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Verizon Max plan to offer 6GB for $30 to wean unlimited data users onto a tiered plan

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Verizon Max plan to offer 6GB for $30 to wean unlimited data users onto a tiered plan
If you have a grandfather plan on Verizon giving you unlimited data, you likely guard that plan to an obsessive degree because the other option is to start paying for one of Verizon's very expensive tiered data plans. But, Verizon wants to wean you off of the unlimited data, and so the carrier is going to be launching a limited time offer along with the Verizon Edge plans called Verizon Max.

Verizon Max plan to offer 6GB for $30 to wean unlimited data users onto a tiered plan
The idea for Verizon Max is to have a limited time deal which would offer 6GB of data (without tethering) for $30, or 8GB of data (with tethering) for $50. That is a big discount over Verizon's usual rates, which start at $30 for just 2GB of data, and would be $80 for 6GB or $90 for 8GB. The catch (and you knew there would be one) is that Max can only be added to an existing customer line that currently has unlimited data and is signing up for Verizon Edge

That means you not only have to give up your unlimited data plan, but you have to sign up for Verizon's questionably worthwhile Edge plan. Both Max and Edge will launch this Sunday, August 25th. The Edge side of things makes the deal sketchy, but the data side is certainly far more reasonable than you might be used to with Verizon.

source: Droid Life

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:43 2

1. jphillips63 (Posts: 171; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


There's no way I will ever give up my unlimited data plan. I'm burning thru on avg 40 GB a month as it is with my iPad on my hotspot.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:47 1

3. greathero1 (Posts: 472; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


40 GB. I barely use 10 GB a month. You must watch lots of movies.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:52 3

6. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


netflix and youtube. porn would never be in HD so i wouldnt count it as a data consumer.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:14 1

13. bwhiting (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


it goes by "high quality"

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:20 2

45. designerfx (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


wha? I easily use almost 15-20GB a month just on my phone if I'm including wifi and mobile. Only reason I have to include wifi at all is because of ATT's 5GB restrictive cap on said phone.

You must not use your phone, if you hit 10GB. It's really, really not hard to go above that.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:56

58. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I use roughly 15-20GB a month every since I got hopper box from dish network with sling technology. There's nothing like being able to watch and record tv shows from my Note 2, while on the go. So for me that offer would be a joke. What worries me is that Verizon has plans to force unlimited data users off once they activate their VoLTE service, so early unlimited data plan adopters who choose to switch to this data plan will get the best deal possible.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 09:59 2

85. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


When/If Verizon pushes customers off of their unlimited plans becuase they active their VoLTE service... I will simply not be a Verizon customer any longer.

The mobile landscape isn't the same as it was a few years ago. Other carriers provide a more than adequate network footprint now.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:35 4

18. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


You do know that they will eventually force the issue don't you? This is a gentle nudge. Next time won't be.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:52 2

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You're right on, Strudel. At some point, it will be over, whether the data hogs like it or not. My guess is that we'll be hearing a statement on it sometime next year.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 20:43 1

80. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Just because some of us refuse to lose unlimited data does not mean we are "data hogs". I personally have two lines with unlimited data and we usually use about 1.5 - 3 gb each. I wouldn't consider that "hog" level. But I don't want to have to "watch" something else and worry about overages. If I want to stream music on a 5 hour road trip, then that's what I pay for. Until carriers start letting me KEEP the overages I pay for, then don't ask me to pay overages. That's my problem. Well, that and the unreasonable caps that the Big 2 carriers want to force on us.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:04

82. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I wasn't trying to suggest that everyone with unlimited data is a data hog. My apologies if I offended. I hear your points & I agree.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:59 1

52. nnjerzy (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


I agree you will be a fool to get rid of. I got rid of verizon when i was grandfathered in... there crazy and unethical practices i had enough of them completely. I have TMobile and unlim data all and not in jeopardy of anything.. plus like jphillips.. i use about 60 gigs a month and im running consistent 40 down and 15 up on TMobile blazing LTE service,,, Newark NJ

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:13 1

64. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


You do realize this is the first step in getting RID of unlimited data, give it less then 1 year and you will be forced off your unlimited plan...

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:34

67. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's what I'm fearing, they are moving towards forcing unlimited data users off of their current data plans by offering what they consider to be a sweet deal. I give you an example of a sweet deal

My family plan has 1400 anytime minutes, unlimited texting for (4) smartphones with (3) unlimited data lines and (1) 2GB line for $248 a month. My friend family plan has unlimited talk and text with tiered data for (3) smartphones sharing 8GB of data for $225 a month. He's already exceeded the 8GB once in the past three months since he got on the new plan.

Who talks and text so much that they need unlimited? Why would I want to give up my unlimited data voluntarily?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:19

66. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


One reason why I won't ever give up my unlimited data is because I have a real problem with Verizon constantly taking services that they use to offer so they can maximize their profits such as the one year contracts, the additional discount the primary lines would receive every two years towards an upgrade, the constant price increases for Verizon services, the $10 to now $40 charge for additional smart phone lines, etc.

Now they are planning on changes the renewal period to every 24 months instead of being able upgrade at 20 months into the 24 month agreement.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:36

69. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


That's absolute chump change. I used 123.150 GB's with my last billing cycle that ended August 15th; let me spell it out for y'all: One Hundred Twenty-Three point One Hundred Fifty GIGABYTES (not Megabytes, not Kilobytes and certainly not Bytes)!!! $23.99/month (after 20% corporate discount) Unlimited Data and not throttled and, there's NO WAY I AM GIVING UP MY UNLIMITED DATA; I will be buried with it when I die. And, if I can bequeath it to my first born (when that miraculous day comes), I will!

But, congrats jphillips63, you are on your way to joining that exclusive club of ours!!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:55 1

71. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


looks like you better choose your burrial with in the next year! LOL !

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 19:05 1

73. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


That's okay, already working on my contingency plan (no pun intended), those rooted Galaxy Note 2's I've "lost?" will come in handy.

Besides, as I wrote below, I've aleady downloaded (using my Unlimited Data) everything I could need or want for the next 5 to 10 years. Of course, I also give credit where credit is due and, therefore, without further ado: I would like to extend my sincerest and most humble gratitude to tTorrent Pro and TubeMate, respectively. (With lots of ♥)

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 23:19

103. lefticy (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


hey DOUCHEEBAGGGG... did you ever stop to think for just one NY minute that your abuse of the network might be the cause of BIG RED eliminating the unlimited plans...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 08:22

83. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


You can't use 40 10-15 yes all if on unlimited use about that much

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:46

2. greathero1 (Posts: 472; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I mean, why offer it when what they already have is much better? VZ is probably about to discontinue the unlimited plan all together.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:53

28. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You just answered your own question.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:07

55. greathero1 (Posts: 472; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


You're correct. It was suppose to be a rant but it didn't translate out when I wrote it. Thanks for pointing that out.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:52

57. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Look up the term "rhetorical question" -- most people would understand the term.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:21 1

46. designerfx (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


the amount of business they lose when grandfathered unlimited goes away is a lot. they know it's a huge amount of business.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:50 6

4. JMartin22 (Posts: 934; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


These "discounted" prices is what their normal rate should be.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:53

29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


#truth

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:56 2

68. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


well maybe when enough 'consumers' complain,, maybe verizon will offer 'FAIR' prices for data, if you ask me, its out of control!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:50 4

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Verizon must be really desperate to offer a plan like that to eliminate the unltd data plan all together. If I were a Verizon customer, I wouldnt give up my unltd data plan for anything.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:53 2

7. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


10 years later sell it for a $10,000+

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:55 2

8. newbey123 (Posts: 405; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Eventually, they will eliminate it and just start throttling speed once one of the unlimited customers pass a certain amount.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:00 2

11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


similar to what Tmobile customers deal with. But they had to have known what they were getting themselves into by offering unltd mobile data. I envy those that have the untd data plan because there are no restrictions. Id still use Wifi, but Id have the option of using mobile data whenever I want or when the Wifi signal is too weak to use

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:02

53. nnjerzy (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


TMob only throttles you if you are on the 50.00 plan and after the 2gig.. you drop down... if you have the everything unlim plan 70.00 a month its all you can eat data and LTE service NO THROTTLE

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:55 2

30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


They're not desperate. They could eliminate unlimited data at any time if they so desire. This is more like a slightly underhanded good-will gesture to keep those that will defect to other carriers when they get rid of it.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 20:11

78. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


They are desperate. That's why they are giving these "sweetheart" deals to try and lure us over. They don't want to revenue loss that would come with kicking us to the curb. That and they want us to do it voluntarily because some of us are in contracts(intentionally, in my case) for the next two years. So they can't do sh!!t to my plan for two years or they break the contract.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 09:49 2

84. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2163; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You just think they're desparate. They're not. We're talking about the biggest wireless carrier in the nation with the largest coverage. Most people couldn't leave if they wanted to without suffereing a huge downgrade in service. I highly doubt they have a seriously substantial number of people still using unlimited anyway. And while you're allowed to break contract if your carrier changes the rules midstream, most people don't actually know that. Most people would be smart to take this deal.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:57 7

9. McLTE (Posts: 688; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The day I lose my unlimited plan is the day I start switching my 5 lines to another carrier. The ONLY thing that keeps me with Verizon is the unlimited data plan.

These tiered data plans are such a joke it make me ill. The providers used to pillage our wallets through texting and minutes usage.. now they are shifting towards data consumption.

As society moves towards using more data.. we can count on our providers to be there to put us in a position to have to pay more and more.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:24 2

16. riggsy (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Especially once phone calls start going over the data pipeline.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:38 2

19. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Yep that is coming.....VoLTE. or what ever it is called. That is reported to be the next thing coming. So then when calls use data it is gonna get real ugly. This to me would be the real reason they are trying to temp those on unlimited to switch.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:38 3

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


And Verizon would be happy to lose you and replace you with 10 customers with 10 new phones using the same amount of bandwidth.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:22

47. designerfx (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


well that sounds nice and all, but it doesn't work that way. considering easily over 1/3 of their userbase is unlimited they carry a lot of sway.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:57

59. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


your RANT sounds better on paper (or posted here) but does not work in the real world

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:35

102. c.hack (Posts: 505; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


There's one problem with your comment - losing hime will not get any customers. In fact having a dissatisifed customer dump Verizon is likely to convince others. I'm dumping Verizon because a friend at work switched to Sprint's unlimited and loves.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:53

70. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I'm with you my Unlimited friend; they will have to kill me for it. Not to worry, though, I'm collecting Galaxy Note 2's (because darn-it, I keep "losing" my phone) in case they eliminate Unlimited Data completely; I'll just use my rooted "Lost" phones on Walmart's SmartTalk $30 Unlimited Plan. Besides, I've already downloaded everything I could ever need or want for the next 5 to 10 years ... lol

God Bless Unlimited Data and God Bless America!!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:58 2

72. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


you do realize GOD does not bless countries, he bless's people !

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 19:09 1

74. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I agree with you but, that blasphemy is written into one of our country's (USA's) songs by the same name.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:58 1

10. calebsyoon (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


so can someone with a 2 GB plan move up to 6 GBs? my contract isn't up for a while and i don't want to get screwed over cause this deal is a limited offer

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:23 4

15. riggsy (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


No. It clearly states you have to be on an unlimited plan.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:12

12. bwhiting (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


I would like to have the data plan they are offering since I had their service since 2006. I mean that would be beneficial to me and help a lot of the older customers that had to switch because of the plans where pushed on them from upgrading their devices but if I could do that then it would be really worthwhile and keep me staying with them longer.

Even though I am constantly renewing the contract each two years I don't plan to go to anyone else other than them or AT&T if I leave Verizon.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:20 4

14. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


Gee this sounds like SUCH a great deal! How could anyone EVER pass this deal up? Verizon has no idea what they are doing!!!!!! They are basically giving away the house one this!!!! *said in all sarcasm*

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:30

17. jaxson983 (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


Ha...no way I give up my unlimited on principle alone. Upgraded my phone just a few weeks ago through best buy because it lets you keep your unlimited that way even if its a free phone. So really no reason to sign up for this

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:41

21. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Hmm.....are you sure on that? Sounds too good to be true. So those who are on unlimited and are due an upgrade can go to Best Buy and get a discounted phone and still keep their unlimited plan?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:48 1

25. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I did an alternate upgrade for a customer a few weeks ago and the line using the upgrade kept the unlimited. Which I was very surprised by, but apparently it works. I work for Staples, btw.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:00 1

60. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


LOL! i wouldnt be surprised if that ended up being a error and a few billing cycles that customer finds out they LOST there unlimited data, LMAO!!

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:45

90. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Which very well could happen. I told them they were going to lose it and they were OK with it, so keeping it was just an added bonus. Even if it's temporary.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:48 1

26. jaxson983 (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


yeah I thought it was too good to be true when the best buy guy was telling me that. go to best buys website. Pick your phone and when you pick your plan it gives you the option of keeping your data plan. Got a new phone a little over 2 weeks ago

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:38

98. A_Steal (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


That will sit until the VZW account manager looks over their activations for the month and switches it back. I used to work indirect VZW and we used to save people's unlimited all the time. VZW since has agents who's sole job is to check and make sure companies didn't do that and switch it back if they did.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 18:39

101. jaxson983 (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


Nah...I verified it with Verizon. I have the whole convo in writing. Also at this point I've just completed the 2nd billing cycle.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:44 1

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6397; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


man verizon seriously think these companies need too considered bringing BACK OUR UNLIMITED PLANS.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:44 2

23. tlsmithsr (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


I wish I could post a photo on this site. I have a friend that uses on average 250 gigs of Verizons data. It's insane

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