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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.

    • http://twitter.com/riffdex Dexter McLaughlin

      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…