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First 4G Verizon models coming in February, new data plans on the horizon

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First 4G Verizon models coming in February, new data plans on the horizon
A few hours ago we told you that Verizon has put signs in its stores proclaiming that Big Red has the "fastest 4G network in America". For the present, that didn't make much sense, since it's all fine and well to have a so-called "4G" network, but it's not of any use as it is neither in operation, nor the Verizon-branded LTE-enabled handsets are in the hands of the end consumer. Of course, such campaigns are not a vice peculiar to Verizon, but rather this is the nature of the smartphone game.

It was only a matter of hours after this campaign started that the largest US carrier made a new, more important announcement – that the first 4G-enabled Verizon models are coming in February. These yet unnamed devices are set to be unveiled at CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in January. It's even more interesting how the price structure will change in the LTE(-Advanced) age. Verizon is planning to move into a tiered pricing structure, but that doesn't necessary mean this is the end of the unlimited data plans. Rather, different plans would be priced according to what speed and data consumption they offer, much like how wired internet service plans are formed. Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo's words on the topic are:

"If you want to pay for less speed, you'll pay for less speed and consume more, or you can pay for high speed and consume less."

Mobile devices' data consumption is set to explode and Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon, said that he expects the share of data consuming users to be around 75% in 2014 compared to the present 23%. He added that by 2016-2017, 30% of all Verizon subscribers are expected to use a gigabyte per month. For more statistics on LTE data consumption, check out what the Swedish operator TeliaSonera has to say on the subject.

Verizon's LTE network is expected to deliver speeds between 1 and 12 megabits – and it's the understatement of the year to say that there is a massive difference between these speeds. This news means that the 4G landscape in the US is set to change, so tell us what perspectives the upcoming LTE-enabled Verizon phones bring to you.

source: WSJ

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posted on 18 Nov 2010, 12:13

1. yaz19 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)


What phones will be on the horizon I wonder, any that are currently out there for other companies? Will this be the Iphone announcement and I wonder what Andriod phone will be brought up....and how will they get their current customers a discount to purchase new phones if their contract isn't up yet for a new phone discount? HHHMMMM, lots to wait for over the next month and a half till they release this info.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 13:04 1

2. VZWFTW (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)


I don't agree with the thought of giving tiered pricing on the 4G connection speeds. The reason I don't agree is the basic fact that Verizon has been bragging about their speeds ranging anywhere from 5-12 Mbps. If you put customers on a connection speed lower than said minimum speed you lose credibility for all the work you put in to advertising their current speeds.

What are they doing by giving the customer more speed but less data usage?Typically customers who have a faster data connection will consume more data because they are able to consume more data because they have a faster connection! Could you be comfortable paying for a 10 Mbps connection and only getting 5GB per month? Then the guy who got the 5Mbps gets a 10GB allowance! It doesn't make sense. Obviously I'm just throwing out numbers just to get the point across.

If this does gown down how Phonearena portrays I have a feeling VZW will have a lot of unsatisfied customers who were looking forward to the use of the 4G network. Still, I love VZW and will never change, unless of course something better comes out on a different network. (This is just my opinion of course)

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 13:08

3. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 68; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


So no incredible hd in January? That kinda sucks. I've been dying to get rid of my 6800 mogul. Was hoping this holiday season would be god to in terms of nw phones. Smh......

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 13:11

4. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 68; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


So no incredible hd in January? That kinda sucks. I've been dying to get rid of my 6800 mogul. Was hoping this holiday season would be good to me in terms of nw phones. Smh......

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 17:17 1

5. symantics (unregistered)


The comments don't make any sense. Regardless of the speed you choose you're going to consume the same amount. If you browse to the ESPN webpage its still the same amount of data being loaded regardless of accessing via 3G or 4G. The only difference is how fast you consume it, to use their words.

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 17:23

6. FightForTheLost (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 May 2010)


HTC Mecha/Incredible HD is still set for a Q1 release, last I checked, so it could be one of the LTE models due out in February. And I wouldn't put it past them to release the iPhone 4 CDMA as an LTE; Verizon's broader & better service, coupled with 4G and a heavily revamped antenna circuit, should draw a LOT of i*hone lovers from AT&T over to VZW. But that's just me.

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 16:47

7. codymws (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


I like that idea. I don't need blazing speed, but I would like unlimited data. If it's cheaper than a faster plan, I'll take it!

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 16:18

8. Tim2kmUp (unregistered)


Why is the government allowing Verizon to advertise what it does not have? I have also seen Verizon advertise 4G with their 3G maps. They, DirecTV, and infomercials are the most dishonest advertisers out there.

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 12:23

9. Wesly Mathurin (unregistered)


Well,I wish that I could the new 4G in my hands because I am tired of caring two Devi ces : regular phone and a mobile hot spot for my iPod touch.
But,I am willing to wait and hope that Verizon gives discount on all new 4G devices for costumers who would like to switch to the 4G.
Last, the iPhone ?

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 23:51

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posted on 24 Jun 2011, 14:22

11. MpowerSkills (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


I chatted with a VZ rep about this, it was a bit complicated but this might help...

Mpower: I don't currently have a smartphone or data plan. I am concerned about rumors of VZ dumping their unlimited data plan for $30. If I get the unlimited plan before it goes away, will it work on a 4G phone, even if it was purchased for a non4G phone?

Ashley J: Yes it will.

Mpower: So if my friend has a 3G phone with unlimited data now, when he gets a 4G phone will he still be unlimited at 4G speeds?

Ashley J: Yes if the 4G 29.99 data plan is still offered.

Mpower: So its not grandfathered in. It can go away?

Ashley J: Yes if you have to activate another phone. It will be grandfathered in if you keep that plan with that phone.

Ashley J: Each phone will have it's own data plan. That will be a feature of the phone.

Mpower: So unlike in the past, when you switch phones your plan stays the same, now going forward if you switch phones you plan changes.

Ashley J: So if you change the phone then you will have to change the plan. However now you can get a 4G phone with the 29.99 data .

Ashley J: The data plan will always change according to the phone and what plan it will require.

Mpower: So if I want to lock in unlimited 4G data for life, I would need to buy a 4G phone before the changes?

Mpower: oh

Ashley J: yes.

Mpower: so even if I get a 4G phone now with unlimited, if I get a different 4G 2 years from now, I will loose my unlimited?

Ashley J: Yes if the unlimited is not offered at the time.

Mpower: Will VZ warn me before they get ride of the unlimited plan?

Ashley J: Yes you will be informed. Would you like a link to sign up for email alerts?

Mpower: This seems to contradict....

"Mpower:So if I want to lock in unlimited 4G data for life, I would need to buy a 4G phone before the changes?
Mpower: oh
Ashley J: yes.
Mpower: so even if I get a 4G phone now with unlimited, if I get a different 4G 2 years from now, I will loose my unlimited?
Ashley J: Yes if the unlimited is not offered at the time."

Ashley J: If you get the unlimited now you can keep that plan as long as you keep the plan.

Ashley J: *phone.

Mpower: plan=phone?

Ashley J: However if you change the plan and that data option is not offered then you will have to pick a new plan.

Mpower: oh, this is a change from the way things were done in the past and currently right?

Ashley J: That is how they are done now also.

Mpower: Let me recap my understanding from what you have said, and you can respond, True or False...lol

Ashley J: K

Mpower: Data/voice plans are only good as long as I have the particular phone that I started the plan with but can be continued on the following phone if the plan is still available for that new phone. If the plan is no longer available, I will be starting a new plan with every phone purchase. True or False?

Ashley J: True

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