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Wednesday Poll: Upgrading Phone Now, Buying Later at Full Price, or Giving Up Unlimited Data?

Now that Share Everything data plans have started to soak in and most of you understand all of your options, we have a couple of important questions to ask. You know you can keep unlimited data if you’d like, but that means you have to buy phones at full price after June 28. Some of you may not want to save up the cash to do that and will either use up a last upgrade before the 28th or will bite the bullet and give up unlimited data in order to get a subsidized phone later on in the future. We want to know what your plans are. Full priced phones? Use the last upgrade before the 28th? Give up unlimited data? Willing to switch carriers?

Upgrading Phone Now, Buying Later at Full Price, Giving Up Unlimited Data, or Switching Carriers?

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  • Zach Armstrong

    Too Bad only Verizon offers 3G in my area because I would switch.

  • I just bought a wifi-only iPad, so this will have to wait a few years, but I like the idea of having my phone and iPad sharing the same bucket of data and using either as a hotspot at will.

  • JulianZHuang

    Either 700$ for s3 or 800$ for iphone this fall….. Damn.

  • Glen E Ston

    Does this change in unlimited data allow current users to break contract without an ETF?

    • Aryeh Hersh

      You only lose unlimited when you sign a new contract. You only sign a new contract if you take subsidized pricing. So no, this is not a break in contract

  • Glen E Ston

    I’m paying close to $180/mo on Verizon (almost a car payment) and I would of continued doing so because I THOUGHT it was worth it getting subsidized phones and keeping my unlimited data, nope. So, because Verizon is pretty much trying to snuff us unlimited data users out, I’m most likely going to be leaving at the earliest opportunity. It will be a while though, I JUST upgraded to the GNex in Feb. Uhhg.

    T-Mobile offers 100 min/5GB Data for 30/mo and Google now offers the GNex for 400$ which is a great deal. I’ll pay a few dollars extra for a voip service and use SIPdriod for calls. I’ll be saving a LOT of money.

  • Aaron

    Working at Best Buy, we get a large discount on full price phones, pair that with the Buy Back Program (They pay you upwards of $400 for your phone), Im looking at either making money off the deal or breaking close to even πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    Everyone needs a job that pays for their phone… at least their data plan!

  • James Sugrue

    Switching to Straight Talk and buying a GSM GNex through the Play Store.

    • Josh Flowers


  • areffes

    I now have no problem giving up my unlimited data. Like most people, I, too, once had an irrational fear of losing that magical word “unlimited,” but it wasn’t based on the facts. Once I actually looked at my usage, I saw that I have never used more than 3.5 GB in a month. And I thought I was an EXTREMELY heavy user. I use my phone for everything. I mean, everything. I can’t remember the last time I had to open my laptop. I’m on my phone all day every day. I stream music for a couple of hours a day, too. But I would gladly just start switching on wifi, which I have never done….didn’t need to. If I just keep my wifi on at home and at work, I’d probably use less than a gig. And I would welcome the lower bill. πŸ™‚

  • Not giving up data for cheaper phones, but as I have mentioned the new plans save me money and I only use about 5GB a month. With a good fast internet connection at home and not seeing a need to stream all day on my tablet why not. Plus I can drop my jetpack, since they opened tethering to all phones now. I am not going to lie the data numbers are a little low but still 10GB is more than enough for me. $80-100 a month cheaper for a cell phone bill is well worth it.

  • r0lct

    The only problem with the poll is some answers are for immediate action (short term fix) and some are for future action (long term solution). Buying a phone now will not address the long term solution to this problem, it just puts it off. That’s why that option should be left out as it doesn’t indicate what people when do when they are faced with changing plans, buying off contract or switching carriers.

  • Steve

    There really should be a “I signed up with Verizon after tiered pricing was already implemented.”

  • Aaron Krolik

    To those getting new phones, what phone are you getting?

  • big red is really pushing their greed to new limits with this crap. At the very least they should allow those with upgrades until the end of the year to upgrade without punishing them with shared/tiered data penalties. That would be the humble thing to do. But then again these guys have never exactly been humble in the first place. Personally I’m using my upgrade, buying another razr I won’t use, and selling it unopened/unactivated on ebay so I can use that 3-400 bucks on the next 700 dollar device I buy.

    • Arthur Robles

      They COULD do that but think how many Android fans are waiting for a new device to upgrade and how many Apple people are waiting for the new iphone??? Plus all the people that got the iPhone when it came to verizon are eligible in oct as well. this is the perfect time for them to do this…

  • Akeem McAllister

    As soon as Android get it together with OS and hardware now the carriers want to pull this stunt. The truth of the matter more people will look for other options to satisfy their need for new tech toys or manufacturers are going to stop making great products if no one is buying them. I am not fond of purchasing a phone for full price but I will. This type of business scheme is the very thing destroying the American economy.

  • Darster

    One fee everyone is forgetting is the new $30 fee just to upgrade on top of everything else. So if you upgrade 4 lines, thats $120 just for the priviledge to stay with Verizon.

  • Scott

    I am locked in with my GNEX for awhile. I am going to wait until next upgrade time and see how much data I am using and go from there. Though, if I am using enough or I can end up buying a phone for 400 ish, I will keep my unlimited data.

    • InyRules

      I got my Nexus with Verizon earlier this year, so I have a ways to go as well. I’m thinking of sticking with Verizon through the end of the contract, and then see how the Google Play store is coming along with selling the unlocked devices.

  • hans007

    i probably will just not care. my next upgrade is at near the end of 2013. I figure by then the lowest data tier will be at least 4gb given they run that promo all the time and maybe even more than 4GB. honestly i’d just pay more money , i can afford it.

    i use 1-1.5 gb data right now. and i use my phone a lot, but never really stream anything. that said, i was at EDC las vegas this past weekend. there were a ton of people there and all carriers were not exactly working well. but on the 2nd 2 days, verizon was the only carrier that even worked at all.

    t-mobile was completely dead, at&t was sending and recieving text like 2 hours late, and sprint was dead from what i heard (i didnt have a friend with sprint).

    you put 115k ravers in 1 site and lets assume 45% of those have verizon. its off the strip and verizon was still able to send and recieve text the first and second days. oddly for me 3G was much more stable than text (probably too many people texting). the service is just so much more reliable.

    my friend on t-mobile who has a brand new one S (i’m jelly of the camera by far compared to my gnexus) spent half the weekend saying fuck t-mobile i’m ditching this service the minute my contract runs out because well at least for people like us its these moments where being not on verizon is horrible.

    same thing happened last year at beyond wonderland. t-mobile’s infrastructure is pisspoor, but at least they are cheap. at&t is piss poor and isnt cheap. oh well, i’ll definitely be fine switching to the new plans.

  • droidbeat

    The other carriers need to catch up and provide equivalent coverage. VZW is enjoying a coveragopoly.

    • that will never happen, big red has a tight reign on all that spectrum with the FCC. And believe me they put plenty of money into select individuals pockets to keep it and prevent more monopoly suits from happening. Big blue does the same thing, its just how the industry works.

  • evileclipse

    I am seriously in a bind here guys. Can i get some opinions? I have an upgrade to use this week but dont know if I should get the Nexus or pre order the S3? Im a modder, so I know how valuable the Nexus could be, but Im also really excited about the idea of aosp on the S3. I’ve been strictly htc for years now, and wanna change it up. Can I get some opinions?

    • If you’re heart is set on a samsung, then go for the gnex the aosp experience is second to none. Hardware quality, as with all samsung phones is unfortunately mediocre at best though.

  • Data will eventually kill out talk time minutes and text messages. Cars are already coming with pandora and I Love Radio with their stock systems. Verizon knows this, this is why they want to force people off the unlimited plan. I’m taking this unlimited plan to the grave. The only good thing about iphones is that they maintain their value better then androids. Looks like I’m gonna have to go to the dark side.

    • lol me too. Not giving up my razr until i see a moto nexus… if they ever come to fruition that is.

  • angermeans

    One very important thing that no one has said is that if you are on a family plan now and plan to keep unlimited data and pay full price you will want to move your line to a single line plan going forward as if you are on family plan and one of the lines on the plan gets a discounted phone then it will convert every line on that family plan to the new shared data plans. I do t think many have even comsidered this and Verizon would like to keep it that way. It will by default drop your unlimited data and dump you on a shared plan despite if you upgrade or not and the only way to avoid this is make sure everyone on your family plan plans on paying full price for their phones.

    • adam

      so if my sister gets an iphone 5 in the fall, would i lose my unlimited data i have with my razr maxx? if i move onto a single line, does that cost extra money? can i just go to verizon and they do that?

      • No. Your sis would have the choice of all of the current tiered data plan options(ie 2gb, 5gb etc,) or she could switch to family data with you. You can’t do family data unless you both do family data lol. So yes you would get to keep your unlimited data – until you buy a discounted phone that is. Pay full price after the 28th and you still keep. Gotta give some to get some brah!

  • Guest

    Shouldn’t this story mention Verizon???? (It doesn’t.)

    How do we know all plan changes by all carriers are going to be those 4 choices???

  • I’ll be honest here. I really don’t see myself exceeding 4GB altogether with my family. It’s just too much. Apps can only take so much, as well as youtube videos, which I usually watch on wifi anyways. Hotspot is useful, but even then, its only for about 40 minutes top. I’ll just switch to shared data plan because I’ll end up paying the same amount anyways.

  • Damon

    For all you who want to switch to another carrier. I honestly want to know who your going to switch to ? You can’t possibly think your gonna get any better of a connection and pretty soon all of the carriers will have family share plans. I don’t see why you guys swear by changing carriers like it will do anything. Another thing no company has LTE speeds or 4g that can even compare to Verizon’s network so to those who think they are hurting Verizon your not.. If anything they’ll be glad your mooching a** will be off their network and slowing down someone else’s bandwidth. I really wanna know what you guys are thinking. Also how long can you really buy your phone off contract for, you are gonna spend $600 plus dollars every time a phone you like comes out ? and thats just for 1 person imagine how much money you’d be losing if you had 3-4 lines and paid full for all of them thats $2400 ! is it really worth it ? Would it kill you to turn your WIFI on at home or work ? You can pick up free wifi virtually anywhere nowadays I don’t see what the problem is. You shouldn’t have to go over 10gb for a family. And for all the wise guys who are gonna say well i don’t have internet at home I use 500gb I watch netflix. You should kill yourself if you don’t have wifi at home its so easy a caveman can do it It’s people like you that are the reason this share plan exists in the first place. Im all for the family share plan and I hope you go to other service providers and they screw you more ! Then when you come crawling ack to Verizon you’ll get a crappy deal and you’ll take it happily. SMH…

    • Jonathan Rose

      this new plan will cost me $42 more a month for less (unlimited data for 3 phones to sharing 6GB). Why would I possibly stay with Verizon?? $42 a month for two years is $1,008 more per 2 year contract and I get less!! Lets price this out. If I buy 3 phones full retail at $500 each that is $1500 every 2 years. If i go to share everything, i pay $1,000 more in service (getting less data) over 2 years plus the fact that even on contract, the phones are $200, that means by taking their shitty new contracts, it costs me $1600. ($600 for 3 phones at $200 and $1,000 increase in service cost) VS $1500 to keep unlimited data and be contract free! Next, why should I use wifi? 4G is faster for me some times! I have done comparison speed tests and there are times where my 4G beats out my home wifi, and it spanks the wifi of every free wifi hot spot. Plus why should I accept less for more money anyway? When has technology ever gotten more expensive over time? This new shitty plan will cost me more for less no matter how you slice it! Switching carriers will save me a ton of money! Buying the phones at full retail will even cost me less plus i get to keep unlimited data! None of your arguments apply to me and I can’t be the only one

    • Jonathan Rose

      This new plan will cost me $42 more a month and I will get
      less for it. I will be forced to go from unlimited data for 3 phones to 6GB
      shared. Over 2 years it will cost me $1,008 more in service fees. Let’s do some
      math. At $200 per smart phone (average price on contract) plus $1,008 more in
      service charges, over two years going with share everything costs $1,608. If I buy
      3 smart phones full retail for lets say $550 each, that is equal to $1,650. So
      for $42 over two years (Less than $2 more a month), yea I think I will buy them
      at full retail to keep unlimited data. Other carriers, like Sprint, offer LTE
      either in my area, or very close and cost substantially less than the new share
      everything does so yea that’s a viable option as well. As for your argument
      about wifi. My question to you is why? Why is that an acceptable answer? Why is
      it ok for them to say β€œWell we know you used to use our service but now we are
      going to restrict your use at the same price but hey just don’t use it and you
      wont go over” That’s like if in the past when minutes mattered saying β€œHey we
      restricted your minutes at the same price but you can use a payphone!”. Plus 4G
      is always faster than any free wifi I have used and even beats out my home wifi
      at times. This new plan does not work for me and my family so switching
      carriers or buying at full retail are the only options that make sense. So don’t
      act like you know everything and tell me that I’m stupid for saying I will make
      a change.

  • got a galaxy nexus and kept my unlimited data. was going to wait for sgs3 but needed a device asap but i kept unlimited data. got the phone today.

  • jgmecarter

    I used a upgrade on a SGS3 and then I talked Verizon into giving me early upgrades on my other two lines. I am going to buy two Gnexs with them and I will sell them on Ebay when ever the next phone that I want comes out

  • Rob

    I will be adding a “dummy” line and upgrading that every 20 months and throw it on my line with unlimited data.

    • evileclipse

      Realize that you can add that line, steal the upgrade for your unlimited line and put a flip phone on the new one. That way its only an extra $10 a month. Ive done it a few times.

  • David Tourtillott

    I’ll probably hang onto my gnex for as long as I can unless something SO good comes out that I have to have it next year… And depending on what the carrier situation is next year I’ll likely switch.

  • adam

    So I upgraded to the Maxx in late May because I thought VZW was getting rid of the unlimited plan. I had to exchange it for another one on June 5th because of problems. On my receipt it says I have until June 19th to return or exchange my phone. Can I return my Maxx and pre-order the S3?

    • angermeans

      You have to be within 14 days of your original order in “late may” despite getting a different one. If your within that then you should be able but you’ll have to return your phone within 14 days and wait unless you have another phone to activate in the mean time. Hope thishelps

      • adam

        are you sure it’s the original order? i got my first one on may 25. how do you know this? on my 3rd receipt (yes this is my 3rd one) it says June 19th.

        if so, it doesn’t really matter. i would rather have the Razr HD

  • FED UP

    Reading these comments honestly makes me very angry. You’re all being completely ridiculous and complaining that you’re losing something you think you are entitled to. If you want to use more than 4GB of data, buy a computer! You should never use a tablet/smartphone as a replacement to solid technology. “Awww, I can’t watch my sports game on my phone while I walk down the street. I’m switching to Sprint so that everyone will hate me for dropping calls left and right!” Within the next 2 years, everything will be capped because THEY CAN. Ask anyone from Europe, they have data caps on their home internet as well as their cell phones. I

    • fanboy1974

      Get outta of here and take that crap over to the Apple forums. Those sorry sons of bitches are use to getting screwed by Apple. I’ve gave Verizon over $10,000 in the last 5 years and their looking to screw me out of more money with less data.
      You just pissed me off FED UP!!! The video of me giving you the middle finger is about 500mb.

  • Aaron

    You people do realize if you use an early upgrade from a phone line that doesnt have data, you can still keep unlimited. You can also buy the Certified Pre-Owned phones from VZW wireless and they treat them as new.

  • Michael Chung

    If my contract doesn’t end until september and I do an early upgrade after June 28th, will they force me to the new shared data plan? I don’t even have a smartphone yet so data plan right now but I just calculated and it’ll be cheaper for the family to get $30/smartphone rather than switch to the new shared data plans

  • Mancalledsting

    Hey guys quick question. Have the Droid 3 and want to know if I’ll lose my unlimited plan if I try and buy a 4g phone, even if I buy at full price, after the 28th?

    • Full price, no. But if you sign a new contract you can kiss the unlimited goodbye…at least that’s the way I understand it.

      • angermeans

        Your wrong if one goes from 3G to 4g after the new plan takes place you will be forced into the new plan despite if u pay full price. The 3G data plans and 4g have different sfo’s (Verizon’s plan codes) these will become grandfathered and 100% unavailable after the new plan so changing from 3G to 4g you’ll be forced into te new plan as you won’t have access to the unlimited 4g

        • Can anyone confirm this?

        • Aryeh Hersh

          Not true you will keep unlimited since there’s no contract change

  • Right now it’s looking like the new plans will actually save my wife and I about $30 a month, so we’ll probably be switching to them. But when our contracts run out I fully expect to be exploring pre-paid options…considering all carriers who have decent reception at our house. Anyone know any good pre-paid companies using big V’s network?

    • noc007

      Have you factored in that it’s $40/smartphone + the shared data plan starting at $50? So if you have 2 smartphones and share 1GB of data between them it will be (2x$40)+$50=$130 + taxes and fees.

      Between the wife and I, we average 2GB of data per month on 3G smartphones and the 2GB plan is more than what we’re paying now for minutes, txts, and 2 unlimited data plans. I’ll be interested to see how much more data I pull on a LTE phone.

      • Yeh, it’s just two smartphones on unlimited data plans, but my wife uses barely 50mb a month as she’s home all day and on our wi-fi. I use most of the data, but I average around 3gb a month. We have to be on the 1400 minute family plan for calling (no home phone…), so that’s what makes our plan so expensive.

        My other option is to switch us down into a lower minute plan and explore some other calling options (like GrooVeIP to call via data). But I’m not sure that’ll save us much more and the call quality isn’t quite as good (at least in my experience so far…).

        I switched from a 3g phone to an LTE one and my data usage has gone up, but not massively. I can now actually watch videos and stream audio whereas before the 3g connection wasn’t always good enough. But I mainly do web-browsing and email when I’m away from home, so my data usage is not extreme.

        • noc007

          If you’re not using the 10 Friends and Family feature already, it can be pretty helpful in reducing the minutes you use. Half I have set to common work numbers and colleagues. So far this month we have barely touched our minute allotment.

          If you’re calling different numbers all the time for work, see if you’re work is using a VoIP phone system running Avaya, Cisco, or Asterisk. Depending on the version of the phone system and if external connectivity has been configured, there may be a VoIP client for Android. This is definitely something to talk about with the phone admin first before bothering with an app.

      • Lol, you got me thinking again about this and I logged in to do some checking on our usage. I did the numbers right for what the shared plan would cost, but I hadn’t checked how much downgrading our minutes would save…in this case, about as much as switching to a tiered family data plan…something to think about. Gonna rethink using GrooVeIP for calls and maybe just switch down the minutes plan so I can keep the unlimited data….hmmm….I’ve got a couple weeks to think this over…

  • noc007

    How about a sixth option: Using all available upgrades before the change and then will be paying full price henceforth.

    I took advantage of their $100 off the contract price of a LTE phone even though I”m only a few months into my current contract. Got the D4 for $30 (free plus their BS upgrade fee). The D3 will go to the wife when she wants to switch. I’ll be buying used or save my money up for a new off contract. Hopefully this will get some of the retailers to knock some more bucks off the non-subsidized price (I’m looking at you Amazon).

    • second party retailers typically mark up the off-contract price of a new phone. Verizon will always be the cheapest route if you’re buying full price! Well, unless you manage to catch a new unopened one off of ebay for the cheap and activate it in your local store.

  • fanboy1974

    I’m crying inside because I love my Verizon Nexus but if I don’t act fast I will be paying full cost for a phone this fall. No phone is worth $600 plus when your monthly payments are exactly the same. Plan is to sale my Nexus and use the money to buy a S3. The one time in my life I don’t mind being locked into a 2 year contract w/unlimited data. Maybe in a year’s time Verizon will see that they screwed up with this plan and will offer larger data packages or reduce the cost.
    The Samsung S3 is the only choice in my book and should have a very huge following from the mod community. Fast S4 processor, 2 gigs of ram, better camera and removable memory are solid upgrades when compared to the Nexus. My only reservation is the bootloader. Hopefully Verizon did not influence/screw up that.

  • brando56894

    I’ll be paying full price so I can keep my unlimited data, I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while but haven’t had the cash to. Another perk is not being locked into a two year contract.

  • sonicyoof

    Hopefully buying my next Verizon Nexus for $400 on the Google Play store.

  • ShangTsung702

    You will not lose grandfathered Unlimited plans just for an upgrade even after the Share Everything plans are in effect. I called to upgrade my phone and the operator basically yelled at me because this was misconstrued by “the media” (whoever that may be *cough*).

    Anyway… I even got them to give me an early upgrade. I wasn’t due for an upgrade until 03/13, but I asked for it and they said “yeah sure! we just need to extend your contract.” Big whoop… I got new customer pricing and a new contract term and kept my unlimited data. I’m good to go, and so will all of you.

    “Share Everything” is for people who want to share. For those who want to keep Unlimited Data and share anyway, there is FoxFi. πŸ™‚

    Also, don’t forget about the 5 Nexus devices coming out in November, that will be available via Google Play. This will dramatically reduce the cost of our Verizon devices. Everyone needs to just calm down. πŸ™‚ Us grandfathered folk are good to go. πŸ™‚

    • angermeans

      I’m telling you despite what you heard that rep is very very wrong. You are far from good and if your on a family plan now you better make sure no one on that acct upgrades at a discounted rate or you will be dumped into the new shared plans and lose your unlimited data despite your two yr contract you just signed.

      • Aryeh Hersh

        Not true at all. Where do you get your info from? Vzwsupport on twitter explicitly stated that tiered data and nationwide plans will still be available if you want them. They are only forcing you to shared data if you have unlimited and upgrade. If you have tiered already or switch from dumb phone to smart phone then you can stay with current pricing structure and keep tiered data and an any lines with unlimited will not be forced off.

        • yes. This is exactly how their policy states on big red’s site too.

  • Jake

    Poll only lets me pick one. I’ll both redeem my last upgrade before 6/2
    8 to get my wife on a 4G unlimited plan, then we’ll pay for unsubsidized phones after that.

  • They actually did give us tethering for free. That has to be ok with some people right? RIGHT???

    • Tethering should have been included the minute they first introduced Tiered data. I pay for a certain amount of data I should get to use that data on whatever I want. What I want to know is if you stay on your old unlimited plan if you can now “legally” tether.

    • Br_d

      It’s a trap! Tethering eats data like no other. They want you to go over the cap. $$$$

  • I have the promotion 4GB plan, what would come of that… Will I need to buy at full price as well to be able to keep that?

  • I think my phone bill was already large. Now if I also have to buy phones at full price, I’d rather go GSM prepaid. Better phones, cheaper rates.

  • Fluke

    good bye Verizon hellow AT&T, blearghhh , guh I threw up a little.

  • missing is ‘will be buying used from here on out’.

  • Kierra

    You ppl don’t have tablets or laptops?

  • Rich

    Just upgraded to a RAZR MAXX on Amazon Wireless for $199.99 plus $40 bill credit and kept unlimited data. $99.99 for new customers too, great price for a cracking phone. Would have liked to wait for the RAZR HD but didn’t want the hassle of selling on eBay and unlimited data more important.

  • Tony Romano

    No way will my wife let us pay full price for phones. I really don’t know what i’m gonna do. She uses 1gb and I use 7.

  • Owewil3225

    I would just like to thank Droid life for knowing what the shared data plan if about.cause I just called Verizon and the rep said he has no info on shared plan pricing or if I can keep my unlimited data if I upgrade after the 28th. They so dumb

    • angermeans

      They are In the middle of training them it takes a min they are nit allowed to state an opinion without proper training. You upgrade after the 28th at a subsidized rate you will be forced on new plan and lose unlimited data believe me

  • duke69111

    Retail price for me. Here’s hoping Google’s Nexus’s swoops in to save the day.

  • duke69111

    I am curious what the difference in use is between 3G vs 4G. Verizon always quotes that users use less than 2GB’s, but that is based on 3G users. What are 4G users consuming on average?

  • Scott

    I’ll pay full retail price. The bad news is that I’ll now be a couple of years behind in terms of phone releases. Based on the cost of subsidized phones now running at $299 anyway, I should be able to grab something for not much more without the contract. This is unless Sprint mans up within the next year and half, builds a decent network, and at least acts like they care about customers. Then I might make the jump when the contract is up.

    • Don’t worry, Im doing the same. I’ll be a bit behind but at least I’ll have my unlimited.

  • jg

    I really don’t know what to do? I have a maxx, my wife is do fot an upgrade that i was going to use on RAZR Hd. We pay 200/month and use 13-15 GB a month. I watch Verizon videos, direct tv,hbo go, espn, and nfl network on breaks at work. They don’t even make a plan for me…

    • angermeans

      Yes thy do Verizon has 20 and 30 gb shared plans (albeit more expensive near $10 per gb plus 40 per smartphone) unless you use around 15 on each line ten yes you will drastically need to change your usage

  • EBay, CL, or swappa. Never buying again from VZW.

  • Maggs

    I can’t upgrade my 3rd line (Droid X) until after August and Verizon won’t let me do an early upgrade. Should I just add a line to pre-order the SIII and then shut off my 3rd line when the contract is up? This is confusing!!! I have 3 smartphones (Maxx, Iphone4s, DroidX) all on the unlimited plan but reading these comments when I am finally able to upgrade the X, then we must change over to the shared plan??

  • Sully

    So Unlimited minutes eh? can I start using my voice mins as a dial-up modem to get unlimited snail-speed internet?

  • I call total BULL*HIT on people saying they will pay full price…the phones are averaging $600+

    • steve0617

      Let’s say you are a power user and use 6 gigs of data a month. (Cetainly there are those that use a LOT more than that). 6 gigs a month is $80 for the data alone, whereas you’re paying $30 right now for unlimited. (I’m ignoring unlimited minutes/texts in this example). $50 a month difference. Multiply x 24 months is $1200. New phone (your example) costs $600. Subsidized phone costs $200. So you’re paying $400 more for the phone, but *saving* $1200 over a two year contract or a difference of $800 over two years.

      If I was using that kind of data (or more), I’d buy a full retail priced phone too.

    • Erick

      Phones these days are getting close to laptops. With capabilities getting greater and greater with each new release, it’s not unheard of to consider it akin to buying a laptop. And frankly, we’re spoiled in the U.S., since asian countries pay $1000 or more for their phones

    • jg

      Not to mention most countries don’t subsidies phones

  • frankandsimple

    Without a doubt, switching carriers is it for me.

    I am stepping back a bit and trying to understand why I took VZW in the first place. It was because of their network reliability mainly… then came LTE and then the plethora of android phones.

    But since the past 2 days I’ve been researching all prepaid options and seems like Straight Talk is really worth a look.

    firstly, you can bring your own GSM phone.. and I am interested in GSM now because a. I travel internationally and b.. the choices in GSM phones are several times more than those limited to Verizon.

    Also, I am tired of the pre-selected options that vzw makes available for us. I want to try windows phones, I want to try sony xperia S etc.

    Secondly, I do NOT need LTE is what I’ve figured.. I don’t need 15 Mbps to check emails or chat or watch youtube videos or stream music. In fact.. all of this can be easily accomplished without much trouble on Verizon’s (crappy) 3G network is what I’ve discovered.. AND Straight Talk’s 3G spectrum is basically a piggy back on ATT’s.. which is several times faster (up to 6 Mbps)..

    That is plenty sufficient for me in terms of speed.. and I won’t have to deal with battery sucking vampire that LTE is.

    Their coverage is wherever ATT is.. (which is pretty much everywhere).. and you just can’t beat 45 dollars unlimited everything.

    I’ll be saving about 720 dollars per year with this move.. so it’s good bye VZW for me.

    • Yes, I think I’m switching to Sprint (SGIII, they are having a deal waving $36 equipment charge) or Virgin (HTC EVO 4G) & now, thanks to the discussion here, I’ll look at Straight Talk as well. I’ve got 2 original Droids and been able to upgrade since mid 2011. Almost jumped to the Nexus sev month ago, but I wanted to wait until this fall (when many cool phones seem to be released). However, I feel this change is forcing me to do something now- I don’t trust Verizon any more and can do without the anxiety of these “surprises”…5 or 6 people at my office have smart phones on either Sprint or Virgin and are very pleased.

  • vega25

    Hold on, why isn’t the option of “Do nothing. Keep current set of phones, and therefore current plan with VZW, for as long as possible” on this vote???

    • frankandsimple

      because people who visit Droid LIfe or other mobile phone blogs are not the kind to hang on to one phone for more than 6-12 months. πŸ™‚

      • lonz77

        Really? I’m still rockn the original droid. Time to finally move on though. Looks like I will probably be pre-ordering a GS3 unless some other choice materializes before the 28th. BTW I got the original droid on the first day they went on sale 11/6/2009.

  • Larry

    How about ebay? πŸ™‚ Generally meets in the middle of full price and retail.

  • steve0617

    Don’t anybody forget that you will have about six days from when the SGIII is released elsewhere to decide if you want it from VZW in order to save your unlimited. You don’t *have* to preorder it right now before you’ve gone into a Sprint/TMob store to play with the thing first. If you like it, great. But if you hate it, you’ll have to pick a different current phone or lose the unlimited assuming you’re using an upgrade rather than full retail.

  • I have the unlimited data plan and I’ve been holding on to my Verizon Wireless phone upgrade since March. I was going to hold out for a quad-core phone device but with the recent changes by Verizon regarding ‘tiered plans’ and ‘share everything plans’ and whatnot I decided to jump on the Galaxy SIII now instead of waiting. I just logged off of the Verizon Wireless site after pre-ordering the 16GB Galaxy SIII in blue — Upgraded from DroidX. The process was quick, easy, and mostly painless — but in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia they charge sales/use tax on the full price of $599.99 instead of the discounted price. Ouch [bassturds!].

    I changed nothing at all in my 2-line services plan (one smartphone and one standard feature phone). I just pre-ordered the SIII. The entire process where it is mentioned indicated that I keep my Unlimited Data plan for $29.99 with the device upgrade and 2-yr contract renewal.

    After this — we’ll see. Verizon has irked me now and again over the last 16 years with them but not enough to dump them for another carrier — yet. That may change at the end of these next 2 years.

  • still annoyed

    You forgot the option to have a different family member upgrade and then take their phone, while canceling their data

  • Eric

    Figured this would be a good place to ask. I’m really not digging Verizon now with this shared tier data. I actually pre-ordered through best buy to find out later they announce the june 28th new plan tiers. I can drop the pre-order and order from verizon before then and keep my unlimited but there are other phones not eligible with unlimited data on this account. As I understand it, if you don’t care to pay full retail and pay for the subsidized phone, all lines are then turned into the shared data plan.
    What’s a next best (or better after this fiasco) company to go with, releasing the samsung g3s if I just drop verizon?

  • mcdonsco

    I tend to wonder how many people hanging onto their unlimited data plans actually USE enough data to need to keep it?

    I’ve always thought I use a ton of data, but in looking at these plan changes and my current plan I found I rarely go over 4gb’s with the most ever being around 6GB’s.

    So for me, I’ll be changing to the new plans as it will save me $160/month.

    With two smartphones, one basic and one laptop data card account I currently pay $370/month which on the new plan would be $210/month. Even if I go over the 6gb data by 3-4 gigs without expecting it (and thus getting dinged the higher price), I’d still be saving over $100/month.

    • Yeah, I wasn’t sure either, but I agree with those who mentioned that data usage history might not be a great predictor. Without unlimited data, I picture myself paying a huge penalty for watching a Netflix movie or for something running in the background or grabbing the phone away from the kids watching a cartoon…I saw this just over 3 min vid that convinced my to try & keep unlimited data:

      • mcdonsco

        I agree with them too, but $170/month savings is $170/month…I can either save over $2,000/year based on previous/current use or I can dis-regard those savings on an assumption that I *might* start using data in a way that requires an unlimited plan.

        I’ll take the $2,000/year savings.

        And that’s not including the savings of the phone upgrades themselves, 4 lines (I’m adding my data card account to it as well) at around $500/pop, that’s another $1,000/year right there.

        So a total savings of $3,000/year.

        I would need to use upwards of 25GB’s/month to hit a point where I’m no longer saving money and currently I average around 4GB’s/month with a “heavy month” being 6GB’s – the chances of me hitting 25gb’s in a month, is pretty much nill for at least the next few years.

        Additionally, those gripping their unlimited data plans will VERY LIKELY find themselves without them in the months or years to come anyway. VZW doesn’t HAVE TO keep honoring the unlimited data plans, they can (and will) kill them at any time of their choosing. All they have to do is say, when you’re contract is up whether it’s expiring or you’re using an upgrade, either way, you cannot renew unlimited data on the new contract. PERIOD DONE.

        I suspect however as we move forward that unlimited data will become the norm…They went through the similar processes with text messaging and now everyone has cheap unlimited text charges…While I realize the resources to allow billions of text messages on the network each day is very different than allowing massive data loads, everything historically gets faster and cheaper over time. I’m quite sure we’ll find ourselves in a very near future where the average Joe consumes gigs of data a day and pays only $30/month or so for that use.

        Again though, if you actually use a lot of data now (8+gb’s/month or more?) and/or are on an individual plan, then I can absolutely see doing everything you can to keep it, makes fiscal sense. But for me, with my use and my current family plan, it makes WAY MORE sense to switch and give up unlimited data.

  • Pegleg

    We have two smart phones on unlimited data and not about to give that up just for a subsidized Samsung. I’ll wait and pay full price for the Razr Maxx HD when it hits.

    • LionStone

      Heelllll yea…now your talking Pegleg! Or whatever else that comes out…choices.

  • I wonder if VZW would pull something like this if Sprint and Lightsquare are up and running. VZW and the “government” runs FCC, something smell in here…
    In any case, whatever float your boat.

  • Android1997

    I had my upgrade in Augest, but just decided to throw my Samsung Fascinate at the wall to see if i could get an early upgrade for it. Well i got grounded for a week but it worked and got an upgrade, so i got a Razr Maxx on sunday and im so happy with it πŸ™‚

  • Lucas Gorski

    at the moment, i’m very happy with my galaxy nexus so i won’t be upgrading anytime soon. when/if i want to upgrade than i’ll probably pay full retail price or buy a used phone.
    i might consider switching carriers, but Verizon has very good coverage in my area so i’m going to really have to think it over.

  • jamisles02

    My plan is since I pay for only my phone, the shared plan is worthless to me, so I’ll fight with Verizon being a loyal customer for 12yrs (13 when I’m up for a new phone) & see where it goes.

  • KRS_Won

    Just upgraded to a MAXX last month. Great phone. My next phone will be bought at full price. Hopefully a Motorola Nexus that’s CDMA/GSM/LTE from the play store. (Motorola Nexus RAZR HD MAXX Plus, lol.)
    But seriously, all of Moto’s latest phones have been world-capable. Wouldn’t it be nice if they made another Vanilla Android, and sold it in the Play store. Not because Google bought them, but because there’s that rumour of 7 Nexus devices at the launch JellyBean.

  • ranlil

    Most will laugh… My Bionic runs great so I’ll keep it till it dies, or I get tired of it. Then I’ll buy from ebay or whatever. That is until my contact is up and unlimited disappears.

  • eric815

    Option 1 and 2.should be offered combined. I plan to use 2 upgrades now and buy retail going forward

  • Sixhammers

    Sorry guys a little late to the poll, going forward I have no issues paying full price for my phone to keep the unlimited. However I doubt I will ever buy a phone from Verizon again…. As a side note, for anyone on a family plan. Note: (And someone may have already addressed this issue) if one changes…. you may all be changing… “beware the upgrade”. Personally I am still wondering which customer (and I mean that in the singular since Sanjay) thought shared data plans beat unlimited. Did Verizon really hope to put some sort of positive spin on this scenario?

  • over my dead nexus.

  • Josh Flowers

    Verizon Strategy: remove unlimited data, promote certain phones which will provide higher gain for the company by offering “keep unlimited data” promotions. This promo will roll around every so often and people will buy any phone Verizon deems allowable—even if Verizon knows its crap. People have already made a fuss over losing the unlimited data (myself included), so they know this strategy has & will work.

  • hkklife

    Just extended with a GSIII so in 2 years I will see if it makes more sense to keep on going month to month or jump ship. Depending on how the S3 holds up, if if a Note-style device ever comes to VZW, I may do an upgrade in a year or so if I see a good deal on Ebay or CL on a used one.
    If they pull any funny business while i’m in the duration of that contract, then I’m outta there. If that’s the case, I’d get an unlocked Note (preferably a next-gen Note 2) and go with T-Mob or Straight Talk SIM plan.

  • ntxct

    Can someone make sure my math is correct here… situation: 4 smartphones: 3 GNexses and 1 Blackberry. All on a family plan with 1400 mins and unlimited data. Currently, on average the cumulative data we use is about 750mbs…. (home wifi, office wifi… etc) The current bill is 270 a month (after taxes). My question, is my math correct that if we switch to share everything at 1gb, it will be cheaper per month? 40×4+50=210 210<270, so any downside for me and my family?

    • steve0617

      If you *truly* only use 1 gig amongst four phones, then you’re exactly right. Your math is right, unless you have to pay the extra $15 for the Blackberry corporate email stuff. If the Blackberry is just picking up gmail or AOL, then you’re smart to switch. And then you’d still be saving $35.

      • ntxct

        That’s what I was thinking… Im the “power user”, its mom and dad that have the other GNex, Mom uses around .010 GB a month, Dad .025, and the sister’s blackberry runs through her gmail…. even if we go over by 1gb, the $15 a month addon is still cheaper than the $270 we pay now. Now if the home internet got bandwidth capped, we may be screwed but thats a different story…

  • Matt Gondek

    Option 5: Run my GNex into the ground
    Option 6: Hope the Mayans were right and I won’t have to worry

  • possomcrast1

    So if you’re contract ends you can’t just keep the same phone?

    • vega25

      Yes one can!! And I’m super annoyed that Droid Life isn’t highlighting that at the end of the day, all of us have the option of keeping our phones as they are, and not have to be forced to do anything. I confirmed with @VZWSupport yesterday. I have a Galaxy Nexus and my partner a Rezound, and we don’t see any reason to change our phones in the future. So our plans will stay as they are! (In my case, the new plans increase the monthly access charge by $30, so I have no intention to change to them.)

      • steve0617

        However, because you’re off contract, VZW could eliminate the unlimited for you. Not saying they will, but there would be no agreement locking you/them into unlimited data for you.

        • vega25

          Fair point, @steve0617:disqus. But for now there is nothing I am required to do. And if and when they do decide to eliminate the unlimited for me, its at that point that I’ll have to make a decision. Since the monthly access charge is higher for me under the new plans, I am saving money every month that I’m not moving to the new plan.

          • steve0617

            Exactly the same for me. I’m a single line, one device and simply do not need unlimited minutes and texts. So changing now doesn’t make sense for me either, unless I want the lock in the unlimited.

        • vega25

          One can of course argue that we won’t know if the ShareEverything plans will be offered in the future. At least we know for now what we’re getting. What if the ShareEverything plans become this golden window of opportunity, and 2 years down the line everyone who moved to them in 2012 rejoice because its the people changing plans later or new customers who turn out to be harmed the most. Well, to all that, I would say, we’ll see. For now, I’m saving about $40 a month, which I’m very happy about, and expect to do so at least for another 18 months.

      • possomcrast1

        Good because I’m still happy with my nexus. I won’t be jealous of any phone until the next nexus is announced.

      • udispyn

        I don’t plan to upgrade I have the Razr Maxx, just waiting for ICS and global, and I’m good

  • Im game with buying either new/used phones to keep my unlimited data. Im on a single line account. Its all me…

    • vega25

      Sorry to hear that Jonathan.

  • William_Morris

    Upgraded back in January and the other person on our account upgraded last month. Keeping unlimited is automatically a no brainer for me, so I’m definitely gonna have to buy full price from now on.

  • elmotactics

    I think what I’m going to do once it comes time to renew (I just extended my contract with upgrades about 2 months ago) is buy full price direct from Google, and then jump ship to something like Straight Talk unlimited no-contract.

  • bgeek1

    I left at&t and a corp discount 15 months ago for a thunderbolt, unlimited data, free nfl mobile, and 1 year contracts. Fast forward and: pay extra for nfl, still no LTE, 2 yr contracts, tiered data, and a phone that needs it’s own nuclear power plant.
    Verizon reminds me of this girl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I43GUnZN_s4

  • bull3964

    5th option: buy phones lightly used a couple months after they come out. They’ll end up being the same price as a subsudized phone by that point and you get to keep unlimited data. Bonus is, Verizon doesn’t get a sale either.

    • vega25

      @bull3964:disqus How do you do that – where do you buy lightly used phones a couple months later?

      • bull3964

        Well, there’s the usual suspects like eBay. Best buy also has a used electronic’s website, You can get a used Verizon Galaxy Nexus from there for about $320.or a Razr for $290. The one good thing about the manic release cycle of Android phones is that the used market is flooded and we are finally getting to the point where a 4 month old phone isn’t all that far behind current models.

      • aaCharley

        Look at Ebay now for prices of GNex or RAZR. They are still the newest available but about to be demoted. Price is about $300 and will likely drop when newer phones actually ship. The people who are phone phreaks and have to have the latest and newest will still have the addiction, even if on the new family or tiered plans. So, three years from now you can expect to get a one year old phone, better than what you are using, for something in the range of $200, while keeping your Unlimited data plan. And you will know which ones actually work as advertised.

      • Obi5683


      • moelsen8

        cowboom.com (best buy’s used site).. just got a d3 in pretty awesome shape for the wifey so we can cancel her asurion insurance.. her d2g becomes her insurance, and she gets an upgrade for the last 10 months of her contract (the costs more/less offset). paid $141 on auction (you can also flat-out buy items). they actually have some pretty decent deals there and their descriptions seem to be pretty honest…… based on my one experience, at least. i’d definitely buy there again for sure though.

        but you could also check out craigslist and ebay of course.. just gotta make sure you get a phone with a clean ESN then.

    • areffes

      Um…Verizon doesn’t want a sale. They lose hundreds of dollars every time you buy a phone from them. Why do you think you have to sign a 2 year contract to get a subsidized phone? They only want your monthly service payments, not to sell you hardware.

  • 1) other carriers will add similar within a year.
    2) for people with mostly smartphones, the price is likely to be similar or less
    3) eventually no data will be unlimited so you might as well start changing your habits now
    4) using wifi makes this a non-issue
    5) I’ll actually save $10/mo with the 10GB option and my family never uses more than 6 combined GB with three Androids and one feature phone. (and we never use wifi now)

    Only TMobile actually offers a better plan/price but their service sucks. So, yeah….

    • hkklife

      1. I agree 100%
      2. It really depends on everyone’s circumstances
      3. Easier said than done! But I really never fully got immersed in the Pandora/Slacker sort of streaming stuff, because I have figured unlimited was coming to an end, especially after the rise of cloud-centric Android and the added cloud functionality of iOS. That’s why I will NOT buy a device with a microSD slot. I like to keep secure files and media stored locally.
      4. True, but I have almost no wi-fi access at work and when I do it’s slow and unreliable and congested. Even downstairs in my house has a weaker wi-fi signal than my LTE signal.

    • vega25

      I don’t agree with (3). Change your habits (and start paying more money by way of monthly access charges) when your hand is actually forced. Go through the length of your contract, run the phone into the ground, and decide then.

    • Br_d

      #3 is like saying “you’re going to die eventually, so you might as well just kill yourself now”

      • Yeah, because death/suicide is so similar to altering your data usage habits.

        • Br_d

          It’s called a metaphor. I’m not equating the 2. There’s no reason to change your habits until it’s absolutely necessary.

          • I know what a metaphor is, I also know yours sucked and was extreme. I didn’t say “take the new plans NOW!”, I said “start changing your habits now”, i.e. so that way when you are eventually thrown to the wolves you know how to survive.

          • Br_d

            And I’m saying that mindset is idiotic. My metaphor was apt. I’m not changing my habits until I need to. Until then, I’m taking advantage of what I’ve got.

  • 2001400ex

    Where is the “Verizon will buckle to consumer demand and realize this is ridiculous” option ?

    • Droidzilla

      It’s not there because they won’t.

      • 2001400ex

        I don’t know, Netflix changed their mind due to backlash. Banks changed their mind due to backlash. If we create enough of an issue and pushback, they will change their plans.

        • Droidzilla

          I just can’t see people actually having an issue with it enough for Verizon to care. Unlimited data has been officially gone for a while, now (though you can be grandfathered), and there hasn’t been a backlash against that.

  • EdsonDJ

    I’ll be switching out. I might go with the prepaid/no-contract GSM route. I will definitely miss 4G LTE, though.

  • ken

    Will definately look at switching carriers. If V offered rollover of unused data then I could swallow this.

  • Kierra

    I don’t even use my phone much anymore and I’m not a data hog like how I use to be.
    Unlimited data ain’t that serious to me.

  • I wonder what this will do to inventory on Swappa? On the flip side people might start taking care of their phones more realizing that if it breaks they don’t have Asurion or they can’t just throw it out for their next cheap-o upgrade.

  • Jared

    These data tiers put Verizon firmly in the lead for most ridiculously priced. Even with what we’re paying now for unlimited data I don’t think I could find a carrier that wouldn’t be cheaper. I’ve been willing to pay the price for the excellent coverage but I’ll be moving to something cheaper when our contract is up in March.

  • giving up unlimited data isn’t a big deal for me. I barely use a gig as it is and I am in IT Support

  • Jeremy Case

    I spoke to a Verizon rep today at my local store because I went ahead and upgraded my wife to a Razr Maxx. He said that the unlimited data will be going away even if you pay full price off of contract. The way he put it to me is your off contract so they can take it away and simply say its not available anymore. I would switch carriers but all other carriers suck for coverage in my area so I either deal with it or have a phone that I cant use.

    • SeanBello

      you and me both, but as soon as ATT gets 4G up and running in my area, I’m out. be much easier having GSM

      • moelsen8

        Amen. Same here. Unless were looking at a moto nexus on vzw next year I’m out.

      • angermeans

        Your going to be pretty upset as AT&T is less than s month away from announcing there own family share data plan you wait and see. The reason Verizon released so quick was to get it out the door before AT&T. They already have been working on this just like Verizon and I wouldn’t doubt that the other 2 carriers are right behind them

    • EC8CH

      That’s not what Verizon’s Website says.

      • Jeremy Case

        Im not saying it will happen its just what I was told. I wouldnt take much stock in what the website says. Wait till 6 months down the road when profits are up from this and they will make everyone switch.

        • EC8CH

          Verizon better lawyer up if they plan on taking away unlimited data from customers who purchase a phone at full retail because they were directed by Verizon’s website to do so if they wanted to keep unlimited data.

          I’d put more stock into the theory that VZW rep is full of $h!t and was just saying anything to get a contract renewal.

          • Al Davis

            VZW better really lawyer up if they pull that would be a monster class action on there ass.

          • Tim242

            You cannot sue carriers. You signed an arbitration agreement…

          • Droidzilla

            Things like that (and injury waivers) aren’t really worth the paper they’re written on. Any lawyer worth their salt will get that thrown out in court.

  • Captain_Doug

    Importing a quad core phone and getting a straight talk sim.

  • Liquidretro

    Business Plan = No Shared Data, still unlimited. Confirmed this AM.

  • 5th Option

    Or picking up used off-contract (Craigslist, Ebay)

  • Nicolai Sheehan

    Anyone who picked pay full retail, I’m assuming doesn’t have an upgrade. Cuz why not use it sell the device if you dont want it.. Still having burned the upgrade since you wont be doing that again

    • Snowcrash


    • KleenDroid

      You are right but some of us are talking about the future. Already have the Nexus now and next phone in the future will be full price to keep my plan the way it is. Unlimited data on all my lines for only $10 each is not something I want to lose.

  • Morris

    I looked over the new and upcoming phones and decided between the Galaxy Nexus and the SGS3 which phone I would want for a LONG time ( I dont havfe $650 lying around) and went with the SGS3 for an upgrade. I cant buy these phones full retail so coming from an Incredible I decided what phone was best for me int he long long run and thereby keeping unlimited data

    • vega25

      Sounds like a good decision to me @disqus_uxVd0veOa1:disqus. This way you don’t have to think about all these changes until you think its time to move on from the SGS3.

    • Droidzilla

      Good choice. SGSIII is a no brainer over the GNex.

  • You should have an option for: Leaving Verizon because CDMA is a horribly outdated piece of tech that prevents the Flagship device from getting the upgrades it needs.

    Verizon has openly admitted that it is not worried about the network being overloaded for LTE. Its simply because they want more profits.

    CDMA is archaic and GSM is going forward.

    • droidbeat

      CDMA will eventually be turned off when LTE is fully built out.

    • Tim242

      GSM is older than CDMA. CDMA offers the best quality, and efficiency. LTE is not GSM. As far as updates, pitch your ridiculous argument to the GSM Nexus owners…

      • Obi5683

        LTE is an evolution of GSM.

        • Tim242

          That is a HUGE misconception.

    • Droidzilla

      CDMA vs. GSM is really kind of outdated with LTE. It’s like arguing over VHS vs. Betamax when DVD started to really take off.

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    When I see something I like, I will sell my Maxx and use that money to purchase. No more contracts.

  • David Hussey

    Making the decision to give up future unlimited data based on past and present average usage is one of the poorest calculations you can make. You have to extrapolate at least exponentially to take future use cases into account. I expect faster than exponential data usage growth for myself.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i totally agree. this is how they’re planning to get people. “oh, i’m saving $5 a month and never use more than 2GB, what a deal!!”

      1 year later…

      “watching the NBA playoffs on my phone is awesome!!!” *sees bill* “FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!”

      • David Hussey

        I personally know people on AT&T who already shot themselves in the foot this way. The went from unlimited plan to 200MB plan to save $$, and BOTH of them already upgraded to the 2GB plan due to going over the 200MB. This will continue to be the case as long as data caps exist, and that’s why they are successful for companies.

        • stupidllama

          Did you mean they are successful because they are able to sell people on this or because data caps exist, i’m guessing you meant the former and not the latter because they companies were plenty successful long before data caps.

        • hkklife

          Yup. 10 years ago I knew people being penny wise & dollar foolish and dropping to a “cheaper” voice plan and going over EVERY single month and having to pay the penalties. Then 5 years ago it was people going way overboard on their text messaging plans (it adds up). Now it’s situations like David describes with people wanting “just a phone with a big screen” or a smartphone to look cool/trendy and they gradually keep using more and more of their phones’ capabilities and then end up drastically exceeding their data allotment.

        • Damon

          Going from unlimited to 2-4gb for a light user makes sense but unlimited to 200 mb on a smart phone You have to be retarded

          • Droidzilla

            I don’t think even this makes sense as people will start to use their phones for more and more and high speed data makes phones able to more easily use high-bandwidth features.

    • KleenDroid

      You are correct. You always have to assume your usage will go up.

    • mcdonsco

      I too would worry about that, but even if I for whatever reason use twice as much data as my past highest month of data useage (past high amount being 6gb, so twice being 12gb) I’m still saving $70/month even at the “gotcha” data price of $15/1gb if I go over and don’t realize it. If I start doing that regularly, I bolt on another 10gb’s or so for $50 and my savings are still well over $100/month.

      If this is your only data connection (maybe someone that just has phone and laptop or something so you use your 4g unlimited as your only data at home) then I can certainly see wanting to hang onto unlimited data.

      One other thing occurs to me, once someone DOES upgrade their phone (full price or not) wouldn’t they lose the unlimited data then anyway? Even if that’s not the case…Retail for a Razr Maxx is $650, on contract is $200, that’s $450 worth of savings that can add close to 4gb’s of data each month over a 2 year contract (unless of course you don’t mind buying a used phone on eBay or something; which I don’t because someone elses idea of “close to new condition” and my own idea of it can vary greatly).

      (Damn it! Why does droid life’s disqus NEVER post with carriage returns…GRRR!!! ALWAYS have to go back and edit to add them back in).

    • J Dub

      Agreed. I try to tell people to stick with unlimited no matter what. VZW sees the future. A future of even more Twittering, Facebook surfing, watching Netflix/Hulu/Etc on you phone, watching live professional sports matches on your phone, the list goes on. The Olympics will be streamed to phones this year too correct?

      With the Wifi display hub for the SGS3 I can hook my phone up to my TV and watch all this awesome content using my phone on my TV. We cut the cords years ago so all of our TV watching is done via streaming/downloading. Here’s to hoping the wifi display hub launches with the SGS3.

    • Jake

      Absolutely correct. With higher resolution screens coming out on phones, tablets, and computers, expect larger file sizes on everything from apps to Web images. People are resorting to more cloud storage and streaming, too.

  • Michael Johnson

    Gonna wait for the next Nexus that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s HSPA+, buy it full-price, and use T-Mobile’s $30 prepaid Unlimited Data plan (http://i.imgur.com/k0NL0.png) combined with VOIP using GrooVe IP.

    • Jon

      Ya know I’ve heard of this plan before, but I can’t find it anywhere when I want to look for it online???

      I also asked a few friends who I knew were on T-mobile to tell me about their experience in Los Angeles. All of my friends had already switched to Verizon and they absolutely hated T-mobile. They said I would save money but it would be the most miserable 2 years of my life, especially coming from Verizon.

    • If you read the fine print, it’s only for 250MB and then you can have all the snail speed data you can handle and I mean Morse Code snail speed.

    • hkklife

      I like the sound of that T-Mob plan but I wish they had one or two higher tiers of it.
      Say, $45/month with unlimited talk/text and 5Gb of data. Or $60/month for unlimited EVERYTHING (no throttling whatsoever). I regularly use 6-7Gb/month on Verizon LTE so I’d like to be able to do the same on T-Mob.

      • Droidzilla

        They have a $50 unlimited everything plan, but all of their plans are throttled over 5GB (I believe).

    • HueThree

      By far the best deal on the market today. Don’t be afraid to drop Verizon people.

  • Kyle

    Can I buy off contract while upgrading from 3G to 4G and keep unlimited?

    • TheDrizzle

      Yes I believe so.

    • Droidzilla

      Yes. Data plans are data plans regardless if you use 1x, 3G, or LTE.

  • H-508

    upgrade assuming the Inc4g comes out next week πŸ™‚ If not…probably buy a used phone and move it to straight talk.

    • Caddy197

      Why buy an Inc4g? It will be the same price as a Samsung Galaxy S3. Better hardware, better screen, better phone.

      • drw

        Becuase Incredible 4G has a 4″ screen and is far more useable for my wife.

        • Droidzilla

          My wife won’t get a phone under 4.3″; in fact, she would have loved the Note if it came out for Verizon. Has your wife used a larger device for any amount of time? Most women I know seem to like it once they get used to it.

  • snowblind64

    What if I buy a phone on my extra line and switch it over to my main line? Will I lose my unlimited data plan?

    I think I would be able to keep unlimited data if I did that but I’d like to hear from others who may know more on the subject.

    • David Hussey

      I recently confirmed this with @VZWSupport. If anyone on your account wants to upgrade on-contract into a shared data plan, ALL lines on the account must be converted to shared data plan. Which is crap.

      • Thats not true

        • angermeans

          If most definitely is true believe me I know and confirmed it today πŸ™‚ so all everyone planning on keeping unlimited data that’s on a family share plan better move to single line or make sure no one on the account plans on upgrading their phone at a discounted rate in the future. The reasons is that the single line plans will be grandfathered which means you cannot choose the and the only plan avaiableb is these new ones. If o e perso upgrades and signed a co tract It automatically dumps everyone into this new plan despite if you have been paying full price for phones.

          • angermeans

            Ther is another optio too as the plus Canada and plus mexico plans will be untouched but don’t come with family SMS and will have to be added per line and no unlimited optio a d again what I mentioned above will still happen if your on a family plan and a yo e upgrades without paying full price. Not to mention once this takes the only plan change you can ever make In the future is I. The same family like going from the single li e 450 to 900 or unlimited and text will go the way of the dinosaur as they will no longer offer tiered pla ns at all so make sure u have what you need

      • Aryeh Hersh

        The overall contract will not be changed unless the line has the rights to change it. Even then, if they want to keep the current plan they will be allowed to.

    • This works. I added lines to my family plan in December to get the Gnex without having to wait until my contract was up or pay full retail. They called it a phantom upgrade. I kept my unlimited Data.

    • udispyn

      I did this at bogo free time for razr maxx, I added 2 lines so both phones could switch to unlimited. I transfered them to my # and wife’s # and were sitting pretty with almost 2 full years locked into unlimited…My new plan would be same price if I made all 5 lines smart phones with 6gigs, but as time goes, I think we will only use more data so allowing a cap is stupid. IMo

  • I’m upgrading to the GS3 now because I’m about ready to chuck my Fascinate against the wall for all the times it freezes so I’ll have unlimited data for now. May partner’s contract on AT&T ends at the end of July and he’ll come over to my plan when the iPhone 5 comes out (yes opposites attract πŸ˜‰ ). Between the two of us we use less than 4 GB and will be a little cheaper for both of us.

  • Beka27

    Getting a rotary phone. Lol…

    But seriously, the used phone market is going to explode when more and more people start purchasing unsubsidized phones and selling what they had to recoup some of their money. It will be interesting…

  • KleenDroid

    My wife actually wants a Droid 4 so we will upgrade hers before the change. But from here on out I will pay full price on all 5 lines. I only pay $10 per month on each line for unlimited data and won’t give it up.

    P.S. Amazing

  • fartbubbler

    I have two upgrades available, but I think I should pay full price while I still have the $, and then use the upgrades at some point in the future (possibly for the rest of my family). I’m thinking so because they don’t have and won’t need unlimited data, but I know I will need to keep it.

    Am I thinking right? Other suggestions?

    • TheDrizzle

      I guess that works, if you really think you won’t need unlimited for them. A Verizon rep told me that after the Share plans take effect you can still do the 2gb for $30. So do what you think is best for you.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i have to admit, i’m seriously considering a 4th option: moving away from contracts (and therefore probably Verizon) and buying Nexus devices. T-mobile has a ridiculously cheap monthly plan, that might even make it worth switching to t-mo. especially since they seem to get every Nexus device.

  • I think I’ll be buying phones at full price from now on. The price won’t change much (just me and the fiancee), but I want to keep unlimited for as long as possible. That or switch to T-Mo…

    • Droidzilla

      I wanted so badly to make T-Mo work (vanilla devices and great prices), but at the end of the day their network sucked and I came shlepping back to Verizon. Your area may be different, of course.

  • switching carriers should be an option, cos that’s what I’ll be doing to keep my unlimited data once my contract is up

    • Butters619

      So you’ll be going to Sprint?

      • JB

        Or straight talk.

  • Joyu

    Option 4 – Switching carriers when it’s time to upgrade

  • Andrew Taylor

    Where is the change carrier option?

  • mmoreimi

    wow….sounds like DLers are rich…willing to go full retail?
    I’m going to lay down and take it in the a$$ and try and manage my data…then I can enjoy new phones every couple of years and not break the bank.

    • Droidzilla

      Full retail may be less than overage fees or higher plan prices for some of us, over the life of the contract.

  • I’m due for an upgrade but I can’t make moves until after the 28th so I’m screwed either way. I think I may wait for my contract to be up and switch to AT&T

  • I never really used more that 2GB a month, so I’ll give it up.

  • mcdonsco

    Wouldn’t “already have a 4g phone with unlimited data, so doing nothing” also be an option?

    Also, I have unlimited data but I find even with tethering laptop and tablet I only use around 2gb or less a month anyway.

    I do wish there was someway to get my home wireless router to use my phones 4g connection (I have wired and wireless devices connected)…That would save me a TON of money each year

    • Someday you’ll want to upgrade, and then you’ll be screwed by the new plans.

      • mcdonsco

        I want to upgrade already (Razr HD) but I have a Maxx now and I don’t see enough of a difference between them to justify taken one hit or another…sooooo…

      • vega25

        True, but we can plan for that ahead of time now. If I were using and abusing my phone now, thinking that I was going to upgrade in 2 years at a subsidized rate, I’ll stop doing that now. I’ll try and hold on to these phones for as long as I can, because I know I’m never getting my plans back. In my case, the new plans increase my monthly access charge, so I save money every month that I don’t switch to the new plan.

  • Switching_carriers

    How about a fourth option- Switching carriers

    • Added.

      • Andrew Taylor

        Can I change my vote?

      • Jon

        Kellex…so one point I don’t think you have explored yet:

        I think I read somewhere that Verizon WiFi Hotspot access is included with the new shared plans. Is this true? And if so can you inform us as to what the details are there and how widespread WiFi hotspots might be?

        Thanks. Droid-life has kicked ass with this whole story and info related to the new plans.

        • Josh Flowers

          isn’t it: wifi hotspot unlocked, still pulling from data allotment.

          • Jon

            Oh….well maybe I have misunderstood. I’m talking about a Wifi Hotspot to mean a traditional network of WiFi access points that Verizon has up at different locations, like Airports and municipal areas. I might have totally misunderstood what I read if the WiFi hotspot functionality is referring to tethering from your phone.

          • Josh Flowers

            apologies—if Verizon official Hotspots (if available?) in which case i’m uncertain.
            if it’s WiFi HotSpot (Mobile Hotspot) via the phone, which is a feature touting future unlock after this takes place, then yes–it pulls from the data allotment.

          • AnotherAndroidKid

            I thought I had read that too. The cable companies have them around here too. But the coverage is spotty and worse, i need to log in on the browser every time which does little more than messing with my signal until i do that or shut off wifi on the phone.

            Hopefully VZ’s version will work better.

            But i am honestly still mixed on even staying with VZ. The idea of paying full price for a CDMA based phone i can’t use around the world rubs the wrong way badly.

          • Glen E Ston

            I’m in the same boat. Verizon is making a silly mistake. But maybe they’re doing us a favor- CDMA/LTE is really bad on my GNex battery. Going over to an HSPA+ network will be much better on battery and have very decent network speeds.

          • Droidzilla

            My experience with HPSA+ was the same battery drain but with slower speeds than LTE. This wasn’t with a Nexus, though.

    • justaddh3o

      Yeah really. That, and I’m really for #1 now & #2 two years from now. But never #3.

    • DroidzFX

      straight talk sim on unlocked phone is where I am heading

      • JB

        $45/month unlimited everything is the best πŸ˜€

      • Tim242

        They only allow email and web browsing. No YouTube, no streaming of any kind. They have strict TOS. If you don’t follow, they kick you off.

        • HueThree

          I have it and you are partially wrong and partially right. You have 100mbs per day and 2gigs per month. I store music locally and limit YouTube. May able to bypass by leaving proxy blank in settings. Its worth it for me to save $40 per month. Tmobiles 5gig bring your own plan is nice too.

    • Liderc

      No one is going to switch carriers because of this. As much as I hate the crap Verizon pulls, they dominate the wireless market, especially 4G. You could add all the other carriers’ coverage together and still not have as good of coverage as on Verizon’s network.

      • michael arazan

        we’ll see when 2 year contracts are up and sprint starts putting up their true lte network starting in 2013

        • Liderc

          I still have over a year on my contract, how much farther ahead do you think Verizon’s LTE network will be by the time Sprint starts in 2013?

        • angermeans

          If you think spri t will have unlimited data with its 4G they already have stated that they w.. Be gettng rid of it sometime and I think that is soon. They have to protect the integrity of their network especially considering they are so far behind Verizon and AT&T and will. It have a decent sized network for years if ever. Look at their network now. It’s beyond crippled. Going to sprint would, be the un wisest thing someone could do at this point. They will cater to the iPhone and sprint is arguable more of a slave to apple the. AT&T or Verizon ever was. They will be forced to drop unlimited data and im willi t bet my bank acct that every provider I America will mimic Verizon’s new plans before the end of the year

      • Glen E Ston

        Yes, I’m switching Carriers. Does that coverage really warrant nearly $200/mo for better coverage?

  • watchthesky

    I only use around 1.5 gb of data a month, since I’m usually on wifi and since my upgrade isn’t until this fall I’ll probably just hope for a double data deal later on. I don’t think I use enough data to justify paying full price.

  • I think “leaving Verizon” should be an option. I have beeen with VZW since 1999 and I am seriously considering it when my current contract ends.

    Our CDMA Nexus isn’t even supported by AOSP. I’ll have to bite the bullet and go with GSM unless Verizon fixes this major price hike.

    • Added.

    • mcdonsco

      I’ve been with Verizon for a long time as well and I’ve left 2 or 3 times but I’ve ALWAYS come back for one reason (and I hate saying their catch phrase, but it’s true) “it’s the network”.

      Tried AT&T, Sprint & TMobile – NONE have the call quality, reliability and coverage Verizon does.

      If those things are important to you (as they are to me) then you’ll just end up coming back. But, if you’re just concerned about personal calling in your local area only; not good coverage everywhere for business use, then you are likely better off with another carrier financially.

      • that’s what I’m worried about :/

      • Droidzilla

        Same story here. I went to T-Mobile for a little bit and came crawling back to Verizon for their coverage and real 4G speeds. They have us over a barrel and they know it.

    • mcdonsco

      Also, forgot to mention…With the new plans, I’d actually be saving money…
      I currently have 3 lines, 2 of them are smartphones with everything unlimited (use a combined 4gb or less a month of data) and one is a basic phone.

      Current monthly bill is around $310 ($200 for plan and first two lines + $60 for data on those and another line at $50)

      On the new plan I would be paying $190 total (2 smartphones $80, one basic $30 and 6gb data $80).

      Plus, the only reason my Razr is rooted is to get free mobile hotspot (by removing the provisioning check in the database)…with the new plans, it would be supported and free on all devices.

      Leaving “Unlimited” data does freak me out, but looking at the bills for months and months, I just don’t use it anyway…soo….Also, I have a data card account at $60/month that will be cancelled with this as well; so more savings there (that laptop uses maybe 1gb/month).

      • Tyler Chappell

        You’re current bill is insanely overpriced. We have 3 lines on one account, 2 of which have grandfathered unlimited, and the third with 4GB of data, 700 minutes, and the friends and family all for around $210.

        • mcdonsco

          you have 700 minutes…ours is unlimited talk

          2 lines = $200 (unlimited talk and text)

          data on those 2 lines = $60

          Additional line = $50 (unlimited talk & text, no data)

          Your additional 2 lines are only costing you like $10/each a month because you’re sharing the 700 minutes. When you’re on unlimited minutes each additional line is $50

        • mcdonsco

          I replied to this once, not showing up for some reason so if it ends up being double posted; well, it’s Disqus’ fault πŸ™‚

          You have a 700 minute a month plan, which is MUCH cheaper than an unlimited minute plan like what I’m on. Plus, when you add a line to a capped minute a month plan, it’s $10, when I add a line it’s $50.
          That’s why mine is so much higher.

          And if you’re wondering, yes, we use those minutes (business phones, each line uses around 4,000 minutes a month).

      • Droidzilla

        No need to root with FoxFi.

  • I think there should be an option on this poll for buying off Craigslist or eBay.

    • Josh Flowers

      exactly what i plan on doing

    • gadgetryan

      May I also add Swappa!!

    • I’d file that under full price myself, but I get where you’re coming from. A better title would be “Buying off-contract”

    • John

      This is what I’m thinking.. lightly used second hand phones. prices may be driven up, but there is such a massive number of smartphones in circulation now that I suspect supply will keep things in check.

      • michael arazan

        nd quite a few people get subsidized phones, never use them and then sell for full price or so on ebay to make a quick $3-400

    • angermeans

      I’m hoping the nexus x 5 unlocked rumors is true. 399 would be the perfect price pt unlocked

  • I voted “using an upgrade before the 28th” because I’m not planning on leaving Verizon, but I imagine a “Leaving Verizon for another carrier” option would be useful.

  • Greg Morgan

    For us, just the wifey and myself, it’ll be cheaper to switch to the new plans. we barely go through data because we’re always connected to wifi.

    • Droidzilla

      This essentially means that you simply pay for data elsewhere. I use 100% of my data on Verizon.

  • Bauce40

    How about switching to Sprint (assuming they keep their unlimited plans)

  • What about option #4? Leave Verizon.

  • Trevor

    As long as it lets me keep my awesome $69.99 unlimited text and data plan by buying phones outright, I will forgo the subsidized prices. However, if Verizon takes away my deal, then I might as well take advantage of the cheaper phone prices and lose unlimited. I have rarely ever used more than 1GB of data anyway (use mostly wifi), so it’s not the end of the world to lose unlimited.

  • I’ll be pre-ordering the GSIII for my wife’s line before the 28th. Just trying to hold out spending money as long as possible. After that, it’s either buy at full price or switch carriers.

  • The wife and I pretty much refuse to give up our unlimited plans until the kids are old enough to have phone. Then we’ll see about switching to some sort of shared data plan.