pay for a machine to make the phone) the resources to make the phone, like a factory , and you have to cover r and d ( research and design) cell phone companies spend millions to figure out what users want in a cell phone and then they have to pack it into a tiny 4 or 5 inch device. case in point when andy rubin first showed honey comb back in december he said the prototype he was holding cost 10 grand to manufacture. i as a consumer do think they mark they prices up pretty high for cell phones. but i do realize or try to understand what goes into making a cell phone. i guarantee if i tried to make a cell phone at my house. something like the droid x i have in my belt clip i would spend a whole lot more that 600 bucks.

        • I call BS. Most if not ALL of these phones are made in China. A single prototype phone costing $10,000? Let’s get real. Maybe you mean 10 yen? Or whatever their currency is. These phones are prefabbed circuit boards. Then you have people like HTC who release the same guts inside a new shell and release it to different carriers. They’re not redesigning their factories and buying all new equipment every time a new phone comes out. You’re misinformed.

          • PSU_DI

            I work for a engineering dept for traffic safety company and we design and manufacture smart signs with cellular connectivity let me be the first to tell you the circuit boards in you smart phone are anything but simple and cheap to manufacture. Yes labor in China is cheap, and yes a factory line does get retorted for each new phone on line of phones a manufacture makes. I think you are the one being misinformed like most if the us.

            Do you have any background to support your claims? ever deal with manufacturing parts in China? Or are you in the cellular technology field? Or is it more of disbelief that the phones really cost money?

            I’m not attacking you just trying to set things right.

      • Iamsteventucker

        most of the touchscreens on new smartphones cost more than $90 to make, dip

  • Elliott

    I would gladly pay 250 for a phone but they can blow on that data price. They really need to consider the competition. I made it this far with my 3g phone I will make it longer if needed lol

  • Those are mobile broadband prices and are the same as they are for 3G.
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=plans
    They just took out the two low level plans. But then again with the increased speed you would blow through the low level plans in nothing flat.

  • guest

    I wouldn’t expect the devices to be much more expensive than they already are, not unless VZW intends to push droves of people into 16GB iPhones (which they can’t control pricing on). Right now the high-end Androids come out to the same price as a 16GB iPhone for around the same amount of storage and the same as a 32GB iPhone for more storage (199+100 for a 32GB card).

    I think 4G data plans will have an extra charge, at least for the first year or so until its not a “premium” service anymore. Probably limited to 5GB if I had to guess with a lower priced tier for 1 or 2 GB

    • guest

      Additionally, if the devices are anything more than $100 more with a 1year contract than with a 2 year contract, I’ll tack my dummy phone onto a 3rd line for $10/month and use its upgrade. If I start this in November, I’ll still have an upgrade every 10months =D

  • Mr.Joe

    I believe the Epic 4G was originally $249.99 with two year on Sprint.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I think you are right.

  • Vollrathian

    Sprint charges an extra $10 for their 4g

  • My thinking is VZW won’t increase the contract discounted prices on the phones, but will enforce a mail in rebate more often than what is done now. Mail in rebates are annoying and I have actually forgotten to recoup the rebate money at least twice with a phone purchase.

  • I really want a 4g phone, but the prices are outrageous, but understandable. 😛 Obviously 4g plans cannot be the same as 3g plans.

    • Barryp3403

      I don’t think it is so obvious. When we all had modems 2400 Baud didn’t cost more than 1200 Baud. Once the 4G infrastructure is in place the cost will be amortized over a great many more users as smart phones become more popular. To stay competitive Verizon really can’t charge more than a modest premium over its competitors.

  • The monthly fees for 4G here are taken out of context. Previously, 3G data packages for the USB dongles and the MiFi was $60/mo, and it’s for 5GB of data. The 4G package is 10 dollars less than that. The pricing is similar to if you add Wireless Hotspot to your 3G android phone: $30/mo for the phone data plus $20/mo for tethering. 50 bucks. I don’t think 4G for phones will cost any more than 3G.

  • I’d go with a 3G phone and keep my unlimited data plan over paying more for both the LTE phone and service. Many times I use my phone at home anyway and can use WiFi. LTE is only worth it if doesn’t cost more to me.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t pay anything until LTE is available in my area. At that point, I’ll bitch and moan about prices, but I’m sure I’ll pay whatever VZW is charging for it’s latest and greatest Android device… even on a one-year contract. I have a feeling many others are in the same boat, and I’m sure VZW is banking on that.

  • Currently only considering 4g for my future xoom tablet… especially if the plans and phones are 50% more than they are now.

    • Viper76269

      i actually think that 4G on a smartphone is going to be cheaper than 4G on a tablet, so why not get a 4G phone, root, and then just add wireless tether? sit the phone in your pocket, and voila

      • Touche… 🙂 honestly I want the ease of access for the internet straight to the tablet.. I have a galaxy tab right now and tethering it is a chore because of the sucky battery the current line up has… X Galaxy and og droid is what I’ve tried so far.. And it sucks the battery so bad..

    • Viper76269

      i actually think that 4G on a smartphone is going to be cheaper than 4G on a tablet, so why not get a 4G phone, root, and then just add wireless tether? sit the phone in your pocket, and voila

  • Anonymous

    I hear sprint is thinking about lowering the 4G price on their plans due to the fact that their 4G will be slower than everyone else’s. I’ll probably do that, if it actually comes to pass.

  • I fully intend on making all of my cell phone purchases at Best Buy using their Buy Back program. If I don’t want to be stuck with my phone, at least I know I can get my money back for it and not be penalized upon making the next purchase. This is my official plan to combat the new upgrade policy. Sad too because I’m a Verizon VIP customer and my VIP discount can only be used in a VZW store or over the phone.

    • SjB

      that’s just another reason best buy is better for mobile. they already had vzw beat w/ their instant rebates instead of waiting 2…sometimes up to 6 wks for the rebate.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • JSK

      Or, heaven forbid you really smarten up, and sell your old phone on eBay or Craigslist and make more than Best Buy will give you and put it towards your new phone.

    • Iamsteventucker

      no such thing as a verizon VIP ha

  • Viper76269

    i see it being more along the lines of Sprints prices. look at the Evo 4G. it’s $10 more a month to have 4G. With that in mind, i don’t think Verizon would try to make it more expensive than this….i’m hoping

    • kbk9090

      I am a verizon employee and I happen to have sprint. there is hush hush talks about us matching sprints 4g pricing. like you said, $10 more a month to up it to 4g.

      lets hope because otherwise its going to be a real hard product for us to sell.

  • Eric Richardson97

    Those data prices are for data sticks and tablets and such, smart phone plans have always been cheaper. I could see the big dog plan being 40-50 a month, but not anything too much higher.

  • Nathanbull33

    I will for sure be sticking with 3g phones if the price of the phone and data plan for 4g are outrageous. Might even have to switch to *GASP* AT&T or Sprint!

    • KleenDroid

      What I pay for my phone and data is high enough and I will not pay more.

  • If those are to be the actual prices of 4G data, I might as well not even consider buying a 4G phone. Its seriously obnoxious of VZW to expect people to pay loads of money just to get slightly faster data.

    • Anonymous

      Sean Connery Droid with Gingerbread + 4G MiFi = $50 for 5GB of use which will include calls, texts, data, and visual voicemail. Sure, I have to carry around another device; but it’s worth it to stick it to the man!

      Add in a nice, Honeycomb tablet and my Cr48 Chromebook, and I’m in gadget heaven!

      • CR48 is heaven? We have a different idea of heaven, and yes I have one

      • CR48 is heaven? We have a different idea of heaven, and yes I have one

        • Anonymous

          I guess you breezed over the tablet, Droid, MiFi, and money savings portions of my comment.

          Seriously, what gadget buff doesn’t want a Cr48? I never said it was heaven itself. L2context.

      • EC8CH

        +1 for Sean Connery Droid 🙂

  • I’d pay 249 for a “premium” phone but if they up the data prices for smartphones over the 30 bucks it is currently, I’ll have to seriously consider sticking with my X.

    There is no bigger ripoff in technology than data plans on smartphones. I feel like I use my phone quite a bit and I use less than 1GB per month worth of data. 30 dollars for 1GB of data is ridiculously expensive and there’s no way for me to lower that cost. They will likely tier the data to screw us average users. They will probably come out with some crap like you can have 500mb for 30 bucks or 5gb for 50 bucks. Great.

  • Anonymous

    It would really depend on the price, and data charges. If its ridiculous, I will be looking at options