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Verizon confirms the switch to tiered data in July

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Verizon confirms the switch to tiered data in July
It had to happen sometime, right? We've heard whispers from Verizon execs about the switch to tiered data pricing, but a letter from Verizon regional VPs has clarified that the change is coming on July 7th.

New customers will be subject to the following prices: 2GB for $30/month, 5GB for $50/month, and 10GB for $80/month. Tablets will have the same pricing structure. If you want to add tethering to your plan, it adds 2GB and $20 to your plan: 4GB for $50/month, 7GB for $70/month, and 12GB for $100/month. The pricing is the same for 3G and 4G devices.

We could have surmised that the change would happen on July 7th, as that's when Family Plan customers will be able to share their data packages. And sharing unlimited data is a bad idea...for Verizon, anyway.

Current customers will be able to keep their unlimited plans, but new customers will have to bite the bullet on this one. Android Life has heard that current customers may be able to upgrade after July 7th, and still keep their unlimited data. But we wouldn't count on it.

source: Android Life

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 22:55 3

6. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Boo!!! K, Sprint has a lot to gain from this, especially if the At&t/T-Mobile buyout goes through... They will be the only ones who offer unlimited Data... They will gain a great deal of customers if they keep their Unlimited Data Plans.

Crappy Verizon and AT&T...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:00 2

8. vantenkiest (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

this is very true... damn. this sucks for me.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:08 4

9. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

And... why would phonearena even say "Android Life has heard that current customers may be able to upgrade after July 7th, and still keep their unlimited data. But we wouldn't count on it."

AT&T allows customers to grandfather their unlimited plans, why wouldn't Verizon... that would be a really dumb move...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:15 3

31. thomas1215 (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Do you pay attention. customers that already have unlimited will be able to keep it. this is for new smartphone customers. please read next time

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 17:14

44. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

I know I will be granfathered into unlimited 3g plan but if I switch to 4g phone will I have to use these plans

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:00 1

62. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)

Bobby as long as you upgrade before the 13th to a 4g device youll be fine.

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 13:58 1

70. ahahahahwtf (unregistered)

if you have unlimited now with a 3g phone your fine even if you upgrade to 4g phone you will still be able to keep the unlimited... jherz6 doesnt seem like they know what they are talking about .........

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 19:12 1

59. jmiah (unregistered)

sprint has a terrible business model and if they do not adjust to the world around them they will have customers but no revenue and will end up in a similiar position as tmobile. These companys dont charge cause they feel like it, it is because there is a real value and data and the public has to start and understand it hence the tiered home internet that is popping up.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:15 1

10. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Though I am not for the tired plans, I don't think Verizon should charge $30 dollars for 2GB. AT&T at least lowered the 2GB data plan to $25 when they introduced tired pricing, so Verizon should do the same since they are switching to tired data plans...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:17 1

11. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

well it looks like Verizon won't be acquiring any new customers for quite a while. I'm sure they'll find a way to cheat legacy customers out of unlimited data in the end anyway. If AT&T actually gets T-Mobile, then that leaves who? Sprint? Metro PCS? i'm sort of excited yet very scared to see all the potential turmoil that will be happening in the wireless market very soon.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:40 1

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I'm personally not worried for myself regarding the data cap, but to me this is a bad idea for Verizon. Though the data plan change only points more strongly to July 7th being the launch date for the Bionic.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:19 1

13. Undecisive (unregistered)

Do you suppose th Bionic (and Droid 3) will be the last phones to be able to receive unlimited? Or the first phones to not be able to have unlimited? (new customer, no grandfather clause) I'm AT&T now, because of divested market thing, and have been waiting for the right time/phone to come back to Verizon...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:19

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

They'll probably be the first with tiered pricing. If you want an LTE phone with unlimited data, scoot your ass in and pick up a Revolution, Charge or Thunderbolt.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:47

29. Superguy (unregistered)

Do we have a release date on the Bionic yet? I'm looking to switch to Verizon, but I'm considering getting a cheap Droid until I can get a Bionic or Function so I can get the unlimited data.

I should still be able to get it if I subscribe before the 7th, right?

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:58

30. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yes, you should be able to work it like that, unless Verizon pulls a trick where even activating the Bionic as a "customer owned phone" forces your data plan to switch to the 2 gig cap.

posted on 26 Jun 2011, 01:06 1

63. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)

If the droid bionic and or the droid 3 does release on the 7th as rumored, as Ive said in other posts, The tiered pricing starts the 13th of july soooooo if they are released on the 7th and you do upgrade youll be granfathered in under the unlimited plan.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 03:53

64. yeathisstinks (unregistered)

are you sure? July 13????

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 13:59

71. ahahahahwtf (unregistered)

your wrong stop telling everyone false information it starts July 7... stop with teh july 13 th crap

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:26 2

14. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I don't disagree with capping data per se, but there should be a cheaper entry point. They should be priced at 25 for 2 GB.

What I'm interested in is the family share. On my plan now I have 3 smartphones so if they can get 10 gigs for under 90 bucks to share I'll be happy.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:53 1

15. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

I get that most customers want to stay with their current carrier for various reasons, but if everyone on here has a problem with the tiered caps everyone wants to offer these days, why not just switch to Sprint? I'm an unabashed Sprint homer (and salesman) but unless you live in no man's land where only Verizon or someone else has coverage, then what's holding you back? Realistic 5-9Mbs Wimax not good enough? Not hatin on anyone, but just curious what's keeping people from avoiding data caps the easy way...

Hell, Sprint pays $125 bucks for every line you port from another carrier (except prepaid), and their plans are cheaper

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:45

28. Superguy (unregistered)

Sprint won't let me go month to month and won't let me buy a phone at full price without agreeing to a 2 year contract. No thanks.

I go unsubsidized as in my experience, I get treated better when the carrier knows I can walk at any time. Plus if I wanted to leave, I end up paying the about the same price as if I bought the phone outright, so I might as well.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 02:07 1

16. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)

Hahahah. Lets go verizon fanboys, tell us how this is att's fault or the iphone's fault.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:23

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Hi hawk. Still bitter about being the world's most fu.cking retarded Verizon customer? You know, the one who couldn't figure out how to not break a DROID X, and who thought wifi tethering would be free?

I'm not totally happy about this move, but I can understand why Verizon is pulling it. And unlike the retarded data requirements for feature phones last year, this change is probably permanent. So I'll have to just live with the pricing if I do end up being just a regular customer from now on.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:19 3

33. thomas1215 (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

People Verizon is a business. not a no for profit if you dont like it there are other options. im tired of people acting likr they are forced into something.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 05:01

19. StillStuckWithDroid (unregistered)

This move sucks ass..... I was so hoping it would hold off till the Bionic or Function. The strange thing is this decision basically renders the Netflix App (that Verizon has on certain phones preloaded) completely useless. I have to watch bandwidth usage at my house and one hour long show is a gig or more. The app that is for watching the MLBtv is useless too.....a game is over 3gigs

I guess we should start a survey and vote to see what crappy (currently available) LTE phone we should go get before the 7th.....which is the least of the three evils?

I guess that even though I have ripped it completely, I will have to go to the Charge.... it has the most potential to get its issue fixed when they redo the file system.

this really F#%^# blows

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:02 1

22. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)

God damnit. I wish almost everywhere had wifi, then your arguement would be almost useless.

Oh, wait.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 06:27

20. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Are people really this stupid? T-Mobile HAS unlimited data, just not unlimited data speeds since it becomes capped at certain GB depending on your plan.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 07:57 1

21. acidburn (unregistered)

Sprint's data speeds suck, network of towers not as extensive and you must use their towers for 'unlimited'...much rather have tiered pricing, larger network more reliable and super fast data speeds. I've hit 22 mbps in my travels. Plus best phone selection, best customer service. Sticking with VZW!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:49

23. BKExpress518 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)

So, everyone that has Verizon remember that if you do anything even a simple warranty replacement after this goes down...if it goes down that you will have to change your data at that time. So whos going to Sprint lmao. I use over 3GB of data and im connected to WIFI for 12 hours of the day at work.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:10

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

You're not going to be forced off for a warranty exchange. I think VZW should lower the entry level price for a smartphone since it's capped now.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:26 2

26. Booyah (unregistered)

@BKExpress - You're lying.

I've been with VZW for 9 years & have had to swap phones for a warranty issue on two separate occasions, & have NEVER been required to, or even asked to even consider changing my plan to an up-to-date plan or feature change, such as data.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:03 1

36. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)

wrong. grandfathered plans stay. if that was true warranty replacements and upgrades would effect people on old nationwide select plans, but i still see those kicking around, along with america's choice plans

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:05 2

37. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)

oh yes, and not to mention grandfathered text plans too, and people upgrade and still keep their vpak feature...etc...i would love to know how you use over 3gb of data in a month, while on wifi for 12 hours. constantly streaming netflix all day every day at the office/home or pandora/watching porn all day, maybe. that or you THINK you're connected to wifi and fail connection

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:52 1

24. BKExpress518 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)

@The_Miz....who cares about T-Mobile the buy-out is in effect after one year they will be mandated to switch to AT&T plans which have higher data tiered plans than Verizon if this plan does goes through....They bought out a small cell company back in 2006 called UniCell and gave UniCell customers 1 year before they F***ed them.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:31

27. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

So, if I have a dumb phone on a line now, and upgrade to smartphone today and get unlimited data @ $30 a month, I can return the phone after 7/7 and get the Droid 3 at grandfathered unlimited data @ $30/month ?

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:32

34. URC (unregistered)

Nope. You only have a 14 day return policy. If you are looking at doing that you will want to wait until 14 days out to do it...and even then there is no guarantee that those phones come out on the 7th. Verizon is notorious for delaying the release of their phones.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 13:36

40. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

Thanks for the info on the return policy, I thought it was 30 days. If the phone is delayed then so be it, I would rather have one of the current smartphones on unlimited data than an upcoming one on limited.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 06:04

58. theoo (unregistered)

Best Buy has a 30 day exchange period so in theory you could buy your phone and exchange it when the D3 comes out then you should be grandfathered into the unlimted data plan

posted on 19 Jul 2011, 16:09

72. agent7 (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

Nope, they have to abide by Verizon's return policy. Once you pass the 14 days you have to stick with it unless you want to buy a phone retail. I used to work at Best Buy, so I know their policy.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:18

32. ee (unregistered)

WOw!! thats expensive. I love the next new phone as much as the next person but ill be damned if Im paying $150.00 or more just to have a decent amount of data for a single line thats assine. Sprint and tmobile(while they are still tmobile) have a real chance here to gain business I have no idea why anyone no matter what phone would pay so much money each money for a cell phone bill thats crazy

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:52

35. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)

ya'll are funny. recent report came out saying that this is bad. you realize the average smartphone user doesn't even use a gig in a month? not only do i rarely see customers with over a gig on their smartphone (yes, even people who use netflix), but this report confirms so


posted on 21 Jun 2011, 12:39 1

38. URC (unregistered)

Not many people are saying the caps are necessarily a bad thing, they are just horrible prices. $30 for 2GB when others are paying $30 for 10+ GB on an unlimited plan? That's a joke. I'm a fairly moderate user and am on wifi whenever I'm at home and I still hover around the 1.5 GB mark. However, that was before the Netflix app. Now I have it and can't use it. No, I'm not going to watch Netflix at home on my phone, I have TVs for that. The plans should read more like $15 for 2GBs, $30 for 5GBs, $45 for 10GBs.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 13:30 1

39. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

i like your pricing structure. I vote URC to be hired for the data pricing decision maker at Verizon.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 13:57

54. URC (unregistered)

w00t! I could use a new job!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:11 2

41. VerizonDataPlansSUCK (unregistered)

Okay let's just call it what it is; bull$hit! They sell phones with NetFlix as a bloatware app, pre-installed, yet they are going to offer these new retarded data limits. See ya Verizon; hello Sprint!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:36

42. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)

Have fun holding your phone up to the window in a pathetic attempt to get their WiMAX 4G... I'll be sitting in my office enjoying 10-20mbps download speeds with my Verizon LTE.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 16:48

43. fairly_mismatched (unregistered)

I can see the uses for tiered data, but why does there have to be limit? If someone is willing to pay for unlimited usage just to not have to worry about overages I dont see why that can't be an option still.
I'm averaging about 8GB/month as it is. I'm guessing I'll be grandfathered in, that seems to be a sure bet, but... my contract is up in September. Will I be grandfathered in if I upgrade my handset? What If I upgrade to a 4G handset?
In my building at work, which is were I spend most of my time, Verzon doesn't even get a good signal. T-mobile does though... I'm really hoping the ATT&T/T-Mo merger falls through if I can't be grandfathered in next upgrade.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 18:06

47. StillStuckWithDroid (unregistered)

I talked with Verizon today and they did admit that yes this is all true.....July 7th is "D-Day"

also they said that IF you dont make any changes to your account you will stay grandfathered into your unlimited data..... you can choose to move to the hew price structure (yeah like anyone is doing that)

But she did say (and verified with her supervisor) that if you upgrade your phone you will be asked which data tier you want.....you will lose unlimited.

So again as I stated before.....if you are going to jump you have until the 6th......so choose which shyty LTE phone you can put up with the most......all of our thoughts about the Bionic or Function with unlimited data are gone

I am either going Charge or 3g X2

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 23:19

51. cthunder (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Unfortunately, If this is true I will be jumping ship to sprint. Makes no sense to keep paying Verizon over $100 bucks a month for unlimited services and only to lose that once I upgrade my phone. I can get unlimited text and data with sprint for $80 bucks a month. Definitely time to switch carriers.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 11:26

66. Tom (unregistered)

As long as you dont change your data plan, Verizon wont.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 17:51

45. GETREAL (unregistered)

ChrisTheTechGuy Get REAL!! I am sure if you took a survey of a 1,000 people, I am very confident that over 70% would love to use over 5GB, did you ever think that because ' the average smartphone user doesn't even use a gig in a month (those were your words) ,,,, is because they know they probably feel limited by that, thus keeping them from using the internet on there smartphone more then they would if they were not limited!!, I agree with the limits, but there too small and overpriced!! ChrisTheTechGuy, you should PERSONALLY ask users of smartphones what they think of your comment, LOL , you sure have a very SMALL MIND!! Its also funny how the article you shared
' but this report confirms so 'http://www.mobiledia.com/news/94654.html ... Did you not help to wonder how silly the report and what you said after reading the user comments, even tho there are only a few comments, looks like no one really agrees with your small mind!! think out side the box ChrisTheTechGuy!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 18:00

46. betterthinkonthat (unregistered)

hey ChrisTheTechGuy, glad you & that silly article you gave the link for think that the average smartphone user uses 1/2 to 1GB data is average, I have to agree with getreal's comment on that, and if you really think a 1gb is average, looks like you did not read the comments at the end of the article from real smartphone users! and you say we are all funny! ha ha YOU are the funny one......

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 19:31

48. clif (unregistered)

This is only for new customers if you already have the unlimited data do not let Verizon switch it. Some reps will tell you that you have to change it but you don't. Be careful especially those with upgrades.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 20:04 1

49. sales repp (unregistered)

truth is , from a salesman's view point, its much easier to get someone to pay 50 bucks a month extra for three smartphones as oppose to 90......and the average customer dosnt utilize the unlimited data enough to pay 30 bucks per smartphone. The only people that this effects are phone junkies like us.....who have time to post comments on a website about smartphones.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 11:03

53. anti tiered data plan (unregistered)

like us who use smartphones to post comments about smartphones :)

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 21:48

50. sweetlou (unregistered)

yay for paying more for less data! guess im staying with my att unltd plan

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 08:16

52. dandirk (unregistered)

Sales Repp...

" the average customer dosnt utilize the unlimited data enough to pay 30 bucks per smartphone."

Does that matter? The cheapest plan is $30 for only 2GB!!! Its not like they said... You get 4GB for what you are paying now, but you only use 1GB so get our 2 GB plan for $20...

No! They are raising prices plane and simple and calling it a system change.

I also have not read if they are offering txt/call warning system if you are reaching your limit.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 17:35

55. Randy "Macho Man" Savich (unregistered)

Nothing like charging people rape for thin air to begin with, now this.


posted on 22 Jun 2011, 23:43

56. mickd (unregistered)

will verizon have tired family data plan

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 22:24

68. rytiffany (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Aug 2008)

I'm sure their family plan will be exhausting.

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