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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.

  • 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

  • http://twitter.com/derrickisonline Derrick -Lex-

    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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  • http://www.facebook.com/dls0101 Donald L Severns Jr

    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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4J637NCS4OJDWICWETTFRVAEQ Anonymous

    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.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    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.