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Thursday Poll: Bigger Deal – Unlimited Data or 4G LTE?

With all of the talk about unlimited data plans over the last couple of days, we thought we’d throw a twist into the situation with a reader poll to see which is more valuable to the community. What if you had the choice between staying unlimited and on 3G or going onto a tier with 4G LTE? Would you give up the speed in order to be able to gobble up as much data as possible at a fixed rate or would you rather have the speed, but still have to monitor usage?

Bigger Deal - Unlimited Data or 4G LTE?

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  • Terrence Strickland

    Unlimited Wimax

  • A_Name

    4G is useless without unlimited data. You can burn through the data allowance that you paid a ludicrous amount of money for in less than an hour.

  • sporttster

    I don’t have 4G in my area, so def unlimited is more important. Besides that fact, I also have Dish with the remote app so I can all my programming live available on my phone or tablet anywhere, so I’m using more data than ever. So definately unlimited data is huge for me.

  • Troubled_Asian

    I personally never use my 4g because of the battery drain (it’s really not all that impressive most of the time anyway…). Where I live, my 3G service is really good. Unlimited wins out any day.

  • Jeremy Morrison

    I use way more data now that I’m on 4G if I were to stay on 4G without unlimited data I’d be waiting for a relative to die to pay for my cell phone bills. Come November 2013 I will be a T-Mobile customer if they should happen to still have unlimited data plans.

  • Azn_Android

    I cannot deal with 3G speeds… but I do not use so much bandwidth that I need the unlimited plan… My double data deal with 4 gb of data is more than enough for me. I barely ever pass 2 gb a month!

  • Tyler Chappell

    I really dont understand all of the people that use so much data by streaming music through Google Music, have these people not heard of putting a 32GB microSD card in their phones? Derp.

  • ChocoTaco369

    What’s ridiculous is as data speeds are increasing, data caps are decreasing. 4G LTE phones use more data than ever, and customers are given less data than ever to use. The end goal will probably be migrating people from $30/month data plans – the industry standard – to something more. $30 just isn’t enough, especially since people aren’t shelling out for minutes anymore and everyone has the minimum talk time on their contracts. Mark my words, back 3 or 4 years ago when 400 minutes wasn’t enough, now you’ll see the “minutes” as the bare minimum – the $30 data standard – and people being forced to buy “higher” data plans.

  • otter34

    Is there a way to find my average usage the past 6 months without calling big red?

  • Nits

    I have unlimited 4G LTE… how sweet is that !!!

  • I’m kinda happy I never got the chance to experience unlimited data, think like everyone else I would just abuse the shit out of it with Netflix and 1080p youtube. Don’t miss something I’ve never had. 😛 But I’ll say that 4gigs a month on my G-Nex is not that bad. I do more than just sit around and browse the web especially when teathering, but I haven’t hit my limit yet. 🙂

  • Christopher Heuer

    Before getting a 4G phone, I think I only topped 2GB once. Unlimited data isn’t really necessary without 4G LTE imo.

  • Taglogical

    I’d be down with pay for what you use… Since the real problem is the ‘power users’ – the ones who bit torrent 24/7 and do 100GB or more a month via their cell… versus someone like me, who HAS UNLIMITED 4GLTE and I still only use around 10GB/mo… If these ‘whores’ used like I do, then we wouldn’t be talking about any of this because it would be a non-issue for Verizon.

  • Havoc70

    Luckily i have 4G and Unlimited and i plan to keep both until they are pried from my cold dead hands

  • Aaa

    I didn’t get a smart phone until LTE (Thunderbolt) because I knew I wouldn’t have enough patience to wait for a bunch of websites to load. LTE is more important to me.

  • RoadsterHD1

    I want unlimited data. What good is 4G if you run out of data?

  • sgtguthrie

    I don’t understand this poll. It doesn’t reflect the current situation… This isn’t actually a choice anyone will have to make.

    I think a better question for a poll would be how many ppl will leave vzw once they loose unlimited data 😉

  • sk3litor

    This is like choosing between a Ferrari on the sandunes and a dunebuggy in California. It doesn’t make sense to have one without the other. But if it came down to it I guess I’d rather have lte and just pay for more data. I don’t think many people who have experienced 4g lte could ever go back to 3g. Its like swimming through pudding.

  • both i want my cake and eat it to

  • David Hussey

    The real problem with this poll (and VZW’s move) is that unlimited data on 3G isn’t that important. Unlimited on LTE is the real deal, and if it means I never get to buy another phone at a contract-renewal price to keep it, I’m fine with that.

    • Havoc70

      +1000 on this

  • autoverse

    I lived for 2 months tethering on a rooted Incredible, and it was torture.

    Running a wifi hotspot for my ipad, Blu Ray (netflix), and my laptop was a pain. Plus I was on verizon, so anytime a client called, I had to take notes and THEN look up stuff online.

    I ran up about 20-30gb each month.

    BUT if I had 4g, I would use it a lot – especially if I tethered.

    Too tough a decision. I choose death.

  • EvanTheGamer

    You kidding? Unlimited data of course.

  • There is no reason for data caps on 4G. If they did a good job building the infrastructure, which it seems like they did, then data caps are purely there for Verizon to make more money, not for any technical reason.

  • fillyo

    I have Comcast Xfinity 22mb line for a reason, I cannot stand dog slow, don’t understand all those cheap bastards on DSL. 3g is painful after being on 4g. Give me LTE.

  • ozzman

    Ok so i just tested the speed on my phone through a PC
    “TETHER” on a couple different sites and the speed for 3G is not bad
    for me, that is why if I had a choice I would rather stay on my unlimited plan,
    at my work we have what is supposed to be high speed internet which is 3mps
    ” 2 down 1 “, we are a small office with 7PC’s on the internet at all
    times, browsing web, and videos and all that stuff were not supposed to be
    doing while working that we all do, and we don’t have issues with our internet
    at work so here are the result on the test I ran these are test I did here at
    work when im supposed to be doing something else, lol

    Safelink 3Mbs “2 dwn
    1up”

    speedtest.safelink.net = ping-25ms
    dwn-1.92 up-.97

    speedtest.net= ping-38ms dwn-1.96
    up-.97

    speakeasy = ing-NA
    dwn- 1.96
    up-.97

    xfinity= ing-57 dwn-1.95
    up-.95

    Verizon 3G Droid Bionic Root “foxfi”

    speedtest.safelink.net = ping-185ms
    dwn-1.40 up-.61

    speedtest.net= ping-137ms dwn-1.79
    up-.52

    speakeasy = p ing-NA dwn- 2.64
    up-.56

    xfinity= ping-141
    dwn-2.40 up-.68

    As you can see 3G is all over the place but the numbers look
    pretty good to me, these test were preformed in southern Idaho Magic Valley
    Area. And that is why I would rather have my unlimited data vs LTE if I had a
    choice

  • Joshua Barta

    What speed are we looking at with unlimited data? What kind of cap/throttling/overage charges are we talking about for 4G LTE?

    I know this is an informal poll, but at what point does does the trade-off involved become relevant?

  • DanWazz

    I generally only use 2-4GB of data a month anyway, so the speed is what I prefer. 4GLTE is just amazing.

    However, unlimited data is more important in the way that consumers can’t let these companies charge more for the same service. Consumers are losing this battle and it sucks.

  • Icehunter

    Having capped data on 4g is like have a Corvette with half a tank of gas. With news that Google is moving Nexus through the Play Store, I’m hoping I’ll be able to buy off contract and be able to squeeze more life out of my unlimited. Otherwise I’ll be switching to Sprint until they get rid of it.

  • sog805

    still dont have 4g where I live anyway

  • Sqube

    4G is more important because VZW’s 3G is a fucking travesty. If I was on AT&T, I might be more alright with unlimited data.

    But I’m not, so I’m not.

  • How about we get 4G AND maintain our unlimited data? VZ is doing what every corporation is right now, and that is trying to squeeze as much money from you as they can, because they can. They know that the majority of its customers aren’t either tech-savvy enough to care, or are those people that get comfortable and fear change. BS is what it is.

  • MrEnglish

    Totally surprised at the results as well. Unless there’s 3g out there that is better than VZW in Florida (which there probably is) I would have an easier time managing data than waiting for painfully slow loads. I’m about 80% business user though with no music or movie streaming needs so that may be why some prefer unlimited data. Still, I would think slow unlimited data would not be more desirable than fast managed data.

    • jdwill6283

      Looks like we will just have to find out what the amount of “managed” date will be.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    I sent an email using this form : http://aboutus.vzw.com/php/email.php?id=1

    This apparently sends an email to the CEO of VZW. Around 3PM today I received a call from “The Presidents Office” @ Verizon wanting to talk with me about my email I sent to them. I didn’t get a chance yet, but will be calling them back. It probably wont do a thing, but contact them. Tell them how stupid this whole nonsense is.

  • WE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO CHOOSE!

  • Matt

    4G = More possible data usage faster therefore both are extremely important.

  • Umm. Unlimited 4G LTE

  • joder
  • Bryan schultze

    lte destroys my battery so bad its turned off all the time. only turn on if streaming a game on nfl app which they just posted that will cost this year now. they are taking enough away but not filling anything back up.m About ready to make the jump after 10 years

  • MattM1974

    I consider myself a pretty heavy data user and I don’t think I’ve ever used 1Gig of data in a month. When I’m at home I am on Wifi and mainly use a Wifi tablet at home.

  • DedliYeti

    I stay on 3G about 99% of the time… the only time I switch to 4G LTE is if I need to access Facebook or stream a video real quick.. then its back to 3G.
    I would gladly give up 4G LTE for unlimited 3G data.

  • By the way, I’m loving how anyone who is in favor of 4G over unlimited data is getting downranked into oblivion.

    Sucks to have to be so weak with your arguments that you need to shutup the opposition.

    • LiterofCola

      Exactly, thank the new Disqus for that

  • Rafy186

    But the problem relies that switching their network completely to LTE suppose to be more efficient meaning if they can offer everyone unlimited in 3g they can more than likely do it in LTE.

  • I’m just happy in that it should increase speeds on the 4G network. I know a coworker of mine that uses his LTE phone as his primary internet connection at home. He hotspots it, and uses it to download torrents, stream netflix, play games etc…. that’s abusive and has to stop.

    • LoyalCustomer

      Then everybody have to pay penalty!

      • ERIC REED

        Everyone loves rooting and getting the free wifi tether download, but as usual some just can’t themselves, and kill it for the rest of us. I would like to give a big shout out to all the a**holes using twenty plus Gb’s a month…Thank You!!!

    • David Hussey

      You’re talking about a different problem. If he’s hotspotting via a rooted hotspot app to bypass VZW’s hotspot plan, then VZW should go after him to solve that problem. Hotspotting legitimately always results in a capped monthly limit ever since hotspotting was offered, specifically to prevent what you describe. You’re mixing up 2 different problems

  • That’s a bit of a trick question. I don’t think carriers could provided unlimited data sustainably without the extra bandwidth they get from shifting people to 4G…

  • LiterofCola

    How about VoLTE, that would be an even bigger deal in my opinion.

  • shdowman

    Been saying this for over a year. Verizon has been gearing us up to give us top notch speeds to download data/files/movies etc so we can use up these new caps in less than half the time. The entire time telling us how amazing all these things are we can now do with our phones.

    Sorry, stupid little charts by them are not going to convince me otherwise.

  • What good is having to worry about downloading a movie when you can’t *actually* download that movie over 3G?

    I can control how much data I consume. With ICS is actually bloody simple.

    I can NOT control how fast my wireless connection is – so having the fatest pipe around is important.

    • Travis Gary

      ok so you get 5 gb plan. you go to download a netflix movie, oh you just used 1 gb. or maybe 2. now you have to milk it for another month so you dont get raped. its NOT fair. Nobody else does it. it is not 1x network or 3g, it is 4g, they are just taking someone elses internet and selling it per gb. if cox or someone else did that, they would be hung. why let vzw do it.

  • wasn’t the point of going to LTE to reduce costs because it makes more efficient use of the bandwith? you would think it would be other way around 3G gets tiered and 4G gets unlimited maybe for a little more $

  • I’ve had a 4G phone (Thunderbolt) since last June and have lived in 3G areas. I have no problem hitting speeds of 1.5Mbps and that is fine for me. I’d rather have unlimited data.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Are we talking Verizon specifically? Just to see how the other half lives, I briefly opened a new line on Sprint’s unlimited 3G plan not too long ago. Unlimited it may be but the speeds were so staggeringly slow that it bordered on absolutely worthless. I cancelled before the 14 day trial period expired, so it wasn’t too costly an experiment, but man…no thank you.
    Verizon’s 3G spped is pretty decent, so maybe that would be ok, but certainly, not all “3G” is created equal.

  • How does this poll even make sense?

    I thought the people on 3G were going to be forced into tiered/shared data plans, and the people on 4G were continuing unchanged? Really it should be asking “would you rather have unlimited 4G or 2GB 3G?” which is also a stupid question.

  • Sean Bello

    I chose 4G, but here’s my caveat. If avoidable, it wouldn’t be with Verizon. I would go to whoever had the cheapest 4G in the area I lived, and I’d be able to because I WOULDN’T BE ON CONTRACT! 🙂

  • Cory

    id rather have unltd 3G, unfortunately we have been slowly pressed into the 4G market with the increasingly fewer new 3G devices available.

  • Hmm….

    4G makes unlimited MUCH more important! When I was on 3G, it would have been much easier to live with a tiered plan. Limiting data when it’s a zillion times faster to gobble up just adds insult to injury. Thankful to have this grandfathered contract for the next 2 years as is (hopefully).

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I have 3G on at all times anyways to save battery.

  • I think I could manage limited data, but I can’t handle my phone behaving like it’s in the stone age with 3G.

  • For me, 3G is the same speed (roughly) as my home DSL. I have no reason to use WiFi. We only just recently got 4G at home, and I still don’t have it near work or during most of my commute.
    3G streamed Pandora/Slacker/Netflix just fine. So heck yes, I would ditch my 4G to keep unlim data, if I had to.

    Network coverage is more important than speed. If I can find an unlimited data plan with good area coverage, I will switch off VZW, if/when they try to enforce the switch to tiered data.

  • Unlimited data. With Chrome on GNex ICS, 3G browsing is WAY faster than it was on my old DX and it’s pretty tolerable. I just don’t want to get capped when I am not near wifi all day (which, admittedly, is becoming less of an issue as free wifi is more and more common).

  • Gabba

    I’d rather have speed. I use my laptop to stream movies and whatnot or wifi if I’m not at home. Better to be able to get on the net fast, grab what you want and get on with your business than spend all day waiting for pages to load

  • I live in a 3g area and work in a 4g area and am a diagnosed data whore, I would much rather use my 3g with no limits and just download large things to my computer and push them to my phone via dropbox, drive or good ole usb!

    • Buddy

      Patient: I gobble up large amounts of data in many random places.
      Doctor: I’m diagnosing you as a data whore.

      FYI: Loved your post.

  • steve

    what the hell is the point of limiting faster internet? You use your quota faster… It’s a catch 22

  • 4G still kills batteries. For that reason I barely use it. 3g is fine for most of what I do. And when I’m at home or work I use wifi.

  • jjrudey

    I could easily use a 3G phone if it meant I have unlimited data. 4G is pointless with a data cap. I used over 5GB of data last month because of 4G.

    • 3G is pointless without a data cap.

      Its like giving a yugo a bottomless tank of gas. You’re getting there but at a tortoise speed.

      • bigdav1178

        “Its like giving a yugo a bottomless tank of gas. You’re getting there but at a tortoise speed.” – I’d rather pay once for my tank of gas in the Yugo and get there slowly, than have to pay for another tank of gas every couple of minutes in a Ferrari. BTW, a Yugo is a bad example because it wouldn’t get there anyway, it’d break down; a hybrid would’ve been a much better example… but you weren’t really trying to be realistic, were you?

  • newbieguy

    with greater speeds comes greater consumption…

  • Ahku Droid

    Both equally. They should be looking how to increase data capacity, not screw over their most loyal customers. If you fully integrate a smartphone into your life, 2GB isn’t enough.

    Customer satisfaction is taking a secondary seat to stockholders right now, which unfortunately is the nature of the beast.

    • Butters619

      I think we would all like both, but that seems like wishful thinking at this point in time.

      It would be awesome if everybody jumped over to Sprint or T-Mo, but that would just kill their networks.

  • Joshua Peters

    Unlimited data…wtf…why advertise a phone to watch movies on, web browse, etc when you can do that for a hour or 2 and then it costs you a ton to do anything. dumb

  • Liquidretro

    Right now since LTE Battery life is poor on the majority of hardware I will say that Unlimited Data is more important. I would probably be OK with a cap as long as its high enough.

  • r

    I’ll keep the unlimited…. Even though 4G LTE is good, its truly a battery hog!

  • LoyalCustomer

    Best Poll, I love my 4G LTE speeds but if I lose my unlimited data, I prefer 3G with unlimited data. Let change the Future !

  • Ricky Schleining

    How about don’t be a Verizon Customer? Devices aren’t any better than other carriers, coverage isn’t any different than Sprint (especially on the West Coast) and they have 0 initiatives for their customers, only for their stockholders.

    • Mark F

      Actually you are pretty much wrong on all counts.1)”
      Devices aren’t any better than other carriers”, I’ve been on ATT and sprint I have to say Verizon does have some solid phones (like the droid for example) that sprint and ATT don’t have. 2)”
      coverage isn’t any different than Sprint (especially on the West Coast)”, Dude I’ve been all over the US

    • Mark F

      And Sprint does have worse coverage all around. Voice quality on Sprint is better than Verizon but at least you get your calls. 3)”
      they have 0 initiatives for their customers, only for their stockholders”, Dude if they didn’t have customers they wouldn’t have stockholders.

  • dcvolcom909

    Lol if you choose money over speed then why are you with Verizon?? Go to sprint and get your painfully slow (but cheap) unlimited plan! We have been spoiled it is what it is we chose quality over price and that’s why we are with Verizon in the first place…. sad but true

    • Apostrafee

      For a family plan Sprint is the same if not more expensive….besides they WILL be bankrupt in a year regardless

  • GXM

    Votes for unlimited …….4G in Chicago sucks….always loses signal on my Droid Razr

  • Mark F

    I think after a while the apps and websites we will be seeing on our phones will need that extra speed. I will go with 4G . You also get so really nice deals on Verizon sometimes. For example I have 10GB for $50 a month. Thats practically unlimited unless i tether.

  • jcorf

    My problem with 4G is how quickly it drains the battery on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • I’m lucky that I have Wifi at work and home so I only use 2GB of my unlimited plan. Only thing is I don’t want to give up that unlimited plan and turn into a GB counter. That’s just a stress my OCD mind couldn’t deal with.

    I would also like to see how much data the average unlimited user uses in a month.

  • F***

    F*** you, Verizon.

  • david g

    Surprised no one has mentioned this, what good is 4g when i can’t even connect to it where i live at? Just on that alone i would vote unlimited data.

  • Chris

    We should invest all of the money that we blow on carriers into a national WiFi infrastructure that could be accessed by anyone free-of-charge. This would lay the carriers to rest once-and-for-all.

  • I’ll take 3G and unlimited data over “4G” and a data cap any day!

  • Captain_Doug

    I did vote for unlimited but re-thinking it, I am on wi-fi alot so I’m a little spoiled by the speeds. Getting on 3G is a huge difference. I think 4G is a bigger deal for me. Although earlier this month, our internet went out, used my phone as a hotspot, racked up 10gb in like 4 days.

  • I have 4G LTE in my area and have a Razr Maxx and Bionic. But to keep unlimited data. Hell yeah I’d go to 3G. I find I can use 3G for 95% of the things I use my phone for anyway. Streaming internet radio doesn’t use a load of bandwidth.

  • sc0rch3d

    i think you are missing the point. those of us grandfathered in….i had unlimited 3G on my Droid 1/2, bought the Nexus, and was automatically upgraded to LTE unlimited (in their words “data is data, it doesn’t matter”). so where’s the option for BOTH?

  • i want both

  • i almost never turn on LTE on my Nexus since it’s such a battery drain. My phone is on 3G or Wi-Fi all day. Unlimited data for me. i don’t understand who’s using their phone w/ LTE constantly on. you would have to constantly charge it or carry 4 batteries

  • Definitely Unlimited Data. I don’t live in a 4G area, at least my house isn’t, area stops about 15 miles away from me.

  • I’m Happy where I am… I have a Droid Razr with an Unlimited plan. I like having my cake and eating it too. (Explains my girth)

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Netflix was just fine on my DX in 3g. Actually streamed quite a bit with no problems on that puppy. 4G is cool, but considering you can Max out a 2Gig plan within minutes, who cares if it has a limit.

  • Until 4g works like it should and battery life can take using 4g ill take unlimited data

  • You know, I don’t need unlimited data, but I need more than 2Gb on the price I am currently paying. 4G LTE is a godsend. Look, Verizon 3G is slow like hell. I can’t imagine I would enjoy unlimited data on its 3G service. It’s simply unbearable.

  • S2556

    I get 6gb so might as well be unlimited and I also get LTE and i got that for $30 without signing a contract (not on verizon tho)

  • Well i got unlimited data and DC-HSPA is coming soon so i got the best of both worlds, for noobs DC-HSPA is technically what you know as 4G… but not really 4G, gets speeds of 42 mbps

    • bakdroid

      You’re a moron. Verizon is on the LTE train. HSPA is a dead technology. LTE is the future when it goes to Advance LTE with speeds possible of 100Mbps to 1Gbps, it will surpass even hardlines.

      • You’re a moron I’m on three in uk stfu

        • bakdroid

          This is about Verizon and the US. No one gives a damn about the UK or the rest of the world here.

      • bakdroid

        You truly don’t know how this works, do you? The reason there is a “fall back” on Verizon is because of 2 reasons. One is that LTE isn’t everywhere yet. Second, Verizon has not implemented VoLTE until it has finished rolling out.

        Technically, CDMA is a newer tech then GSM. GSM is just the combination of TDMA and FDMA, much older multiplexing tech. CDMA was never really designed for data, it was for encrypting voice transmissions.

        The only reason HSPA+ is on the path to “true 4G” is because the HSPA+ community bitched enough to make the 4G committee include that tech. LTE, WiMAX2, and HSPA+ 42 are NOT true 4G. They are upgrade paths to it. Advanced LTE is the only thing right now that will be considered true 4G. HSPA+ 121 is only theoretical in the lab. Advanced LTE has the ability to do 1Gbps.

        As stated in another comment, we don’t care about the UK here.

        • LionStone

          Thats right… And I quote, “When T-Mobile began marketing its 4G service in early Dec. ’10, it couldn’t make the same claims as Sprint or VZ. It’s 4G network runs on HSPA+ a technology excluded by the ITU in Oct. from IMT-Advanced approval.

          However, in late Dec. ’10, the ITU, which had completely ignored the 4G imposters to date, embraced them all in a single statement: “As the most advanced technologies currently defined for global wireless mobile broadband communications, the IMT-Advanced is considered as ‘4G’.

          Effectively, the ITU gave after-the-fact permission to carriers to “apply” the term “4G” to their 3.9G technologies. Because a future revision of HSPA+ calls for mobile download speeds of up to 168Mbps and eventually 672Mbps, T-Mobile’s technology was included in the embrace.” PC Today Feb/11.

        • Blueberry Muffin

          Please, CDMA has been killed off. GSM is still strong standing and is newer if you look at the updates.

          The UK and Europe is where GSM, LTE, HSPA, LTE-Advanced comes from, In-fact your notice that a UK Carrier owns a large amount of Verizon and will eventually but it all completely.

  • Okki125

    What about unlimited 4G data plans? I have a sneaky suspicion that when I upgrade from my Thunderbolt to something new, my grandfathered unlimited 4G data will be gone as well. Any news on that?

    • 3G and 4G unlimited data are the same plans; starting sometime over the summer, your next upgrade will kill your unlimited plan in general.

    • There is no such thing as a 4G plan a 3G plan. It’s just a data plan.

  • Sophie’s Choice!!!! AGH!!!!!

  • Butters619

    I am a little surprised by this poll (or everybody is still just pissed at Verizon). As much as I love unlimited data, going back to 3G is painful.

    • Buddy

      What good is 4G LTE if you can’t use it without paying out the arse

      • Butters619

        What good is unlimited if you have bandwidth that resembles dial up?

        I’d rather be able to stream a limited number of movies/songs then none at all because it’s constantly buffering.

        • Josh Groff

          3G is plenty fine for basic web browsing (using dolphin mini or a similar condensed browser) and pandora. I use both on my Rezound (my area doesn’t have 4G.)

          • Butters619

            Just curious how much data you use in a month?

          • Josh Groff

            Between .5GB and 3.9GB, depends on how much I’m at home or the office where I mainly use WiFi.

          • Right now with my Unlimited data plan on my 4G Rezound, I rack in nearly 5 gigs a month. The majority of my used data, is for streaming Play Music on my way to and from work (160 miles round trip).

          • sporttster

            I can watch streaming Dish network on my 3G phone so it isn’t just for browsing alone. And it works great.

        • Resembles dial-up? Have you ever used dial-up? When dial up was wide-spread, typical dial up speeds were 56 kbps, hence the moniker “modem 56k.” With 3G, I consistently get 1.5-2 Mbps, far greater than dial up speeds. Hell, where I live, that’s just shy of cable internet speeds. For me, I get 3 Mbps on cable (AT&T is the only provider that runs through town and, as such, they charge out the ass for bandwidth to the one or two ISP’s that are present in town). Anyway, point is that 3G != Dial Up, not even close to it.

          • Butters619

            It was an exaggeration, but the reasoning is still the same. With 3G there is buffering with youtube or trying to play music from dropbox. Google music works pretty well, although there is occasional buffering there as well. With 4G there is no buffering.

          • Exaggeration or not, your whole point rested on 3G being too slow to do anything which is not true. As for buffering, probably in part due to my cable internet speeds, buffering doesn’t bother me that much. So what, I have to pause the video at the start for a few seconds.

            Also, most apps that can, do accommodate for 3G speeds. Slacker and Pandora use preloading of songs and Google Music also caches recently played songs and as such, speed is not an issue. Your music, in those cases, will play just as fine as they would on 4G.

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          • Turd_Ferguson

            Sure no buffering but you better be connected to a charger. 4G kills some battery life!

          • Liderc

            4G doesn’t kill my battery at all, it’s my screen that kills my battery.

          • Turd_Ferguson

            Sure no buffering but you better be connected to a charger. 4G kills some battery life!

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          • PyroHoltz

            When dialup was common, webpages were written to be as efficient as
            possible since bandwidth was so low. Now that home highspeed connections are ubiquitous, webpages are less efficient.

            Using a 3G connection is very painful at times with standard (non-gimped, non-mobile) pages.

            So, my point is, when a 56kbps modem was common, the rate at which pages loaded seems similar to how slow most full websites load over a normal 3G modem now.

            /sorry for the multiple posts

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          • buzzchilly

            My 4G signal gives me a reliable 12-17Mbps. I recently upgraded my 3G phone (Droid X), lost my unlimited plan and now have 4GB/mo for $30 (GNex). I dropped my Comcast internet ($50/mo) and FoxFi my 4G to my tablet and laptop when needed. It’s working out fine for me.

        • Bob Martin

          but without unlimited u would be paying more for dial up bandwith then you do for unlimited 4g LTE. So why don’t we just agree that both are equally important and useful?

        • Bryan schultze

          my 3g is just as fast as my verizon dsl

        • Jon

          3G is far faster than dial up. major exaggeration. I used to tether to my PC and watch youtube videos on 3G all the time. Sometimes me and my friend would both tether to my droid at the same time. 3G is way faster than dialup.

        • 3G bandwidth depends on the area. I personally find the 800 kbps to 2 mbps to be a greater than 26.8 kbps that I was getting with dial up. I live in a 4G area and have it turned off 95 percent of the time due to the battery issues. I’ve also had zero buffer issues for songs on 3G, as for movies I’ll download them over wifi first.

        • unaffected

          I can do everything I need to do with 3G.

        • michael

          My 4g is 12 down, i did a side by side with my og droid and wifi and its not that much faster for regular sites that have minimal flash, but a noticeable difference with videos of course. I’d rather have unlimited than pay out the @ass for a 10 gig plus service of 4g

      • John

        Ya but you’ll be paying out the arse no matter what

      • MikeCiggy

        No one has even seen there tiered plans yet. I know for my parents it should actually help lower their bill. My father is paying $30 for 2gbs that he uses a quarter of and my mother is paying $30 for 2gbs that she is half using. So give them a shared 4gb plan that is less than $60 and they are coming out on top. Because now my mother can use her 2gbs and my fathers extra gbs.

        • Butters619

          My girlfriend and her family each have unlimited data. That’s 4 phones at $30 each. I’m sure combined they use less than 5GBs.

          • Bill

            I’m on Sprint and use about 5gb of data a month streaming music and netflix. On 3G netflix may buffer once and a while but it hasn’t been that bad to the point where I’d give up unlimited data for LTE. No way!

        • Jandrewcol

          Do you really think they will release a data plan less than their current offering? I almost guarantee it will be $60 for 4GB shared.

          • Kevin

            Actually yes, I think they will. If you look at voice and text individual plans compared to family plans, you save ~$10 a month for having two people on a plan… not that great… but you start saving much more when you have 3-5 people on a plan.

            Also, they have had a longstanding promo where you get 4GB for $30 when you get a 4G phone, so I doubt they are going to charge $60 for 4GB on a family plan.

          • MikeCiggy

            I agree! The prices for shared data will definitely be less than the current offerings. The more widespread 4G goes the cheaper it will be. Price as technology grows in age always gets lower not raised.

          • travp624

            At what point and time have you ever seen mobile carriers lower their prices? If shared(family) data plans weren’t gonna benefit vzw financially they wouldn’t be doing it! Modern business goal find product ppl want sell product reasonably to get ppl into it. Then start raising prices cause greed is always the most important thing to any giant business. Come on removing all the things that got ppl to verizon like ne2 one year contracts etc etc. and now upgrade fees really. Gee nothing like buying a new 300 device locking in a new 2yr agreement and having to pay a fee all just to keep giving them your money for another two years. Now on top of that they want my grandfathered in unlimited data taken away too. What next pay per text pay per call. What next! Shared family plan will not benefit anyone except big greedy rolling in the green red.

          • Kevin

            Actually yes, I think they will. If you look at voice and text individual plans compared to family plans, you save ~$10 a month for having two people on a plan… not that great… but you start saving much more when you have 3-5 people on a plan.

            Also, they have had a longstanding promo where you get 4GB for $30 when you get a 4G phone, so I doubt they are going to charge $60 for 4GB on a family plan.

          • Kevin

            Actually yes, I think they will. If you look at voice and text individual plans compared to family plans, you save ~$10 a month for having two people on a plan… not that great… but you start saving much more when you have 3-5 people on a plan.

            Also, they have had a longstanding promo where you get 4GB for $30 when you get a 4G phone, so I doubt they are going to charge $60 for 4GB on a family plan.

          • Butters619

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          • LionStone

            ? $60. for 4GB? Thats exactly what it is now for two users? How is that price any better for a family, even if they can share? My guess is $50. for 4 GB for the first or second tier. It’ll only be a hair cheaper than it is now for two separate users..I can almost “guarantee” it 🙂

          • EC8CH

            Bingo, no way Verizon is doing this to help their customers save money.

        • Sean Bello

          I’m guessing they’re light users (there was just a study that smartphone users have an average of 42 apps on their phone). What about somebody that has 60+ apps that do heavy background data such as Currents, Flipboard, FB, or a lot of Reader feeds?

          • Iivin2Bfree

            IMO they need to grow up and get a life if that is the case. Why ppl have to be so into 24/7 contact with stuff from the web is beyond me.

      • Not all of us are constantly streaming or downloading huge files.

        • Butters619

          So if you are just doing basic web browsing why do you need unlimited data?

          • Travis Gary

            you have to understand that it is greed. you are letting a big company push you around for more money. they make billions a month. they dont need to do this.

          • Butters619

            I wasn’t agreeing with Verizon. They can go f**k themselves. The poll isn’t asking what you think of the move by Verizon though. It is asking what is more important: unlimited data or 4G.

          • Travis Gary

            we are just trying to say that 4g isnt anything if you cant use it. so why have it. its like buying a car, and now the new rule is once you drive every 1000 miles, you still have to pay the manufacture another $500.00.

            hey that is a great idea, i can sell it to ford and chevy

          • Butters619

            Damn it double post

          • Travis Gary

            i would rather pedal! 🙂

          • Butters619

            Hahaha good answer. Then yes, in your case, unlimited is more important.

          • Butters619

            But flip your analogy the other way. Having unlimited 3G data is like being able to travel as many miles as you’d like….on a bike.

          • Your analogy is slightly off since, in it, you compare Verizon to a manufacture and manufacture’s generally do nothing with your vehicle after they make it. Verizon, however, has to maintain and upgrade their network and they continuously work on it, even after you pay for the use of it.

            Using the same premise of vehicles, Verizon is more like a private road/toll road. The owner of the road maintains the road and says who can drive on it. It would then be like the owner saying you pay me this much and you can stay on this road for 30 minutes. Be on my road for more than 30 minutes and you must pay this much for every minute you are on it over the 30 minutes.

            Now, I agree with you. I’d rather have unlimited than 4G and Verizon is a greedy mofo. I just think people should be as accurate as possible in their arguments. People (read: politicians) like to obscure the truth by not giving all the facts and I call people on it when they do that.

          • Travis Gary

            ok so verizon owns the roads, so i would have to pay verizon 500 dollars every 1000 miles i drive on the road. not the manufacture.

          • This is what they cannot justify when they say that they want to pay the single-portion price but get buffet-sized data plans.

            “All you can eat” only works at chinese restaurants because only a very slim amount of people can eat more than the $9.95 with of heavy caloric food.

            Same goes for data. The overwhelming majority of Verizon’s users can sneak in under 2GB/mo. People just don’t like living on a leash.

      • Travis Gary

        Yes sir. Here take our 4g, oh you like it, take some more for 10 bucks more a month. oh you like, take some more for 25 more a month. oh you went over, now you might as well upgrade to the 50 gb plan for $150 (just pure speculation) the amount is not the point, it is the process of greed.

      • Austin

        I agree

    • MikeCiggy

      It’s only been a day or two that us grandfathers have to digest that we are losing our privilege. I mean if you look at it from a technical stand point. Maybe Verizon should have never offered Unlimited data if it wasn’t going to be feasible in the future. But no one can predict the future.

      • Butters619

        AT&T’s CEO said that his biggest regret was offering unlimited in the first place. It is just not sustainable with any reasonable growth.

        • It absolutely is, the technology just has to catch up.

          • Butters619

            Ask netflix how that worked out. It wasn’t working out, but they handled it so piss poorly that the repercussion was really bad. But they didn’t go back to the original method, because it just wasn’t sustainable.

            I’m not saying it’s right. I think people with unlimited should be able to keep it.

        • MyStroPro

          That isn’t true. The investment in infrastructure is substantial but come on – TV cable companies and telephone companies offer “unlimited data” with the “high speed” internet connections we have today. They invested tons of money in the infrastructure development to roll out those connections With the mobile industry, we get charged insane prices on contracts where they reap money in and keep limiting our features while slowly building up infrastructure. Verizon is rolling it out the quickest, but still changes plans.

          For example, I could go and get phone and net services through Cox Communications locally. They have a big foot print here, that’s why I’m selecting them. The only issue with the phone service is that it isn’t mobile. I can get Tier 3 (of 4) Internet service and Tier 2 (of 3) phone service for almost (roughly $75 for that package) as much as the Family Share plan base price, which limits talk time (not that my family comes close to hitting it – 700 min for $70). I’m not limited on bandwidth from Cox either – I can game and stream as much as I want without fear.

          These companies complain over “setting up their infrastructure” or “continuing upgrades” They charge an arm and a leg for service. I enjoy the convenience of the services so I pay for it but its getting dumb how much they are nickle and diming customers.

          • Butters619

            You know both Cox and Comcast have data caps and bandwidth caps right? You have to use a lot of data to hit them, but they exist.

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          • MyStroPro

            Yes I do. That threshold is insanely high though. I’ve never hit it,
            never noticed a slow down, and I game heavily (almost nightly if not
            more). My point is – it sure as hell isn’t what any of these mobile
            companies make on the current tiers.

            Also, I hope everyone here knows that your “HD cable box” is really a
            basic computer and gets data just like your computer does on the
            internet.

          • Butters619

            Yeah you just crazy spammed my inbox lol.

          • hkklife

            AT&T does too, but their U-Verse users have considerably higher caps than their DSL customers do.

    • normmcgarry

      They really just need up the amounts for the price. The thought of going from unlimited down to 2GB is just offensive and makes me want to leave the carrier. That’s the issue. I don’t think I tend to use more than 2GB on a regular basis even, but that’s just ridiculous for $30. I think if they brought it up to like 10GB, we’d see less of a fight. I compare it to my TV bill. I am paying $130/mo for all the channels I can possibly get. If you took how many channels I actually watch and got rid of the rest and that’s all you gave me, I’d be f’ing pissed and wouldn’t pay the $130. It’s just the principle.

    • 3G

      I tried watching porn on 3g once, and it wasn’t horrible. No way I’d go back.

    • shdowman

      Sadly to help save battery or avoid connection issues, I generally keep my nexus on 3G only. Honestly, works fine for what I do. Netflix, Pandora…etc..

    • ERIC REED

      After having Verizon’s 4G speeds on a couple of my phones I found myself not using it that much. It was cool to show to friends, but then I would turn it off to try and save battery on my phone. I guess browsing the web and and the occasional YouTube video it really doesn’t effect me all that much. Now when I was loading tons of different Roms from Rom Manager I would use up a ton of data, but that was the OG Droid days, and those days are gone. So I guess I would prefer the unlimited to the speed for my needs.

    • JDHokie

      It’s an open wound … everything’s emotion and reaction. “I’ll move to Sprint”, “I’ll give up 4G” is easy to say when it’s just talk.

    • mmoreimi

      I agree 100%
      Actual 3G speeds (not theoretical) were painful on VZW.
      I choose LTE hands down over 3G

    • Jon

      Not really. 3G on Verizon has never been that bad to me. 4G is amazing, I can download a podcast in seconds a rather tha n 3 or 4 minutes, but still, the 3G is totally usable YouTube, Pandora and other task like tethering.

      I’m going to do an experiment though, I’m going to turn off all of my app data on 4G and set it to WiFi only wherever I can. I’m going to see how much I can cut back on by offloading photo syncing, podcast downloads and such back to WiFi. I want to see if I can get back down to well below 4 gigs. I’m currently using something like 5-6 gigs a month.

    • PyroHoltz

      I couldn’t agree more. I really don’t know what most people are doing with all their data usage on a phone. I have a highspeed connection at home and do my heavy lifting w/ that.

      If someone is using more than 2GB of data a month on an LTE connection (besides occasional tethering months) there is something wrong, IMO.

    • r0lct

      That’s because people aren’t realizing where they are really get ripped off and that’s with carrier locked phone. Verizon could keep unlimited and just up the price to $100/month, then what good is it?
      The moment Verizon and ATT have to compete for your business month to month we all win and data will be cheap.

    • Stevie V

      4G abuses my battery. I hardly ever even turn it on. Let me keep my unlimited.

    • KleenDroid

      when I had 3G it was plenty fast enough for surfing around. I would prefer to keep my unlimited as I do not like things being taken away from me. I very honestly do not care if Verizon is the best network or not and if they take my unlimited data away I will leave. There are lots of Iphone users out there that seem to be just fine with 3G speeds.