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Verizon 4G LTE Data Plans to Launch at $29.99?

I know all of the news today has been about the new Android Market and Honeycomb, but we’ve received some other info that may make your life even more amazing should you be looking to get into a new 4G LTE device from Verizon.  According to word from our friends at Big Red, they will initially launch their 4G LTE unlimited data plan at $29.99, which is the same as the current 3G plan.  Chances are that it will change once they go completely nationwide, but the rumored plan right now is for the price to remain at $29.99.  We had actually heard this tip last week, but were waiting for a second confirmation which came just minutes ago.

Obviously these numbers can change at any time, but we still wanted to relay info on to you that we feel has come from a reliable source.  I should also point out that we’ve heard that the data plan could be $29.99 plus a $15 add-on for 4G data, so let’s not get too crazy yet.  Be sure to send those happy thoughts towards that $29.99 price though.

And on a related note, let’s talk about the HTC Thunderbolt again.  Our sources continue to tell us that February 24th is the day even with rumors of the 14th getting a ton of play.  I’ll just toss this idea out there to maybe help clarify the situation.  It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that February 14th ends up being the pre-order day with the 24th being the day it actually hits store shelves.  Any takers on that?

Cheers A!

  • Socom1

    Now if they combined this talk and text with the data plan for a cheaper price, I would def get it. Im confused on how this is going to work since they call it voLTE (Voice Over Long Term Evolution) which to my understandings that the voice data is over the internet aka data. Almost like Skype , like how thats over the internet. So why not combine! (Verizon, I thought you were about the people!! LOL)

  • Dorkieexbarbiie

    if verizon makes there data plan more than 29.99 im sure they will loose a lot of people going for 4g!! i know if it cost more than 30 a month, i will no switch to verizon! just saying!! hope they keep the prices as is! also food for thought. if you had a 4g phone and started with the unlimited data plan for 29.99 … and then prices changed.. would you have to pay more for the 4g plan than originally signed up for?

  • Droidzzz

    Luckily I’ve been in a living situation where I’m the only one in the house that uses the internet. I pay $80 a month for my share of the family plan and get unlimited texting and insurance. I tether my OG Droid so I don’t need to pay the cable company for internet which would at best be like $40 a month. Having a smartphone that powers my laptop with internet as well at a total of $80 is a really good deal actually. I suppose I wouldn’t complain too much if I have to up it to $100 (accounting for the increase in tax with the $15 add on for 4G). I’ve seen 4G in action on the data card and it’s BAD ASS!

  • wes008guest

    Someone who’s very high-up in Verizon Wireless told me this last weekend, so I guess it’s true. I didn’t post it onto the web for the sake of her/his job.

  • Me

    $45 a month would def kill it for me

  • Jlgsmom

    I have unlimited data for $29.99 on three lines with a $20 credit on every line, every month for as long as I keep my current plan. So yes there is unlimited data for $10.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeinrichmond mike

    I like the rumor, just don’t believe it will be unlimited…A 10Gb cap maybe..

    • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

      I use about 5GB/month when travelling or driving (Pandora and tethering (Droid OG)). Average is closer to 3.5-4GB/month.

  • Jawshua

    Yah if the price stays at thirty bucks a month I’d definitely get a 4G phone but I’m not looking forward to paying Verizon more a month on a new phone. Hell I use Wi-Fi almost exclusively on my DROIDX anyways so it’s not a huge selling point to me.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    So $29.99 for 4G, I already pay that for 3G. So does that mean $60 total? I am getting a XOOM and a Thunderbolt and I am on a business class plan. Anyone want to help me figure this one out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    4g. I can barely get 3g where I live. It keeps going in and out.

  • Anonymous

    I think it serves Verizons best interests with thier consumer base to keep the 29.99 price. I can see a lot of consumers shaying away from the 4g phones because of the additional pricing and raiising a 100 phone bill to a 140 bill and add on to what many of us already have as a even more exspensive bill. I really think if the data plan starts heading to 45 – 50 bucks extra you will see people staying with the 3g phones.

    Verizon needs to rmember that yes, it’s new technology but consumers these days are really looking at value and “Do I really need this toy right know”. unemployment is still rocking the house and consumers are being even more cautious on spending and cutting back on thier daily bills. Something for Verizon to think about.

  • Anonymous

    I think it serves Verizons best interests with thier consumer base to keep the 29.99 price. I can see a lot of consumers shaying away from the 4g phones because of the additional pricing and raiising a 100 phone bill to a 140 bill and add on to what many of us already have as a even more exspensive bill. I really think if the data plan starts heading to 45 – 50 bucks extra you will see people staying with the 3g phones.

    Verizon needs to rmember that yes, it’s new technology but consumers these days are really looking at value and “Do I really need this toy right know”. unemployment is still rocking the house and consumers are being even more cautious on spending and cutting back on thier daily bills. Something for Verizon to think about.

  • Anonymous

    I think it serves Verizons best interests with thier consumer base to keep the 29.99 price. I can see a lot of consumers shaying away from the 4g phones because of the additional pricing and raiising a 100 phone bill to a 140 bill and add on to what many of us already have as a even more exspensive bill. I really think if the data plan starts heading to 45 – 50 bucks extra you will see people staying with the 3g phones.

    Verizon needs to rmember that yes, it’s new technology but consumers these days are really looking at value and “Do I really need this toy right know”. unemployment is still rocking the house and consumers are being even more cautious on spending and cutting back on thier daily bills. Something for Verizon to think about.

    • Guest

      That sounds like “Poor Man’s” talk

      • Anonymous

        No, just smart business and knowing your priorites, I guess you didn’t
        notice my user name 1bad69z28 what type of exspensive toy do you have??? :P

  • Sholtkamp32

    I was taking to verizon sales for gov’t and education and he said 29.99 for LTE Smartphones as well.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the new 4G phones will have an option to disable 4G data and use unlimited 3G… that will be sweet, I would only use 4G to download big files… anybody??

  • Anonymous

    Dear god I hope Verizon’s network remains strong once the sheep arrive Feb 10. They need to maintain their niche of a dependable network cuz with Att finally embracing android they will be open to offering the shiny new toys at MWC that already operate on gsm closer to their launch dates making VZ’s droid lineup less INCREDIBLE and early testers of Att’s Lte are citing much faster speeds than Verizon’s meaning they will try to maintain their niche of being the nation’s fastest network. As long as they remain at each other throats we the consumer will remain on top.

  • http://twitter.com/smartphone_info Smartphone Report

    I don’t think $45 a month is out of line for this thing. Speed is everything to some and not to others. I still think they will end up with the throttled data rates – 0-3 Mbps will be $30, 3Mbps or better will be $45… That’s in the best interest of everyone isn’t it? It will be more interesting to see the caps they place on it.

    • Fog_tripper

      You don’t think it is “out of line”? Tell the truth, do you work for Verizon?

  • DroidOnMyMind

    I currently have the 9.99 dollars of unlimited data promotion. I assume if I get the 4g data I will lose the 10 dollars off and pay 30 dollars for data instead of 20.

    • SirLance99

      You Sir do not have the $9.99 unlimited data. Sir you have a secondary line at $9.99 with $29.99 for data. When you upgraded to your current smartphone you then received a $9.99 credit for your secondary line. You are still paying for your data at $29.99. Check your bill.

      • Tabe

        THAT sounds more like reality…

      • ISUVetMed

        Verizon at one point released a family “data plan” which allowed you to add a line WITH unlimited data/text/ ect for 29.99, and then a $20 credit per line. My family is currently on a plan where all 4 phones have data. My bill shows up as $29.99 data plan -$20 data promotion (on every line). So I essentially pay 10 bucks per line for data + 10 bucks for add a line.

    • Tabe

      You have UNLIMITED data for $10?! Shenanigans!!

    • DroidOnMyMind

      Typo in first sentence. Should be “off” instead of “of”. As was said in the last sentence I pay 20 instead of 30. 10 dollars off, sorry about the confusion lol.

      But since its for my 3g data if I switch to the 4g data I guess I will be back at paying 30.

  • Anonymous

    Cool, so now make my unlimited 3g data plan $19.99/mo.

  • Anonymous

    My question is, is this on top of 3G data or is this just a flat $30 for both 3G and 4G? And if the price does eventually go up when the network is rolled out nationwide will the early adopters be grandfathered in?

    Because if so, while I think 4G is non factor (and will be until 2012) I would get a 4G phone with a plan just to keep that nice price.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been hoping and thinking all along that they’d keep the data plan at $30/mo. It just makes sense if they want to stay competitive. With AT&T and T-Mobile tauting their “4G” networks and Verizon losing it’s grip on all the top phones, they’d be risking a lot of potential customers if they decide to charge more than the other guys, especially since they now have decent handsets.

    • Anonymous

      Very good point. Verizon won’t be able to charge more than competitors do for 4G, whether it is WiMax or HSPA+, if they want people to actually use their service. This is why I think they bumped up the upfront cost of the phone by $50 (and by $10 for one year contract) – to offset the lower 4G prices so that they can make some money back and expand LTE to other markets.

  • Anonymous

    45 a month just for data could kill it for a LOT of people, including me..

    • El El Kool J

      $45 a month for unlimited internet that you can, im sure with a rooted droid, use unlimitedly in your home or on the go with your alternate mobile devices…tell me what high speed internet you can get at home that costs $45 a month? Please let me know cuz I know no cable provider nor DSL is offering the speed you can get with 4G at a price of $45 a month..

      • Mr.Joe

        vzw is working on a way to track things with users tethering without plans. They already have this implemented for the fascinate and if they suspect anything on a network level they can terminate your contract.

        Who knows what they have set up on their 4G network.

        • HolyGrail

          Can you provide a link of this implemented for the fascinate?

        • http://twitter.com/TheBigNoob Ryan Fraser

          That is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

      • David

        Charter lol.. I was hittin 25mbps

      • Debrihmi

        That’s until you hit their “Unlimited Cap” and they throttle you down to dial-up speeds..
        ;)

  • Nativi

    This is sweet Big RED gives my job 20% off so 23 $ a month is sweet

    • Scadole

      where do you work?

      • Anonymous

        A lot of major companies give discounts like that. Usually, banks, firms, anywhere else lots of people work to help persuade others to come to the Red side.

        • jason w.s.

          pretty much ANY and ALL big companies have discounts with one of the main cell phone carrier these days…hell, my grandma works at TJ maxx and gets a 20 percent discount.

    • Anonymous

      I get 25% discount.. Insurance companies are the best!

      /a lil bit of sarcasm.. :/

      • Insurance

        What company? I work at an agency…. Fidelity gave me 19%. Safeco offered 22% a long time ago but I waited to long and missed it!

        • Anonymous

          State farm gives me 25% off my plan…and 25% off any accessories. :) try again with your company you might get more discounts

      • Insurance

        What company? I work at an agency…. Fidelity gave me 19%. Safeco offered 22% a long time ago but I waited to long and missed it!

  • appdaddy

    I wouldn’t mind those prices at all!!! Sounds waaay better than $80 for 10gigs or whatever anyway…

  • Anonymous

    lol, i will gladly take a 29.99 4g data plan…..i c there waiting on att to make a move? lol

  • Verizon Retailer

    It will be for sure Feb. 14th for the launch. I have received many emails from account managers with verizon letting all of us know. We are ordering pop to support this launch.

    • Anonymous

      lol, where best buy? i can buy it outright right?

      • Verizon Retailer

        Everywhere I would think. For sure in indirect retailers. Like local agents in your area.

        • Anonymous

          hmm, k then. well ebay it probably is for me. gota buy it off retail.

    • Anonymous

      4 days after the iPhone just seems way too close, but hey, crazier things have happened. :)

      • DBEvans

        For launch, it seems too soon … but for pre-order, I could see sometime the week of the 14th being possible dates.

      • Anonymous

        Mabe Verizon is trying to cash in on a phone buying spree from both camps. i*hone and Droid sales, two of the big guys on the block fighting it out with the winner “Verizon” cashing in on all of this mobile feeding frenzy.

      • El El Kool J

        having both phones release so close and being to huge releases could stop the out of stock issue that always happens during a huge release of “one” phone, but with 2.. you could possibly get alot of people saying oh I’ll get an i*hone or hey a thunderbolt.. just a thought.. :P

      • El El Kool J

        having both phones release so close and being to huge releases could stop the out of stock issue that always happens during a huge release of “one” phone, but with 2.. you could possibly get alot of people saying oh I’ll get an i*hone or hey a thunderbolt.. just a thought.. :P

      • Anonymous

        It makes sense. For every iPhone they want to offload the bandwidth onto their relatively empty 4G network. Whetting the appetites of Android and iOS fans alike is also a great way to start the new year.

  • Mth2134

    Meh….3g+wifi works fine for me. If it really is 29.99, then I wouldn’t have a problem getting a 4g device. However, if it’s more money or limited data, then no I wont go to 4g. Not really a whole lot different for my usage to pay more.

  • JStamp627

    So lets say you renew your contract and sign up for the 29.99 unlimited 4G (which sounds to good to be true but lets go with it), since its under contract could they still raise the price for it?

    • http://twitter.com/thetechguru_net thetechguru_net

      Data is considered a feature, not a plan, so it can be changed outside your contract, but they won’t change the price unless you change something else, and usually only if you change plans.

      • JStamp627

        So it would stay 29.99 but it could change from being unlimited to being limited correct?

        • http://twitter.com/thetechguru_net thetechguru_net

          Probably not until you make another significant change on your plan. Certainly if you remove the feature and try to re-add it, you would get stuck with whatever the current pricing is.

          • JStamp627

            Awesome! Thanks. I am able to upgrade March 14th, so this is awesome news to me if it holds up until then.

  • Anonymous

    This would be epic. If you can I would lock in and get grandfathered now before it’s gone.

    • Anonymous

      Same. Paying full retail for phones afterwards will still beat out renewing the plan and having to pay an extra $15/month or more.

  • Brenneisec

    Great to see the article k

  • Anonymous

    That’s to much

  • Anonymous

    Good thing Verizon gives my Job a 19% discount…..Oh Yea!!!

    • Anonymous

      I get 25% on my plan too :)

    • I am Fake Jesus

      good thing mt job gives me 30% off monthly rates with any carrier

    • LeeInMKE

      22% off here

    • Tabe

      I guess I’ll join in as well.. I get 25% off as well!

      • Anonymous

        22% here

    • El El Kool J

      I get free service on one line and 50% on personal lines.. :) VZW employee..

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, well I get 0% off, and because I pay more I get better service, obviously. So, yeah, I am better than all of you.

    • Guest

      I get 20% discount…but my work pays for the entire bill…can’t get any better then that!

    • jw

      Ill hoing in as well. NYS emplyee gets 19% service on Verizon.

    • Guest

      SW?

  • http://twitter.com/thetechguru_net thetechguru_net

    I could live with $30 +$15 for unlimited. I was really worried that their would be no top tier and that I would need to constantly watch data consumption. Now, if they included unlimited tethering, instead of tiered, I could go as high as $50 or $60 per month, but that would be a serious stretch (would need to give up Starbucks).

  • Flyinion

    30 + 15? Hope not that would seriously suck

    • Waknatious

      Yeah, 30 = cool. That’s what I’m doing now with the OGD. Add another 15 = not cool. But then I’ve been expecting to get a$$-raped in June when I upgrade.
      Oh well, we’ll see.
      Chris

      • Anonymous

        I was originally thinking it was going to be 50 for only 5gb, and I was an unhappy camper. This news makes me SOOOOOO HAPPY. Thunderbolt here I come.

        • SoDroid

          Agreed. If the cost of 4G is only $30 for unlimited, I’ll be getting the Thunderbolt asap. If it ends up being $45 per month, I’ll seriously have to reconsider my options.

    • Brum08

      Yeah, but it’d be surprising if they didn’t charge ANYTHING for new product. I wouldn’t mind 45 if I could do mobile hotspot with it. But that is next to impossible so I’d like to see under $40 for unlimited.