Share this Story

Thursday Poll: Tiered or Unlimited Data?

4G LTE logo

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?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
  • 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.


    • 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.


        • 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.


          • 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


    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.


    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