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Verizon Possibly Axing $15 Data Plan

I guess that $15 per month data package didn’t quite sell the way Verizon had hoped if we are to believe the screenshot above.  We aren’t all that surprised at this little guy going away though, since the 150MB it provided users with was pretty unrealistic from day 1.  With the way we all crush data these days, you could eclipse 150MB by watching a single high-quality video on YouTube in about 3 minutes.

Oh, and we’re not covering the fact that the plans above reference “3G Smartphones.”  They’ve said that since at least October.  Obviously Big Red is preparing separate data plans for their 4G LTE phones like the HTC Thunderbolt, but this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Current plans pictured below.  

Via:  Engadget

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Porter/302200059 David Porter

    I am a VZW employee. Currently we are keeping both the $30 and $15 data plans and also adding a new $10 data plan for 3g Multimedia Devices

  • Anonymous

    How is this news? Looks like people are just looking for an excuse to shit on Verizon. If you are so strapped for cash maybe you shouldn’t have a damn smartphone.

  • Just Visiting

    Why hasn’t this article been updated? Verizon has stated (per the Wall Street Journal) that Verizon was going to return to the $30 unlimited price plan for 3G smartphones (although many of the Apple sites think this deal is exclusively only for the iPhone) for a limited time.

  • http://twitter.com/gdw2 Greg Warner

    In the past 30 days, I’ve used about 90 MB of data using my Droid X. I’m at home or work a lot where it goes on wifi, and when I’m not, I pretty much only use maps, gmail, and the occasional browser. So the 150 MB plan works for me.

  • Urugami

    Glad I got my wife on it while it lasted. She’s never gone over 128MB of data on her Eris since March. She hasn’t, and isn’t likely to, use data-intensive apps; just a bit of gmail. If there’s navigating to be done, I’m driving and using my Droid on the $30 plan. So it fits her usage just fine.

  • Urugami

    Glad I got my wife on it while it lasted. She’s never gone over 128MB of data on her Eris since March. She hasn’t, and isn’t likely to, use data-intensive apps; just a bit of gmail. If there’s navigating to be done, I’m driving and using my Droid on the $30 plan. So it fits her usage just fine.

  • Urugami

    Glad I got my wife on it while it lasted. She’s never gone over 128MB of data on her Eris since March. She hasn’t, and isn’t likely to, use data-intensive apps; just a bit of gmail. If there’s navigating to be done, I’m driving and using my Droid on the $30 plan. So it fits her usage just fine.

  • Scott

    The books have ALWAYS called them “3G Smartphones” I work for a Verizon premium retailer, the phones have always been listed as “3G Smartphones” quit making a big deal about it until the new pricing is actually announced!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • RP

    I think the REAL story is that it is quite likely that I’ll be *forced* to pay for an LTE data plan when I upgrade from my original Droid this summer, just because the new phone is 4G-enabled (I was looking at the Bionic). Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal, except for the fact that LTE isn’t available in my area (unless I make a 3-hour drive). Shouldn’t I be allowed to choose between 3G or 4G speeds? The chart doesn’t make it sound like I’ll have a choice.

  • http://twitter.com/DarknesSx_LDS Moaz B. Bambi

    Doesn`t ANYTHING ever satisfy you, You CHEAP USA Citizens OMG you have unlimited Data Plan for 30$ !!! our unlimited data plan is 150$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! << No Lie i swear!! and it`s 3G but trust me the 3G we get is almost as fast as………………………………..YOUR EDGE People !!!!! JUST ACCEPT WHAT YOU HAVE …. each time i read something about Verizon i just feel the need to SUICIDE and YOU ARE COMPLAINING O_O_O What a cheap community -_-

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I just realized I’m at 374MB already, and my billing cycle starts on the 19th. 150MB plan would be bad.

  • Anonymous

    I’m at 12 gigs! It’s about 800 megs for a Netflix movie which I watch by wifi tethering my wii to my incredible. No difference in speed either.

    • Anonymous

      That seems…excessive. Did the movie have to buffer a lot or anything?

      A lot of the people in here seem to be the 2% that carriers say will be affected by a limited data cap. I don’t usually make it over 2GB, and have never gone over 3GB.

      • Anonymous

        I watched 3 movies in a row and it never buffered. First movie I watched was shutter island and the wireless tether showed that it downloaded a little over 800MB. After 3 movies it was a little over 2 gigs.

        My average download speed was about 1000 kb. You’re not going to be watching movies in hd but standard def is plenty fine for me.

        I canceled my at&t internet and just use tethering at home now and it works fantastic.

  • Guest

    We are

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    This affects what, .001% of smartphone users? In my humble opinion, if you could actually survive off of 150MB per month, you should have your DROID taken away, like big red’s own SPCA. I happened to be in a Verizon store twice this month and every rep told the customers not to even bother with the 150MB plan. I mean, they might be trying to sell the higher one but a couple of widgets puts you over the limit.

    • Gee

      As a verizon rep, I regularly tell people not to get the 150meg plan. Heres why… you will get the allotment of 150 megs at 15$ then when you use up your 150megs you get charged 15$ more for another 150megs. Most droids will use at least that on their own through updating and maps. after just 2 allotments you have already spent as much as the unlimited. Any rep that tells you otherwise is a fool and just trying to close the sale.

    • Anonymous

      They might jut have why-fies everywhere they go.

  • Anonymous

    The 150MB plan for $15 was dumb anyway, if you bought that, you didn’t really need data (or a smartphone). It’s only use was for people who weren’t planning on using 3G at all, but needed to put a dataplan on it becuase Verizon mandated it.

    The only tier data plan that makes sense is like 150MB for $5-$10, 3GB for $20, unlimited (aka 5GB) for $30. If they don’t have reasonable data limits and pricing everyone is just to going to stick with the unlimited option.

    • Anonymous

      You hit it spot on, their prices are already high enough. This could turn alot of ppl off from LTE devices

  • Pantherdagger

    I don’t mind the $29 plan / 3G last month I used 7.1+ GIG and didn’t notice and reduction in speed.

  • Dave

    The $15/month plan is ideal for entry-level BlackBerry phones like the Curve or even the Bold since it’s mostly a messaging/email/light browsing phone. 150MB is sufficient because 1)BlackBerry compresses its data (reason for slow its browsing) and 2)All new BlackBerrys are Wi-Fi capable.

    I hope AT&T keeps theirs.

  • Buckgrad

    $15 data plan was totally unrealistic…at least for me. Last month I used almost 10GB of data. $30 unlimted works for me…not noticing drop in speed with increased usage.

  • Kevin

    what would happen to us who have the $15 data plan?

    • Anonymous

      nothing…..stays the same like if they ever terminated the 30 dollar unlimited….like att did…

  • Anonymous

    Anybody have a guesstimate on what Vz Lte rates for their smart phones will be?

    • http://twitter.com/royolpunk Kevin Shen

      def higher than $30 thats for sure lol.

      • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

        $40? UGH

      • Anonymous

        Lol, yea I kinda figured it be more than 30, I was wondering if it would be 5, 10, or 15

    • Anonymous

      Probably $40 for some entry level stuff, than $60 for the big plan but they will never have unlimited

      • Anonymous

        Damn, that is gona be way to high. If it is that high ill be passing up on my upgrade.

      • Anonymous

        actually at the moment its still the 30 dollar unlimited….so far no other pricing has been announced by our co-workers.

        • Anonymous

          im not saying its going to be 30 dollars once the thunderbolt comes out though.

  • Yghgff

    Dumping Verizon dumping android they both suck

    • Anonymous

      If you think they suck than I can gaurentee that any other phone/carrier that you choose is going to be 50 times worse

    • Anonymous

      Then it’s all down hill for you. It really doesn’t get any better than Verizon + Android.

  • Mysitentable

    The girl at the Verizon stir said it wouldn’t last long any way

  • DroidDoes

    Honestly…I’m not too surprised. Customers are smart and when they looked at $15 and $30 they wanted to know what the “catch” was with the $15 package. When they were told it wasn’t unlimited, the eyebrows went up and they asked the “how am I gonna get screwed question?” When salespeople given a wishy-washy response, (oh as long as you keep track, as long as you don’t do YouTube movies all day you should be fine) no one is going to put money into that investment. If there was a way of dropping it later, people might have caught on. As it is/was though, people said well if I don’t fit under this 150 MB plan, now I’m stuck at $30 a month I didn’t budget for since I figured only $15. Any on-the-fence customers instead balked. I can’t even *imagine* all the calls customer service had to deal with on this. People going over, people not knowing the hotspot used up your data if they left it on, kids playing with it. Normal humans can quantify a minute but not a megabyte. Until that becomes widespread (i.e. soccer mom can get it) it’s difficult as hell to understand and use appropriately.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like Big Red is nickel and diming us. Can’t wait to see how much the 4g is going to set me back

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    did people really only use 150 mb’s a month??

    • Anonymous

      I probably cover twice that much data on a day in which a barely use my phone

  • Robert

    Dumping verizon as soon as I can.

  • Anonymous

    They should have 1GB plan for $15 or $20. $30 for unlimited. I use WiFi most of the time and I still average over 500MB/month.

    • Tergiversator_Maximus

      I think 2GB would be more than enough for most people. I’ve only ever managed to go over that once and that’s when I was using Maps and Pandora for like 12 hours a day.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    Not cool. My wife’s been resisting the whole smartphone thing because she doesn’t want to pay for a data plan. She likes my Incredible though, and was thinking about taking it when I get my next phone. She might be talked into $15 a month, but $30 a month and she’ll keep her ancient Chocolate.

  • Anonymous

    ON THE 29.99 UNLIMITED PLANS, a friend of mine told me that those plans from Verizon have a cap and after so many MB’s the speed is drastically reduced to less than half!!! is that true???

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      Yes, it’s called throttling.
      Similar to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandwidth_throttling

      • Chris Nimon

        man thats bull $hit. I guess it’s not really unlimited is it? I suppose this is somehow legal for them to do this to. I think we’re long over due for a carrier comparison.

        • http://twitter.com/kn1ghth4wk241 Mike Daniels

          its legal
          you are still getting your unlimited data from verizon but it just becomes so slow you probably wont use it

          just install a no throttle hack and your good to go

          • Chris Nimon

            LINK PLEASE. Sorry, got a little excited lol

          • Justin

            ok is anyone even getting throttled back? Obviously you have to use more then 14 gigs per month for them to slow your speed down

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

            I dont believe that one works on Verizon.

      • Justin

        It must be a huffing lot of data before they start throttling then… because I’ve hit 14 gigabytes one month and didn’t slow down a bit!! I routinely use between 4-6 gigs every month and it works awesome!!

    • Mr.Joe

      OMFG is this stupid rumor STILL going around? vzw unlimited is unlimited. There is no cap and there is no throttling.

      • Anonymous

        My buddy has T-Mobile, and his cap comes in and his speed is noticeably slower.

      • Anonymous

        My buddy has T-Mobile, and his cap comes in and his speed is noticeably slower.

  • Olonajoseph

    Verizon cut it out with your sky high data fees…Any more higher and Sprint here I come…

    • Anonymous

      The fact is that verizon has literally THE BEST nationwide coverage and that’s not going to change anytime soon. They have invested millions upon millions of dollars on making sure that 99.9% of the time you have steady dependable coverage and damnit I think they have a right to charge more for a better product.

      • http://twitter.com/eckspunge Cody Barton

        Meh, actually it’s not that great. Sure, good coverage, but the network itself is slooooww

      • http://twitter.com/MistaHalfaDozen Antoine Tsyx

        I would agree wit you, If only we used DATA to talk.

      • http://twitter.com/MistaHalfaDozen Antoine Tsyx

        I would agree wit you, If only we used DATA to talk.

      • ******

        hahah…”invested”….as in taken the billions of dollars they make from customers and using it??…it is not as if they are “investing” “precious, hard earned” money to help customers out……

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      Cut it out? Nothing really changed…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    Oh noes, what will my mother-in-law-with-a-dinc do now that she’ll have to pay $15 more to use her 50mb/month on weather updates?! We’ll I’m sure she’ll be “grandmothered” in and get to keep it until she changes phones/plans.

  • M Burton

    150 MB in not much