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Verizon’s Data Usage Calculator Can Help You Decide a Tiered Plan Already

Since the confirmations have come from a variety of Verizon representatives after our initial report on tiered data, we know for sure now that these plans are coming July 7.  As you also know, we received reports that pegged the tiers at $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB which has probably led many of you to wonder which you should consider if you were to for some reason lose your unlimited plan.  Thankfully (yes, that’s snark), Big Red has this fun little data calculator that can estimate how much data you use in a month.  As you can see above, we went relatively extremely conservative, leaving out streaming video and still managed to eclipse 2.75GB.

So what can we gather from this tool?  That the majority of you will strongly consider jumping up to the 5GB tier which costs $20 more than your current unlimited plan.  Since you are charged $10 per 1GB after going over your allotment of data on the 2GB plan, you’ll be sold on the $50 plan since it’s like you are getting a “free” 1GB of data.  That’s right, if you were to go with the 2GB tier and then use say 4.5GB for the month, you’ll be charged $60 when you could have just purchased the 5GB tier and only topped out at $50.  Sneaky right?  Don’t think that was unintentional.

Fortunately for all existing customers, it’s looking more and more likely that we will be able to renew and upgrade for a least a period of time without having to give up our current unlimited plan.  (Please continue to cross those fingers for the next 3 weeks.)

You can calculate your smartphone usage here.

Cheers Brandon!

  • http://twitter.com/mdclark82 Matt Clark

    They need Family Share Plan minute options expanded.  1400 with vzw-vzw and friends and family is too much…need to offer a 800 plan with vzw-vzw and friends and family that is cheaper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    I’ll say what I said on the other thread again. They set 2GB as the threshold knowing most people would go over it and thus they’ll get to ding all of those people an extra $10+ a month. I bet almost nobody sits under the 2GB mark using that calculator (as rough a guestimate as it actually is).

  • digsoreos

    The trend to move everything off your phone’s memory and to the “cloud” seems to be directly opposed to the trend service providers are moving towards with the tiered data usage plans–if you’re a consumer. If you’re a service provider who will rake in even more dough because everyone has moved their music library and files to the cloud and now use up their precious data connection to access them, this is a genius marketing strategy.

    • Anonymous

      Between the countless security issues plaguing offsite, and the cost of upload/download, the cloud is dead in the US.

  • Anonymous

    Another thing to consider is that most of us who are looking at past data usage and seeing we’re under 2GB have been using a 3G device. My wife and I plan to switch to a 4G device (the Bionic and SGS2 if it’s indeed 4G) and I’m sure many within this community are in the same boat. Data usage on 4G is much different. You’ll blow through your allotted 2GB much more quickly. A few days ago Fabulous (the developer behind the Apex ROM for the DX) tweeted that if you’re getting 15Mbps on your 4G device you could go through 2GB in as little as 20 minutes. Assuming his calculations are just sort of accurate, that is a scary thought.

    • Vanquishgc

      I don’t know, that doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Data is data. Yes, the rate at which it gets to you on a 4G devise is going to be much faster, but I don’t see how that’s going to increase the size of a web page, email, or an app download. The amount of data being transferred should still be the same. The only thing I can see happening is with these increased speeds, people may be more inclined to browse and download more. Also, a lot of these 4G phones like the Charge have the option to go to 3G to cut down on 4G roaming, which I have to imagine would help.

  • Anonymous

    There are several problems here, almost all of which are variations in which most users are  going to severely underestimate their usage. ‘Helpful’ VZW sales associates are only going to increase this likelihood.

    #1. If I’m a user moving from a ‘feature phone’ to a smartphone, I’ll have no idea how much of any of this I want to do.

    #2. ‘number of web pages’ is bogus and doesn’t account for dynamic web pages that include ads, flash, AJAX, and other technologies which allow to you remain on a single page that updates itself constantly. I can see a user thinking “I’ll only visit facebook once or twice a day”.

    #3. I know lots of people who when they bought a smartphone, said “it’s cool, but I’m not sure what I’ll use it for”, and before you know it, you can’t pry it away from their face and hold a conversation with them. Usage tends to increase, especially for new owners, as they discover all the wonderful capabilities of their phone.

    I wonder if VZW will continue their customer-friendly policy that allows plan changes, even after a billing cylce closes, thus allowing customers to avoid costly overages, or back down to cheaper plans as usage warrants.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I’m so glad I am locked in to unlimited until 2013. I’ll just be buying my phones unsibsidized.

  • Kalric

    It’s AMAZING to me if you do the math…
     
    Comcast charges around $0.26-$0.30/GB, and they have copper to EVERY HOUSE for cable/internet, yet you get 250GB for their $69.99 plan.
     
    Wireless carriers are complaining that it’s costing them too much money and we’re using more and more of their bandwidth…yet THEY ARE THE ONES selling the phones, pushing the applications and even gloating about their 3G/4G/LTE services that WE have to pay out the ass for.
     
    Here’s my question to BIG RED…
     
        If you are ONLY having to run fiber/copper to your Cell Sites that provide voice/data to the individuals, and NO copper/fiber to anyones house, WHERE is all the expense coming from?   Who are you buying your bandwidth from? 

        Are you getting any LUBE from your bandwidth providers?    You have NO cost other than the cell site, and there you put site to site transmitters, so you don’t even have to run fiber/copper to every one of them.

        The largest cost is keeping the 3G consumers up and running since the LTE network is less costly to maintain, but you’re charging everyone (whether 3G or 4G) the same amount per month.   ???

    Secondly…STOP SUBSIDIZING EVERYONE!!   I’m tired of paying for every Tom, Dick and Harry to get a free or nearly free phone.   Look at the business model from Europe/Asia and you’ll see they’re even more profitable than BIG RED and people don’t get FREE crap.   You pay for what you want, rates are cheaper, data is cheaper and everyone wins.

    Here’s my business model:

         1.)   I pay full price ($500/$700) for a phone – therefore no contract, no expense to the carrier and no out of pocket expense.

         2.)   I pay 1/2 the rate for voice calls and data rates and remain a happy and loyal customer.

         3.)  Those that want free get locked into a 2 year contract, pay full price for voice/data rates and they feel like happy loyal customers (until they do the math).

    I know what the going rate is for bandwidth…I work in that field.    I know ALL the carriers are raping their customers, yet they are trying the warm fuzzy (you pick your rate) approach, but after all YOU the CARRIER started this and now YOU are crying because your profits are as high as you’d like them.

    How about throwing some numbers OUR way to see what your real expenses are, or….is that a *secret* that only a few in the “know” know?   

    $.70 out of every $1.00 is mostly profit for the carriers once they reach a certain number of customers.   The lowest I’ve seen is $.45/$1 and that’s for the smaller carriers.  

    If I do lose my unlimited data plan, you can bet your tighty whities that I’m dropping all 4 lines I have with you and going to USC or AT&T without data.   Sure, coverage may not be as good, but I’ll be damned if I play along and let you steam roll me into your stupid and terribly thought out plans.

    S

    • Anonymous

      Just like Boost mobile and Metro PCS. You by the phone outright and pay $50 a month for unlimited everything.

  • ironick

    Question: The majority of the time that I’m using data is when I have a wifi connection. Does this count towards my plan or is it separate and free?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Wifi doesn’t count as cellular “data”. It’s not going over their network, so they don’t monitor/care about it. The more you can use Wifi the better if you’re not on unlimited. Not to mention, it’s usually faster, anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Except with LTE… that sucker screams

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Wifi doesn’t count as cellular “data”. It’s not going over their network, so they don’t monitor/care about it. The more you can use Wifi the better if you’re not on unlimited. Not to mention, it’s usually faster, anyway.

  • sean Clark

    I drive around alot for work. I use pandora everyday for about 4-5 hours. This saves me the trouble of constantly finding radio stations. i have hit 15 gigs in a month before. If they seriously want me to pay 80$ a month they are sadly mistaken

    • Anonymous

      You’ll be fine if you’re already locked into contract

      • sean Clark

        true but how long are we going to be able to grandfathered in?

        • Anonymous

          Well, if any of the new evidence is to be believe it seems like it should last for the length of our stay with VZW.

  • Kaz

    This appears to assume that you do all of this on 3G or 4G, and none of it while on a wi-fi network…

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    We need a Data Use Day – All smart phone owners use as much data as possible – Followed by a Data Week, Followed by Data Month – Does this affect VZW’s bottom line? I highly doubt it since the network is already in place and they are not paying bandwidth charges or fees.

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    We need a Data Use Day – All smart phone owners use as much data as possible – Followed by a Data Week, Followed by Data Month – Does this affect VZW’s bottom line? I highly doubt it since the network is already in place and they are not paying bandwidth charges or fees.

  • slappynutz

    verzion doesnt have a pan for me i use to much.

  • mtbhk44

    God they suck – if you stream Google Music all day you are totally screwed.  They’d better grandfather people like myself in for good or I would consider bailing for another carrier.  I’ve been a loyal Verizon customer since the dawn of the cellular device and this is really a slap in the face to now have to worry about how much data I use – I’m far from an abuser.    

  • Anonymous

    I am very glad that I got an unlimited plan while I could, and that I can renew my contract and keep it, because I am not paying more than 40 bucks a month for data, let alone 50 for 5 gigs.

  • Anonymous

    The vast majority of people right now use less than 2gb.  I’d really like to see the average data LTE users are pulling down because that will be more telling going forward.  LTE makes it much easier to quickly consume large amounts of data especially if you stream anything as the quality will throttle based on available bandwidth.

  • Anonymous

    “Fortunately for all existing customers, it’s looking more and more likely that we will be able to renew and upgrade for a least a period of time without having to give up our current unlimited plan.”

    I really hope this is true. On a 4G device, 2GB is just not enough.

  • Cat Williams

    Just checked my actual usage: I am at 1.7 gigs and only 11 days in. I think Sprint is going to be getting my business if Verizon does not 100% confirm people being grandfathered for a very long time.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just gonna get the charge and call it a day. I think verizon is gonna wait until the 6th to announce the changes and as result send people running into stores buying up all the 4G phones b4 the 7th… if a compelling phone comes out I want i’ll just sell it for 100 bucks under retail then pay the difference for a new phone. My OG Droid is missing calls and texts and I need a solution

  • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

    How the hell does a smartphone pulling in 250 webpages a day = 11GB where it only equal 2.8GB on 3g Broadband. 

  • FU_VERIZON

    FU VERIZON

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  • frankinden

    why estimate with a calculator when you can get precise usage data for the past several months off of your verizon wireless billing statement or web site?  Kinda takes the guesswork out it….

    • digsoreos

      Yep. I thought the same. I guess the calculator is mainly for those new to VZW or considering switching to them. Anyway, my usage has ranged from about 3GB to 6GB each month for the past few months. One reason it’s so high is Pandora usage in the car. Another reason? I’ve had to do at least 6 factory resets in the past 3 months, and reinstalling all of my apps multiple times takes a toll. If Motorola would fix the GingerBlur bugs and the 3G-1X drop issue, that would cut down on my factory resets.

    • Anonymous

      or with new apps suchs as GMusic, Netflix etc that use data, your last 6 months of use show absolutely nothing for what your future data-expense is going to be…i.e. i barely went over 1GB of data each of the last 6 months, but thanks to GMusic i have gone over 3GB int he first 2.5 weeks of this month

  • Amenemhat1

    wifi everywhere, or Sprint here I come!

  • Rangertrav

    Is there anyway to look at what we’ve been doing for hte last year with actual numbers of usage?

    • Kaufkin

      myverizon online has .. last 6 months I believe…

  • Ads

    I went way conservative on my usage also just to see what it came in at and I topped out just over 5.5Gb. Thank heavens I’ve got myself locked in on unlimited already with the Charge. These prices are going to crush people. Specially if you do any major music or video streaming. Those 2 areas right there are a killer on data usage. just my music alone alone takes me over the 2Gb limit as i use it alot. 

    Personally I think VZW is going to have to readdress these prices or they are going to have some majorly upset folks going into stores throwing a fit over the bill they receive. And the biggest issue I have is they push all this data stuff on us to be able to use and now they come back and throw a wrench into the picture after getting stuck in a contract as most folks are clueless on how much they really do us. Exactly why they got rid of the 150Mb plan that had a while back. People were storming the stores blowing up because they got killed on overages. 150Mb is insanity to put on ANY smartphone as you will never make it threw the month if you use you device at all 

  • Vanquishgc

    You know, I actually found that calculator kinda helpful. Granted it didn’t put into consideration GPS or app downloads, but I came up with between 1.3 and 1.5 GB/mo. with some tinkering, which sounds about right considering I actually check my data usage a couple times a month. I know people are up in arms about this, and they have a right to be, but realistically 90% or more of smartphone users aren’t going to be too affected by this; the $30 plan should be sufficient. My only gripe is that AT&T offers 2 gigs/mo. for $5 less, so I’m feeling that Verizon should at least drop pricing a tad to stay competitive there.

    • Anonymous

      With more things like Netflix, Google Nav, Google (and Amazon) Music, Pandora, etc  You will soon find that your data usage is slowly creeping up (if you are using them of course).  The lark about this is that just as everything on the road “to the cloud” they are trying to tax that roadway.

      • Vanquishgc

        actually I do use Pandora and Sports Radio Droid quite a bit, probably an hour to an hour and a half a day. GPS I use MAYBE once a month. I do have a Netflix account, and I’m just going to have to avoid that on my phone altogether more than likely which sucks, but then again, that’s why I put movies on my SD card. I guess what saves me is not viewing a ton of web pages a month. But I suppose the easy fix is when I’m home, just latch onto wifi to be safe.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not saying *you* personally don’t necessarily know how much data your using, but that for most folks could be potentially misled by looking at their past history since consumption of data is only generally going up these days since there are more and more streaming apps every day (though, this tiering may put a quick end to that trend).

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ll gamble and wait to upgrade until the Bionic or SGS II comes out.  If they tell me I have to go to a tiered plan, I’m just gonna let my contract expire and jump to Sprint.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BlakeO Blake Power Surge Ourso

    @droid_life My calculator gave me the results “You need an unlimited plan” #Verizon #Android

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520188807 Miguel Delapaz

    Meh…I’m on my phone *constantly*…but the vast majority of my data usage is done on Wi-fi.  In the past 6 months, my 3G data usage peaked @ 800MB…so I’m not too worried about the tiered data plans…Might be nice if they had a $20 1GB plan though…

  • Chuckj24

    I printed out this handy data usage calculator just so I could wipe my ass with it

    • http://twitter.com/pcriz Perry Meg

       Your comment made my day.. +1

    • Anonymous

      Why are you so angry? Don’t you have unlimited data now??? If you do then this new tier won’t hurt you.

      • ricky siebold

        why are you so angry?   if he has unlimited wouldn’t that be an even better reason to wipe his ass with it? 

        • ted

          pardon you ass but you would be surprised if this announced “tiered” plan was “less expensive” by say 5 or ten dollars, a lot of people would rather have it. Not me, nor you, but the majority that are looking for deal. The same Majority that wants a “deal” more then anything else and not couldn’t care less, what plan they have.

          • ricky siebold

            hahahaha, thanks Verizon for saving so many people money!!! You’re doing god’s work!!! Pleaseeeeeee.   This is about knowing in the future even your grandma will use up more than 2 gigs and nobody will be able to live without a smart phone.  

          • Inkster09

            Omg didn’t even think about that. Your right. Damn

          • Lewella Finnegan

            i might be able to see ur point…but when 2 Gb coast as much as unlimited…where are the savings

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Strothmann/501639430 Derek Strothmann

          its the fact of the matter… not it effects us. 

    • Inkster09

      Data usage calculator? Lololololololol hahaha kkkk

      • Chuckj24

        It was funny….but it wasn’t that funny.

        • Inkster09

          No it was that funny u vzw robot

    • Anonymous

      well said friend, these greedy scum like verizon and at and t can take their phones and tiered data an shove it.

    • Anonymous

      well said friend, these greedy scum like verizon and at and t can take their phones and tiered data an shove it.

  • Jinoda

    Why not just check your ACTUAL data usage rather than guessing?

    • Cat Williams

      This.

    • Anonymous

      Because if you didn’t have Netflix, or Google Music or any one of dozens of new streaming type tools that have popped up recently, you past history may not be a good indicator.  It is a good basis, but you need to project forward with the new data hungry apps that are coming out.

  • Cat Williams

    A: I am starting to seriously doubt that Verizon will let anyone keep their unlimited plan for more than one upgrade cycle. It just doesn’t make sense from their point of view and they will find a way to rip it away from us. B: If Verizon is going to screw us like this they should at least offer a lower starting minute plan. Idk about all of you, but with free verizon-to-verizon, nights and weekends, and adding friends I probably use about 50 actual minutes per month. I think they really need to offer like a 250 minute plan for $25-30…but who am I kidding. 
    /rant

    • FU_VERIZON

      I have a feeling if we bitch and moan when we upgrade they’ll let us keep it.  Otherwise, Ill go elsewhere.

      • Cat Williams

        Idk, we can definitely hope that. But Verizon is so huge at this point, I could see them not giving a shit about losing a few customers and sticking by their guns. Their coverage is just so hard to beat.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sayersj629 Joshua Sayers

      If my fiance’s parents would use their damn cell phone a little more, we’d be able to get away with 100 mins per month shared.

  • tbaybe

    i’ve known about this calculator for a long time… 

    • FU_VERIZON

      Don’t you realize that Verizon is doing you a favor by letting you know about it?   Have some respect for them for christ sakes!

      /sarcasm

    • Anonymous

      Hipster.

  • Jordan

    This seems to go against grandfathering existing smartphone customers in unlimited since they would be the only ones that could use this tool right now….Not looking too good.

    • Jordan

      Nevermind, I was looking at it wrong.  

  • FU_VERIZON

    I refuse to pay anymore for data than I already do.  This whole thing is a crock of shit.   I really hope Im able to continue my unlimited data plan after I upgrade in a year, 4G included.  If not, I’ll keep my 3G forever if I have too.. With 4G Ill burn through 2gbs in one day. 

    • Dongwenal

      Remember Verizon getting rid of 3g.

  • Coaster36

    This doesnt include data that apps pull with refreshes and ADS! Those ads get the data from somewhere. From my bill! 

    This blows! 

    • FU_VERIZON

      Yeah, seriously.  They better disable ads if they’re gonna charge us for data.  They’ll force everyone to root and install adfree.  The free apps will be history.

      • http://twitter.com/magiman7 magiman7

        Since vzw gets a portion of the profits from the market, they would probably like that.

  • http://twitter.com/superchachi Charles Rutherford

    Awesome. I was running out of potential surprises on my bill.

  • http://twitter.com/magiman7 magiman7

    Or you could use the vzw tool already there… analyze usage that will show you your actual data usage for last several months.  

    • NYC Lawyer

      The problem with this is that with things like Google Music, where you are streaming music, your (my) data usage is likely to increase signficantly.  This time last month, I was barely at 1.5 gb.  Now, I am already past 2.5 gb and my billing cycle doesn’t end until July 4.  The more I use Google music, the more I really enjoy having 13,000 distinct songs to choose from, but it would come at a price if I had a tiered plan.

      • Anonymous

        i’m with you on this one…i have almost 13,000 songs in my GMusic account, and i’ve only had it for MAYBE 2 weeks, and already have used over 3GB of data

    • Anonymous

      I did that and I have never hit over 1GB in the past 6 month. I think the 2GB plan will be enough for most people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spdivr1122 Stephen Wagner

    still praying for that no plan change when i upgrade. i was gonna wait til april when im actually supposed to upgrade but that might not be able to happen. 

  • Gerrard8199

    This is a total let down by Verizon!!!

  • http://twitter.com/lonndoggie Lonnie Brownell

    Gee, wouldn’t it make more sense, if you’re already a customer, to go look at  your past usage?

    I can see how this is marginally useful to someone who doesn’t have a smartphone–but such a user’s estimates of potential usage is likely to be a shot in the dark anyway.

    I want to hear more about family plans and sharing those GBs among lines…

    • Anonymous

      Not necessarily.  With things such as Google Music, Amazon Music, Netflix and other streaming media, you need to look to the future just as much (if not more) than the past for usage indicators.

      But also yes, you are right, it is a “shot in the dark” 

      Based on VZW’s habits lately, for family data you will be able to buy similar tiers of data, but on a family plan you will have to pay “just $10 a month” for each additional phone you want to share that data (they will claim it to be a “huge savings” over buying additional plans for each phone)

  • http://www.anishvshah.com Anish

    What about, how many times do you use Google Maps? How many apps do you download? 

  • Anonymous

    For some reason I keep coming up with the “unlimited” plan as being right for me…

    • Anonymous

      That’s going to be what most of us run into unfortunately.

      • ricky siebold

        if they’re still around in the next couple of years. 

    • EC8CH

      Once you reach a certain usage, the calculator automatically redirects you here:

      http://www.sprint.com/index_p.html

      • Inkster09

        Does what they say when they say and keeps. The best devicepromises. Oh and they have THE nexus s 4g. Haha the best device i EVER had/have or used or tested

  • hfoster52

    Sprint might get more business after this fiasco.

    • FU_VERIZON

      Until Verizon takes them over.   Unfortunately, when everyone switches to Sprint, they’ll suck even more cause we’ll flood the towers.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

      I’m seriously getting the feeling that Once AT&T gobbles up T-Mobile and The only players in the game are AT&T, Verizon, and little ol’ Sprint, that Sprint will also join the collusion and get rid of unlimited plans.

    • Inkster09

      Sprint deserves more customers that don’t want to get ganked and nickel and dined to death.

      • Inkster09

        And why is it so hard to editnposts on this site with phones? I try to pick a word to edit but just will not get the space right. And the spell check which makes the gramm er look horrendous.too. is it just my phone? Geeez

  • SPN

    Did anyone else max out all of the bars to see how much it would come out to…?

    • http://profiles.google.com/sayersj629 Joshua Sayers

      Around 30 gbeeez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I don’t know how much data I’ll use any given month. How about you keep unlimited plans Verizon and then I’ll never have to worry about if I go over?

    • http://www.facebook.com/spdivr1122 Stephen Wagner

      we can only wish that would happen. theyre so ridicuously greedy and obviously dont care about their customers its unbelievable 

  • caseyisajim

    Tiers of sadness.

    • Anonymous

      Tiers of a clown.

    • FU_VERIZON

      Tears of a heartless corporation.   Turning an already expensive option to a complete and udder rip off.   FU Verizon.  You can suck it and I hope you choke on it.