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Thursday Poll: Tiered or Unlimited Data?

Back in April of 2012, almost a year after we started to see tiered data plans takeover the wireless market, we asked our readers to vote in a poll, letting us know if they were still on unlimited data or part of a tier. Since then, the industry has continued to change, with the introduction of shared data pools and unlimited plans that offer up a limit on fast data before throttling you.

We know that many of you are doing whatever you can to hang onto those old, grandfathered unlimited data plans while others have had to jump ship, whether it be to upgrade or because they found what they considered to be a good enough deal. So some have let tiers take over, others have at least gone the unlimited-plus-throttling route. What we want to know today, is where you fall? Are you still hanging on to full unlimited or have you had to switch it up?

Feel free to let us know what your current plan looks like in the comments.

Tiered or Unlimited Data?

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  • Nate

    Rocking unlimited data. Also free tethering (thank you FCC and Band C/ 700 MHz ruling) . So with alt upgrades I can buy phones at 2 year pricing (Just bought a S5 for a sweet deal). Plus for times like now when my Charter Cable Internet is totally out. Tethering is the only way to stay connected.

  • cg

    I don’t get how you people are paying “full price” for a Verizon phone. If you just look up “Verizon alternate upgrade” you will actually get the phone you want for a cheaper price (even when you factor having a dumb line for 9.99 a month). Plus, you can sell your current phone on Swappa or similar services and use that to subsidize your already subsidized purchase. I’m getting a Note 5 for subsidized price..and selling my Note 3 for whatever Mint is going for. (Same with Mrs. CG’s Galaxy S5…)

  • cg

    Unlimited Data…no b***h-a** throttling for this guy or Mrs. CG.

    I thought I would be stuck with a Samsung Droid Charge with unlimited data and the wife a Samsung Continuum (3G smartphone for free.) I got data plans right before Verizon got tiered plans. Thanks to Droid-Life and other Android sites, I learned that was not the case…I was not going to pay $29.99 for 2GB of data just so that I’d have the phone on perpetual Wi-Fi (which, if I connect to the wrong hotspot, could compromise my identity, privacy and financial data.) So I got a third unlimited line through “assumption of liability” and two dumb phones so that I can upgrade those lines and transfer them to mine and Mrs. CG’s lines.

    I have a Note 3 with unlimited data. Mrs. CG has a Galaxy S5 with unlimited data. I used about 7 GB this month. She used 18 GB Netflixing, streaming music and what not. I only keep my hotspot line for emergencies only…though every now and then I’ll use 20GB on that line…maybe 60GB….just because I can.)

    Once Verizon kills my unlimited…I’m off to T-Mobile. Until then…I will pay Verizon!!!

  • MC

    Verizon Hates me!! LOL And this is just one of my accounts I average 350GB a month

  • maimuta8

    Holding on to my unlimited for life – this is what Game of Thrones 4-season marathon and the World Cup will do to you. And now XLTE being rolled out…I’ll happily pay full price for phone and keep the data. Why have a phone with all the ability and functionality to access content only to be restricted?

    • MC

      I have you beat by about a 100Gb and thats only 1 of my lines 🙂

      • J

        hah, congratulations. Wasn’t trying to beat anyone there buddy.

  • beez1717

    I’m on a stupid shared plan because even though I told my family that we were going to get kicked off VZ’s unlimited data plan if we didn’t buy our phones at full price, my family was too stupid to believe me even when I brought them evidence. Now I’m stuck with 2 GB of useable data without pissing my family members off. That’s so awesome…. 🙁 I want my unlimited back. right now I kind of feel like I’m being given a poisoned carrot with the speeds of LTE. I’d actually watch video on the go and I would actually play some good games. I like Real Racing but I hate having to burn though my data plan just to play the game. If I had had the money I would have split from our family plan and kept unlimited data. Data caps are just a way to say “F you” to the network users while they boast about how fast data is going to change how you use your phone to connect to the internet. Yah right! If it didn’t cost an arm, a leg, and my first born child, along with hundreds of dollars, I’d just say “F it I’m going to use data how I like it.” I’m sure that if we all still had unlimited data, the network load wouldn’t be that much higher because most people don’t even use their 2 GB data allowance.

  • Matthew M

    How can you honestly tell if you’re being throttled?

  • Nate

    I couldn’t take it with a measley 2-4GBs of data. So I reverted back to my unlimited data plan and took a 1400 min plan for my 2 lines.

  • san q

    I use about 30gb on Verizon.. Rather pay full price for a phone then lose my data…. N she’s always running 25mbps +

  • skrusrnmz

    I sold my Verizon unlimited data on eBay for $500!

    Moveded to T-Mobile where I can switch to unlimited whenever I need it.

    On a side note: why can’t I sign into disqus in Chrome for Android?! This happens almost every time on Droid-life. I had to open the stock browser to post this. I’ll click to sign in, the pop-up page opens and takes my credentials, and then goes back to the d-l page but I’m not signed in. Refresh and still not in. Don’t think I’m doing something wrong. This should be simple.

    This time I even got an error message: Your API key is not valid on this domain.

  • Spaniard85

    Unlimited. Perks of being a Sprint employee.

  • Tim

    Did we really need a pole on this particular subject? I mean really…was there any question what the answer would be. Now we have people harping on the same thing that has been beat to death.

  • I was just reading the propaganda — I mean advantages — of Share Everything/More Everything on VZW’s website and they claim it’ll make it easier to manage your usage. Oh really?

    I almost spit iced-tea all over my keyboard.

  • cnlson

    I have unlimited data on 4 lines at a cost of $10 on each line with verizon. All thanks to DL in fact. For those that may not recall there was a a time where VZW had a promotion that gave you a discount of $20 per line if you had data on all lines. at the time i had 2 motorola OG droids and 3 feature phones. and only the droids had data. adding 3 lines at $10 and dropping the current $30 lines to $10 saved me $10. since then one of the lines left my account but I still have 4 unlimited costing me $10 each a month. along with 1400 minutes and unlimited texts $185 total for all 4.

  • gettingCRAZYexpensive

    When i think about it…. IT FREAKEN SUCKS!!
    Verizon
    – NO new every two discount for loyal customers anymore
    – No more unlimited data
    – Termination fees have doubled
    – deductibles keep going up; as well as monthly insurance.
    – I went from $90/month [$60 (450mins w/ unlimited text/pix) + $30 (unlimited data)] to about $110 a month for the same usage.
    – and on top of paying more, i have to “monitor” my usage so i dont go over.
    WHACK.

  • I used to be a VZW Unlimited diehard, but my GNex was becoming too slow to be usable as my main phone and I didn’t have they money to buy a new phone at full price. Plus with VZW Edge you get to trade your phone in as soon as the warranty’s up, which protects you from having your phone crap out on you while it’s uncovered. Thus, I got a a GS5 with a 500 MB data plan and haven’t looked back. With WiFi everywhere nowadays I use ~ 300MB/month anyway.

  • turdbogls

    While it hurt to ditch my verizon unlimited…their phone selection (mainly how they lock them down) and the price to buy off contract was enough for me to start looking somewhere else.

    8 months later, I am a happy T-mobile customer…paying $30/month for pretty much all I need (I could use another GB of un-throttled data),PLUS the freedom of choosing a device I want, had made my minimal sacrafices, WELL worth it.

    the true test is when I go back home to Michigan this month…hoping T-mobile is decent in the GR area.

  • Jim Davis

    AIO…Um, I mean Cricket Smart — $50/2.5 GB plus unlimited throttled at 256 Kb/s ($45 after discount for autopay)

  • Disturbed77

    Most importantly, does anyone know if the loop hole of running the upgrade through a feature phone still works?

  • Chippah

    Verizon Unlimited = COLD DEAD HANDS!!

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgl8ukYuIk1qbx8p5.png

  • Randy Lee Martin

    I got a phone call from a Verizon rep a few weeks ago b/c she said she could save me money on my monthly bill. Once she made her pitch, I asked her would I lose my unlimited data…she said no, but then paused for about 6 seconds and said…”ah yes.” I then told her what my monthly bill is and she quickly said…”Oh, it looks like you already have a cheaper plan than the one I offered.” This is the second phone call I’ve gotten in the last 6 months about switching my plan. The offered me 8GB for $29.00…I ALMOST gave in but I don’t see the need. I’ve accepted the fact that I will have to pay for a phone at full-price…I bought a Moto X and I’ll continue to go forward without a contract and WITH my unlimited data…

  • MetroGnome711

    Unlimited on Verizon. Paid full price for my One m7 on launch day. Somehow sweet talked Verizon customer service into letting my wife keep hers when we upgraded her line to the $49 best buy blue One.

  • Jprime

    When my wife wanted an iphone, we had to switch to 4 gb because the phone was just too much out of pocket for us. Anyway, when i called verizon to complain about this the guy said “but arent you upset that there are people paying the same as you (for unlimited data) and using so much more than you do?” i thought that was the dumbest argument for tiered plans i ever heard. I told him that. Sigh.

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  • HarvesterX

    25% of the voters here preferred tierred / sharing option plans over unlimited? I voted for unlimited w/throttling as that’s been how it’s been done for ages.

    Even you cable modem can be throttled (and yes even though many advertise for unlimited data we know their secret cap’s which are so high they don’t really matter though)

    Why would ANYONE prefer 2GBs of data (or 4GBs, 6GBs, or hell even 10GBs (Verizon Business Plan) over unlimited? Can’t be arguing the process because many like Verizon don’t have pricing for unlimited (unless using a promotional regional plan) and hell even their standard old prices bear out today’s crap.

    Let’s look at that business plan of 10GBs shared. “Duh HarvesterX we can block out employees from watching movies and stuff with our cook proxy so 10GBs is enough”

    What the hell kind of business do you run?? Surely not one where very large Word documents are presented/created and shared. Forbid you are a small company of app developers who build apps USING their services using AIDE and then uploading all this plus all assets etc to github.

    “Duh but we block out all these heavy bandwidth sites using proxy servers. No pr0n or youtube for them since they are too stupid to know about tunneling”. Whoops guess we were wrong, seems all of them love Javelin browser and run in spirit mode which automatically bypasses these filters.

    Maybe with 3G this could have been pulled off. With the LTE spectrums this is not desirable. The minute anyone discovers that most browsers let you change user agent to any custom one the overages begin. Regular sites take WAY more space than mobile and is what the public prefers to see on most ocassions. That 2GBs deal is starting to look like a joke now.

    Now the carriers can even have fun by introducing carrier specific apps that allow you to stream media. I can download a 2.5GB game in 20 seconds maybe tops? A 480p BLURAY movie runs around 2GB in the 480p form (mp4s). Go up to the next resolution here and you can double those sizes at the minimum. Good to see carriers who are against unlimited publish such nice apps.

    I downloaded Godzilla 2014 not long ago and it took me maybe 19 minutes. I was downloading off slow peers too. This one act alone would be a month’s worth of normal 2GB bandwidth.

    “But who uses such insane amounts of bandwidth to begin?? Only the minority apparently, because I only use 390k a day” Well you got me. If ALL you do is check email once in a while and play idiotic iAP games (the small resource games with each level consisting of 3 challenging levels of “stars”) and obligitoryly browse FaceBook and post pics of those meatloaf then this plan is for you.

    For the rest of the ACTUAL world these shared tiered plans are terrible.. One exception. You KNOW you’ll always be within range of WiFi with faster speeds than your 4G. I imagine the only people voting for tiered or shared fall into that catagory.

    You most fortunately do not have to download or host torrents either or pirate music or movies or games to reach your limit. Many games in the Play Store are off limits to most unless they have WiFi (not a luxury everywhere as even my mild town has no open WiFi spots).

    Browsing pages in normal desktop mode is impossible once you begin rationing ALL data usage. Browsers with as blockers need to be used or a rooted device with an edited hosts file (best solution). So what happens if a rogue page spawns a 3GB download without your approval (I get phantom downloads lots depending what types of sites or browsers I’m using) and you are I unaware of it only to find after it’s done that its a guide on how to optimize your REM sleep mode time.

    Little Mike love’s using Verizon’s media streaming app to burn 12GBs of his families 7GBs or whatever the tier is.

    These possibilities and examples can go on forever.Just as well can those who perpetually argue that shared and tiered plans are wonderful because since they don’t use the data each month they NEVER will need it.

    Marketing plays a huge role here as well because anyone with God a brain could tell you unlimited is better than shared. Now yes some top data hogs can slow the network SOME but that’s why the choice was also for throttled unlimited. But forger it the ads say over and over how best shared and tiered are and once repeated enough times and once adopted by many users it becomes not only true but gospel..

    Droid was apparently not made for a awesome games like Avabel. Definately not made for storing all your images and backup data to cloud storage. As we all know our bandwidth counts while in the cloud.

    25% of voters here are clearly in the wrong forums OR most realistically work for these big OEMs as public relations and spend time brainwashing the obviously correct to try shared/tiered.

    My network here where I live has ever been IMPROVED by removing most unlimited users nor has it been RETARDED by high bandwidth users.

    Give us unlimited. There’s enough there for everyone and just throttle those who seed torrents daily or other daily or monthly or periodic tasks that eat tons of bandwidth.

    So go on bright prodigies. Tell us why you love your shared/tiered plans and switching between wifi/2G/3G/4G/and airplane mode constantly through the day and avoiding all the awesome high end games you’d probably wanna play even though you tell us are “overrated” simply because you only have 200MB data left for the next week

    While you myself and many others with grandfathered unlimited will sit back and laugh hysterically reading the choices and betting lover who’s quote will appear next in a Verizon ad.

    Sorry it’s 4am and grammar and spelling most defiinately not perfect but besides those mistakes please show me how I am wrong along with the majority of the world. Please.

    And yes I’m talking down this wy because anyone contributing to the downfall of mobile data and coming here to vote yes about it and brag are just a mindless as the commercials hoped. Go ahead… Get angry

  • dm33

    Tether was more important to me. Switched from Verizon to tmobile

    • MC

      You can tether on Verizon for free

      • dm33

        Tether was not included in Verizon’s no longer offered unlimited data plan. Against terms of service. New plans are capped and include tethering.

  • verizonchris

    verizonchris here….. Still helping people upgrade with unlimited data. PM me on rootzwiki (same username) for details. I’m more than happy to help!

  • Reuben Rivas

    On Verizon, I just tried to go back from my 900 anytime with unlimited data to the 700 anytime with unlimited data, was told that don’t offer the 700 anymore. I was pleasantly surprised when the customer service rep went ahead and lowered my current 900 plan by 5 dollars a month with no expiration date!

  • jasonlee1

    Verizon max data plan. 6gb for $30. Not too bad.

  • Inquizitor

    Just last week my dad called to let me know that he switched us all to a damn shared plan. 3GB for 3 lines. T_T

  • Ryan

    T-Mobile unlimited use of 4G, no problems here.

  • Sergio Meraz

    Good ol VZW Unlimited

  • I am on the T-Mobile truly unlimited plan. My house Internet is so crap, I have been tethering to my laptop for access lately. My plan resets on the 29th every month and I’ve already used around 26 GB. Meanwhile U-Verse just sucks. I can do whatever I want on my LTE phone and not care at all. 🙂

  • Marsg

    How is tired data better than unlimited with throttling? If you go over your tiered data you have to pay a fee, if you overuse your unlimited data and get throttled theirs no overage fee you just get slower speeds. Tiered data is the lowest, without a doubt and the only reason these providers got rid of unlimited data was to to milk us for anything they can get. They did the same to sms which costs them almost nothing as a service but we’re paying like 10 bucks a month lol.

  • Reed Kerr

    Unlimited 3G (on Sprint’s network) for $25 a month! If you’re a frugal guy like me, it’s Republic Wireless for the win. I absolutely love my Moto X, which is running Kit Kat and is rooted. Plus, whenever I decide I want 4G speeds, I can switch my plan instantly right from my phone (up to two switchs a month).

    I couldn’t be happier. Here’s my referral link. http://rwshar.es/O0ml Check it out if you’re interested and want a discount. 🙂

  • Jeff Broders

    Kept unlimited with Verizon and got two g2’s last fall for $50 each! Using 100-150gb between the two a month. I have a feeling my days are numbered….

  • Boss As Hell

    Tmo unlimited. Love it. I had 2 grandfathered unlimited Verizon accounts. Sold one on eBay in Dec then bought a Nexus 5 and got service with Tmo. Been fine for me. My wife has the other Verizon account which I was able to upgrade via Edge and get her a Droid Maxx back in August. Unlimited data stayed intact.

  • triumphtriple

    I suspect I’m still throttled on 3g. But my 4g is unlimited and unthrottled.

  • wtsamatta

    Wasn’t the data that got me. Was the phone. Needed the 900 minute plan, $79/m. Made my bill $120. Now I have a share everything, 3 gigs +1 gig promo for a year. Added a tablet, got a new phone and the bill is now $100. I usually use under 3 anyways.

  • Aldr01d

    Yeah BABY!!!!!

  • Stone Cold

    Unlimited on T-Mobile

  • michaelbrandonw

    There might be a glimmer of hope for us that are still holding on to our unlimited plans. The reason VZW can still be giant dicks is that they still run a dualband network. Under the purchasing agreement for Block-C there are very clear rules about usage fu*ckery, but since they still rely on their cdma network to handle things, essentially those FCC rules don’t fully apply (plus VZW uses some shady “reasonable network management” BS loophole). Once they make the switch completely over to 700mhz, things might be a little more challenging… so long as the FCC doesn’t continue to suck. And I believe we have Google to thank for this. So, we shall see..

  • dizel123

    I got a Droid Ultra on release day and the DB at Verizon assured me there was no way I could get a new phone and keep unlimited. Then when I moved my upgrade over to my sister’s line so she could get a new Moto X, a different DB at Verizon assured me that I couldn’t do that and keep unlimited. So here I am 7 months later, still with unlimited, unthrottled data. Annoyed by the DBs at Verizon, but other than that, they are the best mobile company ever!

  • ki11ak3nn

    Switched from a Verizon 4 GB plan to unlimited with T-Mobile. Loving it. Still don’t use as much as other people here. 100 GB and stuff. Just browsing the net, Facebook, Twitter, and some YouTube videos give me around 12-15 GB a month.

  • Kisuk3

    $80/mo Unlimited Verizon 😀

  • Dark_Laser

    Cold, dead hands Verizon, cold, dead hands.

    • beez1717

      I’m glad you don’t have a family who is dumb enough to get suckered into upgrading and causing EVERYONE to lose their unlimited data plan…

  • pyro74boy .

    When Verizon takes away my unlimited data plan they are going to lose me as their customer. They have already tried to trick me into losing it but I have always been able to not be fooled by Verizon,s tricks.

  • Nate

    I’m giving up Verizon Unlimited data tomorrow. After having a limited 550 min plan for 2 lines and always going over….rather than changing my calling plan to add more minutes I decided to go for a (Loyalty) Share Everything with 2GBs for $60 (that’s the final price). Then count 2 more GBs of overage at a special $10 per GB rate. I used to be one of those using 25 GBs on LTE, but after having to move to Straight Talk and being limited to 2.5 GBs I adjusted my usage and now use Wi-Fi most of the time.

    While I’m not thrilled about loosing unlimited data…..Having 4 GBs isn’t bad either….But no voice overage is better!

    • Nate

      I know there will be those that say just upgrade to the higher minute plan or use Google Voice. Those options don’t work well for me. If I was always out on the move and wanting to use HD YouTube and Netflix that would be different. But 99% of the time I watch YouTube at home on my 10″ Asus tablet. Netflix on my Roku. So in the end all I use my LTE for is music streaming. I do occasionally watch YouTube on the go or watch my Slingbox. But its very rare. Plus an extra GB of data is only $10 more if needed anyway. So unlike those that “say” unlimited and are really full speed for 2 or so GBs then throttled to 2005 speeds….that’s stupid and NOT unlimited. If I made it 8 months using LESS than 1.5 GBs on Average on Straight Talk, I think I’ll be fine with Tiered on Verizon. I was like all of you for a LONG time too. Using alt upgrades and such. I’ve had a upgrade for over a year unused. But when I trended my real usage and saw I am on WiFi more but am going over my Airtime buy so much as 300 over and (at .45 cents a minute) that adds up to a very expensive bill.
      So that’s when I made the call to switch. I may regret it someday. But as long as I have fast 30 Mbps Charter internet at home and at least a 4 GB plan when I’m away I’ll do fine.

  • Paul Wilkinson

    I wish I could say I left unlimited under my own terms, but when I upgraded to the Note3, I ended up with the 6GB “…for those of you traumatized by tiers still on unlimited.” Just when I got used to that idea (because I really never even used over 2 GB a month anyway… but STILL…), my wife decided to upgrade to a Note 3 as well a week later. And uh, you know how the store salesmen are just soooooo helpful when the techie husband is not in the store and the wife doesn’t really know the particulars of what the phone plan is. Long story short, he put us on a shared plan; effectively taking me off of the consolation-prize 6 GB plan… a whole week after I gave up unlimited. Well, it’s 5-6 months later and… I’m a survivor. But I was PO’d for a while. I’m always in Wi-Fi range of something, so I never truly consume the shared data. It worked out OK for me.

    • beez1717

      I think that someone should have at least tried to sue the cell companies for allowing a bait and switch situation where non consenting parties could be forced into a contract they never wanted. I think that this happened more times than we can count because a non techie went to the store to upgrade their phone, weren’t notified of the fact that they would be kicked off unlimited, and so would everyone else on their plan. Essentially they are preying on the ignorance of some people to screw over others without their consent. If I had been there when they had tried to switch our plan to family shared, I would have told them to have taken my brother’s faulty android phone back and upgrade him and then shove the family shared plan up their butts.

  • rawdeadfish

    Does it get any better than unlimited sprint 4g lte?? Lol! I’m on sprint because I will never want less than unlimited.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Unlimited Data!

    I normally use 2gb/month… and then needed internet on my laptop so I tethered last month and hit 10gbs.

    I don’t think they’ve throttled me… yet.

  • _Flip_

    Was forced to go through a third party mini mifi device that offer’s $10 per gig with the data rolling over each month, saving a lot.
    What does that fall under?

  • Spencer Walker

    30 bucks 5gb plan from Tmobile its so cheap I don’t mind throttling since I almost never hit the cap

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I still have the OG unthrottled VZW unlimited.

    • droidarmy

      me too, unlimited on VZW ftw

  • Trevor

    Currently using ATT prepaid $60 for 2.5 GB plan. Works great for me. l am still holding onto a suspended VZW account with unlimited data for $63/mo after discounts and tax. Awesome deal, but I just like the freedom GSM gives me over CDMA.

    • flosserelli

      So you are paying $63/mo just to hold onto an unlimited plan? And no devices on it? Ok….

      • Trevor

        You don’t pay when the line is suspended. Unlimited data is nice, but not worth paying for if not in use.

  • akellar

    This poll is going to be highly inaccurate because most people won’t read the article above it. They will assume it’s asking what they WANT not what they HAVE.

  • jak_341

    One line tiered. One unlimited.

  • Pootis Man

    T-Mobile unlimited data ftw!

    • akhnaten

      I left VZW grandfathered unlimited for T-mobile unlimited and couldn’t be happier.

      • Pootis Man

        Me too!

  • Corruptiondee

    How can anyone be in favor of paying more money for tiered data? Regardless of what Verizon and AT&T try to tell people, it’s a genuine ripoff, it offers no real value to the consumer, and exist only to pad their profits. If you’re not a heavy data user and can get by on 2GBs a month, that’s great, but you still greatly benefit from unlimited data because you won’t be forced to pay for any variance in your usage.

    I just think it’s downright comical that AT&T and Verizon tout their new faster data speeds and services that require data, knowing full well that all faster LTE speeds will do is force people to reach their data caps sooner, forcing them to pay for overages.

    #Tmo4Life

    • Franklin Ramsey

      You realize the poll is asking people what they HAVE, not what they are in favor of?

  • nabooska

    I miss my unlimited *tear*

  • they call me Rob

    My wife and I still each have our unlimited plans with Verizon and I refuse to give it up from them unless I get a considerably cheaper option with another carrier with enough of a tier to compensate. I also don;t mind paying full price for a new or slightly used device, subsidies just aren’t worth it IMO.

  • CinCityKid80

    Still enjoying my unlimited plan from Verizon! Matter of fact, I just cancelled my cable and internet with Time Warner and will be using my free hacked hotspot.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I thought that VZW now forces you off unlimited if you make ANY phone change. Weather you bust your phone and go buy a replacement off the web and just change phones via the website or upgrade to a new phone through them, or buy an unsubsidized phone, the moment you do any phone change, you get booted off unlimited data.

      I am still on my SGS3. My wife had unlimited and they booted her off when she went to her SGS5.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Did your wife buy the phone outright or did she sign up for a new contract. My phone just got replaced by them as it couldn’t keep a signal any longer and I kept unlimited.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          New contract. New contract seems logical and so she took the subsidized phone, but she swore up and down they said any change of phone would cause her to be booted from unlimited. I still have unlimted, an SGS3, and just went off contract and have been wondering what scenarios will cause a loss of unlimted when I finally decide to change phones.

          • bobres

            if you put your current sim card in a new phone, you’ll keep your unlimited.

      • CinCityKid80

        Nope, I’ve been eligble for an upgrade for quite some time and have switched phones probably 4 times. Never even been asked to change plans. I just go on the website and add the new phone.

        • Ditto. I personally wouldn’t trust anything a VZW in-store rep says.

  • Trysta

    I think I am throttled after 3gb. (on T-mobile). Honestly I prefer this to unlimited data. I can tether ALL of my 3gb, no restrictions, no extra costs. Rather than unlimited where I would have to pay extra for tethering (and rightfully so). I’d rather buy as much as I need and be able to use it however I want than be on a plan where I am paying for essentially what the carrier considers “normal usage on a smartphone” which is up to interpretation.

    I use about 1.5-2gb per month so I feel like 3gb is a good buffer zone for my normal usage.

  • BrianBrick

    My circumstances changed pretty drastically so I wasn’t afraid to drop Verizon, it was a necessity. My LTE is now $30/month and doesn’t get throttled til after 5GB. I can certainly live with it since WiFi is also pretty readily available

  • Lawrence_Hart

    Unlimited data since the OG Droid! Verizon will have to kill me to get rid of it.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      my sentiment exactly

  • crazed_z06

    Verizon Unlimited. No Throttle.. Riding this until the wheels fall off.

  • Rodeojones000

    Tiered, but only because of a fantastic deal. First, we still use an old Alltel plan that’s 33% less than than a comparable Verizon plan. Second, when we upgraded (two smartphones) in the fall, Verizon had a little known promo going for former unlimited customers. We now get 6GB of data per line for the 2GB price of $30. Had this not been an option we’d have paid full price and kept unlimited.

  • JMonkeYJ

    Mine is supposedly throttled after 3GB, but I’ve surpassed that and never been throttled (StraightTalk).

  • Solid_Snake1

    Holding on to a grandfathered Verizon unlimited data plan, @ 39.99 a month. No throttling.

  • PoisonApple31

    Anyone know if Verizon is still giving out monthly discounts to shared data customers with off-contract phones (w/o using Edge)? I have a 8GB shared data plan and one of my lines is out of contract and I am getting an extra $10/off per month.

    Just curious because when the other two lines are out of contract, it’d be sweet to go up to 10GB for an extra $10 a month, and then get $20/off for each of the 3 lines, making it $60/off per month.

    • I have three off-contract phones, and one off-contact feature phone. I’ve never heard of this. How do you get it?

      • PoisonApple31

        When you log into your My Verizon Account, I believe I went to Change Features on my out of contract phone and I clicked a button that said Activate Discount, or worded similiar to that. I could be wrong on where it is located. You’ll get an e-mail after you activate it.

        Here’s the article that mentions it. It appears as if it is for a limited time.

        http://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-extends-discount-on-More-Everything-plan-to-those-who-bring-their-own-device_id55141

        • Thanks. I actually checked out that deal, as I was willing to forgo unlimited data for a significant reduction on my bill (currently about $210 w/taxes & fees.

          But that $160 didn’t include the monthly payment for the phones (and I’ve been seeing that fine print on the commercials), so I’d still and up paying more.

          ::sigh::

          • PoisonApple31

            Yes I am on the More Everything Plan, but I have no monthly payment for my phone (I am not on Edge). This promotion applies to those who have shared data 8 GB or 10 GB+, and gives you the same discount on the line access fee as Edge.
            Did you look at that article? Just making sure we are on the same page.

          • I just chatted with a rep online. I asked her what discounts I would get if I switched to More Everything and brought my own, off-contract phones. She said the only discount I’d get would be the employer discount I currently get (about $12/month if I switched to More Everything – not a windfall for sure, lol). Less than what I’m getting around now. I asked it in a different way, a second time, just to be sure.

            She didn’t mention switch to Share Everything first.

            I may try calling them next week and see what happens.

  • dapbmonkey4u

    Not even trying and I checked this last month I used 45GB. Very little tethering to laptop.

  • Paul Drum-Junkie Hayward

    I use my WiFi at home and at work and rarely use data so 3.5G does me fine. And its free on my plan and unlimited so hell yeah

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Just keep switching upgrades between my parents phone and mine… Works great since they never want a new phone and I get an upgrade every summer around my birthday.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Hell yeah!!! No throttling. I use 30 to 50 gigs a month!!!!

  • Droid Ronin

    I got my 5 GB of high-speed data with T-Mobile with throttling if I go over that, which is hardly ever.

  • schoat333

    I ditched VZW for T-mobile two months ago, and couldn’t be happier. I have better LTE signal and speeds just about everywhere I go in Cleveland and the suburbs. Oh, and I’m saving $60 a month.

    • PoisonApple31

      I would love to try T-Mobile, but Sprint is better than T-Mobile in my state.

  • Nick V

    $70/month on T-Mobile, no limits and no throttling.

    • Actually it’s $80 now. source: they sign my paychecks

      • PoisonApple31

        He must have been grandfathered in at that price?

        • Bingo. A few months back unlimited w/3GB tethering was $20. Now it’s $30 and you get 5GB tethering. The $20 plan is now a 5GB throttle.

      • Nick V

        Actually, it’s still $70. Source: I paid my bill yesterday.

  • David Dudovitz

    My family uses flip phones and are happy to do so for 6+ years at a time, so I have plenty of upgrade transfers ripe for the picking.

  • CARPDM

    throttled after 5gb on tmo, but have only reached that point once and it was a day before my month was over, love Tmo!

  • AndrewScottRox

    I’d go through more data if I could wirelessly tether my Moto X.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      I’m guessing you cannot do this because your Moto X cannot be unrooted? You should look into Fox-Fi.

  • Kenny Woodard

    AT&T (unlimited) LTE full speed until 5gbs used then throttled down to 50kb/s for remainder of month.

  • DGBlair

    Unlimited data on V — just hit 50GB this month (resets on 16th)

  • eduardo

    Unlimited data on Verizon!! I work outdoors and all I listen to is podcasts and music so I’m not going down without a fight!!

  • 10gbs and wifi, more than enough..

  • Ahku Droid

    I’m still on VZW’s unlimited plan. My last subsidized upgrade that allowed my grandfathered plan was for the Droid RAZR MAXX. They aren’t getting device revenue, a new contract, or the $30 BS activation fee from me until they go bring unlimited back. I average 8 GB a month and that number will likely increase as content becomes more rich and numerous. I’m buying direct from the manufacturer (or hopefully Google ifnthey ever offer VZW options) or on Craigslist from now on.

    I was going to get the Moto X because my RAZR started slowing to the point of being unusable, but I discovered limiting background processes to 3 in Developer Options fixed that. Now I am waiting for the Moto X +1 Dev Edition. Honestly, if the current Moto X Dev Edition was customizable and didn’t look like a golf ball, I’d probably have one by now.

    • Lori

      OMG, I am going to try that on my Razr Maxx. I am in the exact same boat as you. Unlimited data, last upgrade was a Razr Maxx. I have bought the kids each a new phone on ebay, because they broke their phones, but I am still stuck with this laggy Razr Maxx.

  • I was at a VZ store and a rep told me they are looking to get rid of Unlimited completely. I don’t know how that would happen but she said to be on the look out sometime in the fall. I took it as a grain of salt. I have 4 lines (mine, wifes and 2 dummy lines). The dummy lines are not used but opened for $10/each in order to keep our unlimited and get subsidized price of our Galaxy S3. Primary lines are eligible for upgrade and I’m interested in getting LG G3 but want to keep unlimited. If I upgrade or transfer my primary upgrades, I lose unlimited. So only way is to wait for dummies to be eligible and once registered, transfer phones to primary.

    • flosserelli

      Yep I’ve been saying this for months. VZW will probably kill all unlimited data this year. I figured it would be July/August. That is another reason I sold my VZW unlimited lines while I could.

      And once VZW kills unlimited, ATT will soon follow.

      • She said in July, I would be safe to upgrade. I asked when and she couldn’t really say but said to do it as soon as possible and by this year. But I’m sure if someone is under contract, they’re still entitled to the unlimited but once the contract is over, no more unlimited even if they upgraded. But I don’t know how that would work for someone who buys new phones. They can’t just get rid of it completely unless you make a change in your account.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Sure they can. The just have to notify you of the change. The contracts benefit them. They can make whatever change to the contract they wish and only have to notify you of the change.

        • flosserelli

          You don’t understand how carrier contracts work. Carriers are under no obligation to continue unlimited data if they decide to kill it. All they have to do is notify you of the change in service, and allow you to break the contract without paying ETF.

          Carrier contracts are always written in terms that benefit the carrier, not the consumer. VZW can kill unlimited data at any time. It doesn’t matter if you sign a new contract the day before they decide to kill it. You either choose to continue under the new terms of service, or you find a new carrier.

          • Shawn Spring

            I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m gone (and my 5 lines of service go with me) the day Verizon does this. Unlimited is the only thing keeping me with them. I’m on TMob’s prepaid once/if/when this happens.

    • Andrew

      You CAN transfer upgrades and not lose unlimited! If you go to Verizonwireless.com log in to my Verizon and go to upgrade your phone, you can transfer the upgrade date from your primary to your secondary line and upgrade and keep unlimited data! Google it, I’ve done it before and it works. Verizon employees are trained to tell you it won’t, even though it does work. Though you have to do it online as they won’t in store.

  • j

    People have no idea on how or what iI takes for the wireless industry to work. And most people have no idea if they’re getting throttled or not

  • bogy25

    Not sure I can hold on much longer – need to upgrade my Moto Razr Maxx HD – phone sucks but I got unlimited still …..

    • Franklin Ramsey

      So, buy a new phone full price and keep your unlimited.

    • Ahku Droid

      If it is running slow, try going to settings -> Dev Options (make sure enabled) -> Background Process Limit, then select 3.

  • Mark Snider

    Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited. Will remain that way until they for me off it and as a consequence, off their network. Without the UDP Verizon is nowhere near worth the high cost.

  • Jeremy A

    Suck it verizon!

  • jonzey231

    T-Mobile 🙂

  • K

    I get a feeling some people didn’t read and just voted for which system they prefer, which in this case is unltd data. I seriously doubt over 60% still have unlimited data with the amount of people that left Verizon (based on the comments I’ve seen over the past year) for a GSM carrier.

    • flosserelli

      I believe the results are valid. I think the majority of DL readers are on VZW, and the majority of those people still have unlimited data.

      • jonzey231

        And still have a Galaxy Nexus

        • flosserelli

          If you still have a GNex, you really owe it yourself to get a new phone.

          • jonzey231

            I don’t have one, I’ve got Nexus 4 on t-mo. But I bet there are people still using the GNex because they don’t want to buy a phone outright.

    • Ahku Droid

      Many here started with the old Motorola OG Droid and are pretty adamant about keeping the original open uncapped experience. The Moto X came about the time of their 3rd 2-yr upgrade and the $349 full retail sales allowed them to keep their plans without being too overpriced.

      • Yes. Even paying $349 for the phones, I’m still saving over $200 buying phones on contract and switching to a shared plan.

        I will likely never but a phone from VZW again.

    • jimt

      I have Tmo with unlimited everything. I dumped Verizon unlimited like a hot potato and didn’t even sell it.

  • I stream Spotify all day long and in the car on my unlimited Sprint plan. I could never be happy with Tiered. Better to have and not need, then to need and not have.

    • Jprime

      truth

  • Quint

    I still have my Verizon unlimited data plan. Mainly because it just costs less to keep it. My data plan is discounted to $24. If I pay for the hot-spot, it’s another $24. It is hard to beat. I paid retail for the Note 2. Sold that and got the Note 3 at retail. The Verizon store reps hated me.

  • evltwn

    VZW grandfathered unlimited data now month-to-month. 450min, unlimited texts $60 a month – 15% discount. Unlimited data $30 – 20% discount. Plus 25% discount on accessories.

  • Captain Spaulding

    G2 with Straight Talk for now. I may look into a 10 GB shared data plan in about a year or so, when my daughter will be old enough for her first phone. That way I can get a new phone at contract price every year. I will probably get the G4, give my wife my G2, and my daughter will get my wife’s Moto X. The year after, we will get a new contract for my wife so I can get a new phone and pass the G4 down, then repeat the process every year.

  • red014

    Thanks to a screw up between VZW and MotoMaker, I have a subsidized X with unlimited data until 11/2015.

  • George Davis

    Paid full price for my Droid Maxx so I could keep unlimited on VZW. Wife did the same with her Moto X.

  • Andrew

    Grandfathered unlimited on Verizon with 1400 minutes and unlimited texting on 2 lines, and a dumby line to upgrade. Got in on a talk text + data promo so I get unlimited data for 10 a month. Total monthly is $140
    Used to have a 22% employee discount but it got removed D:

    • flosserelli

      I pay $160/month for 2 unlimited everything lines + 2 basic lines on T-Mobile.

      • Andrew

        Looks like I’d be paying more on T-Mobile! At least that makes me feel a little better.
        And t-mobile has completely and utterly horrible service where I live (my town refuses to let them build anymore towers here) so its not even an option..

        • flosserelli

          Yep you must have a sweet deal. I was paying over $300/month for 5 unlimited lines on VZW. That got old, and I finally got the balls to switch.

      • I pay $153/month after tax for 2 unlimited data + two 250 texts (we don’t text much. thats what chat messages are for) + 2 basic lines. Which includes 27% off cell plan and 20% off data.

  • michaelrango

    Sprint’s spark network + unlimited data work wonders for me here in NYC. Best switch I made 🙂

  • DanWazz

    Just have up my unlimited and left Verizon. No regrets.

    • flosserelli

      I moved 4 lines from VZW to T-Mobile in April, and saving a bucket of cash. My only regret is not doing it sooner.

    • Jim Davis

      On AIO–I mean Cricket since February. No ragrets. Not even one letter. You know what I’m sayin’?

  • teebone

    Unlimited, the only way to go babayyyyy!!!!! 🙂

  • dawn m. armfield

    Verizon took my grandfathered unlimited away last year when I returned a phone.

  • grandfathered unlimited data for my lg g2 on vzw. paid 450 for the phone. plan is $60 a month. could have been $100 if i upgraded and got like 2 gigs

    so i save 40 a month. if i upgraded i would have got the G2 for $50 i think it was at the time. Maybe it was free. But regardless I’ll make my money back in 10 months or 11 if it was free with upgrade. beats a 2 year contact?

  • Nadora

    Verizon grandfathered unlimited data for two lines on an older family plan with 700 minutes. Keeping it till they take it away from me. Bought my LG G2 last year full retail to keep the unlimited.

  • J Davis

    4 Unlimited lines from Verizon FTW

  • wh1te_mag1c

    Full Unlimited 4G on T-Mobile here. Not as good as VZw’s, but less expensive and I’m not supporting Vzw, so that’s nice.

    • Willie D

      In my area, it bests the speeds Verizon can offer.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    A Poll like this would lean heavy towards Verizon customers seeing that this is Droid Life, and most of us either are with or came from Verizon. So I’m guessing that’s where most of the votes are coming from. Good to a lot still have unlimited though.

    I left VZW for At&t GoPhone. So I’m Unlimited/Talk/Text/2.5GB for $60.

  • Willie D

    I’d not mind an affordable sliding scale option. Start with 1-3GB data for $10, 3.01-5GB add $5 ($15 plan cost) use 5.01-9.99GB add $5 more ($20 plan cost) and 10GB+ to Unlimited add $10 ($30 total) automatically sliding up to the maximum per month and giving unlimited when you need it, cutting costs when you don’t.

    • Detonation

      Unfortunately the pay-by-usage plan would never happen. Carriers bank on selling you blocks of data such that you either end up buying more than you need, or buying too little and getting hit with overage charges. Either way, more $$$ for them.

    • And that won’t happen for $30 if they got rid of it to begin with. They want you to pay more and get less. All these carriers underestimated data usage and smartphones and now they’re trying to get rid of unlimited because its hogging up their data.

    • Jonathan

      Ting ( https://ting.com/ ) sort of does this with their pay-by-usage plan. Though they do use Sprints network. And I found T-Mobile to be slightly cheaper anyway in the long run. (Though I have the crazy $30 a month with 100 minutes of talk, unlimited text, and 5 GB high speed data plan)

  • e_droid

    Moved to a new city, using maps for everything, streaming music / Netflix / HBO Go, etc until I got internet hooked I used ~35 GBs last month. That’s the most I’ve ever used and I am so happy I have unlimited. I will do whatever it takes to keep it.

  • RobRomeo

    Unlimited data throttled after 5gb, unlimited text, and low minutes for only $30/month? Ill deal with the throttling at that price

    • Jonathan

      As a student this plan is pretty much the only reason I’m not still stuck with a tracphone. I love it.

  • Jared Denman

    Unlimited from aio/cricket. They still haven’t fixed their bug!

  • Kevin

    i’m not a big data user so i reluctantly switched to the tiered VZW plans so i could upgrade. i don’t necessarily like them, but with my usage, it hasnt been a big hindrance either. but if the opportunity for $30 unlimited came back again, obviously i’d take it.

  • OnlyNexus

    I’ll battle Verizon ’til the end.

    • supremekizzle

      Probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

  • thom

    I have a plan that only exsisted for 3 days on VZW, an unlimited data only with LTE plan. $39.99 mth with discount.

  • besweeet

    Why would anyone want anything other than unlimited, unthrottled data?

    • Boblank84

      I gave it up to cut my bill from 185 to 90. and have never gone over my straight talk throttle. unlimited data is not worth 100 extra a month imo…

      • JSo

        90 is about how much I pay for Unlimited, non-throttled data on T-Mobile. 185 is actually a lot for any phone plan.

        • I have 5 lines on TMo, 2 with unlimited/unthrottled data, 3 with limits. Costs us ~$174 after taxes/fees. #VeryHappy

        • AJA0

          My parents pay $350-$400/month for 5 lines, 3 of which have unlimited data.

      • My bill is about 80 a month with my unlimited data.

        • Boblank84

          i guess i should have clarified that is for two lines.

      • Kyleinstyle

        I was in the same boat. Cut my Verizon family plan which was $200+ to Straight talk with 2 lines. . . $95 a month now. 3gb is fine by me.

      • Stephen Cox

        I pay $200/month before taxes for 1400 minutes shared, unlimited text and unlimited LTE on 5 smartphones. We don’t ever call people out of the network so it might as well be unlimited calling too. On the share everything plans, it would cost me $200 in access fees just for the phones before the data comes into account. Cheapest data is 1GB @ $50 so that $250 for severely crippled data. Our family uses a collective 8GB on average a month so that would be $290. Yeah, no. That $90 a month x 24 = is $2160 saved a year on the old plan. I can buy a few good used phones for less than that on Swappa, and keep my unlimited when I need it, and come out ahead.

        Now if they would let me keep my Talk & Text Plus Data discount and move over to a new plan, THEN maybe I’d consider it.

    • JimBucksbury

      The poll isn’t about what you want, it’s about what you have.

  • JSo

    Unlimited and no throttling on T-Mobile. I would never do a tiered plan. I’d hate to constantly worry about it.

  • Marcellus1

    On Verizon shared data right now, but looking forward to TMo unlimited as my next

    • hfoster52

      TMo is throttled from what I understood. Correct me if I am wrong.

      • JSo

        I thought so too at first when I switched. But apparently, it’s not. I havent been throttled at all.

      • Dustin Kear

        You’re wrong. I have unlimited unthrottled data with Tmo.

      • shooter50

        your wrong. Their top plan is unlimited, no throttling.

        • hfoster52

          Ahhh Looked around they have throttling if you tether.

  • T4rd

    I think at least 60% of DL readers are still on Verizon UDPs, haha. We probably account for like 90% of Verizon’s UDP users now. =D

  • Ray

    Verizon unlimited data born 2009-death

  • Eric G Canoy

    I have a caveat, I’m still on my Galaxy Nexus where I can’t use the XLTE band, so it’s sorta throttled?

    • steveliv

      come join us in the Moto X pool. The water’s fine!

      • Eric G Canoy

        carefully considering it

        • hfoster52

          You should. Might save you money with all that charging you have to do.

        • steveliv

          though at this point you might as well wait and see about the Moto X +1. 🙂

          • Higher_Ground

            yeah that’s what I’m doing, though to be fair I feel like I’ve been waiting for years 🙁

  • Suicide_Note

    T-Mobile, unlimited 4G, no throttling.

  • aye_winchell

    hanging on to my verizon unlimited until they either a)kick me to the curb or b)we get repeaters at work that work with at&t. If we get that i switch to straight talk with an at&t sim for unlimited w/throttling because i never use more then a gig per month, but if i do at least i wont be wondering what my bill will be.

  • its nice not having to worry about apps being data hogs.

  • Craig

    I still think it’s funny that we advertise unlimited with throttling as unlimited. I remember a year ago when I had to find out what truly was unlimited from T-Mobile. The rep there told I had “unlimited, but it wasn’t unlimited ‘unlimited'”. What a bunch of nonsense.

    • not nonsense. It’s a loophole in advertising. It IS unlimited in every sense of the word. You just have to know what questions to ask and what you’re getting.

      • George Davis

        I think most people would argue that throttling is a limitation. But as you note, it’s all about the loopholes and the fine print.

        • AGREED. When I think of “Unlimited” I think “Unlimited” and throttling is definitely a limitation especially because throttled data speeds are pretty useless, at that point it’s just the illusion of an internet connection being dangled in your face. Clever those Mad Men are.

      • OhYeah!

        It is not unlimited, it would be limited to the max speed they throttle you to plus what you could download through the rest of that month. There is a limit in there.

    • aye_winchell

      it is, but we all know the game by now. its really more of a no overages plan, where as you have a limited amount of data but dont get charged with overages.

    • Jonathan

      Yeah but it makes it fun to mess with my friends by saying “yeah I have 5 GB of Unlimited data” then watch them try to figure out how that works

  • Jeremy Shifflett

    Man I miss the crap out of unlimited data 🙁

  • Jimas

    I’ve been on Cricket (formerly AIO), which has a $50/mo deal for 2.5 GB high speed. That’s been really good for my use. Being on the AT&T network has also enabled me to get a Nexus 5 too. I’d highly recommend it to others.

    • frhow

      Why not go with StraightTalk AT&T $45/mo for 3 GB of high speed LTE. That’s what I use and with Cricket your speeds are capped at 8mbps. Where ST has no restriction. I am normally seeing 25-35 mbps downstream.

  • Aaron Birnbaum

    Verizon unlimited, never gonna give it up

    • ToddAwesome

      never gonna let it down!

  • a7xchogan1

    T-mobile unlimited, switched from verizon, never looked back

  • Ed Cerqueira

    Upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus over 2 years ago, been buying phones off contract since. Anything to keep my Verizon Unlimited 4G

    • kali bred

      If you can find an authorized dealer you can have them add a dummy phone they have in store to your account as a second line and use the alternate upgrade from your line to the dummy line and get a subsidized phone with a locked unlimited plan for 2yrs then cancel the dummy line and just have to get prorated and charged the upgrade fee that’s what I did and couldn’t be happier

  • Eric James Salcido

    I regularly use 5-15GB of data per month, and sometimes have used as much as 100GB. Suck it, Verizon. Shout out to my local Costco for allowing me to upgrade to the Note 3 and keep my unlimited data.

    • JimBucksbury

      Whoa, care to share a little more about how you worked that out at Costco?

      • Eric James Salcido

        I just edited my post, you’ll find it there.

    • Sham F. Thompson

      How did they do that. I work At target. I want to do that for myself when I upgrade.

      • Eric James Salcido

        I’ve edited my post.

    • Shawn Spring

      I’ve done this at a local Costco as well. I just find it more enjoyable by doing the same process in a Verizon store. It gives me great joy to force Verizon reps to use this loophole to give me what I wish without forcing me off unlimited.

  • Will

    I’ve been grandfathered into my AT&T unlimited data but I do get throttled around 2-3GB of data usage.

  • Chris Hilbert

    Sold my VZW unlimited on eBay, flipped to T-Mobile unlimited. Couldn’t be happier.

    • Ray

      How much did you get for it?

      • Chris Hilbert

        $200. I think most go for $200 to $300.

        • Chilling Boy

          I’ve been watching these plans because I plan on leaving T-Mobile due to coverage. These plans are ending at minimum $500 for a single line!

    • Rob

      Out of curiosity, how much did it go for?

  • Sqube

    Cricket, 7GB LTE (throttled to 250ms ping/8MB sec), unlimited everything else, $65 month.

    Not awful.

  • Shawn Spring

    Until Verizon pries it from my cold dead hands, I’m hanging onto unlimited LTE for dear lyfe.

    • Jim890

      #UnlimitedData4life!

      • Nobody

        This isn’t Twitter.

        • SteveTheMan

          No you are.

        • fish1552

          #NobodyCaresButNobody

        • Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram all use hashtags bro

    • Kelly OBrien

      AMEN !

    • Keith Hollis

      i was using between 2 & 3 GB a month unlimited and they offered me 6GB for the same price with my last upgrade, so i gave in. Hasn’t been a problem at all.

      • Shawn Spring

        This was the situation for a family member of mine as well. For her it made a lot of sense…I fluctuate between 4-5GB and 10-12GBs, depending on how much time I have at work on my lunch. So unlimited is the only way I can do the variance without paying even more than I already do.

        • Ian

          You mean you fluctuate between 4-12 GBs….

          • Shawn Spring

            Meant that to mean I use either somewhere around 4-5GB in a monthly billing cycle (if we are busy) or 10-12GB in a monthly cycle (if we are slow) – I probably could have been more clear with that yeah.

      • Willie D

        Same price, for access to less is not a deal, even if you use less, the access to more if you wanted it is now gone, lost in overages. Sad.

        • nate

          But saving hundreds on a subsidized phone is a deal.

          • PoisonApple31

            Not always true, depends on your carrier.

          • nate

            I’m just talking about this specific guy. If he is going to pay the same monthly with enough data for him, he’s saving money by getting the discount on a phone.

          • Keith Hollis

            that’s why they have different plans for different people.

          • beez1717

            Unfortunately for many people they can’t pay for the data that they want/need…

          • Steve

            Not if you buy an unsubsidized phone such as the Moto X for only a tiny big more.

          • Jprime

            but i got my moto x for $0

          • Steve

            Sure, but I got to keep my Unlimited data. I spend less in the long run and get more.

          • michael arazan

            Getting a one year old device for less than that half price to keep unlimited is fine with me, and I get the pick of the litter already knowing the pro’s and con’s of each device to be better informed

          • Keith Hollis

            exactly. I gave up something i wasn’t using (unlimited data) and signed a contract to do something i was going to do anyways (Stay with VZN for 2 years) to save over $400 on the price of a phone.

            it’s not for everyone, but in my case, it worked.

        • PoisonApple31

          No need to pay the overage prices when he can up the data limit on his plan and back date it.

      • EdubE24

        Did the same. 3-4 gb’s a month, it’s all good!

      • SomeDooD

        u dun goofed

      • evol1knobi

        Not a win even for a subsidized phone…

      • John Davids

        Yeah, you will totally be only consuming 2-3GB for the rest of your life, thus that was a really awesome deal.

        You just got suckered, my friend…

        • michael arazan

          One born every minute, and that’s what Verizon was counting on

        • Yup. 3GB in early 2014 is not the same as it will be in a year from now, with the push to QHD phones and 4k content.

        • Higher_Ground

          idk… been using less than 2 GB consistantly for 4 years now, even with the occasional tethering. I feel like my unlimited is going to waste. At this point it’s more of a bargaining chip than an acutal benefit when the time comes to get a new phone <$300.

          Could I end up using a lot more? Maybe, but like the guy above who settled for 2-3x what he's currently using I think it'll hold for at least 2 years. That pretty much fits in with moore's law and all.

          • John Davids

            Totally man! Thats why I still use my Zenith Data Systems computer with 2MB of RAM and 20MB of HDD space. It was like, quadruple what I needed in 1993 so I am totally still set!

          • Higher_Ground

            Not that Moore’s law is directly applicable but the idea that your data needs will double every two years suggests that it’s perfectly okay to switch into a plan that’s 2x what you need. It doesn’t matter if it’s not enough in 10 years because you’ll have long ago signed a newer contract.
            If you want to hold onto unlimited for another 10 years I wish you the best. But there’s nothing stopping them from dropping all unlimited customers like a bad habit once they represent a small enough slice of the pie.

          • John Davids

            Ah. Since it can be removed at any given time, I should just voluntarily give it up. Sound logic.

          • beez1717

            I wonder if the reason so many people use less than 2 GB of data is because the cell phone companies have conditioned us to be afraid of using our data plans…

        • beez1717

          I used to be excited that they were going to stream games to my phone and I could play them anywhere. I used to be super excited that I could watch Netflix anywhere. I used to be super excited about having faster data speeds. I used to be super excited about cloud storage for my phone. I used to be excited about being able to play an online game wherever I was, whenever I wanted. i was looking forward to LTE…

          Unfortunately I was shoved over to VZW’s family shared data plan because people in my family refused to believe that you had to pay full price for a phone to keep VZW’s unlimited data. Now I dread any technology that is supposed to make use of my mobile data. right now All I do is browse the web and check email using my data plan because if I did anything else I’d have to pay an arm and a leg for it. As of right now, it kind of feels like all cell phone companies are trying to make you eat a poisoned carrot and think it’s the best thing in the world.

          I wonder what would happen if consumers were to use the cell network as they liked, and then refused to submit to the bull of data caps and then refused to pay a penny more for the overages? I know this wouldn’t happen but what if?

          • John Davids

            Growing pains of a new communication medium. ISPs used to nickle and dime you for certain connected services as well. Someday VZW, ATT, et al and their wireless networks will be classified as standard ISPs and will have to adhere to all the rules and regulations that go along with that.

            Now about that net neutrality…………………..

      • landon

        You could have sold that line on eBay

        • Ralph Bretz

          How do you do that?
          I have two unlimited lines with Verizon, 1 2GB line and 1 dumb phone on the plan. Would like to keep my numbers and move on.

        • Jeff

          I just sold one of my extra lines for $1,000. Have to admit the buyer was to fast to pay so much. Most people on eBay sell for around $300…..

      • HarvesterX

        Don’t take this as a direct assault on you it’s not I assure you. This is just how too many consumers think and this is how marketing wins.

        How much do you think it costs the carriers more to

        “Hasn’t been a problem at all”

      • HarvesterX

        (I’m guessing) you voted for tiered/shared data? Do you prefer what you have now to unlimited?

    • patrick

      Same here. I’ll go kicking and screaming.

    • Stevedub40

      LOL, that was exactly what I was going to say.

    • jojo

      No wonder so many people here are pro cloud storage and didn’t seem to care much about non-expandable onboard storage. They majority has unlimited (even non-throttled) data.

      • Marsg

        I had to give up my unlimited last year and I was one of those pro cloud storage people, now I hate it lol. I used to stream music via Google music and Pandora like all day long and I had to move all my songs directly to phone after I gave up unlimited, it’s all good though 64gb micro SD and 64gb on board storage on my note 3.

    • King of Nynex

      If I didn’t have unlimited data, I probably wouldn’t have a smartphone. It’s absurdly expensive otherwise.

  • M3D1T8R

    Verizon unlimited until they pry it from my cold dead hands.
    102GB last month, fairly typical these days.

    • Shawn Spring

      Great minds I s’pose. 🙂

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah! : )

    • Carlos Lopez

      How do you go through 102gb!? I can barely make it to twenty

      • Bryan Mills

        4K Pron, yo

        • M3D1T8R

          Um, no.

          • Bryan Mills

            It’s okay to watch pron. Only Westboro frowns upon it. May be the invisible guy too.

          • Suman Gandham

            And ceiling cat.

          • Matt

            Thanks for confirming it.

      • M3D1T8R

        Netflix streaming, just one movie can be around 3GB. Add some gaming, tons of browsing, and it gets up there. This is with no torrenting at all by the way. Note that my phone is my only internet option where I’m at, so WiFi hotspot through my phone runs everything.

        • Shawn Spring

          This would be me, but since Chromecast, I send everything to the home TV to watch (most recently GoT) and it uses my home internet instead. I’m forking over a mountain of cash for Time Warners 100Mb download speeds so I’m gonna use the heck out of that for all my streaming needs. Plus, I like watching it on my 55″ screen better than the 5.2″ of my G2 if I can.

          • M3D1T8R

            Ha, I’m actually in a similar situation. With Chromecast or through my smart TVTV directly I watch most stuff on there (also 55″!). Except it all goes through my phone’s WiFi hotspot internet. Occasionally I’ll watch something on my Nexus 7, like some documentaries maybe if I don’t care about the picture so much, almost never on my 5″ DNA directly. It’s stuck in my signal booster system at home anyway. But usually I push everything to the 55″ Panasonic plasma, just can’t beat that picture.

        • Carlos Lopez

          Oh that makes sense I was just curious

      • BSweetness

        I’ve gone through over 300GB before with the unlimited hotspot feature (which I did pay for). I replaced my home internet with it for about a year and ran everything off it without a single problem.

      • Dominik Rozek

        1024.8 GB This month. Yes 1.024TB this month. Just because I can.

        • Carlos Lopez

          Now that’s just impressive lol

        • vwbeetlvr

          1000 gigabytes is
          0.976 terabytes so your math is off.

          • supremekizzle

            Americans don’t need math. That’s for those little Asians.

          • SomeDooD

            1024GB = 1TB, but yeah, his math is still off.

          • potatos

            Assuming you’re using JEDEC’s definition of GB (2^30 bytes) then 1024 GB = 1.0995 TB.
            1 GiB (IEC) = 1 GB (JEDEC) = 1.0737 GB (SI)

            So 1024 GB (JEDEC) = 1 TiB (IEC)

          • Your Math is Wrong Too

            You’re mixing SI and binary prefixes.

        • EdubE24

          Damn playa…just damn..

        • tomn1ce

          That’s crazy…

        • HitokiriX

          I don’t know who you are… But you have my utmost respect…

        • Shawn Spring

          I’d admire you just for giving it to Big Red in a way that cannot be denied.

        • Like a BOSS

        • Michael Nyitrai

          winner

        • Hayden7200

          So you have not used your phone as a phone once this month or even sent a single text message? You might want to get out of the basement sometime and socialize! Haha!

          • Dominik Rozek

            Hayden no this is used in my condo, they only support adsl, not even DSL from ATT, so I bought the following: http://cradlepoint.com/products/branch-office-retail-pos/arc-mbr1400-series-with-integrated-3g-4g and popped in my SIM card and use it as my home ISP.

          • Hayden7200

            That makes sense. I retract my sarcastic comment. 🙂

          • M3D1T8R

            Awesome. $700 is a bit pricey but I’m saving that link as an option. And I thought I was doing good with around 100GB /mo.

          • Dominik Rozek

            Total $561.75 from CDW on 12/2/13, found an open box one. Sell it to you for $500 if you want it

          • AJA0

            That router accepts SIM cards? & You can just it in and it works?

          • Josh Rahn

            When you have unlimited it doesn’t show texts, i believe? I could double check my account but i think it looks similar.

          • Tony G.

            I have unlimited data with 450 minutes and 250 texts. Mine does show the minutes and texts used.

        • a) youth.in.asia

          With 10 days left there’s room for improvement 😀

        • K

          You must be on Verizon’s Most Wanted list. lol

          • Marsg

            Knowing Verizon their probably outside his house right in a shady van, keeping watch.

        • nabooska

          You are doing God’s work, sir. I applaud thee.

        • sean

          nice, but you are the main reason they stopped unlimited.

          • Iamjackspoat

            No, he’s not. They did away with unlimited because of money, not because people “abused” it. If it was an issue they’d void his contract, which they can do at any time.

        • SomeDooD

          Are you God?

        • RiceCake

          Im sure if they really wanted to they could cut your service and drop you. If your holding onto unlimited then i assume your no longer on contract.

          Losing a couple of customers who use an excessive amount of data means nothing to big red. Im surprised they havent done it already.

        • Tyler

          This is why we can’t have nice things.

        • Dustin Casper

          Damn, and I thought my 200GB+ was high. Guess I have room for improvement hehehe.

        • Marsg

          How’s that even possible do you have all your devices tethered to your phone? I usually hit like 2/3rds of that with my desktop let alone my phone.

        • Marsg

          34.16 GB a day

        • creed

          I replied to on of DL’s articles that my wife & I total use around 100 gb per month and everyone tears me a new a-hole. You use 1000 and your about to win a trophy and be hoisted upon everyone’s shoulders and paraded through Verizon’s corporate head quarters. #hypocricyofdroidlifereaders

        • michael arazan

          Torrenting with your phone 24/7?

          Even my hard line with 4 users barely gets passed 120 GB a month, with HD

      • tethering to laptop, PS3, Netflix Streaming, etc.. It adds up.

      • John Davids

        Its called tethering. I burn something like 200-300GB per month. My Asus router lets me load balance my bandwidth between my cable ISP and my tethered VZW unlimited account lol. Also nice for failover when the weather is bad and the landline ISP dies.

    • T4rd

      Rofl.. I require a screenshot of this.. not because I don’t believe you, but just for the amusement. >-D

      • Ray

        I have used over 300GB a month before just to see what would happen… Nothing

    • Sham F. Thompson

      Did you upgrade Yet.

    • About my average also.

    • Zee Masai

      I hit 110GB last month by accident. 16 hours streaming at work every other day will do it.

    • beez1717

      Thanks for using the left over data that everyone else would use if we didn’t have such a low data cap…

  • Bryan Mills

    Whyphy