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Verizon’s Double Data Promo Tells You How Many Streamed Songs, Read Emails, and Photo Uploads You Can Do in 4GB

Tiered data plans are here for good and yes, it is unfortunate. Thankfully, many of us were able to keep our unlimited plans back when tiers were introduced, however, we would be foolish to believe that we will have them forever. We haven’t been given a time frame as to when our grandfathered plans will run out, but you can imagine that it could happen in the very near future. We know that family share plans will be here this summer, which might also be a perfect opportunity for VZW to cut off unlimited for good.

When that time comes, and if family plans aren’t of interest, you will have to pick a tier. Verizon is currently running another of their “double data” promos that would get you into 4GB of data for $30 a month, a price that beats almost any other carrier’s tiers. We have already seen one of these promos come and go, so it’s not like Big Red is scared to run them from time to time. Let’s just hope that they plan to run one again on the day of reckoning.

And on that day, you may be worried that it won’t be enough. It certainly won’t be for those that tether on the regular, but if you take VZW’s word in the infographic below, most of you may have more data than you know what to do with. 

I’m curious, how much data are you using these days? We ask every few months for people to drop their numbers in the comments, so if you know or saw a statement recently, feel free to share in the comments.

Via:  Verizon Insider

  • I still have my unlimited data for $25 — and I use way less than 1-gig per month. In fact, it’s most often less than ½-gig per month usage.

  • Kerry Davies

    I use about 8gb each month with out teather my phone is on me enough that i carry two 2250mh batterys one in phone one in pocket

  • wtsamatta

    let’s hope that verizon follows at&t and lets us stay grandfathered. 

  • While i prefer unlimited, i’d have less of a problem with tiered data if the limits weren’t insanely low. Its pretty ridiculous to sell a phone on how it can do things like youtube and netflix, but then make the limits so that theyre either too low to actually do that much, or a huge jump in price to actually use the product as advertised. And this is only going to become more of a problem as time goes on, as more use their phones for more advanced tasks more data is going to be used (same as happened on land-based internet) and more are going to run up against these caps.

  • I use up 4GB in the first 10 days of the month. 

  • Lane252

    6 1/2 gb a month last month i did 8 eh but torrenting 4 gb movies will do that on a phone

  • Humberto Cortes

    does this still only applies to 4G phones?

    • michael curtis

      Yes only 4G Phones

  • Makes No Sense

    They forgot to mention anything about streaming video…..hmmm…I wonder why????

  • ABerry5

    what’s scary is each one of those facts sounds no where close to unreasonable… I was thinking “stream 1100 songs? that’s it? and that’s all you would get to do without paying overage fees”


  • Christopher Jansen

    Amazing that some don’t think they will do this. Remember the one and 2 year contracts? The one year is gone. Remember getting $50 off for renewing a one year contract, and $100 for a two year? Now you pay them $30 to renew. Unlimited will disappear for all. Very, very soon. The iPhone 5 with 4G will force this to happen this fall. Just imagine all the millions that will buy the iPhone 5 and the stress it will put on Verizon’s network. 

  • Nklenchik

    Lol I love how they mention “you can only do 1 of these options with these ridiculous numbers”

  • I’ve got unlimited data too. I use about 3-4 GB’s per month. I have a 4G phone(s) (Razr Maxx and Bionic). I stream LOADS of internet radio with TuneIn and iHeartRadio as well as stream with Rhapsody. Then I watch TV via my Hava (Slingbox type streamer) from time to time. Naturally I upload to Facebook. Browse the web from time to time. That’s about it. I don’t want unlimited data to end. I like knowing there is no limit if I wanted to use more one month or not. Having a limit is like having a string on your finger. Regardless what you do to try and forget it’s there you never can. Tiered data is like that. You can’t enjoy the access if you know you are capped.

  • Inboy81

    Cell phone company 🙂 can I pay you $30 dollars to stay with you and be your prisoner for 2 more years? Cell phone company take my $30 “upgrade punishment” so I can give you $2,000 or more the next 2 years. Maybe if Im lucky I will get a droid that has alot of bugs and not thought out completely. Cell phone company I want to pay you so you can mirco manage me. Please cell phone company take my “upgrade punishment” fee… see what we have allowed them to do with us.


  • Tyler Chappell

    On average I seem to use in the 1.5-2GB range, and I am on the grandfathered unlimited plan.  We recently got the Lucid for my mom a few weeks ago and she is on the 4GB plan, she will likely not use more than even 600MB of that is my guess. But once I show her how to use her phone more she may get up to 1.5GB

    • Pornmaster

      Once your mom starts watching porn she’ll use more than 4.

  • Lee

    If Verizon is so concerned about users consuming a lot of data, why do they insist on putting bloatware that streams large amounts of data, like Blockbuster (who still use Blockbuster), on phones? 

  • BigBillZzzz

    All of you “I don’t use wifi cause I have to turn it on and it uses battery or something lol” people are the reason we have to deal with all this tiered crap. If you can use wifi, use it, and stop being a jackass by contributing to network congestion.

    The tiered plans suck, but they’re a necessary evil. If Sprint had anywhere near the “4G” coverage and customer base that Verizon has, they’d have tiered plans too.

    • Adnoxaei

      I bought an LTE phone for the speed (12mb-17mb down in my area). My home internet is slower and less reliable than LTE, so reading on my phone is faster than my computer. I only use wifi on my phone during outages. I use 3.5 to 4.5 GB of data a month with my Unlimited plan on LTE.

      The reason why we have tiered data are the people who blow through 20GB, 30GB, 50GB or more by tethering or constantly downloading and streaming data on their phones. Those fringe users made tiered data necessary.

      I just wish the tiers were something like 6 or 8GB for $30 and 12 or 16GB for $50. That feels more reasonable to me.

      • r0lct

        While I don’t agree with the tethering abusers I doubt they are presenting Verizon with a large enough of a burden to caused tiered data.  I think this more has to do with the fact that at some point the speeds are going to get fast enough that people may replace their home Internet with wireless (same way people have dumped land lines) and that they want to avoid.  If a large number of people did that then there would be a congestion problem.

    • Makes No Sense

       I missed the part in my contract where it says I have to be nice, play fair, and use Wi-Fi over LTE whenever it’s available.  I pay $25 a month for unlimited data (data discounts are nice).  The max tiered plan is 10gigs, so if my unlimited isn’t going over 10 gigs (I average about 4 gigs) am I really being a “jackass”??? 

  • Asimoalex

    Holy crap im unlimited and i average around 2- 3 wtf are you guys doing on 12-75 GB’s

    • Gabba

      Porn in HD tends to suck up data

      • Asimoalex


  • Yeah – 4 GB will not do

  • feztheforeigner

    I don’t think the chart is right…10,400 webpages is way more than 4GB. At least the sites I go to 😉

    • Nick

      That’s 400kilobytes a page, which is about right for average of text and images. Video’s aren’t being counted because the video stream is separate from the webpage load.

  • I don’t have unlimited, I have the double data thing..  and it seems as though 4gb is WAY more than I can ever burn through.  The closest I have gotten to was 1.9gb. xD

    Still wish data was cheaper though =(

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  • Jeremy Martin

    Before people get all upset over nothing…Verizon never said they were cutting Unlimited plans for grandfathered customers…they have never talked about it nor have they even hinted at it.  This is all coming out of a statement made by the author of this article.  Keep that in mind before everyone wants to phone blitz Verizon or jump off a bridge.

  • Inboy81

    Verizon may when the war but will loose the battle.

    • JosephCabrera


  • Jessica Casteel

    i use less than a 1gb a month 

    • sexypicfinder

      Sexy pic

  • tomn1ce

    I have unlimited and I use between 12-17GB a month, on a bad month…I have to keep myself busy at work some how…and on a very good month 15-22GB…

    • Alec

       What kind of month is it when you use 16GB?

      • Gabba

        The month he’s unemployed from jacking off at work

      • tomn1ce

        I have plenty of down time at work and what better thing to do but make good use of netflix…

  • shdowman

    I use between 6.5 – 7 gb per month.

    and yeah..the day they cut us off is the day I start looking… 

  • Buzzy42

    They forgot to put in the “Please select which ONE of the following you wish to do:” checkboxes…

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    If they remove Unlimited can we leave even if our contract isnt over since they changed the terms.

  • I tend to never use wifi, I don’t know why, it’s just something I don’t have turned on all the time (battery drain quicker??). Last month (with some heavy tethering) I used over 5GB (somewhere around 8GB I think). I would hope Verizon has some type of deal for us unlimited users when the day of reckoning comes.  

    • Anthony Armando

      get an app called tasker, then set it to automatically turn on wifi as certain locations (work, home, favorite coffee shop, family, friends, etc). this will actually greatly improve your battery life, even if you use GPS over using network triangulation to determine your location since the wifi radio is much more efficient than the 3g/4g radios. i have mine set to check my location every 15 minutes and it isnt a big deal.

      you can thank me later.

    • Jessica Casteel

      only time i have problems with battery drain with wifi on is if there is no wifi to connect to, because it’ll consistently be searching for a network.  

      • ABerry5

        your wifi won’t be on randomly… what he is saying is this tasker app will use GPS to what he set to every 15 minutes to determine if you are in a specific location like work or home and if you are then it turns your wifi on, if you aren’t it turns it off.. so I guess your wifi could be on for theoretically 15 minutes when not connected to a network which isn’t that big of a deal

  • guest

    When tethering my phone I can use a little over 100GB.
    It’s my main source of internet when I’m home. Comcast screwed me too many times!

    • Humberto Cortes

      and Verizon will too if you keep on jacking up those freaking GB’s

  • With my OG Droid and 3G I laughed at the thought of using even 2GB of data. Now that I have a 4G LTE phone I easily surpass 2GB and typically hover over/under 4ish each month. This is pathetic Verizon.

  • capecodcarl

    I don’t really want to send 400,000 email messages (I’m sure their anti-spam people would throttle me and disconnect me long before that point), but I may want to watch Netflix movies while riding in a car or on a train.  How many hours of Netflix can I stream with 4 GB of data? 😉

    • Nick

      Depends on the device. Netflix streams to most devices at their medium quality option, which they say uses about 1gb an hour. 

  • Stephen D

    I used 9 gigs of last data last month, and I’m up to 12 this month. 4 gigs wouldn’t do. Neither would 10. 

  • Jmikel222

    I wiped my phone 14 days ago, but since then I’ve used just over 4 GB. Does anyone know why “Gallery” has used 1.42GB?!   It’s the most data hungry app by far for me.

    • I believe its if you have some picassa albums or perhaps G+ albums.

    •  or if you watch a video that is “for mobile devices” on the internet. Then it opens the video player which is labeled at “Gallery” at the data usage screen.

      • RobMorris

        This, streaming is done in the gallery

  • Garrett Lewis

    I use wifi when I’m at home or when I’m at school so I probably use like 2-3 GB a month

  • MikeBoodoo

    I think I’m missing something. Will unlimited 3G users be cut off one day or unlimited 4G users? Or do they mean BOTH?
    I average 6-7 GB a month without tethering. I guess they didn’t mention streaming movies for obvious reasons.
    I’ll be ditching Verizon if I lose my unlimited 4G. No questions asked.

    • michael arazan

      my unlimited 3g turned into unlimited 4g this year without having to do anything but upgrade my device from a droid 1 to a galaxy nexus and that their was no difference between unlimited 3g and unlimited 4g. So It would seem they would get rid of both 3g and 4g unlimited, I’d presume.

    • Phoneman67

      One of the main reasons i stay with Verizon is that i still have unlimited data and my son has it to.  if that changes i will shop around!

  • JSK

    Double data has still been going since the last time it started back in February or whenever it was.  It just hasn’t been advertised.  Any 4G phone added eROES got it.

  • Devilsephiroth

    I’m up to 17gb a month on torrents, Netflix and YouTube. I can’t stop now

    • RobMorris

      What’s a good torrenting app? all the ones I’ve tried suck

      • Devilsephiroth

        Ttorrent. Best there is, don’t forget to open the settings menu.

  • Also:

    “Watch 1 movie on Netflix”
    “Forget about using youtube”
    “Video Chat? What do you think this is??”

    • Jackass

      Lmao- +1. How can Netflix be offered and yet you can use up ur entire data plan in a day- if anything happens to our grandfathered unlimited plans my phone will become a useless brick

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    i average about 1GB with TWO cell phones (iphone 4S/epic 4G touch)….got readily available wifi at work and home

  • Ashadan

    I love how videos aren’t mentioned at all

    • Breadable

       Use the Slingbox app to stream shows from your own TV for about 3 hours!

      • michael arazan

        I used 11.61 gigs so far this month on my gnex, i took a bunch of photos and video from my trip to Chicago and uploaded them to minus and and drive. HD videos used the most amount of memory. Not to mention using navigation the whole time to, during, and back from Chicago. 
        Can verizon change your data while on contract with unlimited data, i thought they wouldn’t be able too till your contract ran out? 

  • I use to go through around 1-2.5gigs a month on unlimited plan 
    then I switched my personal account on to a corporate account so VZW doesnt do my billing or monitor my data usage 
    Now Im up around 4+ gigs a month with my Gnex

  • cns2007

    I’m unlimited, but only average about a half gig a month. There is a lot of available Wifi around me. 

  • up2Bcrazy

    I’m on unlimited being grandfathered but I average and easy 6-8Gb a month of usage as I refuse to use Wifi if I don’t have to. 

  • Ugh they don’t offer it for iPhone users. I wanted to switch my baby sisters 2GB limit to 4GB but to no avail.

    • Nick

      Well, the deal is only for real 4G LTE phones. The iPhone is only 3g, so it won’t get the deal. You can bet that the deal will not be there by the iPhone 5 though.

  • hkklife

    My predictions:

    -No new high-end handsets this summer from Big Red
    -Family shared plans turned on in July-ish-New customers on a grandfathered unlimited plan upgrading their handset or switching hardware will be “forced” into a tiered plan.
    -IF VZW is feeling generous, former unlimited data users will be “given” a “free” 4GB plan instead of just 2GB. 
    -All grandfathered unlimited users will be cut off by the end of 2012 or early 2013. 
    -At this point, VZW will unleash a variety of hot handsets.  This always happens after a “deadline” passes (the Bionic and Droid 3 were held until after the start of tiered data last summer, No Incredible 4G or RAZR HD until after the $30 upgrade fee kicks in this month etc).

    I will say that if Sprint is still offering unlimited and has decente LTE in my area,  that after 15 years with Verizon/Bell Atlantic, I may consider jumping ship to them, especially if Sprint offers an LTE Galaxy Note variant with ICS!

    • bose301s

      Well, I won’t be cutoff of unlimited data until at least Dec 15 2013, I have a contract for unlimited data until then.

    • Great!  Then I sell my LTE Galaxy Nexus and move to Tmobile’s $30 plan.  Tmobile is great where I live plus I get an extra gigabyte over Verizon.
      Plus I get updates.

  • im trending at 3.2GBs. but thats about to jump up once i reload this rom and DL stuff again.

  • boybert

    According to Verizon, I use only an average of about 1 GB / month.  I’m usually on WiFi at home and at work, so I assume that takes a big chunk out of my potential 3G usage.

  • I’m on unlimited and I generally use around 6-8GB a month.  I stream Google Music all day at work every day (can’t use work network for streaming), watch Netflix shows randomly (which doesn’t really work well since the last update), and all of my pictures are auto-synced to Dropbox along with Titanium Backups nightly.

    Crap, I’m at 2.7GB on day 8 of this billing cycle :-/

    • T4rd

       You know you can cache Google Music to play offline, right?  That would prolly save a lot of data/battery right there.

      • La2da

        Do you know how much it caches? I’ve always wondered and a search doesn’t tell me anything.

        • T4rd

          It’s not “cache” really (sorry, that was a bad term I used), it just downloads all the songs/albums you specify onto your phone for playback whenever you want without needing a network connection.  I have my whole library (about 13 albums worth) set for offline playback right now.  You can also use the app “Music Importer” (by Sapien Mobile) to rip the songs from the internal storage (complete with album art and meta data) to export from your phone to any other media device.

          • La2da

            Hot damn! Thanks guy. So i assume it doesn’t go against the “two-downloads-of-each-track-forever” rule?

          • T4rd

            No prob ;-).  I’m not sure what you’re referring to with the “two-downloads-of-each-track-forever rule” though.  Last I read, when you purchase music in the Google Play store, you have a license to download/stream the music as much as you want for the length of the license (2 years at least, I think).

        • capecodcarl

          Why not just download the music to your device’s internal storage and play it from there?

      •  I do but I’d rather stream it because there’s too much music on there for me to cache that I listen to.  I like to keep my microSD card somewhat empty in case I need to drop something on it quickly.

  • Asuriyan

    I watch Google Music’s usage with the built in ICS data monitor and it can use as much as half a gig on one good hour long jog. 

    Maybe not the best example since it’s basically downloading entire albums, not streaming tracks. But I would sure miss it if I had to curb my usage.

  • Bkguarna

    With a 4GB plan and using wifi only at the office during the well i’m sitting at about 2.75 GB for the month… Piously I should stream more pron

  • Matt Schepp

    Why is YoUr spelt wrong in both of the above documents?

    • Willard Potter

      I see what you did there… lol

    • trumpet444

      spelt. haha

  • La2da

    I can usually use burn through six or seven gigs without trying, no tethering. If I do tether, my record is 75 gigs. Yes I am ashamed, and no it won’t happen again. It was a one-time thing to get my music into the cloud since I don’t have home internet. 

    • Brent Cooper8

      Why be ashamed? You must pay for unlimited if you use 75 GB of data. Its an unlNexusd plan, not a “we will call it unlimited plan but please don’t use more than 4 GB a month” plan. I’m paying for unlimited data, so I will not, nor do I want to be limited. I can easily go through 8-10 GB a month without tethering on Galaxy Nexus.

      • La2da

        Haha! I guess I should have said I was sort of ashamed. I fully believe in using what I am paying for, maybe I just bit the bull$hit that it’s “people like me” that will kill unlimited data someday for being in the “top five percent” when it’s actually their blind greed that’s actually doing it. Thanks, guy. You”ve helped me see the light.

        • trumpet444

          I hate when people use the word “greed” when the exact same word could be applied to them by the party they’re calling greedy. We ‘could’ be accused of being greedy as well for wanting unlimited high speed internet on our phones for $30 a month. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Verizon apologist and nor do I feel guilty when I blow through 20+ gigs in one month. I’m just saying the “greed” accusation is usually a two way street. 

          • I dont think its greedy to use the service as it was advertised to the customer. Unlimited is unlimited, and unless someone is just being an ass and downloading just to see how high they can get their total some month, they should be able to use it as much as they need. 

  • Jarred Sutherland

    You can also bet their family plan will be nothing short of a joke. A local carrier has a family plan sharing 2GB of data, it still costs $20 per line to share that 2GB.

  • Verizon now, Sprint Later

    You can access your home computer while away and watch one move and half of another!

  • I’m on an unlimited plan and I use about 6 GB of data a month. 

    • hkklife

      Same here. When at work, I have either sloooow wi-fi or no wi-fi signal at all in the opposite end of the building.  When I am home, I get mediocre wi-fi signal strength on my Bionic if I am in any upstairs bedroom.  Its just “works” better more of the time for me to use LTE instead of wi-fi.  I pay for tethering so I use anywhere from 6-8GB per month.  Before I added tethering, I was using about 5.5GB to 6GB per month. 

      I also have noticed a major drop-off in LTE speeds recently in my area. It seems to have gotten particularly bad since the start of the new year.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    When unlimited runs out, that’s when I ditch Verizon and figure out something cheaper.

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    •  I’ve started looking. Sprint it is for me.

  • moelsen8

    i hate these things.  they’re too subjective to be used like this.  what a crock.

  • Michael_NM

    VZW fails to mention that at LTE speed, you can easily do this in less than a week. At which point they’ll gladly charge you more.

    PS: what I’d really like to know is how many times I can refresh Droid Life with 4 GB.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      It all depends really, in some areas around Ohio the LTE network is already being saturated to the point where it’s back down to their CDMA EVDO speeds (roughly about 3Mbps). 

      • KleenDroid

        LTE was great when it first came out and nobody had it.