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Exclusive: Tiered Data Plans Headed to Verizon July 7, Packages Start at $30 for 2GB

We knew that July 7 was going to mark the beginning of something after Verizon extended out the free 4G hotspot promo one more time to the 6th, but what we weren’t 100% sure of was if it would have to do with tiered data.  Employees have been receiving training over the last couple of weeks on a new point-of-sale system along with new account management tools that hinted at family plan changes, so again, we knew that something was definitely on the horizon, just weren’t sure exactly what.  Well, we’ve just received word that tiers are scheduled to start the day after the promo ends (on the 7th) for new customers and will look something like this…  

Data plans:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 10GB – $80/month

If you would like to add tethering on to any of those packages, you can purchase 2GB of data at an additional cost of $20 per month.

Data plans w/ tethering:

  • 4GB – $50/month
  • 7GB – $70/month
  • 12GB – $100/month

If you go over your purchased amount of data, it will cost you $10 per 1GB.

Tablet data plans will now go to $30 for 2GB of data as well instead of $20 for 1GB of data that is currently available.

*Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both 3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on device.  So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen other sites seem to want to suggest.

*Note 2 – And I should probably clarify that these new prices should not affect anyone that is currently under contract.  Major changes like this concern only new customers and possibly those that are up for a renewal.  We have even heard mention of current customers being allowed to upgrade to a new device after July 7 though, and continue to keep their unlimited data, but are awaiting further clarification on that.

Surprised by these numbers?

Update:  If you’d like to see additional confirmation, then check out this letter we received that has been sent out to Verizon employees by VPs.

Update 2:  Head of Verizon Communications confirms tiers are coming in July.

Update 3:  It’s looking like current customers may have unlimited data for life.

Let’s look at how they compare to AT&T’s tiers:

  • 200MB – $15/month
  • 2GB – $25/month
  • 4GB – $45/month

So each plan is essentially $5 more per month, which Verizon will likely justify by saying that they offer a more reliable 3G network and a faster 4G LTE network.  We knew they were coming – let me know what your thoughts are.

This is definitely developing…

  • Courtney M Horne

    Im grandfsthered in so im straight for now. Hopefully they dont pull a AT&T on us. I have an extra line im not using its unlimited and for sale if anyone is interested

  • Y-care

    How long do you think teh v is going to let you run wild on 3g ? I say 3g is out 4 g takes over and your unlimited is GONE! It’s teh way the scummy company plays but you guys keep buying..good job guys PAY more for less That’s the way !! Make me proud

  • BROOKLYNBUSH

    i just bought a droid and my dads afraid it will cost us BIG bc of the 30 dollar data plan, if we have a 200$ dollar payment for 4 lines will it charge us ALOT ?
     

  • Robin

    I switched from AT&T and am so sorry I did so, my bill is now doubled.  The main reason is AT&T offers free mobile to mobile.  Awesome.

    I am calling verzion today to find out my canceling options.

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  • Bring back the Pager!

    ps…Gotta love the marketing strategies.
    Notice how these cash cow terds act like they dont know a new Iphone is coming (O so sooon) therefore make most wait on it of course?….Then up there Data Plans just in time. All within a few months prior INTRODUCING the IPHONE TO VERIZON!
    Which by the way, they gotcha on the iphone 4 as well….
    I guess they take our money (and laugh) and still make us look like asswipes. (and laugh some more)

    So much for waiting for the new, newer, newest iphone plan I had???
    Ima Sucka!

  • MadImNotRich

    So pissed off!!
     So I could either own 2 cell phones and get internet access, or Buy a car and have the same monthly payment?? F.U. Verizon! You suck for raping us all. I’ve been a 12yr customer and will be switching to Sprint. F your superior service!

  • Sloth035

    i pay 80$ a month. you pull this crap on us? for what? we all pay a shit load of money to you? your the most money i have paid for a plan you guys r the highest money takers in the world? and you wanna take more? if you do this to us? expect your people to leave verizon like i will.

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  • kim

    they need to look into a family data plan, like they have for unlimited texting and calling. my daughter wants the iphone so bad, but i don’t wanna pay 30 bucks a month. if they had a family plan i would let her get one b/c i have to pay data for a blackberry and a droid anyway. i doubt this is gonna be soon, but it will probably come eventually, and she’s willing to wait till it comes so shes not stuck with one of those crappy ‘feature phones’. does anyone have any idea of when a data family plan will be introduced?

  • Weschultz4

    I dont really know why people are so upset….AT&T is only $5 cheaper a month for 2gb of data!!!!!! 

  • Mobile461

    I thought the idea was to offer customers a cheaper data option to encourage feature phone users to switch to smartphones This isn’t any cheaper and limits the data and costs more than ATT. I don’t get it.

    A better option would be $20 for 1gb with each additional 1gb costing $10. This is ridiculous.

  • hobnobjoe

    would it be possible to activate my friends old blackberry that he doesnt use anymore and start paying $30 a month before july 7th. then use my upgrade to get the galaxy s2 , bionic, or iphone 4S/5 later and keep that $30 a month unlimited plan?

  • Sam

    This is the price to be paided for better speed/coverage I suppose. At&t/T-Mobile/sprint just can’t match verizon (anyone who says differently is only fooling themselves) and so we pay for that, in many ways.

    I wish that I could keep the paying the same amount I have been for almost 2 years. Wish I could lock in my gas price for 2 years…

  • *New* customers? So does that mean if ive been an existing customer i can still get the unlimted with my 2 year upgrade?

  • Darren DiCostanzi

    “Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both 3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on device. So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen other sites seem to want to suggest.”

    Kellex, can you state what kind of source this information came from?  I have been seeing information that either confirms or denies that note, all from “Verizon Employees” (and we all know they have a very accurate track record lol).  Just curious how confident you are that a 3G phone can upgrade to LTE after July 7th. Thanks

  • Jeff

    This is ridiculous! You mean Verizon is not making enough money already. I’ve been with Verizon for over 10 years but this move will certainly have me shopping for another service. I already pay over $200 a month. 

  • Mlcn

    wish you would filter the language here apparently these morons don’t have children that can read

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  • Blahed

    I’m so sick of money grabbing from Corporations.  Looks like Sprint will get my business, regardless if I’m “safe” as an existing customer or not.

  • Me neither, me, my  dad, and my sister can share even probably 5 GB pretty easily. $50, can save me $20 per month…(we have an old $10 75MB phone).

  • I go usually…1.5-2.5, but haven’t activated Netflix yet, we’ll see how much afterwords.

  • I think the plans should be:
    1/2 GB – $15
    2 GB – $25 ($20 Unrealistically)
    5 GB – $35
    More?
    Tethering Should be allowed with the data packages.

  • awesome that one of my favorite websites was just shown on one of my favorite shows. (too bad it had to be due to a sad news story) during the feed on attack of the show on g4 this story on droid-life.com was showed on screen. it just aired a few minutes ago so its not posted online yet but here is the link to where the video will be  http://www.g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/thefeed/index.html

  • teddy

    Ill be leaving Verizon next month when my contract is up and it sounds like ill be going to Sprint. Anyone have any phone recommendations on sprint? I have the original droid and want a pure google phone if possible on sprint. GD verizon, cell phone companies are just as bad as banks. scumbags.

  • Anonymous

    Starting at $30?? They should offer a $15 plan to attract all the people considering adding a data to their plans…

  • Bello643

    lucky i got out of verizon before they gonna do that dum shir and i was about to get verizon again now that im 18

  • Bello643

    they gonna get bankrupt forsure

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  • Anonymous

    Typical. I can upgrade on July 16th (and I was planning on doing so). I currently have Verizon’s $15 150MB plan (on an old LG Versa) and was planning on upgrading. The only good thing is my wife currently has the unlimited data plan ($29.99) and rarely goes over 1GB.

  • I don’t really understand how they’ll be able to justify charging for tethering when they are actually selling you a specific quantity of bandwidth.

  • Nicepp

    Guess they weren’t making enough money

  • Rex_D

    I’m curious how much DATA everyone ACTUALLY uses.  I’ve never gone over 1.2 gigs on my phone, MOST of the time I’m below a gig.  Always less than a gig on my tablet too.  Has anyone actually looked to see how much they use?

    • Droid Charge, no tethering and I use 3-4GB weekly.  News, sports, Facebook updates and Pandora after work on America’s fastest 4G network!  I’m grateful.

  • Rex_D

    I’ve never hit 2g even with using Pandora, Rhapsody, and downloading TONS of porn… $25 is cheaper than my $30 unlimited

  • Anonymous

    With 2 Droids on my family plan and much less that 1GB used on each phone, I can’t frickin’ wait for the family shared data plan to be announced.

    Sucks that VZW’s prices don’t match AT&T’s (lower).

  • Anonymous

    We knew this was coming just after the iPhone went there. It stinks but can’t blame a huge evil mega corp for raising prices according to demand… I will blame the iPhone fan-influx.

  • Anonymous

    “We have even heard mention of current customers being allowed to upgrade to a new device after July 7 though, and continue to keep their unlimited data, but are awaiting further clarification on that.” pleasepleaseplease. I want a BIONIC or a Pre3 (if LTE) and have an Inc. If they don’t give unlimited, I’ll just keep my current phone/plan and tether like crazy >:)

  • yaygage

    I guess I just don’t understand why there has to be such steep rates for data?  Is it just simply that there is really a lack of competition?  That’s what it seems like to me.

    • Anonymous

      Lack of honest competition. If everyone charges an arm and a leg, all of the companies win and all of the consumers lose.

  • well i can see that this is all positive stuff

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping for 3GB @ $20/month, I was expecting 2GB @ $25/month, I am laughing at 2GB @ $30/month. It is absolutely hilarious. I am dropping Verizon like a bad habit at the end of my contract in November.Hell a LTE Nexus 3 subsidized on Verizon wouldn’t change my mind. And I’m not a huge data hog, I use less than 3GB/month on Verizon, sometimes less than 2GB, usually I hover around 2.3GB. Since Netflix was released I haven’t gone over 3GB, but my data usuage is higher.

  • Any update as to if you get to keep unlimited when you upgrade the next time if you are currently under contract?

  • Closielle

    I will leave verizon once my contract expires ( apr 28th, 2011. DINC2)

    They don’t care about customer loyalty,

    all they want is to make their money however they can, as if they are not one of the leading phone providers already.

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  • LPMeteoraremix

    Looks like sprint is going to be getting a lot of new subscribers

  • Cell Geek

    I don’t think its too bad cause at the end of the day,you get what you pay for and as far as I’m concerned,Verizon has the best coverage,not that much dropped calls and as long I’ve been with them,their customer service is top notch.True the other carriers offer cheaper plans but there’s always a catch plus they don’t have good coverage hands down.And its only going to affect the customers that use too much data and most people use about 2GB of data on avg from what I read,so it shouldn’t be an issue,that’s my opinion.

  • W Gress

    If someone could help me out that would be awesome! I’m currently the primary line on a family plan and we dont have any data package right now. I’m eligible and plan on going in for an upgrade on july 2nd. Will i be able to get a new smartphone and pay the unlimited data for +$30 a month? Or will i have to pay these new rates?

    • Johnq

      I’ve been reading that you’ll be locked in as long as you have an unlimited data plan before July 7th… I’m thinking of upgrading now to the iphone4 to get the unlimited data as well!

  • Remington Jackson

    Wow I knew their prices bad, but if this is true this is really bad. You know it would be nice if half of the smart phone users that AT&T and Verizon had left to go to other carrier’s in the next 2 years. I know keep dreaming, but something like that would have to happen for some changes to occur. I mean LTE is a nice new technology that promises to be 10 times more than normal 3G, but come on when was the last time we used normal 3G I mean the masses. AT&T had HSPA for a while that was capable of up to 7.2Mbpsm HSPA+ on Tmobile is 14.4Mbps, and WiMax on Sprint is really fast. So come on stop the marketing talk and give us something measurable since what I have read shows with what they have it only can go up to 10, which is the peak so you can imagine what the average is going to be like. Correct me if I am wrong its ok.

    • Rex_D

      All that would happen then is Sprint or T-Mobile would jack up all their prices.  It’s a cycle.  Who ever is winning charges the highest fee.

  • I also asked she said it doesn’t matter if i was upgrading/contract renewal I would be Grandfathered.

  • Before anyone goes off the deep end I just called customer service and was informed that if I am paying for that service(unlimited data) , that it doesn’t matter if you change phones as in a upgrade. You are GRANDFATHERED in at that current rate.  Also, if you do receive and upgrade that you would continue to receive UNLIMITED DATA @ 29.99 a month!   Great news for all of us CURRENT VERIZON CUSTOMERS!! All new customers, not so much

    • Dasdsadas

      Changing phones is different than renewing your contract. Call back again and ask about renewing your contract.

  • M Diaz5

    is this only for 4g or does it effect 3g as well?

  • oldman

    You are not alone, They get millions in Government subsidies to build their network and just short of armed robbery with the new pricing.

    T-Mobile should get ready for the onslaught, Hope AT&T does not get the green light to purchase them or it’s back to very dumb phones for me…

  • 3g? 4g? what is that i’m still on 1x here in bloomington, MD

  • Anonymous

    Wait. 2GB and tethering for 30$ per month and 10$ for every 1GB u go over. Why not just forget the plan and spend 20$ “going over” on 2GB?

  • Palge

    Ok guys we’re wandering off subject, for me Jabba got it nailed, but I will add, T Mobile is a good choice for now, and when it’s AT&T, the service should be good, and less cost than Verizon. And I Want a 3D phone.

  • Poopstain

    Talked to a Verizon customer rep and he told me this only applies to the Iphone and only if purchased after a certain date. Anybody else hear this?

  • Anonymous

    I thought these tiers would be more friendly to people who use very little data or none at all, and the tiered data prices are pure wallet rape!

  • Anonymous

    Wow… what a bunch of crap… I listened to chroniX Radio while I was working the other day and used almost 4GB.

  • Anonymous

    Absurd pricing coming from almost all carriers. Revolt by canceling your smartphone/data plans! You CAN live without it, and it’s surely better than getting ripped off.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point. I can still use my DX on wifi for 90% of  what I need and reactivate my old E815. Don’t need to pay early termination fee – just cancel data until I can switch to Sprint.

  • W Gress

    I will be upgrading to a smartphone and adding data to my line on the family plan on July 2nd. Will I be in the clear, or will they force these new prices on me…?

  • this clarifies jackshit, im on a 3g unlimited data plan, after july 7th if i go out to upgrade to a 4g plan, they wont grandfather my plan in kellex not sure where ur seeing such things

  • Sprint, here I come!

  • Anonymous

    Is Droid-Life 100% about this pricing structure.. I mean come on the way Verizon Wireless has been aiming at you would think they would price 2GB starting at $20. Last I heard from Verizon about data structures was that AT&T had it wrong, and being more expensive is not a right way of doing that.

  • 0mie

    This is what I usually use

    http://i53.tinypic.com/sccrrb.png

    No way in hell I’m paying $30/line for only 2GB…like I said I will just stick to my $10/unlimited data 😉

  • 0mie

    This is what I usually use

    http://i53.tinypic.com/sccrrb.png

    No way in hell I’m paying $30/line for only 2GB…like I said I will just stick to my $10/unlimited data 😉

  • 0mie

    I will stick with my $10 UNLIMITED data plan…if they make me change that when I upgrade I will go PREPAID on Virgin Mobile ;P

  • Anonymous

    Where I live in the Northwest I’m kind of stuck with VZW, at least if I want decent coverage. I can drive from Boise to Seattle streaming Pandora for all but about 5 minutes. No other carrier comes close. This is one of the few downsides of living in a mountainous area. 

    When the time comes that I have to switch over to the tiered plan, I’ll make sure that a lot of the bandwidth heavy operations only occur over wifi. 

  • Anonymous

    I really wanted to jump on 4G LTE when my contract ends in September, but this is just ridiculous. Verizon should have displayed the power of its network, that it can handle all that data traffic and not have to resort to tiered pricing like at&t. At least At&t’s $15 and $25 plans saved most customers some money. Verizon wants to charge more for anything over 2GB, which limits its customers and does not provide any savings for them .

  • Ngrady510

    How much does the average person use per month? I have the HTC Thunderbolt. I have my work email, yahoo, and gmail accounts on my phone, and I use the internet daily (sports scores, facebook, other basic uses). I use Pandora for a few hours a week as well.

    • Anonymous

      You can see the usage for your phone by going to Verizon Wireless’s website and signing into your account.  It’ll give you usage down to the last byte for your current month.  Unfortunately, in order to find out your past usage, you have to go back and review your bill and multiply the kilobytes by 1024 in order to find out the GB you used for that month.  Scumbag Verizon, tiered pricing for GB yet posting the results in kilobytes. 

      Here’s some perspective: If you would like to watch Netflix at all on
      your device, it takes about a 1.5 MB per second data transfer for
      viewing, or about 1 GB PER HOUR.  These are rough approximations given
      by a Netflix Representative.  DO THE MATH AND BEND THE HELL OVER.

      For me personally, last month’s usage totaled 4GB and more or less used them to the degree you did along with a Twitter account.

  • Cantuckee

    I swear to god, if they don’t grandfather me in with unlimited data for $30 bucks a month I will cancel all 4 lines on my account and move to AT&T. I almost hope this happens just so I can get out of that contract without the early termination fee.

  • David2p4

    Damn I hope I am able to keep my unlimited data, my upgrade July 8th. If not, bye bye Verizon!

  • David2p4

    Damn I hope I am able to keep my unlimited data, my upgrade July 8th. If not, bye bye Verizon!

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  • Interesting.

    I don’t like the idea of having to worry about my “data cap” but – it seems for my own habits – I wouldn’t.

    This is an average data use (MB) from March, April, May, June:

    302.99 

    363.08 

    378.66 

        

    348.24
    Mine stay low because when I am somewhere with a WiFi connection – I use it instead of the Big V’s network

    as a flip off – usage of my girlfriend’s droid:

    1085.08 

    1218.84 

    1232.70 

       

    1178.87

    she doesn’t follow the same suit as me – however she is coming much closer to 2GB than I am. The 2 GB plan should cost 20-25 bucks – the 5 GB should be 30. That would help motivate others to use the ability to jump aboard a wireless connection whenever possible.

    I imagine an average user most likely doesn’t go over 2GB in a month cycle but I think Verizon missed a chance to be held in better light for tiered plans…if they know that 2GB or lower is average – getting more people on board to pay for a data plan – plus price it at a better entry level than AT&T would have made the best provider of service – also stand to be the most sound of judgement for their customers.
     
    Its a sad day in my mobile world where Sprint’s offer to me in the mall is looking better via this becoming more of a reality.

  • Using LTE with a 2gb data cap is like nailing a hooker with herpes.

    • Anonymous

      4G or 3G, you consume the same amount of data.  It just occurs in less time.

      Now if you are adjusting your habits to quality hookers, then your cost/consumption rate certainly changes.

  • cdreis

    I’ll just stick with Sprint

  • Anonymous

    I really feel like I’m being raped by Verizon…

  • J Dub

    I’m sorry, but I don’t care if I never go over 2 GB in a month. I’m not paying the same thing I was on an “unlimited” plan as I would be for a 2 GB plan.

    With new services like Google Music streaming and Netflix on Android how in the crap is 2 GB going to be enough for anybody? If you are switching carriers then, yeah, the pricing is up front. Those of us who have been with VZW for years and upon wanting to update our phone get screwed over. VZW wouldn’t be where it is without all the loyal people sticking with them.

    The day the Galaxy S 2 comes out on Sprint I will be doing some serious looking into going to a company that seems to know how to win and keep customers.

  • Theocummings

    Was thinking about switching to Verizon but probably not going to now.

  • James_Ever

    Can’t say I’m surprised either. In fact, I don’t use more than 2gb a month and have wifi so on a family plan if they include both devices will save me thirty bucks a month, so that works for me.

  • Memphis1967

    so, funny story.  Kellex just says he “received word”, so i did a quick google news search for verizon tiered data plans.  there’s quite a few news sites reporting on this, but every single one of them cites Droid Life as their source.  so, kudos to kellex for being popular, but why has no one else heard about this other than DL?

  • MALfunction84

    They should at least make tethering free.  It costs them nothing, and they could market it as some kind of trade-off.

  • Raven

    That fact that tiered data is coming has never surprised me.  I think the abuses that some people have made on unlimited data have seen to that.  What still surprises me is how much extra they want to charge for tethering or that they want to treat it diffferently at all, especially if I am paying for a set amount of data.  2GB is 2GB whether I use it all on my phone or whether I tether my netbook to use a real keyboard to compose a long email or email a spreadsheet to someone.

    • Using the data that they advertise that you have available isn’t abusing it. Quit being a corporate shill.

  • Anonymous

    Time to switch to Sprint

  • Roch

    Time to leave Verizon.  Time to start switching over and boycotting these greedy scumbags (Verizon and AT&T)

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t mind switching to a tiered plan if it meant I could tether or wifi hotspot for the price included.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t mind switching to a tiered plan if it meant I could tether or wifi hotspot for the price included.

  • Sylense

    Cable Provider > UNLIMITED 3G/4G – $39.99/mo
    Verizon > 10 GB – $80.00/mo

    hmmmm…..

  • Anonymous

    So, stupid question; how does one check to see how much data they use?

    • Anonymous

      download the My Verizon app.. or log on to their website

  • I will be jumping ship once my family plan expires. Verizon has constantly denied these rumors as they were being swirled months ago and now these rumors have seemingly come to fruition.

    This shows me:
    1) Big Red is not truthful to its customer
    2) Seem to have no reasoning behind the rates – seems like price gouging to me. If they come out and show us what the money is going toward and why, I can give them a little more slack but if the number of contracts are increasing we should see cheaper contracts if they are dropping our features, not more expensive.
    3) My area seems to have good coverage for all the major carriers so I am not overly concerned about the coverage issue.
    4) Why are they not going to a plan based on data used? I would rather get charged for each GB I use at $10 a GB. If I go under 1 GB I pay for what I used. Why rape me for GB I am not using? This way those that are abusing the data can get charged for it and those who don’t use it don’t have to pay for it. It’s ridiculous and we the consumers allow it to happen (by stupidity and being uninformed). I by no means think the FCC should be involved …yet….but people need to be AWARE and INFORMED to what Verizon is doing. If your contract is up soon change carriers and be sure you let Verizon know why you left.

    • they do price based on data used. in the past year, 80% of people used less than 2GB a month

  • Anonymous

    just got off the phone with VZW customer service…he told me that there is no information on this in his system, so he would wager to guess that this is just a rumor, and a false one at that…

    • Anonymous

      I doubt they’re gonna admit it’s true until it’s ready to be released. I, for one, believe it.

  • There should not be separate packages for data and tethering.  Just let people buy buckets of data be done with it.  Data is data, PEROID.  And there needs to be an option for light users.  Maybe 500MB for $20.  Most people are using wifi as a data source, Im on my phone all the time and I barely use 1/2 a GB per month.  if this is true, its disappointing and I don’t think this plan really meets the needs of a lot of verizon consumers.

    Just not thrilled about this news…. 

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, I love how these corporate emails go on about how they’re doing this to give the customer a choice even though you will continue to be stuck with the mandatory $30 plan regardless. You can’t pay less, you can only pay more. Since when is that a good choice?

  • $5 – 100MB. $5 per 100MB overage.

    $15 – 500MB. $15 per 500 MB overage.

    $25 – 2GB.  $10 per 1GB over

    $40 – 5GB. $10 per GB over

    $50 – Unlimited.User friendly and more money for you. Win win.

  • You scared me to death with this article! Then I checked the validity of this argument with someone high up at Verizon, and they said “Tiered data isn’t even being discussed at this time. We have no intent on going to a tiered data plan anytime in the foreseeable future.”. So you are very wrong! 😛

    • how high up are we talking?

    • Anonymous

      The head of Verizon’s PR has confirmed it and said that more info is to come.  She even said it starts July 7th.

  • HALP

    My tender, pink hole sits exposed to air. Dried up and crusted feces litter the pubes around my ring. Around my legs sit my torn World of Warcraft boxers. Verizon Wireless anxiously undoes its belt and flops out its giant, red schlong. My butthole trembles at the fury about to enter it. Verizon grabs my hips, and hoists my ass closer to its huge cock. I scream in a combination of ecstasy and shame as its meaty member beings to savagely pound my cornhole. “$30 for 2GB?” I shout, but Verizon DOESN’T hear me now.

    I am an Android loving, assburger fanboy retard. And this has been my story of what Verizon has done to me this day. 

  • digsoreos

    Please update this report when you find out whether those with unlimited data VZW contracts will be able to keep them when it comes time to renew. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    This is very ironic. I bought the og droid on day one and my upgrade is set for July 6th. I would assume the rest of you guys that did what I did will also be due that day. I hope this does not hold true for upgrades because I don’t plan to use my upgrade on July 6th because we all know it’s best to wait it thru the summer till better hardware comes. So I guess I am eagerly waiting on Droid Life’s update on this because this will affect many of us here. Let’s all hope this is not true!

    • I bought the OG droid on day one and i upgraded a month ago to the bolt. 

      • Anonymous

        Well you must of got some promotional thing to go even earlier. My point was that in my case it’s very ironic, I am not alone in that if this article is true and that upgrades are subject to limited data plans then alot of us will be affected. I hope it’s not the case as should you even though you upgraded prematurely and got the thunderbolt…

        • James_Ever

          I just became upgradeable as of yesterday and the rep I spoke with said that I would be able to upgrade at a discount because they got rid of the NE2 and as a result would still be eligible for unlimited data, which is great, but with a tiered plan I still would save more as I have wifi and use less than 2gb a month, I suggest you call as it may work, depending on who you talk to as this helped a few of my friends. If you signed a contract before the beginning of this year and since they’re dissolving the NE2 then they broke the original agreement and still be grandfathered into any deals like unlimited data because of this. Now the drawback is that of course you have to get a two year contract from that date and any upgrade on a device you will have to pay retail, but maybe this will help.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you that does help somewhat. My main worry was if I wait to upgrade past July 7th, am I going to be stuck with a tiered data plan. So what your saying is that even if I wait till past this date to upgrade I will be able to get unlimited because they breached contract in terms of ne2 being dismantled?

  • Anonymous

    So I’m in charge of my families “family plan.” Including me, there’s four lines needed. Currently we all have OGs and coming up on contract end this year. From what I gather with this news:

    Verizon Family Data Tiering: 1400 mins to share – 2gb of data per phone = $260 a month
    Verizon Family “Data Bucket”: 1400 mins to share – 10gb to share or 2.5gb of data per phone = $220 a month
    Sprint Unlimited Family Plan: 1500 mins to share – unlimited data = $210 a month

    The biggest issue I had was my sister, shes in love with the Droid Pro… but this month Sprint brought out the Moto XPRT and now the Samsung Replenish.

    ….. Looks like I’m getting a Nexus S 4g 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny how many people are whining, in fact, I have yet to read anything else.  It’s funny because back in November, DL ran a “how much data do you use poll”, and about 60% of people answered in a category less than 2GB, and 83% were less than 5GB.

    Do you guys get pissed when the buffet is $10, even though you don’t even come close to consuming $10 worth of food???

    • Anonymous

      We’re pissed because you don’t get charged currently when you go over your data limit

      • Anonymous

        Obviously, because there isn’t a limit, so how could you get charged? Seriously, I guarantee that that VAST majority (higher than 60%) of people use less than 2GB, unless they’re tethering. I use my phone constantly throughout the day, and I average 1.5GB per month.

        • Droid1294

          i get too much

        • Smokncars

          actually look at the unlimited it is capped at 5GB

          • Anonymous

            No it is not. My contract is unlimited. No cap.

        • Dave

          Well it really depends on what you use the phone for. Especially with LTE, it’s really easy to get over the  2 GB limit because you are driven to stream more media content because of the convenience that comes from speed (at least in my case). If anything comes from this is that it will change consumer habits in regards to using WiFi more often when at home or at hot spots. It’s definitely what I’ll be doing should the grandfathering thing not pan out. I just can’t see myself going to another carrier at this point since Verizon’s network has been the best in my area.

          • Anonymous

            That’s actually what I was thinking about the Wi-Fi thing. I will likely set my phone like my tablet, where it automatically connects to my home network when I am within range. I disagree with the data usage though, since I don’t believe people with 4G devices use a measurable amount of data compared to the same user on a 3G connection. At least not to the extent where it would kick them over a threshold.

    • Anonymous

      We’re pissed because you don’t get charged currently when you go over your data limit

    • Smokncars

      unlimited is capped at 5GB but its 29.99 which is decently priced. its more of its nice to know i have more because i bounce around from 1 to 3 GB a month.

      • Unlimited data isn’t capped. IT IS Unlimited.

        • Anonymous

          Incorrect, people have been threatened with termination of service for continually exceeding 5GB per month.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve never had a problem going over 5GB. I even spoke with the VZW rep when I signed the contract to be clear. Only people who tether in violation of their contract get threatened.

          • Anonymous

            You’re actually right, they don’t do that anymore. They used to though, but now they just throttle your data speed through the end of the billing cycle.

          • You must be thinking of the old Unlimited plan for USB Modems. Show me the article talking about unlimited data plans on phones being limited to 5GB.

            I’ve used over 5GB every month since i got my phone in June 2010. Not once have i received a email, text, letter in the mail or phone call with Verizon threatening to terminate my contract.

          • Anonymous

            No, it used to be in the TOS back in the day, but I didn’t realize they had changed it. Here’s the old paragraph: “Anyone using more than 5 GB per line in a given month is presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited above, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate the service of any such person without notice.”

          • They do NOT throttle or cap.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, I clearly misread the terms of service where it reads: “if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.”

          • my friend asked the data specialists at Verizon when he was working there, and they said there are no caps. maybe they were talking about the majority. 80% of customers used less than 2GB of data in the last year.

      • Anonymous

        No its not

      • FACT: verizon has no caps, and no throttling whatsoever.

    • Anonymous

      Also you can argue your point against this as well…. If data use is so irrelevant why even introduce this?

      • Anonymous

        Because they people using 5GB should easily pay more than the people using 1 or 2 GB a month.

        • Anonymous

          Then why not lower the prices for people using only <2GB?

          • Anonymous

            Why give something away for “free” that the majority of people are already using and paying for?

          • Anonymous

            Why give something away for “free” that the majority of people are already using and paying for?

        • Why? Bandwidth is basically free.

          • Anonymous

            Right, so are the towers that provide it.

          • Sorry, I have zero sympathy for a company pulling in TEN BILLION DOLLARS PROFIT annually.

          • Anonymous

            …and I have no sympathy for the person who uses twice the data compared to the vast majority of users, then whines about having to pay more.

    • Anonymous

      Also you can argue your point against this as well…. If data use is so irrelevant why even introduce this?

  • Anonymous

    I am going to take back what I said earlier.  I actually took the time to check the amount of data my wife and I actually use.  This month with access to Netflix and Google Music Beta, I’ve only used 900mb of data and she’s only used 4 mb of data (she’s on a Blackberry, go figure).  If we could combine data for say $35-$40/mo for 3 gb or so, I’d be fine with that.  I just realized that most of my data intensive processes are done at home using Wifi anyways.

  • Are You Kidding Me?

    Oh and look how many comments there are already, so I can only imagine the uproar when it actually goes into effect.  Also, how many Thunderbolt owners wanna scream at whoever’s responsible for the MyVerizon app and data calculator not working?

  • Anonymous

    Can someone give me their CFO’s number and email please?

  • Wow people are being very reactionary here. It’s all pretty much as expected. At least you actually get more data with the tethering charge now. You’re not just paying for the privilege. Verizon is the best service in my area but I’ve been waiting for the Galaxy S2. Can I buy a phone by the 7th and return it within 30 days? Hoping the phone is released by then.

    • Smokncars

      its 14 Days now not 30 dude

    • Anonymous

      14 day return policy…..

    • Anonymous

      Haha, no you don’t get any more data, you get less. When you paid for tethering before you were getting it on an “unlimited plan” for $50. The soft cap was 5gb I believe, but that’s still more data than the new $30+$20 plan would get you with tethering (2gb + 2gb = 4gb).

  • Are You Kidding Me?

    Does anyone recall a little before Verizon introduced the $15 limited data plan for smartphones Verizon rep(s)/exec(s) being asked if they would mimic AT&T’s new data price plans?  If I recall correctly Verizon said something along the lines of, “We will consider changing the prices for our data plans as well as offering more options, however we feel that AT&T is off in how they value data usuage.”  When they introduced the $15 data plan it seemed that that statement pointed towards being less expensive than AT&T and possibly continuing to offer unlimited data.  This new pricing is absolute garbage.  Many ignorant folks that will want a smartphone to either just have one to have one and/or pretty much just go on facebook may not really suffer from this.  Many new customers may make the mistake of being conned into thinking they’ll be fine on the $30 plan, but most likely far too many will realize this is utter garbage and do one of two things.  They will either switch carriers or they’ll complain their asses off in any way they can like they did with the required data plan with “3G multimedia phones”.  I can’t see Verizon surviving very long with this kind of pricing.  Sure both their 3G and 4G data networks are the best in the nation and their coverage is unmatched, but in today’s economy coupled with the fact that more and more folks require/depend on/really want a good smartphone, they’ll find that this pricing scheme will turn their customer base into what was a dam with several leaks (no more annual upgrades or NE2 credits, no more one year contracts, extended lengths of time for shipping of warrantly replacements, etc) into a straight up busted dam and in less than one year they will see an incredibly fast drop in their customer base.  Here will be an example of a normal individual talking with a Verizon brainwashed individual:

    Normal person: Hey you have Verizon still?  Isn’t your bill outrageous with that smartphone?
    Dumbass: Well I get free Verizon to Verizon calls so that’s a good value.
    Normal person:  K well how many people do you know that have Verizon?
    Dumbass: Uhmmmmm…..

  • McClure

    Just talked to a rep at a VZW corporate store. Says that tiered pricing is imminent, but didn’t want to specify the day. Said that if you’ve got unlimited you’ll be grandfathered in. BUT, if you let the contract lapse, and you upgrade from a 3G to a 4G device, even if you pay full retail, then you’re subject to the new structure, because 4G unlimited is technically a different line item than 3G unlimited.

    Moral of the story:
    If you’re on 3G looking to go to 4G and have an upgrade in the holster, use it before July 6th.

    • Smokncars

      really a new line item when they want to phase out 3g by what was it 2015 no that is the same item becuase “only” network option they will have…..

  • s p r i n t

  • Marcusrussell547

    I guess i will never upgrade and by phones for full price im locked in the unlimited plan and will never upgrade cause of this

  • Taking them up on their early upgrade offers that they have been sending me just got a lot more attractive!  I’m up for renewal in December.

  • Smokncars

    I am thinking about US cellular or Sprint both with strong network in areas i live and areas i visit. US cellular has early upgrades and better phones now a days or with sprint $99 unlimited everything

  • So what, do they think 96 Million customers are enough and they want to cut back?

  • Zachattack112

    This just ruined the chance of me going to 4g. Damn you Verizon… Of course you would have to do this the day after i get a upgrade

  • Brutalsnowman

    question is…. will we have to have a tethering data package to use the Bionic laptop dock… or will I be able to keep my $30 unlimited plan and make use of it.

  • nessa

    so if i buy the droid 3, then later decide to have a thunderbolt i can buy it outright and not have to be on tiered and keep unlimited?

    • probably be better to upgrade to the tbolt and get the d3 outright.. LTE phones are 130 more at full retail than 3g phones.

      • nessa

        well i mean buy a thunderbolt off craigslist after the 7th and be locked in. i want the D3 bad and hope its out this week or next before this bs takes effect.

  • Austin

    Can anyone clarify if I upgrade to a new phone after July 7 if I can still have my unlimited data?

    • Anonymous

      Trying to figure this out too, if not, I’m using one of my free upgrades

    • most likely not.

    • Smokncars

      Check out what the rep tells you and look at the paperwork just say u want upgrade, but im not sure…i know when they got rid of upgrade every year that i lost that when i upgraded even though they were getting rid of it anyways on have to wait another full 2 years instead of honoring the like 9 months or less i had left for another phone.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t it violate their lease of the 700Mhz LTE spectrum to charge extra for the teathering of data which is already a built in feature of the device?
    This is even more ingregious considering data is capped so why should they care what you do with your two GB?

  • Kevin Jellison

    Forgive me if I’m wrong on this, but I have been toying with this idea for a while. I retired my OGD a few months ago, and have been using it as a fully functioning phone at home. I have it hooked up to my home wi-fi, and use google voice for calls in and out. Verizon wants you paying for a voice/text plan, as well as data for the phone, and data for tethering, and data for your tablets etc… So, what if you just payed for a mi-fi card (from any provider), and hooked up your phone to the mi-fi(of course you would have to carry mi-fi wherever you go), and use google voice? This way, you can use the mi-fi for any device you want, and will still have a fully functioning phone without having to pay for voice/text as well…at least as long as google voice continues to be free:) It’s just a thought, now pick it apart.

  • Kevin Jellison

    Forgive me if I’m wrong on this, but I have been toying with this idea for a while. I retired my OGD a few months ago, and have been using it as a fully functioning phone at home. I have it hooked up to my home wi-fi, and use google voice for calls in and out. Verizon wants you paying for a voice/text plan, as well as data for the phone, and data for tethering, and data for your tablets etc… So, what if you just payed for a mi-fi card (from any provider), and hooked up your phone to the mi-fi(of course you would have to carry mi-fi wherever you go), and use google voice? This way, you can use the mi-fi for any device you want, and will still have a fully functioning phone without having to pay for voice/text as well…at least as long as google voice continues to be free:) It’s just a thought, now pick it apart.

  • Wowvzwyousuck

    Glad to be locked in for 2 years on my T-bolt.

    I have a desk job and often stream HBO GO with 4g to watch original series shows.  

    (1) 27 minute episode streamed is about 200MB give or take.  

    So with 2GB, you could watch 10 shows per month for $30.  This doesn’t include the cost of HBO on my cable bill which is what, $15-20/month?

  • Welcome to Canada boys and girls.  Enjoy!

  • Kalric

    SO…lemme get this straight…

    They’re INSTALLING Netflix on some phones now (LG), advertising streaming radio, video and Skype yet we can only use the 3G/4G up to 2GB on the lowest tier?

    My bill just cycled on the 9th, and I’m already at 2.98GB due to Netflix and Radio.

    This is how I see it….

    VZW is basically saying FU&K YOU…don’t use our network for anything if  you have Wi-Fi access.   If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, then you can use just a little bit of our bandwidth for a fee of (at the lowest VZW price of $10/GB.   Whereas the Cable providers charge around $.26-.30/GB.

    So much for being able to do anything worth while (data-wise) on your Smartphones that they’re pushing so hard.

    S

  • Dan

    Is there still gonna be a surcharge to sync with MS Exchange?

    • Anonymous

      Unless its a corporate account, there is/was no surcharge. I sync with exchange no problem.

  • I don’t deny if they are going to do tiered. Go $30 for 5GB. But 2GB. F*** VZW!

  • Rich

    Question: if i were to buy a used phone how long do you think my unlimited data plan would be honored? I suspect until my contract is up but i’m hoping its until you purchase new subsidized equipment. Thoughts? 

  • Lol.  I have renewals waiting for the Bionic which of course will come out right after the tiers.  I really want to switch to Tmob or Sprint but only AT&T and VZW reach my house.  AT&T is just not an option.  So do I upgrade to the Dx2 or start saving for the $700 bionic lol.

  • Xyzromain

    I don’t care they can do whatever they like.
    I have a droidx wifi is everywhere. Googlevoice works sipdroid works plus I have throw away phones for when I make threatining calls to the white house . I’m covered
    Plus I don’t have a contract. I’m free

  • Sylense

    Way to go Verizon. Next time take us to dinner first. I like to be wined and dined before I’m F—-d.

    My cellular timeline: Sprint > T-Mobile > Verizon > _________ (probably back to square one with Sprint)

    • Rain_king46

      Right there with ya brother. I hated Sprint but now they are the only reasonable option left. Blah. 

  • Cove

    its bad when my phone costs more then my internet usage is at home. With google cloud and amazon cloud streaming music, I guess it will kill them. This is pathetic. So tired of being taken advantage of our cell phone companies.

  • Mendez

    for all years i give u, and u give me high prices
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  • Tiered data I understand. But, these prices are RIDICULOUS. & why in the world do they have separate plans if you want to tether, if you’re set to only be able to use x amount of data, whys it matter how you use it. Made a lil sense when everything was unlimited, but on tiered having separate plans for tethering is stupid.

    • Rain_king46

      I dont get the higher prices for teathering either. If we are already limited then data is data right? It would be like saying calls to my mom are two cents a minute but calls to the dry cleaner down the street from her are a dollar a minute… vzw you have some splaining to dooooo. 

  • Just to be clear … if you are an existing Verizon customer on an unlimited data plan … can I buy a new 4G phone at full price after July 7th and keep my existing contract with the new phone I paid full price for?

    • you can possibly upgrade at your upgrade date, and still keep unlimited

  • Cove

    I am tired of cell phone companies screwing over people. I am done

  • cowdog

    I’ve been a Verizon customer for almost 15 years.  If this is their real pricing for data, I’m done with them.

  • Luckyr1981

    I guess I’ll just try to enjoy my unlimited plan while I can. Got my TB a few months ago and every month I hit anywhere between 4 and 3GB.

  • i’m confused..it says those that are up for renewal will possibly have to switch, but those who upgrade their device don’t. when you get your upgrade(every 2 years) aren’t you renewing your contract, making this a contradicting statement?

    • Anonymous

       thats what i want to know. An upgrade technically is a renewal if you go through verizon

      • i don’t think they’ll force you to change. they never have before. if they tell you that you have to , then tell them you’ll take youre business elsewhere. they make more money with existing customers so they’ll probably grandfather you in.

  • You know…if they do also implement a family plan that allows sharing data, we could go for the 50GB at $50 for my wife and me and save $10/month over what we’re doing now.  We’re on wifi a lot, so we could probably even split the $30 2GB.  And we could add a line for our son, too, and not have to add another $30.  He’d dig that.

    So, if they do that, then yay for families (but definitely a rip for the single user).

    • Beka27

      Did you mean 5GB for $50?  That’s a world of difference… lol.

  • Anonymous

    I would have an upgrade on July 11th. -_-

    • Gabe

      ask a VZ rep nicely, and if they say no, keep asking different reps. Crazy things have happened before.

  • Hatzidakis John

    Well it’s clear to see that greed, one of the 7 deadly sins, is alive and well!

  • Really glad that my work is taking over my account payments/upgrades…  if they weren’t, I would be tempted to move to Sprint on principal.  I used 8GB this month alone with their tethering offer.  I did not do anything crazy like download movies etc.  Normal usage.  How the hell can I go down to 2gb for just the phone?

    The whole thing is really just disheartening for anyone who is actually into tech.

  • Justin

    All these negative comments and all of these people will stay with Verizon anyways.
    These prices are right in line with what at&t did a year ago and I’d MUCH rather be on VZW.

    We all know that we are going to have a cell phone bill regardless…

    • I won’t, me and my wife share 1400 minutes with unlimited text and data but we pay around $180 per month even with a 12% discount.  Sprint will give me the same exact plan for $129 per month before discount.  So why would I stay with a company that is finding new ways to screw me over each day?

  • So I better increase my voice plan (I’m at the bottom of the barrel atm) before the end of Jun. Then sit in my GrandFather Chair and laugh at all the new customers. Then eventually leave Vzw for fairer data carriers

    • how long have you been with them? apparently after a year, you can add friends and family to the 450 min plan. i have 450 with 5 friends and family. works out perfect. my bill is $74 a month.

  • The350zWolf

    Time for Sprint on a Nexus phone…

  • Yay for grandfathering.

  • Jay

    Love the 4G speed but at these prices I will switch at the end of my contract. I won’t be able to afford to use the extra speed. Glad I only signed up for a 1 year plan when I bought my Thunderbolt.

    • you’re grandfathered

    • Anonymous

      Too bad you didn’t get the 2-yr plan. You could have had unlimited data for 2 yrs before fear of renewal.

  • Heck, I only need a bit of data (under 1GB for sure) for my iPad 2, and now I have to shell out at least $30 to do so? PASS.

  • Raptor007

    I certainly do hope the Droid Bionic hits by July 6th so at least the day 1 customers can get in under the wire!

    • Anonymous

      Im pretty sure Verizon knows what they are doing.. the bionic and droid 3 will be sitting on those shelves after July 7, and ready to lock you in.. knowing them, they might even have some other fancy phone to drive you into their new plan.

  • Raptor007

    So where are the so called Family Plans, out of morbid curiosity?  I already have a 4G phone on contract and two modems as well so I’m just fine for now.  Now when it comes to renewal time, that’s another story.

  • Verizonfail

    Haha Verizon has the weakest smartphone lineup and now this lol…glad I’m on sprint with my unlmted data and a 4g network that doesn’t fail every month lol….suckers

    • Timmah

      “4G” vs 4G LTE. I’ll take LTE.

    • the only reason we have the “weakest”(which i think is wrong, because i would much rather have my tbolt than anything else right now) is because we always get the highest spec’d of all at the end. we’ll probably get an evo 3d, with a huge spec bump

      • Anonymous

        There is no truth to this statement.  Verizon’s entire LTE lineup is older phones at higher prices.

        • well, when you look at it this way, its a higher spec’d evo.

      • Anonymous

        There is no truth to this statement.  Verizon’s entire LTE lineup is older phones at higher prices.

  • Anonymous

    If you get a discounted phone while still under your
    contract (20th month) isn’t that considered a renewal of your existing
    contract.Same prices, plans ,terms and conditions correct?

    • Rain_king46

      Nope, you are signing up for a NEW two year contract under the new terms and conditions. 

      • Anonymous

        Are you sure about that. I’m sure verizon will clarify within the next couple weeks but I always though a renewal was just tha,t a renewal of your existing contract. As long as it’s before your contract expires?

      • Anonymous

        Are you sure about that. I’m sure verizon will clarify within the next couple weeks but I always though a renewal was just tha,t a renewal of your existing contract. As long as it’s before your contract expires?

        • Rain_king46

          Every other time that they have changed plans when you renew you are made to choose one of the new plans. If they let people who have unlimited data for $30 keep it forever, they might as well put up an ad that says thank you to our existing customers but you new guys? We are gonna make you PAY!!

          • i have never been forced to change plans…EVER.

      • i don’t know. everytime i bought a phone on verizon, i never had to change my plan, even when the plan i was on no longer existed.

        • Rain_king46

          I have had to. Every time. 

          • damn. i remember in 03, i had the 1000 minute plan, for a low low price, and they i looked and they had a 900 min plan for more money, and i kept my 1000 minutes

  • Rain_king46

    I have a friend who is a long time iPhone fanboi over on AT&T. He says over there if you tell them that if you cant keep your unlimited data plan that you are going to leave they say ok and grandfather you in to an unlimited plan. But new customers are pretty much f’ed. 

  • Ahhh datacaps and tiered pricing, the death of smartphones & cell connected tablets. It was a brief run…

    • Well, I guess thats 100 bucks a month I can keep then. Gotta get that hot new Gophone.

  • MOTOX

    Thats fine…att doesn’t have 4g and they will probably raise their prices. However im on unlimited 4g right now so i don’t need to worry…grandfathered….:)

  • Any updates on the family data plan rate?

  • Magman117

    8 days into my cycle, I’ve already used 1/2 a GB (0.4 and change) without even trying and I use WiFi whenever I can. A 2GB plan might not cut it.  🙁

  • Anonymous

    It was coming. Once one does it they all do it much like the airline industry. It’s a joke, IMO, and the biggest price fixing monopolies around (wireless and airline travel). 

  • Jesusmacabee

    my question is, would we need to have a 4G phone now to be able to be grandfathered into unlimited data or if our 3G phones’ data plan would cover the 4G speeds if we bought off contract?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, better buy before the 7th.

      • didn’t you read? there is no difference. data is data. 3G and 4G doesn’t separate anything.

        • Anonymous

          My point was more so if you wanted 4G LTE now and not later.

    • DroidzFX

      Since there is no separate plan for 4g currently than No you dont need to upgrade.

  • Anonymous

    Its doubtful upgrades would not get grandfathered. VZW makes it easy to switch phones on the same plan just by dialing *228 (I switch a family phone at least once a month), so you could always get an off contract phone and switch to it, keeping your existing plan. Its rare for a carrier to force people onto a new plan – they usually rely on tricking users, or picking up new users on the newer plans.

    • Anonymous

      They would be changing the terms of the contract and thus allowing you to cancel free of charge while keeping the phone. 

    • can’t do *228 on an LTE phone though. but yea, just switch the SIM over

  • Dave

    So, when you told us to ignore the prices in the training material matrix, what you really meant was ignore it until next week 😉

    http://www.droid-life.com/2011/06/15/verizon-is-making-changes-to-plans-on-june-26-family-data-sharing-a-possibility/

  • Anonymous

    I think this may have been the final nail in the Big Red coffin for me. Even if this doesn’t effect me because I am a current customer, I still feel like I have been getting screwed by them more and more lately and this proves it without question. 2GB of data? What a slap in the face. And to add insult to injury they are constantly dangling LTE speeds in everyones face. (insert owning Bugatti and having driving resticted to a two block road comparison) I can assume just through GrooveShark and the Slingplayer app on my Xoom I could kill 2GB in a day, two tops. Furthermore even with my %19 discount on my monthly bill I pay more then all my other friends on other carriers even with my having the minimum plan Verizon offers..If Sprint can wow me with a phone soon my contract is up and I am gone. If not I will strongly consider Virgins new Vanilla phone. /Endrant

  • Anonymous

    I just want to see the Family Plan data prices they keep talking about.

  • Anonymous

    All the more reason not to get an LTE phone. Not only does it kill your battery, it will also kill your wallet by hitting your cap that much sooner.

  • Tyler Vallely

    So if I bought thunderbolt on the 8th without a contract would I keep my unlimited data?

    • Anonymous

      as long as you dont renew your contract after the deadline.. otherwise youll be fine. Im wondering if i should just buy a new phone off contract and not renew mine (which my contract is up August) and just stay with the unlimited plan i now have.

  • Rain_king46

    I just looked. I used about 4.5GB last month. So I would have to pay $20 more than I am currently paying and have to count every kb i use. Sounds like tons o fun VZW.  Thanks. 

  • guest

    Yea Verizon has better speeds and all that compassed to sprint but if they bs us with thse bogus plans and ppl jump to Sprint, as long as sprint holds their prices were they are and gains Verizons loss then they’ll b able better their network..u can have the best product but if ppl stop buying it how long will you remain the best?..minus 2 more vs customers sprinting to another carrier..

  • Derkk

    Verizon has a good network and good phone selection.  That is all.  Everything else about them is BS and they suck.

    This will hopefully tell our government why an ATT/T-mobile merger is such a bad idea.

    • I agree their prices are high and I agree the merger is a terrible idea…but “Verizon has a good network and good phone selection…” there isn’t much more beyond that…Pricing and stuff, yeah, but when as far as their core competency, that’s it, and like you said, they’ve got those nailed.

  • Anonymous

    please people get over it, moving to another carrier, its gonna be like this for all carriers in the future.. plus not all carriers will carry your hot new droid or android on JUST sprint lol.  I do alot of heavy youtube, netflix, facebook, web browsing even at work throughout my 12 hour shift and download songs etc.. and always hit 1.6 gigs on Verizon using droid x. And thats really high for me.. i tried doing heavy online usage last month and hit near 1.7 gigs in the month of May.. i average 1.6 at any rate.

  • samm49

    What about family data plans?

  • Hmmmm I’m pretty sure now that the Galaxy S2 and the Bionic will be released on or after July 7th to go with these craptastic plans so they can gouge everyone is going to upgrade to the new flagship devices.

  • Anonymous

    my favorite part is that going over the limit is cheaper than the actual contract…dumb

  • Anonymous

    I wanna see the “family plan” numbers they keep talking about…

    • Anonymous

      Verizon Family plan: Give your first-born to Verizon in exchange for unlimited data.

  • If when I go to re-up in 2012 and do not get to keep my unlimited plan, Verizon will be losing 2 customers.  

  • Wow im up for upgrade soon as was waiting for the SGS2 to release, looks like i very well may be getting the phone on Sprint

  • I think one of the VZW execs is also working for Sprint =op

  • Guest

    Thank god I have an upgrade available. Even though I’m very happy with my Droid X, looks like I’ll be getting a Thunderbolt before July 7th. 

  • KingKenai

    if Big Red didn’t charge the extra $20 for tethering and allowed you to use your data however you wanted, i would shut the f-up and not bitch about…  But it doesn’t look like that is going to happen…  This sucks!

  • Wel

    So I have a DInc 1, and I am no longer under a contract, going month to month. I wanted to wait for the Bionic as my upgrade, but I want unlimited data…what should I do??

    • DroidzFX

      either upgrade now or buy the phone full retail. If you wait to upgrade you could lose that data plan.

      • Wel

        if I buy the phone full retail will I remain on the same unlimited plan, or because it’s a new phone I’ll have to upgrade?

        • DroidzFX

          If you buy full retail your not changing your plan so no. Now if you upgrade after the date they will try to put you in the tiered data plan. You may or may not be able to talk them into keeping you in that plan.

        • Knightcrusader

          Paying retail does not exempt you from being forced to change. Upon activation they can force you to move to a different data plan. It happened back in the day when they moved to requiring data plans on all smartphones.

  • So I looked through my bills for the last 3 months and I’ve managed to stay around 1GB per month…so I’m okay with loosing a “unlimited” data plan

  • Well time for EvoLife to start up.. even though ill be sticking with vzw…. -______-

  • Aaron Stein

    we have a family plan but kids are about to go out on their own. guess we will be checking our options more carefully. it would be great if one could at least say that verizon is a great company who gives us great customer service, but i would go straight to hell for lying…

  • Wow. I can’t believe people are saying they will move to sprint just because of this new pricing. I bet you Sprint will do the same exact thing. This new tiered data lets people who don’t use a lot of data to pay less, while the more avid users pay more. I don’t mind paying $30 because i never go over 2gb so it’s perfect for me.

    • DroidzFX

      So your paying the same amount and getting less data. Yeah thats really sounds good.

    • Anonymous

      agreed.. people need to get over it lol.

    • “This new tiered data lets people who don’t use a lot of data to pay less”

      No it doesn’t. The minimum tier is $30 a month. That’s how much people currently pay for unlimited access. Low-end users like yourself (who rarely use their phones for their intended purpose) will be paying the same, not less. NO ONE will be paying less. But LOTS of people will be paying more.

    • Dave

      People aren’t paying less. They are getting less in addition to getting charged more. What’s the point of using LTE when you’re going to reach a cap very quickly at those speeds. Streaming media takes up a lot of bandwidth

  • Mygolazo

    Say goodbye to my 5 years of loyal support

  • Anonymous

    wow that’s horrible! especially for those of us who were on fence about getting LTE, but not wanting any of the crappy phones they’ve put out for it yet.

  • Yaya

    se pasaron de lanza, no more verizon, att, ,,long live to home phone shitt service

  • That would be OK, if we actually had access to 4G.

    Since there is no change in our data speed on 3G, why should we be paying more?

  • Magman117

    I think its time to reassess my relationship with Verizon ( cellphone, home phone and Fios) once my contract is up.

  • fuz

    “*Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both
    3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on
    device.  So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and
    don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen
    other sites seem to want to suggest.”

    What? So if I’m on 3G and decide to upgrade to 4G on July 8th I can still get unlimited? I’m pretty sure if I want a 4G phone w/ unlimited, I better go out and lock it in…

  • Firelight

    OG Droid owners: If you got your D1 on the debut day (November 6) like I did — then on July 6 we’re all eligible for our 2yr equipment upgrade (check your account or MyVerizon App (ack-ptooyey)). 

    So get you’re TBolt or Charge or whatever. You’d DON’T have to wait until November.

  • Anonymous

    “*Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both
    3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on
    device.  So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and
    don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen
    other sites seem to want to suggest.”

    So…..If I currently have an OG droid with unlimited 3G, should I upgrade my phone now to lock in unlimited 4G? I was going to wait until the end of my contract to switch phones.

    • fuz

      That’s what I am confused about too. If you read note two, it says they may make exceptions. But who knows.

      I did try to get an early upgrade. I was able to get a manager’s exception so they were willing to upgrade my 10 month old contract. HOWEVER, they weren’t able to upgrade me to a 4G or iPhone because they cannot be authorized by managers.

      I’ll give it another shot when I have time.

  • It may be time to actually consider moving to another provider.  If Verizon is going to do that, it is totally taking us hostage.  I could tolerate it for a while because of the value we received in unlimited data.  However, when they started ‘tiering’ for the tablets,I saw the writing on the wall.  I’m using that now on my XOOM and it totally sucks.  If it has to be, I’ll pay the termination fee and just go wifi once my XOOM has been properly upgraded.  As for my DX, I’m not sure what to do there short of changing to Sprint or something for a better deal on unlimited data.  I think they may end up being the only ones left with an unlimited package – hopefully.  However, since my contract on the DX isn’t up until August of 2012 I guess I have some time to shop and see what happens once people start protesting and boycotting (as I hope they will)!!!

  • Joe12304

    Good! Make the scumbag hogs pay for the data they tether with in violation of the TOS. I use my D2 all. He tine and never hit 2 gigs. I only wish it were cheaper like at&t. I’d gladly give up unlimted to save a few bucks a month.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, “scumbags” who use their unlimited data that they PAY FOR as they see fit.

      Enjoy AT&T.

    • Kakashiisagod

      Maybe if your TOS was constructed like your sentences you would be confused as me over what your trying to say. It shouldn’t matter if we tether our phones to our laptop, because we are allowed UNLIMITED DATA anyway.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really pretty ridiculous that tethering is still extra if your already paying for tiered data.  Data is data.  Does it really matter how you use your allocated amount?

  • I have to wonder…why do we put ourselves through this?  They keep giving us inferior devices on a unreliable (4G) network, and then don’t want to give us timely updates or let us use them how we see fit, then constantly change their pricing structure to bilk every cent they can from us.  All this so we can check our email when we’re at the grocery and update our Facebook status from a coffee shop?  Is it REALLY worth all of this frustration?

  • Wireless_Fool

    In my My Verizon mobile app there’s now a data packages button & if I click on usage there’s now an upgrade button…

  • ahhhh, Greed conquers all.  The tiered pricing is even worse than I thought it would be.  Time to see what the competitors’ coverage maps look like…

  • Magman117

    Once my contract is up I’m going to reassess my relationship with Verizon. Including home phone and Fios. Is it just me or does it feel like every bill is getting bigger as the paycheck stays the same?

  • BostonB

    Time to blow up twitter and facebook. Make sure Verizon gets the message. Wish I knew a writer at USA Today or NY Times

  • brian

    TTypical old school company trying to strangle the market before it really takes off.

    Give you a supercat connection but can only use a little data for a very high price. Bad business. No reason to choose LTE.

    If you had 20 mbps throughput ( I’ve seen as high as 26 ), you use up you 2GB in only 17 minutes.

    Ya, this sounds like a great plan…

  • Timmah

    Everyone, before you flip out, think of the positives:
    1. No doubt, the most reliable network for 3G
    2. Fastest 4G network in the U.S
    3. Top notch customer support
    4. Awesome devices coming soon
    5. Sprint wont last much longer
    6. You can upgrade to 4G AND KEEP UNLIMITED. (Maybe)

    Yes, tired isn’t good, the prices are higher, but I’m sure there will be deals, etc. The price will probably be knocked down soon enough. Besides, this is leaks, this isn’t the real thing annouced from Verizon.

    • Illjustleavethishere

      1. Not lately
      2. Not for long
      3. BS
      4. and locked down
      5. Says who?
      6. Wishful thinking

      • Timmah

        1. Have you seen Sprint? xDD
        2. How so? I havn’t seen any carrier release anything as fast, or faster the LTE.
        3. I have always had a great rep.
        4. Incorrect.
        5. Think about it.
        6. We can dream cant we?

      • Don’t feed the troll 😮

        Anyone who thinks Verizon has ‘top-notch’ customer service is either trolling or mentally insane.  Either way his comments should not be taken seriously.  

        Best customer service has been awarded to T-Mobile for the past 4 years with Sprint matching them this year. While T-Mobile’s future is looking dim (due to ATT) Sprint has room to grow, did you read about their LTE deal? Dan Hesse actually cares about the company and the consumer.

        • Timmah

          TROLL!? LOL.

      • Don’t feed the troll 😮

        Anyone who thinks Verizon has ‘top-notch’ customer service is either trolling or mentally insane.  Either way his comments should not be taken seriously.  

        Best customer service has been awarded to T-Mobile for the past 4 years with Sprint matching them this year. While T-Mobile’s future is looking dim (due to ATT) Sprint has room to grow, did you read about their LTE deal? Dan Hesse actually cares about the company and the consumer.

    • Sprint just got a new lease on life with this announcement; I wouldn’t count them out yet.

      • Timmah

        I’m not, I’m saying so many will flock to them, they will drop unlimited, and then were screwed. xD

    • Anonymous

      Sprint won’t last much longer? How do you figure that? They just signed a $20 billion deal with lightsquared and 4G data costs 80% less per byte to deliver to users. They’re also getting REALLY close with Google and Google needs unlimited data to make their business model work.

      • Timmah

        You completely misunderstood what I ment. I’m saying so many will flock to them, they will drop unlimited, and then were screwed.

        • Anonymous

          They won’t drop unlimited as long as it gets them more subs and as long as Google needs it.

          • Timmah

            Right. “Unlimited.” AT&T has way more spectrum then Sprint, what makes you Sprint can magically handle this new, huge load on their “4G”?

          • Anonymous

            No, it doesn’t. The ONE benefit from the Sprint-Nextel merger was the copious amount of Spectrum Sprint gained on the 2+ Ghz and the 850 Mhz bands.

          • Timmah

            We are talking 4G here.

          • Anonymous

            4G isn’t spectrum dependent, smart guy. Lower freqs will penetrate buildings better than upper bands and require fewer towers but won’t be able to support large amounts of traffic. Upper freqs will support more traffic per cell and have less interference but require more towers and won’t penetrate buildings as well.

            Do your homework.

          • Timmah

            Calm down, dont get butthurt over the internet. What you said makes sence, but does not relate in anyway when more users get on their network and they can’t handle it. They cant even handle what they have now, without nationwide downtimes.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not butthurt at all, just clearing the air. What downtimes? The SMS glitch? So far, Verizon’s network has gone down more than Sprint’s.

            Sprint has been handling their network traffic pretty well, better than the other major carriers over the last 2 years. Their choice of a TDD tech over an FDD tech was a wise one. Verizon’s LTE network is already slowing down dramatically in populated areas.

          • Timmah

            “What downtimes? The SMS glitch? So far, Verizon’s network has gone down more than Sprint’s.”
            HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. GLITCH!? It wasn’t just SMS. It was MMS, SMS, and some couldn’t use voice without rebooting their phone. If I was in a situation, where I couldn’t use voice, and SMS was my choice, I want it to work, but well, it wouldn’t.

            Of course it is gonna slow down. They are still spreading out the network. Dont judge a network that isn’t even DONE yet.

          • Anonymous

            An SMS/MMS outage that lasted less than an hour is far better than an entire data network outage that lasted for days… http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384477,00.asp

            Sprint’s 4G network also isn’t done. Does that mean we can’t judge that as well?

          • Timmah

            Who said I was judging?

    • Magman117

      You work for Verizon don’t you!  LOL

      • Timmah

        No, but I want to. To fix this company. LOL.

    • Anonymous

      There were supposed to be “deals” when they took away the NE2 and 1year contracts and 1year early upgrades. What kind of deals did everyone get? Oh yeah, $300 phones.

      Perhaps you should preface your comment by stating you work for Verizon?

      • Timmah

        “There were supposed to be “deals” when they took away the NE2 and 1year contracts and 1year early upgrades. What kind of deals did everyone get? Oh yeah, $300 phones.” No there wernt.

        “Perhaps you should preface your comment by stating you work for Verizon?” But I dont. Dont get butthurt.

        • Anonymous

          “No there wernt.” – Know what you are talking about before saying something. No offense, no phones above $200 dollars after they did away with NE2, 1yr contracts and 1 yr early upgrades eh??

          “But I dont. Dont get butthurt.” – I’m not “butthurt”. But seeing the other responses to your “list” should tell you how well that list was constructed.

  • Anonymous

    I am already checking out sprint’s website. Better get your act straight verizon. Give us at least 5GB for 30 bucks!

  • Mii

    i wish big red would step up and be the better company in general , not just have the faster network or better phones. eliminate your 20$ extra for the tethering and just go straight by the data you want to tether fine , your still on a 2GB a month plan, and maybe increase it to 20$ a GB over…

  • Anonymous

    Before I go ranting about how outrageous this is, I want to find out how this will impact current customers. I have some upgrades pending that I’m looking to use on the SGS2 and Bionic. Will purchasing a 4G phone put me into this tiered plan, even though I’m a current customer? I understand that they can’t change my current contract rates, but what about when I purchase my next phone (which will be whenever the first of the two above-mentioned phones is released)? Or will we be allowed to keep our unlimited data as long as we don’t change our plan? To go from $30 for unlimited data to $30 for 2GB seems like highway robbery – even though I almost never go over 2GB. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t 4G use more data? Meaning those 2GB you get each month won’t last as long?

    So many questions.

    • Eckb

      if you buy a new phone through VZW at their discounted price, you WILL have to sign a new 2 year contract…so basically those 4g LTE phones that everyone has been holding out for, won’t do much good with a 2gb limit, you will be better off using a wifi network.  I won’t have 4g in my neck of the woods for another year or two, so I got the x2 w/ an unlimited plan that doesn’t expire for 2 years…so when that’s up, I can rethink if I want to stick with verizon or just ditch a cell phone all together and go back to a pager, haha

  • Anonymous

    while everyone is saying they will leave to sprint.. I think I will actually go through with it.. I’ve been sitting on a free and clear contract for quite some time, just waited for the bionic to come out before my renewal… now it looks like I need to start looking at sprint androids… nexus s would be the biggest WIN if it had a damn LED indicator.. WTF!!!!?!?!

  • Guest

    Do you have to buy a 4g phone to get on a 4g “plan”? Meaning, could I just go buy a Thunderbolt, activate it, and get 4g service out of my current data plan with my Droid X?

  • Rysdwn

    we should all call the same day and cancel our contract because they will keep on doing stuff like this, until we do something about it.

  • Scott H

    I’m in the minority of those that have posted here, but considering we used about .20 GB between two phones last month, this could save us $30/month, while also allowing me to upgrade my son to a smart phone under that savings (because I wasn’t going to pay an additional $30/mo. for him under the current plan). 

    • Anonymous

      Im  pretty sure it’s still 30$/2GB/PER PHONE… not per family plan

      unless Im misunderstanding something

  • Interstellarmind

    kellex, you gotta pass this on to verizon… they should see this!!

  • victor manso

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • jeffmack

    I contacted Verizon and was told they know nothing about this.

    • Timmah

      Cause it isn’t even ANNOUNCED yet. They are still being trained.

    • phone people never know anything

  • T Hall

    This really sucks.  If the Bionic is coming (which we can all agree it will be) out after that is going to blow big time…

    If it was 5GB for 30 I wouldn’t be too upset, but Google Music and Netflix have caused me to chew up 2 GB + pretty easily.

    • Cjreyes666

      Agreed

  • Eckb

    “I’m waiting to upgrade to a decent 4g device, like the bionic or samsung g2s, blah blah….”  now you can enjoy the super fast 4g phone w/ a 2gb data plan. hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, this puts me in a tough spot.  I have an upgrade available now and my contract is up July 15th.  I’ve been holding off because I’m not really impressed with verizon’s current phone lineup but this may force my had into getting a charge just to lock in unlimited data for 2 more years.  If I switch devices in a couple months (buy another phone at full price) that shouldn’t effect my existing contract right?  Or I could just bail to another carrier.

  • Anonymous

    “So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen other sites seem to want to suggest.”

    Darnit, how am I suppose to convice my wife I need a 4G phone now?

    • Interstellarmind

      this is why i got my tbolt, so that i could be locked in to an unlimited 4g plan.

      • Anonymous

        Same here, got the tbolt to lock in the unlimited plan

  • Anonymous

    What is the source of this?  Also weren’t they going to launch shared data plans?   

  • Timmah

    Oh hey, whats up Sprint 🙂 

  • BostonB

    I started with the Droid 1, moved to the Droid 2, Was going to get the Droid 3 but not anymore. Thanks Verizon for screwing over a very loyal customer. I use way more than 2GB of data on my 29.99 unlimited plan. Verizon you are the biggest USA cell carrier. Your fixed overhead costs do not rise by the customer. Stop being greedy! Which do you have more of Verizon? Customers? or stockholders? Live by that!

    • Droid1294

      are you going to sprint

    • Technically, they are bound by law to try to make more money every quarter than then last, by any means they can.  Isn’t capitalism great?  And there are no flaws in the philosophy at all, no siree.

      • Abc

        There is no truth in the statement you made about “bound by law”.   If you think that you know something about a  law, then provide proof of it.

  • Anthony Pacheco

    see this is why im with ATT

  • Iirundis05

    This kind of sucks for those who are waiting out for the Droid Bionic. It will likely be released after the changes. As long as I am able to be grandfathered into the old unlimited data plans and get to keep my talk text data $20 promo which essentially makes my 4G data only $10/mo then I am good. If those prices are the same for 4G and 3G customers then they are lucky as well because it seems that you will still be able to keep unlimited if you upgrade from 3G to 4G. If I were a “potential” customer thinking about switching carriers….  NOW IS THE TIME! well up till JULY 6

    • Anonymous

      you will lose unlimited and the data promo by upgrading and gettiong a phone at lower price (if you upgrade after the 7th because you need a “current” data plan to get discounted phone. And you lose the talk text data promo at time of upgrade as well because you are signing a new agreement. Im on the talk text data promo as well as my friend and he just lost his by upgrading to the thunderbolt)

      • Iirundis05

        Your friend needs to go back to the store or call customer service because I still have my Talk Text and Data discount after upgrading to the Droid Charge. The only thing that changed on my line was they added 4G data and my contract. Everything else remained the same. 

      • Knightcrusader

        Your friend got screwed, cause I upgraded to the Thunderbolt two weeks ago, on the condition that I didn’t lose that discount, and it went through without a problem.

        I double checked and its still there on the line. The rep at the store said since I wasn’t actually changing the “Unlimited Data” code, the promo code stayed.

        Plus, losing it on one line would have also removed it on the other 4 lines, shooting my bill up an extra $100/month and I would have been royally screwed – not worth it for the 4G upgrade.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if that new unlocked i*hone works with Sprint?  Not that I want one, but my wife does.  And if it does, I may buy that for her and get a sweet unlocked 4g nexus at Sprint.

    • Droid1294

      someone should hack verizon

    • T Hall

      NO.

      • Droid1294

        t-mobile is being bought by at&t

        • T Hall

          He said Sprint.

  • Kevin

    I took a look at my data usage since i am very close to re-upping, and I am using less than 2GB on a busy month (and I think I’m on my phone more than is healthy).  Everyone should look at their bills to make sure this isn’t the crisis they are making it out to be.

    • Anonymous

      I wish that was the case for everybody. I use my X for some light browsing, I get craigslist notifications, weather updates, gvoice, facebook etc. Nothing too extravagant, most days I’m at work from 9-5 and can’t even use my phone during that time. On top of that I have Tasker set to automatically turn on my wifi when I get home. I just checked my usage and it’s at 2.5gb. No tethering, no netflix, not even any youtube. Everyone is different but 2GB is way too low now and will be extremely low in a years time. Has anyone even thought about how much we’re charged for landline DSL and cable comparatively? I can pretty much guarantee everyone uses more bandwidth on a home connection then they do on their phone, and where I am I was paying around $50-$60 per month for an 8-10mbps connection. It’s INSANE that verizon wants to charge $80 per month WITHOUT TETHERING on a 10gb cap, absolutely unbelievable. It’s a shame service sucks so much everywhere else however some t-mobile phones (such as the G2) have wi-fi calling which allows you to use your wifi connection to enhance your signal. I may have to make that switch.

  • Montrof

    The thing that i do not understand is that they want you  to use your cell phone for everything like listening to pandora, slacker, Siriusxm, streaming movies etc. Then you say we can only use a certain amount of data that is not very intuitive. So basically if we use our smartphone as it was intended and have been trained to with the unlimited data up until now we get penalized.  

  • Josh

    I will wait patiently for the verdict on tmobile. If at&the fails to get them they will likely have my next 10 years of service.

  • JP

    Any word on the data pricing for family share plans?

  • EC8CH

    Wow VZW… now not only do your phones suck, so does your data pricing… good move.

  • Fresh

    … so if I am understanding correctly, the consensus is we are all moving to Sprint when our plans end?!

    Can we get someone from Big Red to read these comments? Maybe they will re-think this…

    wishful thinking…?

    • Droid1294

      that is 100% correct

    • Droid1294

      verizon should change their mind

    • Anonymous

      Oh I’m sure they know what’s being said…

      • Anonymous

        it helps to remind them. especially publicly on their own FB walls and their own forums, on tv.

        I like to tag them everytime I happen to make a status update that is somewhat about them.

        and with me posting articles like these on my newsfeeds, it usually gives me a few opportunities a wk to whine abt it. Let em kno word of mouth spreads, and let em kno ur opinion can affect their sales.

    • Anonymous

      Not all of us have the luxury of leaving for Sprint. I live in rural Wisconsin and Verizon is the only carrier in my area with good coverage. I was a Sprint customer when I was going to college in Minnesota and everytime I traveled to Wisconsin I had no service. It’s improved slightly since then, but not much. If I want 3G coverage (and eventually 4G) I need to stick with Verizon. Or move.

  • Time for Sprint in 2 years if this doesnt change

  • Patrick H

    So, I have unlimited data (3G) right now. If/when I upgrade to a 4G phone, will I have to switch to the tiered prices? If so, that’s baloney. 

  • i cannot upgrade till july 10th, so bye bye Verizon and welcome Tmobile!! verizon ive been your loyal customer for 8 years but this, cmon! 

    • Abc

      You think T-Mobile is going to give you unlimited data?   Let us know how that works out for you.

  • Anonymous

    This is so lame, I’m glad I’m locked in for another 2 years with my unlimited 4G, but still… I was hoping for at least one cheaper option not just more expensive ones.

    Come on Verizon…

  • Anonymous

    This is so lame, I’m glad I’m locked in for another 2 years with my unlimited 4G, but still… I was hoping for at least one cheaper option not just more expensive ones.

    Come on Verizon…

  • Anonymous

    I went to verizon’s website and emailed them voicing my complete dissatisfaction over this crap.I URGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.

    • Droid1294

      thank you

  • Anonymous

    Of all the people who are threating to go to Sprint, I wonder how many of them are really going to do it.

    • Droid1294

      i am for sure

    • Cb2000a

      Did it last week….wanted a good phone.. Evo 3d..

  • Anonymous

    If im not on a contract, but I have a 4G phone and im on a 4G plan. Does it mean I get grand-fathered in?

    I have been eligible for an upgrade since august last year and I am on a month to month plan with a Thunderbolt. Do I need to sign a contract to keep the true unlimited unlimited?

  • Anonymous

    The question is, will the exodus of customers create enough backlash for them to modify the prices… I think not… I think not…

    • Rain_king46

      It didnt for at&t

  • Balticzar

    Well….I’ll continue to stay with Verizon until they ask me to give up my $30 p/month unlimited data plan (not sure how many upgrades away that will be). 

    At that time, I will be headed to Sprint.

  • What happens if you own a Verizon network extender under the tiered program?
    How does Verizon tell weather you are using the network extender that is using your internet connection for access to the internet?
    It is like going to the supermarket and buying a gallon of milk and every time you go to your refrigerator and pour a glass of that milk you have to pay the dairy for every glass you pour!

  • Patmcnaught

    So, does this mean we can get out of our contracts without an ETF?

    • Anonymous

      No. This will not have an impact on your current contract. You will continue to have your unlimited data plan for the remainder of your contract. Your next contract might be a different story.

  • Anonymous

    2GB for 30 bucks?? That’s a slap on the face!. Give me 5GB for 30 bucks and I might take it. If not I am jumping over to sprint.

     

  • Jamdev12

    So here is the thing. What is wrong with suggesting getting the unlimited plan now? I don’t understand why you wouldn’t suggest it. I think it is a good value if you are going to have to be paying more for the same thing a weeks from now.

  • I was already leaning toward leaving Verizon for Sprint when my contract is up in Jan but this just sealed the deal

  • Anonymous

    Verizon is a serial rapist and I will not give them a cent for the rest of my life.

    • Anonymous

      Or at least until after your current plan is up.

    • Anonymous

      Another thing, if the ATT/Tmobile deal goes thru and they follow suit with similar pricing, I will not longer pay for smart phone data, I’ll make due with wi-fi.  I don’t need to stream netflix while driving down the highway.  Eff these greedy corporations!

      • Anonymous

        except they require you to have a data plan. 

        I honestly think it should be illegal to require a data plan w any product (unless it’s a subsidized price). If i want a smartphone and already have access to wifi service, I shudnt have to be required to buy another data service.

  • Anonymous

    I have loved Verizon the last 12 years defended them on certain occasions….but 2GB for 30 bucks? GO F@%$ YOURSELF VZ I’M DONE.

  • )v(urphy

    Better let my friends know to jump on that Thunderbolt before they get raped again and again and again…

  • Heath P

    Just talked to Verizon and they are clueless!!

    • Illjustleavethishere

      They are always clueless. The other day a rep was trying to get me to upgrade to the LG Revolution. I replied I was waiting for the Samsung Galaxy 2 (to which he asked if I meant the tablet) or the Bionic (to which he confidently remarked was not going to come to Verizon until next year)… 

      This was after I watched them convince an older woman that the contacts on her phone were gone forever because her battery was dead and she should buy a new phone to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Kid you not.

  • BleezyD

    I’m never renewing my contract now.  3G for life!!!!

  • TheRealBeesley

    So Note 2 is the most important part of that article.  I’m on the $10 unlimited data/per line promotional plan,and  have been since it came out… nice to see it wont be changing 🙂  

    • Jij

      yeah what happened with this plan? it was a secret that only a couple of people got, I have it for thunderbolt.

    • Rain_king46

      Until you want to renew your contract. 

    • Knightcrusader

      No, the promotion stays as long as every line on the family plan or the one line on a single plan keeps the unlimited data.

      I know cause I made sure before I upgraded to my Thunderbolt.

  • Mothinrust

    That really sucks. Right now you pay 29.99 for unlimited, but soon, that (plus a penny) will only get you 2GB of data? Awful, just awful.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you apple because it is you who caused this.
    Death to ALL Verizon iphone users

    • me

      That is a retarded assumption. I don’t like Apple products just as much as most of the people here but it isn’t their fault. If you’re going to blame anyone blame the one’s that rack up 20 plus gigs of data because they are to cheap to get home internet.

  • Anonymous

    If a contract is up for renewal in November and they announce this in July can I use this as an ETF b4 November?  My 3G unlimited goes away soon as I go off contract

    • Anonymous

      No, because they aren’t breaching your contract. So if you want out, you have to pay the ETF.

      • Anonymous

        oh ok… no prob I’ll wait until Nov

    • Anonymous

      No, because they aren’t breaching your contract. So if you want out, you have to pay the ETF.

  • Sherman J. Buster

    I’m locked for two yrs…so I’m fine. I’ll just have to seriously consider switching in mid-2013

  • Sherman J. Buster

    I’m locked for two yrs…so I’m fine. I’ll just have to seriously consider switching in mid-2013

  • Joster2609

    Verizon is just pushing their customers away. They have a good network but clearly dont give a crap about loyalty and the customers which is most important, and add to that there line of underpowered phones, good bye verizon hello sprint and the evo 3D 

    • Droid1294

      sprint has great phones and verizon does not

    • Droid1294

      sprint has great phones and verizon does not

  • Logan

    Well. I don’t understand how Verizon is getting away with highway robbery. My phone bill is more expensive than my share of the rent lol.

  • those faggots!!! lol

  • I think this is the nail in the coffin for me… I can go to Cricket, get the Samsung Indulge which is just as good as my DInc (with the exception of the camera, but I rarely use it), and be paying $55 a month for unlimited talk/text/web.  Also hearing rumors of Cricket going 4G soon.

  • Stelv81

    Does anyone know if it is true than Sprint uses Verizons towers at no extra charge to the customer? So if I switch to Sprint won’t the coverage be just as good as Verizon in my area?

    • sprint has their own towers, and their coverage is nowhere near as good as Verizon’s.

    • sprint has their own towers, and their coverage is nowhere near as good as Verizon’s.

  • Theguyoverthere

    Does the family data plan finally include texting too?  If not these prices blow….

  • Among tiered plans, limited text messages (unless you pay a lot), and limited minutes (unless you paid a lot), we’ll need to devote about 5 min a day to Verizon resource management just to make sure we’re not being billed for going over.  Having an account with Verizon just became a part-time job.

  • Anonymous

    Advertising win

  • fbrn

    I hope everyone goes to Sprint and verizon learns a hard expensive lesson in how to loose customers.

    • Droid1294

      almost everyone posting comments is going to sprint for sure

  • Branshaw09

    couple of questions… . Would this affect me if my device is eligible for upgrade but still have time on my contract? Also… . What if I have data discounts? I was able to get the $20 data discount promotion a few months back. Will this change? I was told that does not expire or have an end date.

    • Knightcrusader

      I went 2 weeks ago to upgrade to the Thunderbolt from my Droid 2 and they promo stuck with the upgrade, and so far, its still there. I told them I would not upgrade if that was removed, cause it would remove it from all 5 lines and jump my bill up $100/month and I can’t afford that.

  • Personally if I am grandfathered is with my unlimited data package for $29.99 a month I will not be switching. Now if they start to try and switch us that is a different story.

    • They can end your contract whenever they want. They prob. won’t, but they can.

  • As will your old contract ending, if they want to do that.  There’s no clause that says they have to keep giving you the old contract terms once the old one is up, even if you keep paying full price for new phones.

    • No, but if you threaten to leave, they may give you a discount.

  • Sprint looks better and better. They better not change my plan when I upgrade.  I’ll be PISSED.  Does this affet business plans?

  • sean Clark

    didnt they say they were going to keep the 30$ unlimited plan?

  • Rrosotho

    WOW I knew it was coming but didnt know when. Now its making it hard for me to upgrade my phone OR  switch to Sprint which they do have better phones and plans than verizon!

    • Droid1294

      sprint actually cares about it’s customers and can get nexus phone. Verizon can’t even get a nexus phone. Sprint is awesome

      • Rrosotho

        My contract runs out in November and majority of my family has Sprint so after reading this it will add like 50 or 60 dollars to my bill… THAT IS CRAZY!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like I’m switching to Sprint as soon as my contract is up, I was already teetering, this has tipped the scale

  • The worst is that they’re now charging for data amounts AND tethering.  Hell, if I only get 2GB a month to use, I should be able to use that however I’d like.

  • Anonymous

    This is crap. With tiered data plans a person should be able to tether and use that data just as they feel fit. If they go over the tier (using tethering or not) they pay extra for what they use. Data is data, doesn’t matter if you tether or not. Bunch of morons running the show over there.

  • So if you pay $5 more with Verizon, you get a whole GB more and get 5GB instead of 4GB? I don’t think that fits as an even “Verizon’s prices are $5 higher”. Just the 2GB fits that.

  • Anonymous

    Actually when you buy a new phone off craigslist for example you are continuing the same contract. You are not be doing a new every two therefore not agreeing to a NEW two year contract. Logically you should keep it. For example my uncle kept a 350min & unlimited calling to canada plan earlier in the decade. He bought used or phones at full retail & kept the canada calling for 7 years

    • Anonymous

      So then if I plan on using a ton of data (Netflix streaming for example) I should buy a 4G phone off contract for $600 or so and would make that back in 15 months? ($600 minus on-contract price of $200 = $400 divided by $50 difference per month between 10gig ($80) and current $30 unlimited).  If that’s right it makes sense to stay off contract and pay full price.

  • How long has it been that verizon actually did something beneficial to their customers… The last major announcements since Droid 1 have shit on all of us. Shame on you Verizon and your greedmongering!!!

  • Anonymous

    Buy some Sprint stock the day this tiered thing becomes official. You’re welcome.

  • T0ked

    Wow. Pricing fail. I have a family plan with unlimited data for all. I will be waiting to see what family data plans they have. Currently I don’t think anyone in  my family uses more than 2GB a month, but there is something very dissatisfying to think I’ll be paying and getting less theoretically. I will have to really cross shop plans when my contract is up in 2 years.

    • Knightcrusader

      Yeah, I am on that Talk + Text Plus Data plan too, with 5 lines… $10 unlimited 4G ftw!!

  • T0ked

    Wow. Pricing fail. I have a family plan with unlimited data for all. I will be waiting to see what family data plans they have. Currently I don’t think anyone in  my family uses more than 2GB a month, but there is something very dissatisfying to think I’ll be paying and getting less theoretically. I will have to really cross shop plans when my contract is up in 2 years.

  • Wisex280

    So do you think this would be a loophole to get out of a contract if u wanted???? Like when they raised txt msg prices?

  • So here’s how the carriers shape up now:

    AT&T: crappy network, too restrictive on their phones
    Sprint: even crappier network, but decent phones
    T-Mobile: about to be AT&T lite
    Verizon: thinks WAY too much of their service and phones to be affordable by anyone making less than 100k/year.
    Various contract-free carriers: crappy phones, crappy networks

  • I didn’t get out of my Verizon contract fast enough…  Thanks, Sprint. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    For all of you going on and asking the same question “will I still get to keep my unlimited data???” If you are reading this site, you really SHOULD know better.

    If you are on a 2 year contract right now, NOTHING will change until you decide to renew. Period. End of story. No ifs, ands or buts. If you sign up for two year deal before this drops, same concept applies. After this hits, you will have to sign up for the “new” data plan when you sign up for a new agreement unless you buy your phone off ebay or something and stay month to month.

    Clear?

    Good.

  • am

    If I renew my contract am I force to change my plans or keep what I have. I guess buying a phone would change my contract or can I keep it

  • Anonymous

    That’s it–I’m going to Sprint!

    But I’d rather be covered in razor sharp knives with a hint of bees rather than ever going to the evil side which is AT&T.

  • Tacown

    Completely sold on the Nexus S 4G on Sprint now. Ill live without my physical keyboard too.

    • Droid1294

      sprint it is

  • Anonymous

    My friend just left at&t for tmob because it was cheaper than vzw.  I was talking to him about his unlimited plan and it is actually interesting.  He gets 2gb of “4g” a month after that it automatically kicks off the 4g usage and switches to 3g.  VZW should try something like that if they are worried about data hogs. While many of you will complain but I paid for 4g, fine fair enough but would you rather have a system something like that or the bloated prices they just released

  • Anonymous

    Droid Life!!! Can you find us information on how upgrading phones, buying a phone out right, etc… will affect our plans after July 7th? Will we be able to extend contracts under certain circumstances.

  • I may get flamed for this but I am not to upset.. who the hell is using that much data? I stream music and started to stream netflix and use my phone so much every day my battery has to charge half way through and I dont break 1gb of data. 

    • Anonymous

      I used over 3 GB so far this month… I know most people don’t use that much data, but I definitely benefit from unlimited. 

    • Anonymous

      You must use a lot of wifi. I don’t stream netflix, music, etc.. and really used my phone as a phone this month and I hit 0.8 gigs

    • i easily use 3gb of data streaming Pandora and App updates. If i started streaming Netflix i would probably break 5gb super fast. My brother averages 7-8gb a month on his. It is totally ridiculous prices. This is just another prime example why I will be leaving Verizon and going with Boost or Cricket after my contract is up. Let them dig their own graves. 

    • MrChad

      I just checked my usage for this month and its barely over 500MB. I use wifi at home, I don’t tether and I don’t use streaming services.

    • Jij

      I use around 10g per month, streaming music, uploading pictures and videos to dropbox ( dropsnap) , and tethering to my laptop on the go.

      There is no way I can pay $100+ a month for internet connection, that is simply crazy. Why build a fast 4g network when you dont allow anyone to use it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a moderate user and I easily go through 2, my average is 3GB…The min should have been 5GB

    • Anonymous

      I’m a moderate user and I easily go through 2, my average is 3GB…The min should have been 5GB

  • So no confirmation of family data plans?  That would be the only thing that will make me stick with vzw.

    For all of you looking at Sprint, maybe you should look at Virgin instead, they have unlimited data starting at $25 a month.  No super fancy phones, but hey.

  • Anonymous

    So are these prices per line or are they part of a bucket of data for a family plan? My wife and I pay $60 a month for unlimited data on 2 Android phones but we dont go over 2 gigs so if its $30 for 2 gigs on this new plan for both of us we save money. If not, screw them, I want to go to Sprint anyway just to be able to get the next generation Nexus phone.

  • Pakiser

    Question: I am thinking about getting a 4G phone/new contact before this change to be grandfathered in. My fiance is currently has her own phone plan; if I were to add her onto my plan after this switch how would this effect our data packages? Would mine remain unlimited and she be on a tired plan?

    • Anonymous

      That sounds about right, but still have to wait to see if the “shared data” bit comes about or not…

  • Anonymous

    Exclusive? Heh…I think you meant “Expensive”! 😉

  • tbaybe

    BIG F-U to verizon 

  • Woot Woot grandfathered into unlimited on my Thunderbolt!

  • Wireless_Fool

    This takes the fun out of streaming Google Music. Hopefully I can keep my concession plan forever!

  • WOW! I love VZW soooo much right now! <3 thank you for making us customers #1 before Greed!   

  • All my contracts expire in July 2012, *sigh* this could be it for big red…

    • Anonymous

      Try to get in again before they change it. If its not introduced until the 7th maybe you could get an early upgrade.

  • there is no reason whatsoever for it to cost 10 dollars per gig. now my phone cant break and i cant upgrade.

  • so just to clarify……I have 2 android phones with verizon with unlimited data plans. I have 2 upgrades available. If i don’t use the upgrades and wait for a 4g phone that i really want i will still be able to keep my unlimited data?

    • Not if it’s after July 6th, from the sounds of this.  

    • Not if it’s after July 6th, from the sounds of this.  

  • This is the same scare that got called out last summer. And as with then, the existing unlimited plans look like they should be grandfathered in.

    So, as with then, I think it best to ride it out if you are already on a plan. If you’re not, but are thinking about it, then by all means, get in while you can, just in case.

    When you upgrade and renew your contract, do the smart thing, don’t get a new contract, just extend the one you have.

    While it better to be safe than sorry, if you’re already safe, don’t sweat it. (That being said, my wife and I have been holding our upgrades since beginning of May, to see what phones were coming when, but now, we’ll take a pair of 4g phones before the 7th. Just in case.)

    • NghtHwk

      Y fiancee and I combined our contracts last month when I heard this was coming out. Until we ‘have’ to upgrade our contract to a better one (say, when the 3G network stops), we’ll be extending our current one and keeping $29.99/month data. I don’t *need* the 4Gees… so the Droid 3 fits exactly what I want when I upgrade my phone and ‘extend, (not upgrade) my contract- root to ‘freeze’ bloatware and occasionally (maybe once/week) tether my laptop.

      My parents have iPhones on the ‘dark network’ and have kept their grandfathered unlimited data, while my sister, who got her iPhone 4 this past Jan, has tiered data. That’s exactly how this will work.

  • Dave

    Ugh. As soon as my contract is up, I’m through with Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully Droid-Life is going to shift the focus to Sprint in the future.

    • Droid1294

      droid-life should change their website name to evo-life or sprint life

  • Wow, easily the highest prices in the market.  What phones are on Sprint again?

  • fatcharlie

    I feel sorry for the Google Music users that will accidentally (and inevitably) allow syncing over 3G/4G, pin their entire music collection, and background sync 20GB of data. Let’s see, if they only have the 2GB plan for $30, and each additional GB is $10, that would come to a monthly data bill of about $210. SURPRISE!

  • It is painfully obvious that Verizon (and AT&T for that matter) offered unlimited data on smartphones to hook people into purchasing the more expensive smartphones and paying the $30 a month for unlimited data.  As much as people protest, the majority of smartphone owners will continue to pay for the data, even if they are moved over to a tiered plan.

    They have many people hooked on smartphones, and people will gladly pay extra than give up their toys.

  • With everyone going to Sprint you might as well change the name of the site to Evo Life Kellex.

    • Droid1294

      nice, lol

  • Anonymous

    Since I’ve averaged between 2-3GB most months, this will not work for me. It also doesn’t bode well for the shared data plans if they ever become a reality. Glad I haven’t upgraded or extended my contract since I bought my original Droid, because it’s more than likely I’ll become a Sprint customer by the end of the calendar year.

  • Lakers1moretime

    2 things VZW : 1. Can you afford me now? 2. Rule your wallet 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that stinks! The only possible good thing I can see is if they allow data sharing, as was earlier rumored. Then my wife and I could just do the 5GB for $50, which would be $10 cheaper than our two unlimited plans and still be enough data since my wife uses hardly any. I wish we could upgrade before July 7th and lock into another 2 years….

    • Anonymous

      I thought that would be good for my mom and I since she is techno illiterate until i realized that she learned to watch movies and used 4GB last month… lol

  • SprintToSprint

    Abandon Ship!

  • Anonymous

    Lol @ all those who ran out and bought 4G phones. Glad I didn’t pull the trigger on it this weekend.

    • Anonymous

      Except for the ones that did will have unlimited 4G for 2 years???

      • Anonymous

        Its not device specific. Unlimited data is just that. If I put a 4g device on my plan on the 8th, ill still have unlimited data.

  • How the fu*k can they justify charging for tethering now that we will be on tiered data plans?  I’m heading to Sprint or T-Mobile next month. Eat a fat one Verizon.

  • Illjustleavethishere
  • Goblueboy

    Hello T-mobile/sprint here I come, whenever my contract ends. I’m tired of all your bullshit Verizon

  • Lmrojas1990

    I live in LA Sprint has great service out here

  • Kmthomas2009

    So With The Tiered Data Plans Starting Are We(The People With Unlimited Data Plans) Get Kicked Off Unlimited Data??

  • Kierra

    Would like some of whatever Verizon’s smoking…

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if VZW will let you renew your contract for 2 years with over a month and a half until your upgrade is due? I actually don’t use over 2Gb now, but I definitely had plans in the future including slingbox, tethering a tablet, and lots of Pandora in my vehicle. I would like to cement for unlimited another 2 years if possible.

    Also, IIRC can you just not upgrade your phone and keep the same contract? And does an upgrade change your plan or is it just activating a new phone in general. I’ll keep my OG Droid if I got to.

    • Anonymous

      My upgrade date was July 16th and they let me upgrade to the thunderbolt may 31. I told them my incredible would not stay on for longer than a few minutes even after a replacement battery was sent and that it was constantly freezing. It may have been cause id called 3 times before to persuade them but its worth a shot.

  • Are these bucket plans?  Like 2gb shared across a family plan?

  • Anonymous

    So here we go. We knew it was coming but maybe someone can explain this dichotomy of offering “blazing high-speed downloads” then allowing you less data for same price, lest you pay a ton more. Oh, and you can count on those “better phones” coming out right after this drops. In case you’ve been wondering why the Bionic or SGS2 has been delayed in being released.

    No thank you.

  • Anonymous

    i want to know what i have to do to get grandfathered in for LTE.

    Can i activate someone’s LTE phone on my # or do i actually have to go buy a phone and get the plan?

  • Vzw will take a knife and cut you with a smile on their face. This is a cash cow and they are cashing in on everyone. They gladly rip off us with NO ADDED SERVICE NOR VALUE. Thanks Vzw, makes so glad to be associated with you.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    This move has really got me seeing red *zing*

  • Ohaithar Sprint. Looks like we’re gonna become best friends. Pleasssseee let Sprint get the next Nexus first!

    • Cb2000a

      They will. Nexus 3 will be a Sprint phone. My Evo 3d ships this week. Bye bye Verizon.

  • I hope LulzSec destroys these guys for their awful practices.

    • nahnahnah

      Lets hope they don’t find a way to leak our data please.

    • Jamdev12

      Call their hotline and suggest it. I think they will oblige.

    • Anonymous

      Hell no. They will either take down the network or steal our account info. Which millions of innocents will be affected in the process and they will have done nothing to VZW. They should go for the upper teir of VZW which they won’t.

    • Theartfuldodgr

      LulzSec is no better than VZW, don’t think for a minute these guys are really just doing it for the ‘Lulz’. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were government run to get people to vote for the Protect IP act that just so coincidentally made news right before LulzSec came into the picture. These guys are a bunch of turds that are doing nothing but leaking customer information, innocent people who merely use a service. They are not doing a disservice to the industries they are attacking, just a disservice to their customers.

  • 11knives

    Please clarify… if you have an unlimited plan now will it stay the same? Also if you upgrade to a new device while on the unlimited plan will you be forced to this new format or do you keep your unlimited data plan? Thanks guys!

    • MrChad

      Yes, typically these sorts of changes will only apply to new or renewed contracts. If you upgrade your device, you will need to renew your contract in order to get the subsidized pricing (i.e. $150 or $200 instead of the typical retail prices of $500-600+). Renewing the contract will place you under the new plan terms.

  • Rain_king46

    Wow AT&T jr, i mean Verizon, way to F your customers! Is there something about having iPhone on a carrier that makes them think they can do whatever they want? This may be the move that brings Sprint back to life….

    Sincerely, 

    Disappointed. 

    • Anonymous

      AT&T is still the worse carrier of all, though. Verizon may have f’d everyone over, but they are no where near as bad and evil as AT&T.

  • No more droids for me. Sprint will almost definitely be my next carrier.

    • Droid1294

      bye bye verizon, fuk u 

  • Stelv81

    4g is now worthless. Hello Sprint!

  • Chad

    So long Big Red!! Hello Sprint!!

    • Droid1294

      Sprint is getting a lot of new customers

  • chris

    This is the first time I’m glad to be in a contract.

  • chris

    This is the first time I’m glad to be in a contract.

  • Anonymous

    Now I know why Verizon wouldn’t allow me to renew my contract until July 16th.

  • Anonymous

    Now I know why Verizon wouldn’t allow me to renew my contract until July 16th.

  • Je49424

    existing vzw customers can keep unlimited data and even after july 7 can upgrade into another smartphone and still keep unlimited data.

    • Rain_king46

      unlikely. When you upgrade they will make you choose a new plan for your new two year contract.

    • Matt Morgan

      Is this true?

    • Liqwidzero

      IT’S A TRAP!

  • Can’t Lulzsec attack these guys?  Verizon needs to be taught a lesson. 

  • md

    Yeah, I was hoping that the lower tier of 2gb might actually be less than $30. “Hey, I’ve got an idea. Why don’t they pay the same, for less!” I’ll probably be leaving when my contract is up.

  • Anonymous

    Charging for tethering is just plain wrong when you limit data. Hopefully I can hold on to unlimited for a while…

    • nahnahnah

      seriously ..  WTF is wrong with these execs.   That really is robbery, plain as day.

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      I’ve always said than any reasonable justification for charging extra for tethering is completely obliterated once tiered data pricing begins. 

  • Cya verizon

  • Cya verizon

  • Kal el

    First

    • John

      try 30th. 😉

  • Am glad I just renewed my contract for another two years in the beginning of May. 

  • Anonymous

    Ouch!  Those tiered plan prices are pretty painful. 

    2GB for $30 is probably fine for the majority of VZW users using a 3G phone, but on a 4G phone, you’ll have to be super careful and monitor your data usage.  Still…those prices are like buying a data plan for a hotspot.

    • hkklife

      Yup, I usually hit a bit over 3Gb on my 3G phone for just regular web/email/media (no tethering, official or otherwise), so with 4G I imagine I would hit at least 4 or 5Gb, assuming more of my “regular” usage and stuff like constantly having HQ mode in YouTube etc. 

      I’d really like to see them offering either 3Gb for $30 or 4Gb for $40…or just lower the price a tad on the 5Gb bundle a few bucks (which is honestly probably more than most pepole would use).  I figure there are a lot of users like myself for which the 2Gb is too little and the 5Gb is too much…which is PRECISELY what VZW is counting on!  I figure I’l just be content with looking for wi-fi whenever possible and paying $10 a month for overages.  Sigh…

      I knew this would come around eventually but I cannot help but think that this just falls right into place with all of the shitty VZW changes in 2011 since the iPhone’s entered the picture (no more 1yr contracts, crackdown on tethering/rooting, almost no vanilla Android phones, no more NE2 discount, reduced early upgrade eligibility etc)

  • BroRob

    So if we are now paying for our data per gig the arguement of being double charged for our data usage is absolutely valid! It would be like Cox charging me $150 a month because I use a wireless router to connect 3 laptops, a ps3, a blu-ray player, my wifes DX and my TBolt. I have no moral issues with rooting and tethering without the bogus fee.

    • Abc

      AND this is why we find ourselves in a postion like the upcoming tiers.

  • Interstellarmind

    what abotu those of us with unlimited 4g data right now?

    • Droid1294

      most of us here are power users and 2gb is nothing. Verizon is ripping us off and their going to lose customers

  • Well then. Sprint it is. 

    • Droid1294

      i’m going to sprint too in decmeber

    • Anonymous

      Same when my contract is up.

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile is much better

      • Teddy

        is tmobile better than sprint? this really upsets me and i get new phones in 21 days with verizon and i definitely want to leave because of this. looking at a new carrier that isn’t ATT

        • Anonymous

          No, T-mobile is not better than Sprint.  If you look on their website all that stares you in the face is tiered data plans.  I was just there.  On top of that, it is GSM technology.  You know, the same as AT&T (who, by the way, is purchasing T-Mobile) and I think anyone who knows will tell you that GSM isn’t as wide spread as CDMA.

      • where is the dislike button?

    • AndroFan

      Yep, August for me. 

  • so if I get a new phone, I have to go with one of these plans?

  • Sprint looks really tempting right now..

    • Droid1294

      go sprint

      • Stampeding

        is this the pricing for family plans?

    • Where unlimited data is an actual selling-point.

    • I went from Verizon to Sprint just a month ago.  I couldn’t be happier.  My Nexus S 4G is everything I wanted in a phone without having to fight with Verizon to get root access, and the plan is worry free.  I know what I’m paying each month so I have less stress.  These days, if you’re signing up for Verizon you’re basically signing up for a reliable network and unneeded stress.

      • Anonymous

        Do you mean the stress if you worry about if certain phones are locked down?

        • No, I mean the stress of making sure I don’t go over my minutes, texts, and now, data, each month.  I view the lack of an OS skin as a perk and not a necessity although it’s a really nice perk!

      • Anonymous

        How’s Sprint’s service though? That’s the only problem I have with leaving Verizon, they have excellent coverage and service. I hope they Galaxy S2 comes out before July 7 (a man can hope).

        • Anonymous

          Drizz, the service has been fantastic for me.  Every where I had Verizon coverage, I have Sprint coverage.  I was nervous as hell and doubtful that the coverage was as good as the guy was telling me.  What I did was open up a new line so that I could test out the service for 30 days.  Took me all of 10 days and then I went in and transferred my number to the phone I was testing.

  • Ace87

    Wow

  • Neo1738

    1st and if I can do this I lcan family plan I think it’s gewt

  • Anonymous

    What’s up [Not Verizon]? How are you guys doing today? My contract will be expiring in December and I’ll be ready to take my talents elsewhere, to a company that doesn’t unlawfully “limit” and “restrict the ability” of its customers “to use the devices and applications of their choice.”  Be advised.

    • Droid1294

      my contract also ends in decmeber and this confirms i will switch to sprint

    • Droid1294

      my contract also ends in decmeber and this confirms i will switch to sprint

    • Anonymous

      Sprint is about to get a boatload of customers now

    • Goblueboy

      I love this, Verizon first locks bootloaders. Also throttles data. Now this. See ya Verizon. Sprint/Tmobile here I come.

  • Anonymous

    So if we have unlimited now were fine?

  • Wireless_Fool

    Epic fail….

  • DroidFan

    Will I need to switch even if I am already a Thunderbolt owner.

  • If they ever try to move me from my unlimited plan to one of these molestation rates I’ll leave. If I can’t get a better plan at a better deal I’ll go back to a dumb cell phone. I won’t be raped to have the convenience of an always connected mini computer in my pocket.

  • Greedy Verizon! Show some love and respect to your customers!

  • Anonymous

    Good excuse to get a Nexus device. I can’t believe Verizon doesn’t get those in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    VZW really has bent me over, and repeatedly shoved a rusty lead pipe up my butthole for the very last time!

    Say goodbye to my 10 years of loyal support.

    • Make that a rusty lead pipe covered in 30 grit sandpaper.

      • BrianT

        And they blew dry you before inserting.

      • Anonymous

        Good call 😉  I think they started wrapping it with sandpaper about 4 years ago…at least that’s when I started noticing the larger than usual welts 😛

        Does anyone know how much continuous streaming would put me at the first tier? I mean if I stream at least one movie a day, would I be safely covered under the first tier?

        • I hit about 2GBs just under normal usage.  If I stream music for about 8 hours a day I get closer to 5GB.  

          • Eric

            really? cuz i get close to 5gb when i stream music for just 1 hour a day.

        • Raven

          It is all about what bitrate you are stream.  Typical decent music is
          128kb/s, lower quality is usually 64kb/sec and higher quality is usually
          256kb/sec.  That is in bits not bytes.  So, first you divide that by 8 and then do some basic math.  128 / 8 * 60 * 60 / 1024 = 56.25MB / hour.  Times 8 hours would be 450MB or almost half a GB or a quarter of your 2GB limit in one 8 hour listening period.

          • Raven

            Clarification.  This is just for plain music.  2 hours of video (a movie) would be way higher, but the bitrate varies a lot depending on format, codec and resolution used.  But, if you can find the bitrate of the video you are streaming, you can use the same formula to figure it out.  You could probably use 512kb/sec as a very rough guess so would get 512 / 8 * 60 * 60 / 1024 = 225MB / hour. Times 2 hours would be 450MB.

      • Bick95hiu

        right through the pants, didn’t bother to move the underwear over…. geez

        • optimusprime

          Makes ..you.. smell.. pipe.. afterwards….

    • Anonymous

      time to make the jump to sprint

      • Gemnistone

        Ditto on that. Hope sprint doesn’t follow this ridiculous data package idea.

        • Guest

          they wont onlything they did was add $10 a line to keep it unlimited

      • Skeet

        I dropped Big Red like the ugly b**ch she is. Switched to T-Mobile, got the HTC Sensation for $148 and only pay $89.99 a month for 5GB. 

        • Anonymous

          $90/m for 5GB? Unless I’m reading the above post wrong, you get 10GB for $80/m…uhh…

          • Dave

            That’s just the data plan price. Don’t forget you’ve got to throw in a voice tier as well 😉

          • on tmobile hes talking about the entire bill.  this says data costs so i thinnk hes assuming this is for the data plus the cost of the phone service.  thats what i am assuming also. but it may not be well have to wait and see.
            i dont get the tethering so is it 2 gigs than they turn you off. or 10 dolllars for each gig you tether over 2 gigs.
            and do you get a free bottle of vaseline with each data plan.

          • Guroot

            I think hes saying access charges and all the 90$ above is ON TOP of your voice/texting plan

        • Have fun when T-Mobil becomes AT&T.

          • Anonymous

             Wont happen. ATT apparently can’t learn from the past when they did the same thing with land lines.

          • I think the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger will go through…you have to remember this is America…everyone in politics can be bought for the right price…Down the road if anything happens and an Anti-trust suit tries to come up AT&T could always split the landline and mobility divisions

          • Smokncars

            I doubt it and if you havent noticed AT&T hasnt been bragging up 4g network they been talking about ijunk 3gs since verizon sells ijunk 4

          • Anonymous

            Lol you’re so naive. Our politicians are bought and paid for by big business. We’re fucked

          • Anonymous

            I think you’re being a bit naive, or ignorant about the matter. If it were merely about being bought off there wouldn’t even be an investigation in the first place.

          • Scott

            The “investigation” is a farce. Case in point: the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Four months after the deal was approved, one of the key FCC regulators who approved the deal was given a job at Comcast-NBC. http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/FCCs-Baker-Heads-for-Job-at-Comcast-114174

          • Mr.Joe

            You’re right.  And politicians don’t by “accident”  post pictures of their penis to their prostitute girlfriends on twitter. 

          • Cpmonee

            Your an idiot Tmoh! Merger will go through…ATT is already running commercials about it! Been in this business for 20 years and your the one who is clueless.

          • jhazard333

            no it will, i work for verizon wireless and we got the memo that AT&T is going through a 12-18 month long process of acquiring t-mobile, now not all of t-mobile will be bought out like Veriizonwireless and alltel deal, cause of monopoly laws verizon couldn’t be the only carrier in an area so same will probably happen to t-mobile as well, cause i still get calls from alltel customers haha 

          • Peter J

            you’re*

        • Bigtymerotty40

          and get crappy coverage. Congrats!

          • Soccastar123

            Free WIFI calling makes up for that, no problems at all in my area except in my house but that what WIFI calling is for……

          • well, not everyone has crappy coverage with T-mobile – they’re pretty decent in my area and I’m thinking of switching to them or Sprint

        • Anonymous

          For me in my area its Verizon or AT&T for the best coverage, where AT&T might actually be the better of the 2 in my area. .  IF I can keep unlimited and still get a 4G phone later, I might as well stay. If not, I will give AT&T a closer look.

        • Thomas Rob242

          And now you will soon be under the ATT flag!  Smart move.

      • caseyisajim

        Time to make the jump to Virgin Mobile when the Motorola Triumph comes out.

        • Anonymous

          Crappy Sprint Network stinks regardless of which subsidiary you buy from… but I guess at least you don’t have to sign a 2 year contract to find out with Virgin Mobile.

          • Anonymous

            Shoot, I haven’t had one problem with Sprint since making the change and I was scared shitless that the coverage would suck.  Maybe I’m lucky, but I get service in the boondocks and everywhere.  For me, it was a good decision.

          • Anonymous

            You are definitely not in the majority.  I’m sure Sprint is fine in some places,.  But for me, the bad locations are far too frequent for me to trust them ever again.

          • Anonymous

            Jay, I was skeptical as heck because we had them for work back in ’07 & ’08.  I actually got our company to change from them.  Unfortunately they went to AT&T and it wasn’t much better.  My Verizon bill was getting ridiculous so I went into a Sprint store and grabbed one of their phones and tested it for a couple of weeks.  I was able to get service everywhere I could with Verizon.  They told me I would, but I was like, “yeah, whatever.”  I was proven wrong and now I save $35/month.  Of course we all have different experiences, but I have been all over, MN, IA, WI, ND & SD (for work) and had service where AT&T didn’t.  I don’t know where you’re at, but if you have a chance to test it out, there service has come a long way.  Has a lot to do with the fact they use Verizon’s towers when they don’t have one.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, their roaming agreements have made them (seem) better. But check out the sprint forums for coverage shrinking and you will see many of the gripes that are still going on.  It seems that the Alltel towers that were purchased by at&t are being converted (finally) and thus those areas are being turned off.  

            Don’t get me wrong, I am not doubting you, and hey if it works and you can save money with it, more power to ya… I just can’t afford to take that risk.

          • Cb2000a

            Sprint has fantastic coverage on Maui.

      • 1ofdakoolkidz

        Wait til sprint drops the bomb on you with the new prices, since their new LTE deal.

    • Pooch

      Dude calm down, they aren’t screwing you. This doesn’t apply to you, only to no clients and contracts.  So stop taking it so personal.

       

      • Pooch

        new clients and contracts.

      • Anonymous

        The problem I have is that I refer a shitload of friends and family – breaking the news to them that VZW will be moving to a tiered setup may deter more from joining up, which in turn affects me and the numerous gift cards I’ve received for referring them.

        Either way, it’s a shitty business practice, and considering that VZW isn’t hurting for customers, it absolutely boggles my mind why they would go this route (besides the whole profit standard).

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. People take shit so f’n personal it’s crazy. Why even complain about it? You can just as easily go to another carrier without whining about it.

        • VERIZONSUX

          Hmmmm, IDK..  Maybe because this is a site where we all discuss these kinds of things.  What’s the point of being able to leave comments if people are gonna whine about them?

        • its still not something that I like. Its VZ, they’ll find some way to screw us with current plans over too 😛

        • Poopstain

          douche

        • EvanTheGamerisaturd

          You don’t care because you still live with your parents.

        • EvanTheGamerisaturd

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      • Anonymous

        Exactly. People take shit so f’n personal it’s crazy. Why even complain about it? You can just as easily go to another carrier without whining about it.

      • Anonymous

        Presumably all of us will be new contracts within 2-years. As for me and my wife, we are “new contracts” in September, probably will have to jump from 3G to 4G to get a good phone, and therefore won’t even be able to buy off-contract to preserve current unlimited status. Unless you just renewed your contract or get to before July, this is pretty bad news.

      • Anonymous

        I think you’re mistaken. It will apply to “you,” meaning all VZ customers when they decide to renew their contract or get a new phone later. The same thing happened with the $69.99 plan earlier this year. They discontinued it, then switched all the people on the plan over to a more expensive one and deleted it from their system.

        They hold the right to change your contract and pricing at any point they feel like. It’s in your contract if you’ve read through it.

        • Anonymous

          Yea, you can also cancel and keep the hardware at no cost if they do it. That’s fine, let them cancel me. I’ll just start a new plan no-contract with the same phone and be free to buy or switch at any point since I’m not longer bound by contract. 

        • Frstsaxman

          yeah but when they change the terms of the contract you also have the right to say no and not accept the new terms voiding the contract for both parties.

        • Anonymous

          “They hold the right to change your contract and pricing at any point
          they feel like. It’s in your contract if you’ve read through it.”

          I’m reading this with a bit of skepticism..  So you’re saying Verizon has a bait and switch line item in their contract?  I would think if that happens, then we would be given the right to cancel without an ETF (if the bait and switch occurs mid-contract).

          • Anonymous

            I’ll reply to yours but also in reply to Frtsaxman and htowngtr. Though technically that isn’t in your contract. It is in there that
            they reserve the right to cancel or change your contract terms at any
            time.  You’re right, you can cancel your contract if they do it(legally). That will be a great opportunity to jump to another carrier.

            My reply was in regard to a “I have a contract this will never effect me” thought. It should be obvious they wont let old contracts continue with the same pricing.

          • Blahblahblah

            Yeah, you’re wrong.  As I said, I’ve had the same voice plan for the past 6 years.  If they ever force me to a tiered plan, I’ll jump, but Verizon’s treated me fine thus far.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon,…………………./´¯/)………………..,/¯../………………./…./…………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸………./’/…/…./……./¨¯……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)……………………..’…../……….”…………. _.·´……………………..(………………………… 

      • Anonymous

        wow, that brings me back to my BBS days

        • Sjbrooks86

          I miss ANSI on BBS’s… that was so awsome!

          • Guest

            You mean ASCII, not ANSI?

        • MicroNix

          Probably 85% here don’t know what a BBS even was….

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. At least I didn’t have to break out Pedobear….

          • Bluemtn45

            bulletin board service with ANSYS charaacters……LOL!!!!!!!    better than ANSI !

    • Thank god I got I made the jump back to VZW last month and got my Unlimited LTE Plan! I will buy phones without a contracts after this if I have to keep it!

      • Anonymous

         Likely, even though they’re saying it wont right now, when you activate a new phone they’ll bump your plan over to a tiered one. 3 years ago they did the same thing with the 29.99 plan and the 39.99 plan. When you activated a new phone they bumped you over to the 39.99 plan. The only reason that didn’t stick is because they discontinued it.

        • Joe

          I actually still have the same voice plan as I did 8 years ago, a plan that hasnt existed for years.

    • Anonymous

      lead doesn’t rust . . . just saying ;-P

      that said, i’m not looking forward to when i leave my current job and go off the corporate plan

    • King_rey_king

      Who cares about you?! Your nothing! Probably one of those customers with the saying 29.99 is too much. Well go suck at&T’s dick or T-Mobile and get their shitty service. There are customers with 12+ years who don’t bitch as often. I say do us all a favor and go kill yourself!

    • King_rey_king

      Who cares about you?! Your nothing! Probably one of those customers with the saying 29.99 is too much. Well go suck at&T’s dick or T-Mobile and get their shitty service. There are customers with 12+ years who don’t bitch as often. I say do us all a favor and go kill yourself!

      • skaguyy

        did someone crap in your cereal this morning?

    • Mr.Joe

      FWIW having a pipe shoved up your butt actually feels mighty good.  

    • This is a bloody shame. Now I gotta to to the crappy phones on Sprint? Great. THANKS Verizon. 

    • Noh

      I get what you meant, but since when does lead rust?

  • Anonymous

    I was literally just about to search for information on this when I navigated to DL. You say you don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone but when I upgrade in August will I be able to keep unlimited?

    Really, what is the best way to keep unlimited for the longest?

  • ravenlore

    so now i definitely have to pay full retail when the Droid 3 drops. NOT renewing under those terms.

  • Dream

    Expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    HOLY SHIT. ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME VZW?

  • Wow. From 30 bucks for unlimited to 30 bucks for 2 GB? Motivation to buy a 4g phone before this rolls out I guess. Which means I won’t be waiting for the Bionic. Damn.

  • MFG

    Glad I locked in with my Charge at Costco…planning on exchanging it for the GSII (if 4G) or Bionic…

  • Farter

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Wow…might have to leave Verizon with those prices. What’s the point in a faster network if you are limited to the amount of data you can use? $30 should have been for 5GB in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really surprised. I was expecting a competitive $20-25 2GB plan so people would be excited that there bill went down.

      • Beka27

        I’m also disappointed that the lowest tier is $30.  I had my hopes up after they had that $15 lesser plan this past year.  It would have been really nice for people who don’t use much data and/or are always on wifi.

    • VERIZONSUX

      2GB is an insult.  Here, have an F-1 car but you cant go over 55mph.. FU VERIZON!  I HATE YOU!

      • WAldenIV

        Actually, it would be more like, “Here, have an F-1 car, but you can only drive it 10 miles.”  You could chew up those 10 miles at 200 MPH if you like.

        • VERIZONSUX

          That’s an even better way to put it. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    This is highway robbery, plain and simple. If I ever have to give up my unlimited $30 data plan, I’ll leave VZW.

    • Anonymous

      Well, lets hope we wont have to worry about that until 3/13…ill decide then how to go…maybe alternative is to just use data on a tablet, and get dumb-phone for calls…maybe not even need the dumb-phone, but just have it for backup or convenience.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve looked at it all, they’ve got you covered from every direction unless you just rarely use your phone.

  • All past plans are grandfathered in correct?

    • Anonymous

      Or so we hope.  =D

    • Anonymous

      Or so we hope.  =D

    • Yes, Tom, we’re “grandfathered in” but then if you want a new phone you will need to buy it out right. Any thing you get that is discounted with a contract will force you into a new contract.

      • Matt Morgan

        What if we bought a new phone before the 7/7 switch…for instance.  If I pulled the trigger on the Thunderbolt…would I then get to keep my unlimited data with 4G

        • Knightcrusader

          Yes. That is what I did.

    • That’s what I’m wondering… I’d pay full for a droid charge now and grandfather in the unlimited 4g rather than wait for the bionic and get crushed with data overages every month

      • Anonymous

        It’s a good idea but, even when you activate a new phone you have to agree to the current tems of service and current plans.

        • Anonymous

          That’s not true (or hasn’t been up until now), there is no “acceptance” screen for new terms when activating a device.

      • Anonymous

        It’s a good idea but, even when you activate a new phone you have to agree to the current tems of service and current plans.

    • Anonymous

      Yes and you can buy a new phone full price, but regardless when your contract runs out they can do what they like

      • Anonymous

        Incorrect.  When your contract is up, you go month-to-month based on the terms of your contract.  They can’t just start billing you whatever you want.  My wife has had the same cell phone bill for 4 years, even though the plan she is on, doesn’t even exist anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the executives at Verizon have planning sessions where they all get together and brainstorm the best ways to screw over their customers. Seems to me like they must, based on their policy changes as of late.

  • Anonymous

    Sprint, here I come.

    • Anonymous

      I want to go to Sprint – they have great plans and great phones. Sadly Sprint is just crap in service around here and most places I go. I used to have it and was quickly irritated by the unreliability.

    • Anonymous

      Have fun, they suck. 

      I do find it funny that everyone is saying they’re going to Sprint, especially when DL ran a poll back in November, and 60% of people said they used less than 2GB per month.  Then again, most people are stupid enough to believe that the $10 buffet is a better deal than a $7 dinner plate.

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        While I agree with your line of thinking… in this instance, the cost of the buffet is the same as the plate… 30 bucks all I can eat, and 30 bucks for my plate.  It does kinda suck to see that it’s more than AT&T charges… but I won’t cry over 5 bucks a month… especially not if that 50 dollar 5 gig plan can be shared across 2 phones… then it becomes a savings.  I hope that is the case…

  • gregmr

    Hello, Sprint…

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for freeing up some bandwith!

      • Anonymous

        Not that you’ll get to use it.