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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…

  • 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.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      now why would you go to AT&T?

  • 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!

  • Anonymous

    That actually looks like it might jsut work. Wow.

    http://www.web-privacy.no.tc

  • http://twitter.com/sergiobridgett Sergio Bridgett

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.mildern John Mildern

    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.

    • http://www.stabilizedeffortscope.com Rilgon Arcsinh

      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

  • http://twitter.com/slole1 slole1

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      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.

  • http://twitter.com/chriscanty chris canty

    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?

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    $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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ddford1 Douglas Ford

    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! :P

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      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!

    • http://twitter.com/ChrisJBatson Chris Batson

      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.

      • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

        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.

          • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

            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.”

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

            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.”

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

            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

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        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?

        • http://www.stabilizedeffortscope.com Rilgon Arcsinh

          Why? Bandwidth is basically free.

          • Anonymous

            Right, so are the towers that provide it.

          • http://www.stabilizedeffortscope.com Rilgon Arcsinh

            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?

  • http://twitter.com/jdearmond Jason DeArmond

    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…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xorg-Kc/100000867435778 Xorg Kc

    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

  • http://AfterCredits.com Chris R.

    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

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    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?

    • http://smartrevu.posterous.com/ Wes Campbell

      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

    • http://smartrevu.posterous.com/ Wes Campbell

      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.