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Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?

Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?
Verizon said yesterday that those who want a new phone and to keep their grandfathered $30 unlimited data plan, will have to pay for this phone full retail. Despite that we don't know yet what exactly will be the pricing of the shared data plans Verizon plans to introduce this summer, it will be hard to beat unlimited at $30.

The grandathered plans "axe" gem that came out of CFO Fran Shammo at an investor conference, caused quite the backlash and openly voiced displeasure from customers on forums and in comments. A lot of them threatened to move away from Verizon for alternative options, if the carrier goes through with these plans.

Alternatives would be moving to T-Mobile, Sprint or a regional carrier, all of which have unlimited data options with varying degrees of small print, like T-Mobile throttling users after a certain cap, but no overage charges. 

That is why we wanted to ask you, dear reader, if you plan to make the switch from Verizon to something else, in case you have to give up your grandfathered unlimited for some reason. Check an option that suits you in the poll below, and sound off in the comments for the world to see.

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Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?
8.22%
151 votes
(151 votes) Verizon's network is great, so I don't mind paying full retail for a new phone
13.28%
244 votes
(244 votes) I'll keep my trusty phone with $30 unlimited, thank you
28.25%
519 votes
(519 votes) Let's wait and see the new data-sharing plans pricing first
8.98%
165 votes
(165 votes) T-Mobile works fine in my area, so I'll switch to its unlimited plan
23.68%
435 votes
(435 votes) Sprint works fine in my area, so I'll switch to its unlimited data fix
3.65%
67 votes
(67 votes) My regional carrier offers unlimited and I'll make the switch
13.94%
256 votes
(256 votes) I'm so angry I can only see (Big) Red

1837 votes

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posted on 18 May 2012, 07:12 5

1. ENG618 (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I'll either be switching to Sprint or T-moble's pre-paid plan...we will just have to wait and see what the plans look like, when my contract ends in 2 years...since I already upgraded my phone and my wife's to 4G and have unlimited.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:56 1

23. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:26 5

41. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


What a dumbass. it won't be cheaper. It is so they can make more money. I will shut off all 5 of my phones and go back to home phone. Track phone for wife for emergency. Keep wanting to charge more for less.F___ Verizon and the rest.

posted on 18 May 2012, 14:37 2

59. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I SOOO agree with you, I dont care how good verizon is or how good people say it is, its NOT that good for them to be doing this,,,

posted on 18 May 2012, 15:53

62. Jango_Fred (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


Ok Windsponge, riddle me this.... I am paying $30 for unlimited data and I NEVER use more than 1 GB. SO, if the new data plans offer 2 GB for, lets say, $20 per month....how is that NOT cheaper for me?

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:04 3

63. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You're crazy if you think they will give you 2gb for 20 bucks a month, when they are currently charging 30 bucks for 2gb a month. They are not doing this so you will save money, it is strictly so they can keep the revenue stream increasing YoY. I'm not against a company making a profit, but don't F-- the people that helped build your sh--ty network. I've been paying 2400+ a year for 6 years now, and this is how I'm treated, screw them. I'm out like a fat kid in dodgeball. Obviously they can't change my contract without buying it out, so I'll just keep what I have or pay full price for something new. If they still try and kick me off, then I'll move to Tmo, or a local carrier and save a sh-t load of dough.

posted on 21 May 2012, 23:59

84. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


house phone. WE ALL know that's not true. Virgin mobil maybe..but only cell for emergency after coming from 5 data plans (that's the topic) is crazy

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:17

48. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


The only thing I have one this one is that yes family share data would be great for those who have the 2 gig plans and can share some instead, however, I ahve 10 lines and only one smartphone with unlimited and do not plan to get anymore. So I would lose my unlimited to go onto this family share plan get less gigs and I am not sharing it with anyone so as for me I find it pointless and I use way more than 2 gigs because this is my business asn well as personal phone.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:24 2

2. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


The only thing that will keep me with verizon is if I can buy unlocked LTE phones and activate them onto their network. Such as future Nexus's.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:54 1

8. karsteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)


I cant stand the increase in calling rates by Verizon. I will have my phone unlocked so that I can easily use it on other networks as well.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:12 4

16. Beholder88 (Posts: 80; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


The problem with this is, that other networks use different frequencies than Verizon, so unlocked or not, if it's LTE then it won't work on any other network other than what that particular phone was built for.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:57 2

24. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


I have been with Verizon for almost 2 years and my calling plan has stayed the same. if my bill is high then its something im doing....I'M JUST SAYING

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:19 1

50. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I agree completely I have been with them for My plan has updated with some pricing but thats because they changed the way it was set up. Not a problem because it is still cheaper then ATT and they have minute differences in there plans. If its higher I did something to make it that way.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:26 1

3. dcgore (Posts: 201; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


T-mobile if they switch from 1700 to 1900 for their 3g/4g. Otherwise, att. I can import any phone for it and besides it seems subsidies are on their way out.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:48 2

35. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


T-Mobile is just adding the 1900 Mhz band, I believe, not switching

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:03 1

45. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Not switching, more like upgrading 1900 2g to 3.5g, and free up additional 1700 into LTE.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:33 3

4. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


loyal customer for almost 5 years and now they pull this? really? I'm not rich, I don't plan on spending 700-900 for a cell phone just so I can keep my unlimited plan that I've had since day one. If Verizon does stick to this, then I'm out. I rather go with at&t or sprint

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:21 1

11. Tycoon (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


The good thing about T-Mobile (as long as you have coverage in your area) is that you can be on their Value plan and pay less per month than the Classic plan. You pay retail for the device on the Value plan, but I still get my corporate discount (I was shocked), AND I can pay for the phone in monthly installments (after a downpayment). Then they run buy one get one specials like the one going on now, so it's even better. My last bill was $132 for 2 lines of unlimited talk, text and data (2GB). My son has 500 minutes, unlimited texting and 2GB of data. Two lines have $7.50 in insurance for each phone. They are supposed to have the 1900mhz frequency up and running by the end of the year, so more non-T-Mobile branded phones will be able to use their 3G/4G service. I hope that more OEMs will begin having Pentaband phones. Good luck.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:50

43. mr9154 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)


I'm with you and i agree, I live in NYC and i've been using a Galaxy Nexus for the past 3 months, an htc thunderbolt before nexus and i move around all day all over the city and the 4G lte coverage yea its there but is very spotty and the signal strength is not strong, and this is my second nexus so its not a phone issue. Sprint sounds promising and better prices.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:13 1

64. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Do go with ATT, just sprint or Tmo, as ATT is worse than VZW on this. You will regret it.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:20 1

67. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Don't go with att, not do.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:35 2

5. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


It all depends on what the new plans look like. Unlimited was nice but I didn't really need it. They should have held off killing unlimited until their new plans were final and ready to be announced.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:41 8

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


You won't see a mass exodus from Verizon. It's like jumping between sinking ships. AT&T started this tiered pricing thing and Verizon followed. Verizon is doing this and AT&T will follow. I expect Sprint to follow as well. Not very quickly as they can use it as a marketing tool, but after a while they will also moved to a forced tiered pricing to save spectrum and get more money from their users. Just the way it goes.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:16 1

65. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


pretty much. Besides, we are the vocal minority. The mass majority doesnt give a poop as long as their actual rates dont go up and they dont use enough to get overages.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:55

70. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Which is sad, cause they are getting screwed in the process as well.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:54 1

76. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats how it always is. The educated minority always gets screwed by the uneducated masses. That is why democracy always fails. Thank god we live in a republic. :)

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:54 4

7. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Very disapponted in Verizon. They would pull this right before the Samsung Galaxy S3 drops. They know people are waiting for this phone since they opted for the Nexus over the S2, which is my view was a poor decision. Thanks Big Red.....AT&T here I come.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:01

9. karsteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)


I recently had my phone unlocked and therefore I do not have any problem with the plan by Verizon since I can use my device on other networks. The guys at mobilelizard.com really did the unlocking very fast. Those not comfortable with Verizon can have their devices unlocked.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:49

37. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


If that's true, it'll only be for 2G or 3G service on a different network, no LTE, and it'll have to be a non-GSM network, like sprint or metro

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:31

68. threed61 (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You can't truly unlock a cdma phone as they have to be activated by the carriers. Sprint and Verizon don't activate any phones but 'their' own.

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:01

71. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You can usually get ones like Cricket to activate them. The big CDMA networks won't, usually, but the smaller regional ones will. I wish we would all wise up and dump these national carriers for regional ones anyway. As they almost always have cheaper pricing. And in some cases still have unlimited data. Screw the big four. Sprints network sucks, Tmo's has a small foot print, and ATT/VZW just screw you. So screw them. VZW didn't become the size they are by acting like ATT, they did so by being good to their customers. Now that they are screwing us, I no longer feel the need to stay and put up with their prices that are already out of line with the other carriers not named ATT. Honestly, I can't believe ATT has lasted as long as it has.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:06 2

10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'll take a gander at the new plans as they might be cheaper but if i don't like them i'll just pay retail for my phones.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:39 1

12. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


Lol anyone else notice the influx of advertisers poseing as people and commenting these articles after the Verizon story got published? I've seen Verizon,sprint,that lizard website or whatever the hell they call them selves that unlock phones and just now I had a t-mobile guy comment on my post lol, don't make it obvious or anything guys...

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:29

79. Tycoon (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Dude, are you serious?!? I am a commercial banker and I was simply trying to share some information that you and/or others may not have known about T-Mobile. If you don't want to do anything with the information, that's fine. I just prefer to get some benefit if I am going to pay retail for the phone. I've been with Verizon (at least 10 years); left them in 2006 and went to AT&T for 4 years until I realized that even after an 18% discount, I was paying over $135 per month for limited minutes and NO data. I was one who thought that T-Mobile was not good. I don't have a problem with Sprint except they don't have GSM technology. Verizon rapes and AT&T isn't too far behind. Again, just sharing info, I'm not someone who works for any carrier. I'm just a phone enthusiast who happens to have a clue about all of the carriers since I read tech blogs EVERYday.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:42 1

13. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I knew that there was someting wrong with Verizon when I was choosing a wireless carrier last year!! Heres what I dont get

Verizon has made billions in making their competition look like a fool with customer satisfaction, phones, rate plans, data plan, network connectivity and many others..............AND you want to not only eliminate the unltd data plan but make custoemrs pay full retail price if they decide to upgrade and keep their data plan as is???

WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING??? I dont have Verizon and i know that theyre crazy!! this may be the breaking point for Verizon because it might force customers to go back to AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. I feel bad for those who have the unltd plan and want to upgrade to the Nexus, Droid Razr, Droid Maxx, and many others!! My wife has the AT&T unltd data plan and seeing the amount of backlash that Verizon customers are doing, I highly doubt that AT&T will do the same

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:58

25. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:26

29. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


there are some good behind a shared data plan, but there are those who would rather keep it separate. my wife and i would rather keep our data plans separate because she has a grandfathered AT&T unltd data plan. theres no way she will give that up and if i had it id keep it too lol

I dont think that Verizon should have a negative perk by customers keeping their unltd data plan

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:40 2

32. claych2 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Hate to sit there and say this, you have got to be a VZW rep. Or paid by VZW to do this. Every response you have written is VZW corp response.

I worked for VZW. Left for other adventures. If data was such a problem like VZW is saying, then why not llimit to 5GB like back in the day. You wouldn't have this backlash. What is the problem with that? And if there is such a data concern, then why launch an LTE home phone service in line with the unlimited data plans going away?

Lets call a spade a spade here. VZW wants to make profit off of any data they can as data is pure profit. You can't say it isn't as I know it is, You cap your customers at 2GB so then you can over charge them on something they didn't get before thus driving profit. Then, you create a home LTE phone service that you can charge $$$ for that is profit on that end using the LTE bandwidth that you just removed from another customer to create even more $$$ for the company. How hard is it to see that and admit it?

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:04

72. 14545 (Posts: 1054; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


If it's so good, then the plan will sell itself. And you won't have to worry about "kicking people off their unlimited plans". As they will voluntarily CHOOSE to switch to tier data. They know that people aren't going to pay 80 dollars a month for what they get for 30, so that's why they have to "kick" us off of it. I'm not dealing with it.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:59 2

14. bubbadoes (Posts: 319; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Not really--#1 who are you going to switch to? Only Sprint offers unlimited data, but the old network is out of date and out of touch with LTE/4G, so they can afford to offer unlimited data on their 3G network while at the same time releasing LTE phones on a network that doesn't support it..So I will personally stick to VW and hope that the new summer shared data plans will offer a savings, since I'm dropping $90 bucks a months for 3 different data plans alone on my plan!!!

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:05 1

15. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Version tripped out with this crap.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:13

26. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:26 1

17. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Unlimited or not, I have already switched to TMo. While the coverage isn't quite as good, it's not $40 worse, which is how much I save per month. It's a huge cost savings.

I have had some coverage issues here and there, but I just resynced to the towers in my area and so far that has helped. We'll see how it goes.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:37

31. tedkord (Posts: 4250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Are you a bot? What's with the cut and paste reply to multiple people?

Ok, the share plan may be beneficial to you. It's not for many people. And Verizon isn't making this change for your benefit. They're making it cingular 8925 for their benefit. They know that they'll be charging more per kb.

So why force people on to it? Why not let us choose? Those who want unlimited can keep it, this who don't can go shared.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:49

36. tedkord (Posts: 4250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sorry. I don't know why half my reply to the Verizon bot was replied to your post. This wasn't meant for you.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:26

18. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


I just upgraded last week and still have my unlimited. Will they force me to a shared data plan or when I upgrade again in 2014?

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:28 2

19. chriski333 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Man don't even get me started with Verizon but they can kiss my ass this is bull s**t the only reason im with Verizon is my unlimited data so they take that from me im leaving Verizon and going to at&t Verizon now has now good phones they keep pushing the razr not everyone likes it so with that in mind im leaving Verizon for at&t

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:14

28. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:28

20. cncrim (Posts: 457; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Prepaid network like metropc and cricket will love these policy.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:43

21. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 242; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I'm not going to leave Verizon, their service is just too good in my area and all the carriers suck, so it would be foolish for me to switch to another carrier that doesn't have service.

I'll stick with my Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:45

22. aninvisibleman (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)


As someone who uses 1-4 GB's/month and has lower data users on the other Smartphones on my account, I may actually benefit from the shared data plans, depending on what the cost and allowances are. People that say that they are leaving to AT&T are ridiculous. I hope those people realize that AT&T does not have unlimited and has announced that they will be launching a shared data plan soon too. They will likely adopt a similar poicy in the not-to-distant future.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:55 2

39. tedkord (Posts: 4250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


True, but ATT has better phones, they're useable worldwide, and their LTE speeds will smoke Verizon's. Their 3g, if you fall back to it, us like 4x faster than Verizon's paltry 3g.

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:18

49. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


So what makes you think there LTE is gonna be faster than verizons when it already isnt??

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:25

74. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


WHICH IS why I'm glad still with AT&T

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:13

27. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:34 3

30. dvsmik3 (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Hey techteam, I don't think people got your point after the 5th time you copy and pasted your comment. How about posting it a couple more times?

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:44

34. claych2 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Its a VZW Bot. Just reported it. You should as well and so should everyone else. Just keep negging it and it will go away.

posted on 18 May 2012, 14:59

60. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I just reported it, sick of seeing it

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:44 1

33. tedkord (Posts: 4250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Are you a bot? What's with the cut and paste reply to multiple people?

Ok, the share plan may be beneficial to you. It's not for many people. And Verizon isn't making this change for your benefit. They're making it cingular 8925 for their benefit. They know that they'll be charging more per kb.

So why force people on to it? Why not let us choose? Those who want unlimited can keep it, those who don't can go shared. If the plans were good for customers, we'd choose them. But, why charge $30 for two gb when you can charge $40 or $50 but splitting it between 2 or 3 phones?

This us a greedy move. I have often gone over 2gb per month. What the hell us the point of having a blazing fast connection if you can't stream Netflix or Pandora over it more than a day or two? Verizon's dirt slow 3g us plenty fast enough to just get email, check facebook or load a webpage.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:01 1

40. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yes, it's a greedy move, but an expected one. They're just aligning themselves in the "pay to play" mindset, same as gas/oil, electricity, water, airlines, etc.

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