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Verizon is Launching Verizon Max, a Limited Time 6GB $30 Deal for Unlimited Customers Who Want Verizon Edge

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Earlier this morning, we broke news on a new Verizon plan that will be introduced in the coming days called Verizon Max. At the time, we didn’t have all of the details ironed out, but after talking to sources of ours, think we know almost everything there is to know about a new tiered data plan aimed directly at unlimited customers.ย 

Verizon Max will be introduced on August 25, along with Verizon Edge (Big Red’s new upgrade-often plan). We were told by a corporate Verizon spokesperson during the announcement of Edge that unlimited data customers would be excluded from participating in the upgrade-often plan. Well, they could participate, but they would lose their unlimited data. If an unlimited customer decides they want to sign up for Edge, and a pay a monthly fee for their phone without any upfront cost, Verizon Max is their point of entry.

So what is Verizon Max and who can participate?

Max is a two-tiered plan that offers unlimited data customers either a 6GB block of data for $30 per month (without tethering) or an 8GB block for $50 (includes tethering). This is not a shared block of data either, meaning your 6GB or 8GB are yours to keep. In fact, you can’t share the data in Verizon Max as it is a “line level feature.” Verizon Max is not a part of Share Everything, from what I understand.

Verizon Max will only be available for a limited time, though the dates on expiration have not been shared.

Max can only be added to an existing customer line that currently has unlimited data and is signing up for Verizon Edge.

So what’s the point?

Verizon is giving customers with unlimited data an option to participate in Verizon Edge by not charging them the normal $30 for 2GB of data pricing, and instead offering them a sizable amount of data at a price similar to what they are paying for their unlimited plan. And if they were to choose the 8GB option, which includes tethering, it looks like somewhat of a deal since unlimited customers currently have to pay an extra $30 a month to add tethering (assuming they aren’t rooted or using an app to tether for free).

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Is it a good deal?

I’m not sure that “deal” is the right word. That all depends on your needs. If you want to participate in Verizon Edge (we wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you do)ย and currently have unlimited data, this would allow you to join that program and still hold onto a pretty significant amount of data in comparison to Verizon’s Share Everything Plans. Verizon is currently charging $80 for 6GB and $90 for 8GB of data in Share Everything.

Random note

I think my favorite line above references Verizon Max as being a “data feature that offers large amounts of data at affordable prices.” In other words, the rest of Verizon’s prices aren’t affordable.

Thoughts on Verizon Max?

  • Mickey Johnson

    Adios Verizon, I’m getting down soon. Unlimited till I die

  • HryPop

    Why do I see a multi line account walking away from Verizon to CREDO? I know I will pay more but in the end there comes a time getting screwed with isn’t worth it

  • Mogwald

    Anyone know how I can get still get the unlimited data plan from Verizon? I need it I don’t have a problem paying for the phone their plans are absurd.

  • Ray

    Well I’ve just upgraded my phone, I pre ordered the note 3 using the Verizon Edge plan and to my surprise my unlimited Email and Web for smartphones is mine to keep for $29.99 . I don’t know if there was an error on their website or what, all I know is they sent me an email confirmation and my plan remains the same (with unlimited data) so I’m a happy camper

  • Th3rdSun

    I have a HTC Thunderbolt with unlimited data.Ever since they upgraded the UI to ICS my phone has ran like crap.I think it was a ploy to get all of the grandfathered plans.If I was 100% positive that they wouldn’t pull the same crap two years from now,I would get the Galaxy S4.

  • kingsfan33

    trying to get onto this plan: http://badvzwservice.blogspot.com/

  • Julio

    Anyone that takes this deal has some major brain damage! Lol
    I would not give up unlimited data for a new phone! What kind of s**t is that

  • unlimitedDatapeep

    Well, if they just outright dump unlimited data altogether, I’m screwed. a little scared to type this but my average data soars over 80 – 100+ GB on a regular basis, my HTC TB IS my internet service. I knew the value of unlimited data when it came out… period. There’s never been a need for me to sign up for ‘internet’ service with any provider (DSL, cable..whatever). Verizon did start charging me $30 a month for Hotspot late in 2011, I couldn’t get away without paying that. The cheapest home internet service you’ll find anywhere won’t go below $29.99 not including taxes and fees, and most are data limited, (which is ridiculous). I’m living high on the hog right now. I know it and I’m very very lucky. I bought unlimited data EXACTLY for the reason it was orginally designed for. A lot of customers got it with no intention of dumping their internet service providers. For those of us that ‘got it’ and have used it precisely for the reason they offered it….we’re on shaky ground now. The average customer continued to contract else where for their home internet service and never utilized their plans or phones to their full potential. I did…I stuck with the main reason I bought the HTC TB and have kept it since the beginning in 2009. When Verizon kicks me off….that’s the last day I will EVER be a verizon customer again.
    I’ll be forced into the dsl/cable bundle internet limited service fiasco. It’s criminal what these companies are doing to the consumer.

  • Andrรฉ Berry

    I’m not falling for this Bull Sh**, end of discussion. I’ll keep my unlimited as I often go up to 16GB in a month and some……

  • Joe

    I’ll stick with my unlimited 3G, Verizon is drunk


    Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll keep my UNLIMITED data plan till I die.

  • Farkyou

    I work for Verizon. I have AT&T

  • TheSimpleTruth

    This is just another step in the wrong direction for data on mobile devices…

    Currently, the only people who can get the most out of mobile devices are people with unlimited data, and tethering. So why not just let these people participate in the edge program, and keep their unlimited data?

    This entire shift to limited data plans, and the costs that are attached to them, are directly hindering mobile advancements. These service providers should be using the money that they are ripping out of our noticeably loose butt holes to increase their infrastructure, and allow support of unlimited data to all customers just as it was before instead of using it to test and release a new phone every 2 weeks.

    Tell me, why would I upgrade to a tiered data plan to get one of Verizon’s new flagship phones (which are touted as media powerhouses) on a monthly payment basis if I can’t actually enjoy using them for that media whenever I want?

    These companies need to find a way to do this the right way, or not do it at all. We’re going backwards, and that is not acceptable.

  • trext

    Verizon Edge lets you upgrade more often, but you are still paying full price for a phone, correct? Verizon Max is gives you 6 or 8GB for $30/$50. You can only use Verizon Max with Verizon Edge? How is this a good deal? I can buy a phone in full and keep my unlimited data. I am just paying upfront instead of over time. Am I missing something?

  • AHoL2206

    so can we just jump right into the payment plans? i wouldnt mind getting a Moto X without an upgrade if i can drop like $150 on it and pay it off in a year…..

    • Character0

      I believe they still have the 12 month payment plan that has nothing to do with this and lets you keep unlimited. But they charge you $2 a month. Which is about 4% APR, not that bad really.

  • Boss As Hell

    Not sure what’s up but I just checked out with unlimited data still showing and this particular phone’s contract isn’t up until May?

    • Boss As Hell

      Update: Just got the first month’s payment and sales tax taken out of my bank account. Again, receipt shows unlimited data and I was not close to an upgrade on this phone.

      FYI, upgraded my wife’s Razr Maxx to the Droid Maxx.

  • Gus

    I’m o ne of the few that still has the unlimited data!!! No plans to upgrade out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gus

    The verizon edge plan just adds to your current bill.. No thanks

  • bkes216

    Based on my needs I was interested in this. However, it became known today that you have to be eligible for an upgrade to use Edge which I confirmed with a phone rep.

  • Jose Xp Driod

    They tried to pull this shot today. But I gave the rep my facts and two cents. In all I won and happy I still got my droid bulimic which is the best bare minium phone

  • Brandon Kesler

    I was in a Verizon store this afternoon and the rep had no idea what I was talking about when I brought this plan up..

  • Kasper

    swappa FTW. VZW can stop wasting our time on getting people to come off their unlimited data plans, and spend more time/money making their LTE network stronger

  • dshizzel

    OK, this is pretty cool, actually. My wife and I have been on unlimited since the OG Droid days, and we just upgraded to HTC One phones on the day they came out. I selected the 2G shared plan since our history shows us never going over, but when I looked today, we’re automagically on the 6G shared plan. This is awsome. Unlimited minutes/texts, 6G shared, and our bill actually went DOWN a few dollars. I’m liking this a lot!

  • Jeff

    Ha I still have unlimited data can someone please explain to me why anyone woul be dumd enough to exchange infinite for 6 another useless attempt to fist their customers

  • Pretribrapper

    My wife and I have unlimited data plans and we use about 300gb per month. 6 or 8gb would do nothing for us. I can’t picture anyone giving up unlimited data just to be able to finance a new phone at full off contract price interest free over 24 months. Even with just the 6gb plan customers would be paying 30-50 more monthly than they do now just to have less. There would be more motivation to just take the 2 or 3gb and get a new phone for $200 or the like than the Verizon Max deal. Most people won’t be willing to do either. Verizon’s only hope to really get people off their unlimited data would be to offer one of their premium devices at a huge discount (talking about a $300 contract phone for free AND offering a max type plan) to get people on a data restricted plan and off their unlimited. Unlimited is just too good to let go.

  • donkeykong85

    Terrible Deal. How about just letting me keep my unlimited data? How does that sound? Why should I pay the same price for less when you are profiting more and more? I will continue to buy my phones off contract and keep my unlimited data….now if google would just bring an off contract nexus to verizon.

    • donkeykong85

      Also, can I pay for tethering that I get for free? NO THANKS!

  • Kane

    How do they legally get away with asking for more money for tethering? You pay for the data and thatโ€™s it. It would be like Comcast or whoever saying ok you can surf the net but if you want to use Youtube that will be 20 more dollars

  • Armus

    you can take my data plan when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

  • Armus

    6gb? that’s only a weekend for me! come back when you’re ready to be serious

  • Unbiased Experimentor

    Is this the “crowbar” they plan to use to pry remaining customers from the unlimited plan? Sounds like they want to sell me a dirty carpet, so I can wrap my body in it and throw myself in the river for them.

  • Unlimited4Evah

    So if I have unlimited data on my primary family share line and just upgraded my dummy line to an S3 with the intention of switching devices in 24 hours, am I still ok or are they going to keep me from switching the S3 to the unlimited data line?

    • unlimitedDatapeep

      I think you’ll be okay …for now. I also have two lines. One line (the primary) is unlimited (HTC TB) 30$ a month for hotspot. (and to the poster above, I too think it’s BS they charged me for Hotspot…they can tell when you turn it on, thats what your paying for.. the ability, not the amount of data you use on the ability) anyway. My primary line is on month to month (unlimited data), the other line 2g and a iPhone 4. So here’s the plan I’ve cooked up, I’m going to upgade that 2g line to HTC One for $199. Activate the phone on that line for 24hrs. De-activate it, put the iPhone 4 back on it and then activate the HTC One on my month to month ulimited data plan. The only drawback…I have to extend contract on the secondary line I got the HTC One on for two years. So I don’t know yet if I’m going to hatch that plan or not. I’m waiting to see what problems the HTC One has before I extend another god awful contract with Verizon. Rest assured, all of us with unlimited data plans are gonna be kicked off eventually. I personally dread it.

  • everettedl

    So I either pay up front and keep unlimited, or take the Max offer and pay as I go. So what if I want to sign a contract and I’m unlimited?

  • Allen Byrd

    I love how they include tethering as an option on some plans when we can get it easily for free.

    • unlimitedDatapeep

      I tried to activate FoxFi on my phone after they started charging me $30 a month to use the HotSpot function on my HTC TB. Once the ICS update 4.0.4 came out all of the sudden I see this ‘Tethering Guard’ boot up flash and dissapear when I turn my phone on. So I don’t know if I can do this or not….

      • Allen Byrd

        Put a custom ROM on it.

  • Robert Toney

    This plan was created by Verizon to trick stupid and poor people into giving up their unlimited data.

  • Sanitarium09

    Nope. I have the best possible Verizon plan an average Joe can have. 450 minutes, unlimited text and unlimited data for $70 a month. No way am I going to give that up. Want a new phone? Buy used. I bought a great shape Galaxy S3 for $230 and no contract mumbo jumbo. I’m off contract next month and will keep what I have for as long as I possibly can. Anyone know what they can do to you once you’re month to month?

  • Jonbo298

    The ONLY way to get me remotely interested is if the employee discount on the data aspect will still apply here. I know the share everything plans don’t.


    I will NOT be going for this. The amount of data I use….Average of 12GB on each of my 2 phones. It would be cheaper for me to buy phones at full price, and keep my current unlimited data plan. *F* *U* Verizon

  • antjonz

    Stay tuned everybody…Verizon is gonna have to come back with a sweeter deal, because hardly anyone with unlimited data’s gonna bite on this one.

  • rarebreed

    http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2013/07/edge-device-payment-early-upgrade.html .. at the bottom of this it says “Verizon Edge will be available to customers on Share Everything plans starting August 25th. ” yet this offer doesn’t even sound compatible with share everything plans..

  • Croix Delauter

    With the Galaxy Note 3 coming out soon this is somewhat intriguing…..

  • Trevor Clement

    A special discounted bundle of data just for me? Sounds good I’ll….

    … Wait a minute, what the heck. Your Jedi-Mind-Tricks almost had me Verizon, they almost had me.

  • Savan Ghetiya

    hmm.. lets see.. left hand: $30 for 6gb + vmax .. or right hand: $30 for unlimited data for life! …. right wins ๐Ÿ™‚

  • addicuss

    So if im reading this right.. the only real advantage is I can get an upgrade price once every 2 years while not paying 300$ for 500mbs of data.

  • Paul

    I’m sure everyone already realized what a terrible deal this is. You’re giving up unlimited data in order to “borrow” money from Verizon in order to buy your next phone.

    Now, if they let their customers upgrade their phones with the 2 year contract price for this deal, it becomes more interesting.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Well try BigRED…. BUT NOT ENOUGH….

    We are NOT dogs to catch the bones you throw on us…

  • they call me Rob

    I currently have 3 phones on a family plan, 2 smart and one emergency phone. The smartphones both have the $30 unlimited data and I’m currently month to month. If I wanted to upgrade my GNex to a $199 S4 and max out my data to the best price offered, I would need to consider the $30 6GB deal but I would also need to sign up for “Edge” and pay for the opportunity to upgrade my phone in 2 years? That seems dumb.

    Also, does the “tether shortcut” app work on the S4 or HTC One devices without root? It works perfectly on my unrooted GNex. Just curious.

  • Logan Greenwood

    Meanwhile I go into a verizon store today and get a maxx on my dumb phone line and will reactivate the dumb phone tomorrow and activate the maxx on my unlimited line…….Suck It VZW!

    • Tyson

      Say what? How?

      • Logan Greenwood

        Go into store upgrade your dumb phone line (no data) to a maxx get the 2gb $30 data plan DO NOT CHANGE PLANS IN ANY OTHER WAY. Go home get online and reactivate the dumb phone back to the line you put the maxx on taking off the 2gb data plan. Now you can activate the maxx on a unlimited line and the 2yr commitment stay on the dumb phone line. You can even use the existing sim in the phone just dial *832 after you reactivate the maxx and then reboot the phone and you should be good to go, otherwise you’ll need to go back to the store to get a new sim card. I did all of this within a 2 hour window!

  • MSmith79

    $30 for the data, $27 for the phone…How much for talk and text?

  • Character0

    So where is everyone “jumping ship” to? If T-Mobile or Sprint will work just as well then why haven’t you jumped yet? And if its AT&T, how is their tiered plan any better than Verizon’s?

    • Josh Fischer

      I have a few options, locally here, but when I jump ship(when they force me off unlimited) I will likely jump to a prepaid plan such as straight talk. First off, based on my current costs, I would save ~$40 per month and they offer unlimited, although they do throttle. If they force me off, I’m going to save some money and AT&T has decent coverage in my area now.

      I’ve also considered a local company that uses their own network but is the same frequency as T-Mobile so you can roam on T-mobile elsewhere. They have great service in my area and great prices, my only concern is data speeds and coverage when I switch over to T-mobile outside my area when roaming.

      • Character0

        The thing is, for me, I value coverage. I want to make sure if I break down traveling or have an emergency I can be contacted. In my area Verizon just has the best coverage. Going to T-Mobile or Sprint would compromise my primary value. At&t is an option but its the same price for the same service.

    • Patrick Dough

      Haven’t jumped ship since I am in a family plan until 6/14. 700 min, unlimited text, data for $80…Would be equivalent to the new T-mobile plan at $50 + $20 phone + $10 insurance. Would probably try the $30 Walmart plan though.

  • Malcolm Love

    My data usage is completely random, but I’ve never used more than 5 gigs. I would say the lack of data I use is simply because my Galaxy Nexus is way too slow. If I could get a new phone (Like a Droid MAXX) I’m sure I’d easily use more. But I REALLLY don’t wanna have to pay full price for that phone, especially because I know Verizon would still charge me for a subsidy. That’s the only kicker for me. It irks me so hard. And the fact that I pay such a low price in comparison to the tiered plans just makes it not worth it at all. I may end up buying a full price phone. The biggest plus is that I could leave whenever I wanted, AND apparently Droid MAXXs will work on other networks. So that makes me feel better.

  • Tim242

    No thanks, Verizon. I’ll keep my unlimited until you take it from me. Then, I shall take my business from you.

  • psuturtle

    If I can’t convert both my unlimited plan and my wife’s unlimited plan to a single shared 6GB plan for $30/month, then this is of no use to me. I’ll simply buy my phones off contract if I decide to stay.

    If I could convert both plan over to a single shared plan for that price, then it’s worth it as we don’t come near the cap and I’d essentially be cutting out one of two data plans.

  • jim

    They just want total controll,no thanks, mess with my unlimited and i’m gone

  • Brady Owens

    First all of you who use 10, 20, 30+ GB, good for you. We’re happy for you. Your cookie’s in the mail. Verizon obviously isn’t going after you with this. Also all you boasting you’ll happily drop Verizon the second they kill unlimited plans get real. I hate Verizon for many of the same reasons a lot of you do, but from everything I’ve heard NO ONE’S service comes close to their reliability. So for those of us who still have unlimited, but are wondering how much longer that’s going to last this sounds like a decent option.

    Maybe I missed this information, so if I have forgive me, but can someone currently on their unlimited plan just switch to this plan w/o buying a new full-price phone through Verizon Edge? Basically this is my idea. Let’s say I can switch my unlimited plan to this deal and then in two months when the Nexus 5 comes out (yes I know this isn’t confirmed yet and yes I know further that it may not even be available on Verizon, but for argument sake let’s say both of those will be true) can I just buy a new Nexus 5 at $350-$400 and activate it to this account (6 GB/Month for $30/Month)? I won’t have unlimited anymore, but I will have a Nexus 5 with 6 GB/month at $30/month.

    Again, assuming the Nexus 5 comes out and is available on Verizon is this not a pretty good deal for ***MOST*** unlimited users

    • Josh Fischer

      How is that a good deal? If you pay full price for a Nexus 5 on Verizon, you might as well have kept your unlimited data. The only benefit of this plan is for those that plan to use the Verizon Edge plan. Because you can’t use Verizon Edge and keep unlimited, so this is the next best thing. If Google offers a Nexus that works on Verizon (highly unlikely after the GNex debacle) you’d be better off buying it at full price and keeping unlimited.

      • Brady Owens

        It all boils down to is Verizon getting ready to kill unlimited data? I haven’t read one article that says they can’t. Can you assure unlimited plan users this won’t happen? $30/month gets me unlimited now, what does it get me if they kill unlimited? What does $30/month normally get you on Verizon? 2 GB/ month? I’m not a Verizon fan, but I’m also not interested in going to ATT, TM, or Sprint for their inferior service. If the N5 is available on Verizon’s network and priced $200 less than say paying full price for a GS4 or One then is that not an option that’s at least considerable.

        If your whole argument is that Unlimited is better than 6 GB and that paying full price to stay on Unlimited is better than paying full price and taking 6 GB then you’re right, no contest. My point is asking will unlimited be gone in the near future?

        • Character0

          I see what you are saying. In 6, 8, 12 months if they took away unlimited, and you stay with Verizon, you will wish you had 6GB for $30 instead of 2GB. If they made this kind of deal on the Share Everything plan (like when they did the double data deal) they might just get me off of unlimited.

          • Brady Owens

            Exactly. If you’re
            A.) Thinking unlimited will be here forever,

            B:) Don’t care if they take away unlimited I’ll take my business elsewhere,

            C.) Don’t care if they take away unlimited I’ll happily accept whatever monthly allowance they decide to give me

            Then this deal makes no sense for you, BUT if you’re

            D;) You like Verizon’s reliable service and aren’t sure if unlimited will always be around then this deal is at least something to consider.

  • Jimmie

    Can someone explain to me how Verizon edge is worse than having month to month and paying full price for a phone (other than losing unlimited data). I’m having trouble seeing it.

  • Rob Delaney

    I have a question and need help because I am considering the 8GB plan. I have three lines on a family plan, 2 smart, one feature phone. its 700 mins a month, unlimited text and unlimited data for both smart phone and it runs us $184 a month.

    The base plan is $61 (22 percent discount with my wife’s company) + $10 line access fee + $23(22% discount) for her data so $94 there.
    The second line is $10 line add + $30 for $42 a month.
    Third line is $10 access fee + $7 insurance (my mother-in-laws line) for $17 right there.

    If I change the first smart phone line to the 8GB at $90 total ($40 for the line and %40 for the data), would that mean the second line which only runs us $42 a month would change to something different or stay the same.

    Follow up, what happens if I change the second line at $42 a month to the 8GB line.

    I would really appreciate it if I got some great feed back on this before I walk into the store. I tried to figure it out with the info on VZW site but its confusing when you want to put one on share and not the other. I know one thing with the math, putting both on the 8GB would cost us more

  • wellhayhay

    This might demonstrate they have lost a lot of their “unlimited” customers and are trying to get them back and prevent more from leaving. Ever since they screwed us over they have been getting nothing but bad publicity from us- just Google “Verizon unlimited data” and see what I’m talking about.

  • Dcdanger

    8 gigs shareable / tethered data for $50.00 a mo with contract phone upgrades, this is too much to ask for ? I,ll keep my unlimited and free tethering app till then.

  • mieshageoffsdaughter

    Edge data slow enough, but you really need “unlimited Edge data” watching still pictures of video streams as the audio comes out fuzzy? I have 3G and am happy with it on AT&T since LTE would send me over stupid cap and there’s no way to adjust the radio on an Android LTE phone to lower the speed.

  • Skittlez

    nope. $30 for unlimited>$30 for 6 GB. plus i just hit 15 GB and i still have 8 days left in my bill.

  • Sina

    Streaming music alone gets me past the 8 gig mark. I’m keeping my unlimited.

  • Davros

    Even if they offered me the 8Gb with tethering for $20 I’ll keep my unlimited purely for the principal of it all. When they tell me to change plans or they’ll drop my contract I’ll say thank you and jump ship faster than a sailor on a 6 month WestPac cruise.

  • Mike

    I was planning to use my upgrade, and I honestly am on wifi all the time anyway, i didnt care to bother with the workarounds. for me 2gb on average is enough, and this would give me 6 to myself now without moving to a shared plan and having 6 to split. So this is amazing.

    • scotch1337

      If you can use your upgrade. The way it is worded atm you only have the new edge program which wouldn’t be good.

  • scotch1337

    so going with this new plan, am i forced into doing the edge thing or am
    I able to still do the 2 year phone contract with a subsidized phone?

  • Jason Brown

    let me see if I follow, so you would forego unlimited data to be apart of the “vzw edge” program where you pay monthly fees until you pay off the full retail price of the phone. you would also get unlimited talk and text. so the only major benefit would be to pay monthly payments to pay off the price of the phone.

    6gb for $30 bucks seemed tempting until I remembered what Vz Edge was about. I thought we could get a new phone at the subsidized price and get 6 gb for $30. wishful thinking / too good to be true.

  • JMonkeYJ

    so wait, they want you to give up unlimited data so you can be ripped off by the EDGE program? who in their right mind would take this offer???

  • James Briano

    Is unlimited>6 (I’m bad at maths)?

    • scotch1337

      I dunno is a throttled unlimited > than a nonthrottled 6MB because that would surely be the next action

      • Lefank

        They can’t throttle 4g…it’s illegal… Only 3g

        • scotch1337

          illegal?? how is that??

          • lefank

            It’s impossible for them to do it on the 4g lte network…If you google this “why verizon can’t throttle 4g” click on the cnet link

          • scotch1337

            Well after reading that article, which was a good read, It doesn’t say anything about can’t or is illegal. Rather it is stated that they choose not to, because there is no reason to. I think this could be done though as a way to push people off unlimited down the road.

            Also did you go to a official Verizon store or a 3rd party?

          • lefank

            the official verizon page also stated that verizon would not throttle 4g…i actually read in a few places that it’s not possible?! I will try to find that information as well…I may be wrong about the illegal part but I also know it’s not illegal to tether your phone using a third party app…The government got a hold of that deal apparently…

          • lefank

            i actually NEVER go to the verizon store…i always call because I feel like you get a better deal and you can have a real conversation because they aren’t trying to sell you a phone and accessories to make money but rather trying to keep your service…so I always call

          • scotch1337

            Thank you for that information!! That is really insightful knowledge. I had always thought that calling did the same thing and actually I was always more cautious with phone calls because I felt like they would try and find more problems and charge me more in the end. My wife’s contract ends in November. Ill have to remember to try and do that.

          • lefank

            good luck! I have a feeling I will have my DNA for a long time haha…but I love the phone!

          • lefank

            it should be the 4th article down, it’s an article by cnet…

          • lefank

            I’m on a mac computer and don’t know how to copy the url haha or else I would…I have checked this out on various other sites as well…also, I just upgraded my line back in June and asked to keep my unlimited data…I got a DNA at discounted price and now my contract runs through June of 2015…I have no idea why or how they let me but I specifically told them I wanted to keep unlimited and I still have it…sorry for all the replies by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Lefank

        I hit near twenty gigs a month streaming my Google music, slacker and Netflix… Speed is always near 30 megs

  • jerry turner

    Like I posted on the other post about this. If you have another line on your account that is up for an upgrade, you can upgrade that line and transfer that phone to your line with unlimited data. Once you transferred that phone just reactivate the old phone on the other line. I was told that directly by someone at a Verizon store. They said you can keep during that to get the upgraded pricing and never lose your unlimited data.

    • NoBullFitness

      I wonder why people don’t know about this trick.

    • Charlie R.

      This is exactly what I do every year. My wife has a tiered 4gb plan and I have unlimited. So we always upgrade on her line, and just transfer it right over to my unlimited plan. So easy.

      • James Briano

        Ya….. I have my mom on a 2gb plan and she doesn’t want a new phone… she comfortable with what she has and doesn’t want to learn a new system. So….. transfer to me!

        EDIT: Verizon doesn’t currently carry a phone I’d want.

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  • James Briano

    Will VZW start releasing devices worthy of an “upgrade”?

  • mcdonsco

    I used 17GB’s last month = PASS

    • Chris

      I stayed in a house for a week with no wifi, I used my phone to tether to me and my girlfriend’s laptop, and I wound up using 21 GB that month haha

  • sk3litor

    Bull pucky. Everyone who has unlimited you keep it. And to boot, the next time you pass a verizon store, go pee in the bushes

  • MikeSaver

    I’d rather pay 5-600 for my next phone up front and keep unlimited than pay twice that with the Edge program

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Give me 12 GB for $30 and we’ll talk! Til then shove it!

    • SA_NYC

      Actually only until VZW says so, as they do have the right to change your (and my) plan. It’s safe to assume the only reason they haven’t done so thus far is the bad PR such a move would generate among hardcore users who frequent sites like this.

  • Eric Whitaker

    It makes sense to people that don’t have the money to buy a phone outright. You can go with the subsides plan get 6Gb which should cover most people. I might consider taking advantage of this.

    • Tim242

      You still have to pay for the full price…twice.

      • Eric Whitaker

        How is that? Unlimited data is $25 where 6Gb is $30. $5 over 2 years is $120. Subside phones are normally $200 where full retail is say $650 you are money ahead. Im not talking about Edge, that part is terrible.

        • Skittlez

          i think that deal is only if you have unlimited and want to use Edge

  • Jared Tau

    If this was a share everything promo, I would consider making the move; why would I want to pay 30 for capped data when I pay the same for unlimited?

  • joejoe5709

    I don’t have unlimited data so I can’t comment, but I’m glad Verizon at least realizes this is a problem and they’re working to fix it.

    • Skittlez

      lol their fix will just be to force everyone off once all the unlimited contracts end.

  • David Narada Brown

    whats the benefits of edge and limited data? we want edge with unlimited data. The point of buying the phone and avoiding contract was to keep unlimited data. they will try and screw us every chance they get. hope no one falls for this. hold out longer it may get better. wishful thinking huh!

  • Justin Kos

    Straight talk wireless $45 a month with a nexus 4..screw vzw

    • Paul

      Do you get HSPA+ on straight talk or what? Not very familiar with speeds/coverage

      • Justin Kos

        I do, the T-Mobile 30 dollar plan got me 10 to 12 Mbps sometimes 5 to 8 ..now I’m trying atnt straight talk I get 5 to 8 I’m located in north jersey

      • Tom

        Too bad Straight Talk terminates your account at seemingly random amounts of data usage.

        • Justin Kos

          I herd about it before I signed up, good news is I’m not bound by contract anymore

    • watson111505

      ” No Offense to you ,, But Straight Talk is Horrible”

    • Tim242

      StraightTalk is horrible. I’m sorry you have to deal with that

  • MK17

    I would likely do that if I could share the 6gbs

  • Rob

    It’s still a trap. Don’t do it fellow unlimited data users!

  • Paul

    T-Mobs or Bust once they take away my unlimited. SO LONG ASSHOLES!!!!!!!

  • Alexa White

    $30 for 6 GB is still 1 cent more expensive than my current rate of $29.99 for unlimited. I don’t even use nearly that much data, but it’s the principle of the matter.

    • Rithvik Rao

      Yeah, and you are forced into Edge.


    you can add tethering “per day” at 99cents/day. add instantly when i need it and not pay the full $30! ill keep my unlimited

    • Rithvik Rao

      I wasn’t aware of that.

    • paulmike3


      • Stev J

        Call. Ask them to add it. Then when done. Call and ask to remove it. (I don’t know if it can be done online.) I did it for my Vacation to Folly Beach for 2 weeks. Was awesome and cheaper than the house’s wifi fee. ($14)

        • paulmike3

          Folly Beach – went there last summer. Good times! ๐Ÿ™‚

          How much data do you get?

          • Stev J

            Its for the Unlimited Data plan. Add for $30/mo… Pro-rated for duration on account…

      • BGRUGGER

        i called them to get it for a day, the lady said she would have it turned off after a day. if its $30 a month, would make sense for 99cents a day! i asked if i could do this anytime, and the response was yes. makes sense.

        • paulmike3

          Unlimited? Or… how much data?

          • BGRUGGER

            Unlimited…i assume from my unlimited plan

    • Tim242

      Ummm you can tether for free with a simple toggle.

  • Stev J

    JUST A NOTE… This doesn’t say you HAVE TO HAVE unlimited data to participate. (That might change, but not as of this screenshot. It might be implied but not expressly stated.)

  • Master O’Disaster

    A lot of the folks here are saying that they would keep their unlimited data instead of going to this plan. I don’t think that people are perceiving this correctly. VZW has clearly stated that they have a goal to eliminate all unlimited data customers. The only reason to consider this is because VZW will almost certainly be
    terminating all of our grandfathered unlimited data plans in about a
    year or so, when the Early Termination Fees will no longer apply.

    We have to stay with VZW, because none of the other carriers are available at our house.

    So, to reframe this issue: My question to the crowd is, “Let’s say that VZW announces that they will be transitioning all customers to tiered data plans on 31-DEC-2013. Would you consider getting on the Verizon Max plan now (and keeping a decent amount of data) instead of getting forced to a tiered plan?”

    • Sporttster

      If I lose unlimited, there are plenty of other ‘limited’ plans out there, many cheaper than VZW. My wife is on Virgin Mobile and is unlimited for less. Sprint has true unlimited. T-Mo has good speeds and has better pricing. VZW would be truly slitting its own throat eliminating unlimited….

    • JMonkeYJ

      if you really get no other service at your house, then unfortunately Verizon has you over a barrel….i don’t envy your position, and there’s really just not enough information to make a good decision at this point. good luck!

    • Tim242

      I’m out of contact. Unlimited, or no dice 3 lines out the door, the second they even announce they are eliminating it.

    • Patrick Dough

      My upgrade is not until the end of 6/14. Might be able to get out of the ETF, although I am on a family plan. I currently have a HTC Rezound, the microusb port has broken, so I can only use an external charger. Getting around 2 hours of battery life. Use around 4-8gb of data (pretty much 4gb when I use mostly pandora/slacker…jumps to 8 gb when I use Google Music).

      Right now, most of my friends/family have Verizon. I am on a family plan where my part is $80, which is right where t-moblies family plan w/ upgrades would put me. I would most likely try the $30 plan from Walmart.

      I would consider this deal if I could get subsidized pricing instead of needing to join Edge. Right now I am considering buying a Droid Razr M from Swappa/Ebay at around $150-$200. The only issue is I do not know what the battery life would be like, since I cannot swap in a fresh one.

  • Zeke

    Staying with unlimited or this plan I’d still be paying full retail price for the phone….. so there is next to no benefit. If they made a $30 6gb single line plan with the ability to buy a phone at a subsidized price, they might be on to something.
    Trading unlimited data for th option to buy multiple phones at full retail AND less data….. FAIL.

  • Rithvik Rao

    I have some sweet info for you guys, take a look at my chat log (hint: It’s a mean plan, and sorry Tim!): http://pastebin.com/LhGgtbmh

  • MichaelFranz

    so 8GB is $50, but what about my rate plan? and is that on top of a $40 smartphone line access…im confused

    • Rithvik Rao


      All the details are there ๐Ÿ™‚

      • MichaelFranz

        correct me if im wrong but the way i read it is,m you get edge and for $30 you get 6Gb and keep the rest….so the only deal here is edge, which isnt much of a deal..

        • Rithvik Rao

          Correct. Unlimited data is replaced with 6GB, and you’re forced to use Edge. So the exact same rate you pay now + Edge and you are losing data. If you’ve stuck it out this long with unlimited data, KEEP IT.

          • MichaelFranz

            basically….cant wait to go to a store and talk to them and get them all hyped that I am going to go with this then say….no no no no no…lol

          • Rithvik Rao


            *leaves store*

          • MichaelFranz

            sad how verizon cant do anything right by what customers want….so annoying….shared data is not terrible, but the price points are…wish i could leave and get the same service…sucks i cant

          • Rithvik Rao

            They are in a good position to hurt the customers and get away with it.

            Think of how many people are on two year contracts right now.

            If they increased all their plans by $300 everyone might leave, but they would be replenished by all the ETFs. Now, they wouldn’t do this, but it is an example of how powerful they are without us even knowing

  • Alan

    For $50 for 8 GB + tethering or $60 for unlimited data and tethering or $30 for unlimited tethering and using a 3rd party tethering app (which is perfectly legal)…

    Choices, choices. So difficult.

    • OBK1352

      According to cnet, you may not be legal since you agreed to certain terms and services.
      “What if I have an old Verizon unlimited data plan? Can I download an app and avoid the $20 tethering fee too?Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no. Verizon says that customers under the unlimited plan are required by the company’s terms of service to pay an additional fee to tether their device.”


      • Duh

        FCC C-Block Rules supersede VZW TOS.

        • OBK1352

          does that apply to all spectrum, or just 4G?

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    They admitted it riot dammit they said it now is our chance to get everybody unlimited back! I still have mine but will sign anything that will help get it back at the 30 dollar price for others!

  • fish1552

    So clarify: ” This is not a shared block of data either, meaning your 6GB or 8GB are yours to keep.”

    Does this mean I have to buy the $30 (or $50) plan for EACH data line? So essentially it means $70-90 per line? TImes 3 lines for us, that means back to over $200/month? If so, I’m not raising my monthly costs back up another $70.

    If so, I suspect the details still are not 100% accurate. I doubt even Big Red would entice people towards a plan that simply costs them more $ outright even before adding in the monthly costs of those new phones. Hell, I could end up paying over $300 / month!

    At least BestBuy let’s me buy my phone full price and get X # of months interest free to pay it off and keep my current lower priced plan.

  • adbFreedom

    So….. They want me to downgrade to 6GB instead of the UNLIMITED plan I have now and pay the same price. And this is so I can be lucky enough to pay a monthly payment on a full price phone which I will also be paying a subsidy fee every month for. If i wanted to upgrade and couldn’t afford it, I would rather charge it on a credit card.

  • Jeff E

    Having unlimited is great but it would be nice to have a much lower bill each month. Pretty much the only reason i’m considering it.

    • Rithvik Rao

      You’d pay more because Edge is bundled.

      • Jeff E.

        ok, i guess i dont fully understand the setup then. I’m currently paying just over $140 a month for unlimited everything and it pretty much sucks spending that much money

        • Rithvik Rao

          Keep paying it.

          Definitely a lot more worth it than other options.

          • Jeff E

            gotcha. Thanks

          • Rithvik Rao

            No prob. I pay more than you for two unlimited voice, unlimited text, and shared 2GB data lines to put it into perspective.

        • ShaneJax

          With Edge you have to pay for the phone over 24 months plus they continue to stick you with the phone subsidy built into the high monthly Verizon fees. Edge is simply a rip off. You are much better off keeping unlimited and simply purchasing your phones outright or waiting for the two year upgrade time.

  • Detonation

    Only reason to do this is if you frequently want a new device and can’t afford the full upfront retail cost and need it via monthly payments. Otherwise there is absolutely no other reason to join this program.

  • jbegs

    Are they going to just offer this for a short time and then in a few months tell all those people that they have to pay the normal $80 or get knocked down to 2 GB?

    • Rithvik Rao

      No, I have a feeling it’s going to be like double data.

      You can only grab it for a short time but you get to keep it and still upgrade until Verizon takes drastic measures like with UD customers.

      • jbegs

        Let’s hope that’s the case. I don’t want to lose my unlimited. Now I just need to call VZW and complain a little so they turn my wife’s 2 GB plan (she upgraded and didn’t care about unlimited) into this 6 GB.

        • Rithvik Rao

          Exactly what I’m going to do — except mine is worse because I upgraded to Share Everything.

          I am currently chatting with Verizon and I am sucking out all the details of the plan. I will comment with a link to my chat.

          • jbegs

            Yeah. You lose the unlimited calling and texting, but that’s not important to many people. Please pass along those details.

          • Rithvik Rao
  • Maximโˆ‘

    I’m #winning with T-mobiles 30$ a month plan on the Nexus 4

    • Murican

      This is my plan come Nexus 5

      • Maximโˆ‘

        yeah its a great plan, T-Mobile has a very good HSPA+ network to I get 12-18mbps down and 1.5mbps up. I was looking at AT&T originally and it was 3-6mbps down on HSPA

        • Sporttster

          Was just looking at that. From Walmart, right? Looks like it’s limited to 5gb 4g, then unlimited 3g. I could probably live with that! AND looks like I could get a HTC One and use it on their network! HMMmmm….

          • Maximโˆ‘

            yeah I just went to T-Mobile but you can go to walmart or order the SIM kit online

            5GB at 4G speeds (its fast they invested more in HSPA then LTE)
            Unlimited text
            100 Min talk but you can just use talkatone or something if you pass that limit

  • Paul

    So if we were to do this would we have to join the edge program or could I get discounted phone on contract like a normal air breathing human?

  • Tom

    Verizon Edge isn’t worth it and why would you even upgrade your phone every year or less?

  • Zach Armstrong

    Who is actually excited about Verizon EDGE

  • RaptorOO7

    Well of course this is not the value I had hoped for, nor is it the Droids I was looking for either. Oh well nice try Verizon and also glad I didn’t bother with the HTC One FU.

  • Ghassan Shubbar

    I will never give up my unlimited plan. Verizon has best coverage but just plain sucks in it pricing schemes.

  • Victor

    I have an upgrade that I will switch to my wife’s line and enroll her in this plan because she has unlimited data but only uses about 1gb per month. This way I can try the droid ultra max or the htc one. I like my note 2 but I want a more pocket able phone.

  • jbegs

    What about existing customers that have the individual 2GB plan for $30?

    • Raj Bhatt

      That plan is such a kick in the nuts when you know that it was the same price for unlimited data.

  • ty

    I just got a phone upgrade from Verizon and lost my unlimited data. But when I got the phone activated, I was already over my 2 gigs because I upgraded in the middle of the month. I called Verizon and complained and they gave me back my unlimited data.

    • n900mixalot

      But they’re so unfair and mean!

    • AussieDood

      I had a similar experience and they flatly refused to change me back. I’ve been a Verizon customer almost 7 years. Once this contract is up, I’m out, I may not get unlimited with my next carrier but Verizon sure as hell ain’t getting any more of my money beyond this contract.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      For the rest of the month, or indefinitely?

      • Ty

        indefinitely at first I thought it was just for the rest of the month but she assured me that my plan would be for the full two years

    • josh

      No, no they didn’t. They either required you to return your device or they are crediting you for the overage. It is literally, LITERALLY, impossible to upgrade your phone on a line that had unlimited data and keep it without reverting back to your pre-upgrade state. Either you are telling the story incorrectly, or are lying (hopefully the former).

      • Ty

        Not lying, no need to. It was just that simple. I talked to a young lady and told her I was not happy about having smart phone and not being able to use it for 15ish days. She put me on hold for a minute and came back and said sorry for the inconvenience you now have your unlimited data back. basically she gave me back my old data plan

        • Did you reply to your own post?

          • Ty

            probably did I’m crazy like that lol

          • josh

            I hope not, or I would sadly not exist ๐Ÿ™

        • josh

          I would check your account. A special team is involved in placing those plans back on accounts and they check to make sure the line has met the criteria I’ve stated above and they are VERY strict (then they release the feature to be available for a limited time since it is not active); it is not as simple as being placed on hold and magically getting it back. The only time that feature can be willy nilly placed back onto the line is if an esn change is performed and the tiered data plan was added instead.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I like this plan. Maybe i can actually stream All Access in the car. I dont think i wanna join edge.

  • n900mixalot

    Yeah, 8 gigs is definitely not going to be enough for the existing unlimited data piggies, but if Verizon decides to start throttling them, they’ll probably wish they’d have gone with this plan. It’s very likely a clarification/warning of what they consider to be “fair use” for unlimited data users.

    • Buur

      Verizon isn’t allowed to throttle unlimited data.

      • n900mixalot

        Actually, yeah they can. They don’t, but they can.

        • Avery Dejuan Herron

          They do I have been throttled

          • Rithvik Rao

            Not on 4G LTE.

            You’ve been throttled on 3G.

            Or you think you’ve been throttled, but you were actually using your LTE connection during the peak hour.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            No sir I’m 100% sure I was on lte and they Throttled me until my next billing cycle because my instagram and other affected app just happened to start working like they should after the cycle ended

      • Actually they do throttle unlimited data. They throttle 3G, but they can’t throttle 4G LTE data.

        • n900mixalot

          They call it “network optimization.” http://support.verizonwireless.com/support/information/data_disclosure.html

          And if you read the bottom, they don’t do it for 3G but reserved the right to do it to 4G unlimited data users.

          “Does Network Optimization apply to customers using 4G services?
          “No. We reserve the right to include 4G LTE users later, but right now this only applies to the top 5% of users with unlimited data plans using 3G devices. If you have a 4G LTE device you will not be affected at this time.”

          • If they were to throttle 4G LTE then they can’t couldn’t boast about have the most reliable 4G LTE network if they’re going to resort to throttling. Have a blazing fast network would defeat the purpose. From my knowledge the CEO himself said that they throttle 3G data used for those who use over 2gb, but 4G isn’t throttle being that it’s faster and doesn’t cause network congestion as much as 3G.

        • Buur

          Ya I should have specified. Thanks for cleaning that up for me.

  • Louie

    You would need to be dumb and crazy to trade-in your Unlimited Data Plan for the Verizon Edge plan.

    • n900mixalot

      Keep that in mind for a few months down the road when they start implementing “network optimization” on people with unlimited 4G plans.

      • Louie

        Just have to enjoy it while it last

  • I’m definitely not falling for it. Unlimited data is my main reason as to why I’m STILL with Verizon in the first place. If T-Mobile worked in my area I would have been jumped on their unlimited plans, but unfortunately I’m not that lucky. My only fear is that maybe a year or two from now Verizon will ultimately pull the plug on the unlimited data and force us to the shared plans.

  • skiwebster

    If this wasn’t a line level feature, I’d actually think about switching. I’ve got 2 lines – one with a smartphone and unlimited data (probably only use 3-4 gb/month) and one with a dumbphone (girlfriends). she has been thinking about switching over to a smartphone and it would have been nice to have her upgrade without having to pay any extra data charges (it’d be $30 for both phones). oh well.

  • Rithvik Rao


    I was an unlimited data customer who finally caved in and switched to Share Everything because my data usage was under 2GB anyway and I wanted tethering and text, but WHAT?!

    They are alienating their customers who played with Verizon this far through?

    Why aren’t they giving me, a former unlimited data customer, this deal?

    • Jason Downing

      call them up.. raise hell

      • Rithvik Rao

        Exactly what I plan to do when this becomes official and I have a moment.

  • pd240

    I would definitly go with this option if I could share the data with wife’s phone. We are both paying for data right now so I could save a good bit of money sharing 6 or 8 gb between the two of us. But not being able to share doesnt make this plan very appealing over unlimited data.

    • Dcdanger

      Same here, 8 gbs shareable between me and my wife would work and save us money but Verizon’s greed means I keep my unlimited until they somehow screw us out of it then I’m off to t mobile

  • EdubE24

    I pay 10 dollars a piece for my wife, daughters and I unlimited data plans. I have a feature phone line that we use to upgrade our phones. This sounds reasonable, but I would still end up paying more in the end!!

  • Darren


  • gadget_hero

    I would switch back to Verizon if they had better data rates for single line users, I am not going to pay $110+taxes for 4GB of data. I know I could use prepaid, but 3G performance isn’t enough for all of my needs. I get that Verizon can charge a premium due to its coverage. I have to give AT&T props for still having single user plans that make more sense. (for disclosure I use T-Mobile)

  • amanda stengel

    What if we are already on the share everything plan could we still get that deal

    • Jason Downing

      My guess is no

  • sr_erick

    What a waste. The only way I’d even remotely consider switching to a 6 (or 8) GB plan from my single line unlimited is if operated under standard “Share Everything” rules, meaning I can tether and meaning I can add additional devices such as a tablet.

  • mec

    If you do max, must you also do edge?

    • NigelTark

      That’s what it sounds like

      • mec

        soooo, for $30 i can get 6 GB, and no phone subsidy.

        sure, i get a guaranteed phone sale back to verizon for half retail price. but, I’ll take unlimited for $30 and sell my phone on the open market, and hope i get half price, after 12 months.

        i would have considered this if I could get subsidized phones with this.

    • yes. here is a quote from a VZE rep on chat right now.

      Rebecca: The Verizon Max program will be available with the Verizon Edge program that will launches Sunday. This program will allow you to purchase a phone on a month to month contract as well as make payments on your device.

  • David Wanless

    I laughed at the “includes tethering” part. I still can’t get over any carrier charging people for tethering

    • Joseph A. Yager

      Especially when it’s already capped at such a low amount of the geebees.

  • john

    Still not sure how this will work,Will your unlimited be swapped out for the 6gb or 8gb and you just keep the rest of your plan.I have the 450 min nationwide plan with 250 text.
    Would I maintain the current pricing structure and discounts.

  • Buur

    Ya, not worth it at all. Especially if corporate discounts don’t apply to these plans. I’ll just keep unlimited. Oh darn.

  • XphoneTroll

    I use about 60GB a month, and you want me to switch over to 8GB? Hell f#*k no!

    • jbdan

      How in the world is that possible lol. Serious question btw

      • EdubE24

        I would he torrents the hell out of movies and music!

        • jbdan

          All day every day for a month….?! I must know the answer ๐Ÿ™‚

          • EdubE24

            Well just think an HD movie could be 3-4 + GB’s. Just a guess though…

          • n900mixalot

            Yup, it’s about a gig an hour on netflix.

          • Paul

            I would be surprised if he were serious based on his name.

          • EdubE24

            What’s a blu-ray download off of a site like Pirate Bay?

        • creed

          You can chew through data pretty easy on Netflix. My wife and I have used 150 gb combined in a month.

      • XphoneTroll

        I use Netflix on my phone. I also tether my phone to connect my laptop. That’s right I don’t have home Internet. How much data do you use a month ?

        • jbdan

          Ahh makes sense. I use 1gb month mobile data. I have Comcast internet at home

  • Shawn Pierce

    What a joke. Switched to T Mobile and I will never go back to Verizon. They are corporate pirates that pillage and plunder there way through life.

  • duke69111

    I’m curious, are there any Verizon Unlimited Data customers that want Edge?

    • tyguy829

      I don’t think there are any customers at all that are “excited about edge”. Why would anybody voluntarily sign up to be gangbanged by Verizon?

      • Tyler Durden

        Upgrade early, pay a small fee, what’s the big deal

        • tyguy829

          Pay a small fee……on top of the subsidy already in your plan. Plus in our case, you would also be going from unlimited to 6gb.

        • EdubE24

          Or buy phone off of Craigslist, keep unlimited!

          • n900mixalot

            From some sketchy crackhead who stole the phone?

          • EdubE24

            I have bought several phones off of Craigslist. I meet them at the Verizon store, have them verify it, I make sure it’s not beat the hell up. Never once have I had a problem!!

        • Brandon Schlack

          Or buy off of swappa.com Everything is guaranteed to work (Clean ESN, Fully functional, No screen cracks) and more times then not I find better prices and easier people to work with than Craigslist. Just got a Galaxy S4 on unlimited myself through swappa.

    • Phillies3429

      I’m not!

    • dragonflyr


  • Andrew

    What if I want a new phone but do not want join Edge?

    • Robert Willis

      ^ This is my question as well.

    • Omar Amer

      easy, you pay the $500 to $800 price tag that they have for off contract pricing. simple question, simple answer. or you go to ebay or craigslist and find phones there to switch to.

  • Tyler Durden

    I don’t even see how people use that much.. I’m on 4gb and use the hell out of my data and never hit over 4gb. #rethinkyourpriorities

    • i constantly break 6GIG and sometimes get into 10gig… its not about priorities… its about being able to use your phone and its features wherever and whenever you want. some people dont always have access to WIFI. i dont get WIFI at work and thats where use my phone the most.

      • Tyler Durden

        You must sit on it 24/7. I stream Pandora, Google music, use that Facebook crap, browser, download apps, etc. Never once went over

        • Weber

          The biggest data-sucker is YouTube.

          • Tyler Durden

            Then don’t use YouTube or use the setting where it loads on WiFi and can stream data free later.

          • Weber

            I agree. I have 4GB/mo and stay the hell away from streaming video.

          • duke69111

            Then what’s the point in having a smartphone, if you can’t use it the way it was meant to be used.

          • Weber

            If I play Devil’s Advocate, I can make the comment that while I do not have WiFi at work, I shouldn’t be playing on my phone at work anyway. But I do see your point and agree. I used to have unlimited data but foolishly gave it up when I got the GNex. I just have to be conscious of what I do on my phone depending on my location and WiFi access.

          • duke69111

            I don’t do a lot of streaming, but do occasionally watch netflix or youtube and stream pandora. Most of my data usage goes toward downloading rom updates. I just hate the thought of someone not being able to use a smartphone the way they want to, because they’re continually watching the meter tick.

            I’m going to try t-mobiles service for a month and see how it compares to Verizon coverage wise and possibly make a switch and forget all about Verizon’s BS when my contract is up in December. Its too bad, because i have always been a big fan of Verizon’s coverage and I’m not totally unhappy with their service. Its just that I need to add a smartphone to my line and Verizon’s gonna make me pay for it bigtime.

          • Basil

            I recently added a data plan for my wife (she had a feature phone up until then) and all I had to do was add data to her line. No need to sign up for the share everything plan. I kept my unlimited data and she has her own 2gigs to use as she sees fit.

          • duke69111

            That’s good to know. I wish I could add the 6gb’s for $30 to the new line. That I would do.

            My only thought about switching to T-mobile is that we could get two smartphones with unlimited everything for about the same price.

          • Lane W.

            That’s what a friend of mine did a few months ago. He & wife went tmob and they each have an apple i4 = $120/month total bill

            Then there’s me who doesn’t believe tmob has enough coverage – 1 Droid X2, 900 mins talk, 250 text, unlimted GB = $110/month total

            :~| #puzzled

          • duke69111

            That’s my exact problem. T-mobile has excellent 4g LTE where I spend 90%+ of my time, but its the other 10% that kind of worries me. Verizon has me spoiled when it comes to adequate coverage.

          • n900mixalot

            If it was meant to stream all day long off of mobile networks, it’d have the battery to do so.

          • duke69111

            I’m not saying that it was meant to stream data all day every day. But it was designed to stream media and if I can’t stream what I want because i’m limited, then what’s the point.

          • Joseph A. Yager

            Especially as everything is becoming cloud-based. Your “mobile” phone becomes less and less mobile if you have to use it at home with wifi.

    • Phillies3429

      I have used 14 GB this month. I never connect to wifi unless signal strength is bad. Love unlimited data

    • AussieDood

      I regularly go over 4GB. I lost my unlimited plan about 7 months ago and curtailed my audio streaming considerably to the point of almost never. I use facebook, twitter, foursquare, google+ and maps regularly and that’s about it. Any app installs, app upgrades, podcast downloads etc are done while I’m on wi-fi.

    • Bionic_Pags

      I hate your face…but love your priorities… an epic battle of emotions.

  • modernbummer

    So those of us already on the Share Everything plans get the shaft. **** you, Verizon.

    • DroidzFX

      If this was shareable data I would take the 8 Gb. But since Verzion insists they can charge 2 different prices for the same amount data. Fukem.

    • Sqube

      This isn’t about you. This is about eventually prying everyone away from unlimited data packages because, God, what if people used what they paid for? Can’t have that.

  • JonathonFlores

    F*ck that sh*t!!!!! Unlimited until you force me off.

    • Phillies3429

      Which they shouldn’t. Sucks having to pay $600-$700 to get a new phone. They should respect their loyal customers

      • They don’t make money off of that. They make money off of your contract and off of their subsidy….that hate you for paying outright for that phone.

        • n900mixalot

          Unless you buy it from them. Trust me, they took my $600.00 with a smile.

          • They are payed to do that. Same happens in retail…if you buy a laptop with nothing on it the company is making literally nothing on that laptop. If it is on sale chances are they are taking it at a loss. Still smiling while doing so. Trust me, Verizon hates us. Whether we buy a phone or not.

          • charles rogers

            I guess its okay because i hate them too.

        • Phillies3429

          I know that they don’t. Still hurts to slide that card when the person tells you your total

        • C-Law

          That makes no sense! You are paying for the subsidy no matter what. Even if phone contact is up, you are still paying the subsidized rate! Your bill doesn’t drop. So Verizon is actually getting the subsidy from us unlimited users without even subsidizing a phone for us. They are getting double the money from us bc not only do we have to buy their phones full price, we pay the subsidy too!

          • I see your point. I guess it depends on how much of that unlimited they use. If it is a lot they probably hate us and if not they probably don’t care.

          • Greyhame

            This is 100% correct and why I’m holding out hope they don’t cancel unlimited plans until prices come down or I can find a prepaid option worth living with.

            You’d really think they would realize their prices are absolutely outrageous, but I’m not holding my breath.

          • Kanaga Deepan N

            Just think about that extra 20$ per month of subsidy as extra charge to keep unlimited data… Instead of 30$, we are paying 50$ and getting UNLIMITED data in return….

          • Jason

            You’re reasoning is flawed here. The subsidy is contained within the early termination fee, which degrades over the life of your contract. The plans do not contain subsidies. When you first sign up, subsidy is the 200 for the phone, 350 for the ETF, and 30 for upgrade fee.

          • C-Law

            It doesn’t make a difference, it’s all the same, bc we are still paying more per month than we should have to if our contract ends and we don’t upgrade to a new device

          • chadlnc

            But what makes the ETF go down over time? You staying on a plan with a subsidy built in. The longer you stay on the plan the more the ETF goes down. The plans are where they subsidize the phones, if you pay full price for a phone the plan should be less per month.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Exactly they make more money if you but the phone right out because they still get the subsidy of the phone in there plan priceing

      • josh

        Food for thought (not necessary directed at you): What makes you a loyal customer? The fact that you pay your bill every month? We have to approach telecomm’s like any other utility – loyalty means nothing. You pay your bill, the utility provides you service; As long as you do one, the other happens. What about brand loyalty? Do we expect Motorola to drop prices of their products simply because you only purchase Motorola products? I think we need to move away from the argument that “loyal customers are getting the shaft” to the idea that these are just businesses that are trying to make money. If Verizon cared so much about loyal customers, you think they would be pushing (and pushing hard) for their customers to go onto Edge? Service contracts are disappearing and the embracing of the idea of a floating user base based solely on the product they offer: wireless service and the peripheral benefits thereof.

        • Phillies3429

          People who have been customers for an extended period of time. If they literally kick off unlimited data customers they will most likely lose this long term customer

          • josh

            Exactly, you are a long term customer, but you are literally no more important than any other customer (and that’s how these companies view you). Unless, of course, you are a business and pay $100,000+ per month ๐Ÿ™

          • Good point, they would probably rather ditch a $30 unlimited customer who has been with them for 5 years and sign up a brand new guy into a 2 year contract paying $100+ for a share everything plan.

          • Joe Gugelman

            That’s all well and good, and would be 100% true, if VZW truly had a monopoly. I know it sometimes feels like they do (especially those of us who are spoiled by their coverage/speeds), but as long as there is viable competition, they BETTER care about retaining a loyal customer base. No company is too large to fall from grace, excluding the giant banks, the government has seen to that.

            Subscriber churn is a large worry to every subscription based corporation, and I truly believe that the day will come where Verizon will finally push enough of us too far, and will wind up losing a large chunk of market share to the other big three.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Verzion is at&t don’t be fooled by the different names.

          • Martin

            Nothing kills quicker than complacency and resting on one’s laurels… pride always comes before the fall.

        • Unbiased Experimentor

          Loyalty is great, it means you’ll pay more and still won’t leave..

  • Firant

    I found another way to get a better deal – I went to T-Mobile. The water is warm over here.

    • jbdan

      Me too. It’s been bliss so far…./knocks on wood/

    • Big_EZ

      I’mstay ingu ntil they kick me off of unlimited data, then I’ll try T-Mobile. I hope T-Mobile can grow their network before Verizon forces me off of unlimited data though.

      • SUNupe

        And you have to know that this is their “last change” plan….So when they take it away (my guess within the next 12 months) they can say, “we gave you a chance”. The vast number of people saying they’ll leave for T-Mobile won’t.

        • Big_EZ

          I’ll leave, because I won’t pay them $500 for service. They can take their “last change? to f*** you” somewhere else.

        • KleenDroid

          It would never make sense to kick anyone off unlimited data.

          Most still only use the same amount as everyone else. Plus we are willing to pay full price for our phones. We are loyal customers.

          I would never go for this deal especially since I only pay 10 per line for unlumited instead of 30.

        • C-Law

          Trust me, people will leave if they force us off unlimited to a 2gb plan. I 100% will leave

    • n900mixalot

      No T-Mobile over here …

    • Derek Lockovich

      I wish I knew anyone in my area with T-Mobile. I want to try their service, but I can’t justify paying for it when I don’t know if it’ll even be good. What good is a map of coverage when it’s just a giant splatter of paint instead of real world use!?

      • jbdan

        Obviously not cost effective (unless it works out for ya), but on a whim I tried tmo service (Atlanta GA and surrounding suburbs). Was with VZW 10+ years and I got sick of their antics. Grabbed a N4 (you have 14 days to test) and was pleasantly surprised. Better service in my locations in all but the deepest centers of interior buildings/offices. That plus HSPA beats vzw 3G all day. Heck even tmo Edge is almost as fast as was my vzw 3G in my area. So it worked out and I ported my #. Worst thing you experience is a $35 loss restocking fee on the N4.

        • Derek L.

          That’s really not a bad idea at all. The only problem with that is I’d prefer to have a physical T-Mo store close by, but the closest is about 30 some odd miles away. ๐Ÿ™

      • fish1552

        The same applies to Verizon. Their map says I have 4G in my area for miles around. I’m lucky if I get more than 2 bars of 3G. I drive 3 minutes west and I get dropped calls and no data – a wireless Bermuda Triangle. Yet I drive 2 hours away into the boonies and they have 3 bars of 4G!?!?!

        • Derek L.

          Yeah, I definitely know what you mean. VZW says I have 4G in every area of my city, and the worst part is it says I should have 80-100% signal of 4G. Sometimes, it’s a struggle, but I’ve never had like a true problem with dropped calls or lost data.

      • Sqube

        Have you tried Open Signal? Basically, it’s a crowd-sourced coverage map. So forget their irrelevant splatter and see what it’s really like where you’re most likely to be.


        • Kyle Wilkins

          Had no idea about this website. Checked it out and am liking what I see. Thank you for this sir.

          • Kevin

            Rootmetrics may have even better data than OpenSignal. Between the two, you can figure it out I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Sqube

            I didn’t even know about RootMetrics… until now. This makes me so happy.


          • Kevin

            They have an app as well. Download it and you can see/compare all carriers in a given area. You can also run tests and contribute data and/or set it to do background testing and REALLY contribute (but kiss your battery life goodbye).

          • Sqube

            I’ve already got the OpenSignal app, why the hell not? I could run it overnight while I’m sleeping and the phone is charging.

            Annihilating my battery life… for science!

      • D1andOnlyOmen

        I’ve been trying to do the same thing in my area (Central Iowa) and have been asking around my workplace and even threw the question out to friends on FB and NO ONE I’ve come across has or even knows anyone w/ T-Mobile in this area…… but if you go by their “paint splatter” (as you put it)…..it would appear they have great coverage here…..but somehow if that were true I would have to assume it wouldn’t be so hard to find someone that uses the service.

        • Derek L.

          Exactly! T-Mo looks like it has awesome coverage in my area, but then you realize, no one you know uses T-Mo! So how can it be good if no one in your area uses it!?

      • Can’t Hear You Anymore

        You could go buy a cheap pre-paid phone to test the waters. Don’t even need a plan.. just get the phone and watch the signal.

        • Derek L.

          Well, I know I could check the signal, but I’d prefer to be able to actually test the network. I don’t want to buy a prepaid phone and test that out (like the Lumia 521) because, and I might be mistaken, prepaid usually gets lower priority to the network.

          That’s kind of why I’m even a little skeptical to go with AT&T prepaid.

    • From too many kids peeing in the pool?

    • RaptorOO7

      Did someone pee near you in the pool

      • tyguy829


      • MacNificent

        lol there sure is a lot of pee references here on DL today

    • nex1

      I’m surprised you still wanted to write this comment after the 5 minutes it took you to load this page on T-Mobile’s network, you must be on WiFi ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Justin W

        T-Mo’s HSPA+ network is roughly as fast as Vzw’s LTE network, so I’m not sure where you got that from.

        • nex1

          Anytime I have used a friends phone that has TMO it makes me want to throw it at a wall. It is a painful experience.

          • nick leffler

            I have TMO $30 a month plan and I get roughly 5-15mbps not great but for the price you can’t beat it.

          • kixofmyg0t

            That $30 a month plan, that’s really $30 a month? Like not just part of a elaborate scheme of charges?

            I’m thinking about securing a line of that before it goes away.

          • nick leffler

            Nope its prepay tho so you have to buy the phone unsubsidised but its still cheap as hell. Its 30 bucks a month 100 voice minutes, 5 gb of high speed data and after that your throttled to edge and unlimited texting. But you can use Google voice for unlimited voice calls

      • jbdan

        It depends where you live. I bet he lives in a good tmo area like myself. An area that experiences better coverage than VZ. Also, VZW 3G is as abysmal as TMO Edge in my area (I can force edge and have tested it).

  • avinyc

    Some of us get a discount on voice and data which do not qualify under the share everything or other new tiered data plans. The $30 a month unlimited only costs $24 with a 20% discount. So no, it’s still not a deal for everyone.

    • jose

      Really! Discounts don’t apply the new plans? What a crock.

      • anon

        he is wrong.

  • Tyler Lamb

    Not a terrible deal if you are going to ditch unlimited (aka Wife wants a new phone and won’t pay full price for it.)

    • zwieblekopf

      It’s still full price, just spread out

      • jbdan

        The American way, right. Finance it!

        • Bob

          Yeah, right? finance it AND pay the baked-in device subsidy. mhmmm the American way!

          • jbdan

            Not everyone is as clever as you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • tyguy829

      But Edge is like paying the full price twice!!

      • Tyler Lamb

        Didn’t say we’d be using Edge – Unless I understood this VZW Max thing wrong, you can use the VZW Max and not use Edge. It just enables you to use Edge if you want to.

        We’d be getting phones at the subsidized price. Screw that Edge crap.

        • tyguy829

          Oh I understood it to be coupled with edge. I could be wrong though.

        • Nope. Its an Edge thing only.
          Heard it from the Verizon rep on chat and you know they always know what they are talking about /s

          • Tyler Lamb

            Well if that’s the case then this is definitely the route I want to go /endsarcasm

  • ConroeEd

    Will people who just switched be able to get these plans?

  • Thomas

    Not falling for it. Will keep my unlimited until I die.

    • DSharpark

      Well… if you stay with Verizon til you die, the NSA will greatly appreciate it.

      • Wildkatct

        The NSA wont care because they have the same access to all the other carriers too.

        • DoctorJB

          Straight Talk burner for the win?!?

          • Edward Smith

            Random rotating comm methods like detailed here http://xkcd.com/1254/ Preferred Chat System.

      • michael

        As long as the NSA don’t tell my mama about my porn, they can have all the data they want.

    • Rob

      Me too… or when I change carriers. Whichever comes first.

    • Shon

      Damn right

    • Moses

      Ya, doesn’t seem to be worth it.

      Also, what’s the current status of tethering apps and LTE devices? Why get the tethering option when you can do it already with the 6 GB plan assuming you don’t need the extra 2 GB of data.

      • Moe

        I’m no lawyer but Verizon has stated that they don’t block any apps (not specifically just tethering apps) from being downloaded and used. However, those on unlimited data plans are still bound by their original terms and must pay for tethering. Unlimited users can still download and use 3rd party tethering apps due to the FCC ruling but if they’re caught and per the terms they signed, Verizon is allowed to put you on a tethering plan, change your plan to a tiered one or terminate you account.

        That’s what they claim whether it’s legal or not.

        • Kisuk3

          And how exactly do you think Verizon will catch you?

          • If you are irresponsible with it and use some absurd amount of data like say 100gb in a month that right there would send up a red flag and if they really wanted to they could inspect the packages of data and once they do that it is completely obvious as to where the packages are going (your desktop browser includes things like screen resolution, OS version, etc in some of its data requests). Not to mention if they see something like your phone trying to contact an XBOX Live or Play Station server then they KNOW you are tethering!

          • themiddleman07

            I’ve used up to 60gb one month and even talked to Verizon complaining of my 4g being slow. Lol… they didn’t care at all.

          • ServedTheUS

            I literally did EXACTLY this and didnt get caught. Used 99gb of data in a month while I was on a business trip and played Steam games on a pc that I bought while on the trip and watched netflix on xbox live every night. Never got a letter, warning, or call about it.

    • Zee Masai

      No thank you on that deal. I’d rather pay for the phone outright and keep my unlimited data

      • michael arazan

        Verizon kind of shot themselves in the foot with unlimited users by offering a 12 month payment plan available to us allowing us to pay off a new phone at full price. Then we can just sell it at 1 year and put it towards a new phone if one chooses. Instead of 2 phones a year it would be 1 phone a year, which is better than 1 phone every 2 years, So why the hell would we join VZ edge and lose unlimited.

        Also if they yanked out unlimited from under the grandfathered in customers there would be a mass exodus of probably at least 10% of their customers. which would kill their quarterlies and yearly profit for a year and dropping stock prices too

        • Jose Xp Driod

          Common knowledge for us

        • MattyP

          Exactly. The only thing holding myself and numerous people I know (including three lines on my account) to Verizon, is our old unlimited data. If they ever take it away, it’s off to unlocked devices on other carriers. Not to mention a lot better variety of devices to choose from. Plus I’m in a market with great coverage from every carrier except Sprint (still 3G), so I’d have no worries about switching.

          Well, my corporate discount of 17% for my main line helps too, but would be made up for in the plans, depending on carrier.

    • bassmaster118

      More like till Verizon decides to revoke it! Probably when VoLTE is activated.

      • arlhokie

        Verizon won’t revoke it. It’s just a scheme to get people to voluntarily give up unlimited. The play about $5 cheaper than what an equivalent share your wallet plan would cost on-contract over the course of 2 years.

    • Capt. Crunch
  • Shssael Perez

    There is no benefit in changing your data plan. Why would anybody switch from *unlimited data* to a 6GB plan?

    • schoat333

      The only reason would be to have the ability to upgrade your device without paying full retail price

    • BCoils

      i would guess 99.9% don’t use over 6gb on average and a decent amount of “normal” users would consider this deal if they are currently on unlimited plans.

  • Jeff Broders

    Lol Go back to work Verizon, you’re drunk.

    • nwd1911

      You’re sexy.

      • racheljacobs

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        a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money
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    • Jared

      They must think we’re drunk to do this “deal”.

    • Unbiased Experimentor

      I wonder if there are any Walmarts selling Galaxies for Straight Talk

      • Wildfire1962

        you can get one from the straight talk web site. Currently they have the Galaxy SIII.

  • Pedro4Prez


  • tutaina

    Nice try verizon, I was born at night but not last night

  • Boles

    I’ve been waiting for Verizon to force those of us with the grandfathered unlimited data into one of their more expensive tiered plans. Is this the first step towards that end?

    • OrangeAttack

      Seems like foreshadowing to me. Making us make all these decisions.

    • AussieDood


  • duoexo

    Hmmm looks at last months use… 28GB… Hmm no thank you.

    • Sam Freistedt

      My June usage…52GB! I’m holding on to mine too.

      • Justin W

        Do you tether a lot? I used around 100GB on my broadband connection this month, but with my mobile data, I used around 2GB’s with additional data being used on WiFi at work or at home.

        • Sam Freistedt

          I do. Netflix mostly on my tablet. Nothing I couldn’t do on my phone but which would you rather watch on, a 10″ screen or a 4.7″ screen?

          • Justin W

            Of those options, of course the 10″. I have my Chromecast, which I use for Netflix, which goes through my broadband connection of course. Much better than my HSPA connection on my phone, but I can see why you use it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shssael Perez

    Limited Time huh… If you are unlimited data, there is no point in doing this.