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Verizon doubles the megabyte allowance for newly signed 4G smartphone data plans

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Verizon doubles the megabyte allowance for newly signed 4G smartphone data plans
The month of November marks 2 years since the original Motorola DROID started Androidmania, and what better way for Verizon to honor the event than treating its customers to an irresistible offer like this one? Starting tomorrow, November 8, anyone who commits to a 4G smartphone data plan with Verizon will receive twice the megabytes that the plan includes. For example, opting in for the $30 2GB per month plan will get you 4GB of data instead.

The promotion applies to any Verizon 4G smartphone, and both new and existing subscribers are eligible for it. Existing Verizon customers should bear in mind that in order to request a data plan change they must either sign up via their My Verizon account or contact customer service for assistance.

With sizzling-hot devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and the HTC Rezound nearing their release, it is pretty certain that a great deal of Verizon subscribers will take advantage of the double data deal. However, Verizon is making it clear that the data promotion will be available for a limited time, so it would probably be a good idea not to hesitate for too long if you find the offer tempting.

source: Verizon

UPDATE: Further information regarding the double data deal from Verizon hit our inbox. Here is what the carrier clarifies:

  • All new customers who purchase a 4G smartphone are eligible for the double data plans
  • Existing customers who have upgraded their service or purchased a 4G smartphone within the last 14 days will be eligible for the double data plans
  • Once a customer has the plan, they keep the plan as long as they are on a 4G smartphone. The limited time promotion applies to how long Verizon will be selling the plan, not how long customers get to use the plans
  • The plans are already available for purchase

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:16 10

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


bout time they gave you more for your money instead of just charging you. 30 bux for 2 gigs is insane.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:19 1

2. MikeG77 (Posts: 366; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Im wondering how this is going to effect people who have grandfathered 3G/4G data plans? It would be nice to have my 5GB cap increased to 10GB before they start to throttle me down : )

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:23

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I wonder if you can 'upgrade' to the doubled plan. When they introduced the current 75 MB/$10 plan, I was able to switch from my existing $9.99/25 MB plan and enjoy the extra allowance (for a penny more!).

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:29 1

16. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


They do not throttle you down. They call it the " network optimization" which will only throttle if a website is congested. And this network optimization does not include 4G data plans and NONE OF THE CAP data.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:38

18. MikeG77 (Posts: 366; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


You may be right but when i had my Incredible in Febuary i went over the 5GB that month and for March and April i noticed a reduction in speed. Same thing has happened to me with my Thunderbolt about 2 months ago i used 8GB of data and i noticed slower speeds for about 3 weeks.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:37 4

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


What the fudge do you guys be doing on these phones?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:03

41. MikeG77 (Posts: 366; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Lots of youtube and facebook at work but i cut down on my youtube/facebook usage so in never over 5GB anymore. I also switched to only using WiFi at home so its no longer a concern.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:04

42. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I'm sitting at 8 gigs used so far this month still getting 30+ mbps

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:18

45. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


13 up

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:24

47. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have friends that use Pandora quite a lot at work for music.. they routinely go over the 4-5 gigs of data.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:35

48. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Yea its really easy to go over. I usually download torrents along with Netflix.. YouTube.. Pandora and just reading forums and such. Last month I used like 14 gigs or so. And hot spot abuse with my tablet lol

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:02

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


i stream google music a lot. also like the random youtube video and definately all that flash content on web pages i browse. :)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:21 1

3. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I have no idea how much data I'll be using, but it only makes sense that if you have a 5-10x faster connection, you can download a lot more in the same amount of time. This also incentivizes the purchase of more expensive 4G phones. A solid business move IMO.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:22 1

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I'm so unlimited lol Verizon all day

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:24 1

6. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Good for you :P Not all of us had the option to upgrade during the unlimited period.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:20 2

46. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Grandfathered 4g vzw ftw

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:42 3

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Sprint all the way..

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:04 7

43. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Sprint? You mean walk lol ;)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:08 5

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


More like crawl.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:15 1

55. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Touché lol

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:03

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


you know, that was more than 2 seconds for the comeback rule.. but we'll allow it :)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:47 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@roldefol - +1 on smart move by VZW. They have the largest LTE footprint, and now they are actually competitive on pricing their data plan. I wonder what Sprint and AT&T are going to do?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:59 1

10. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Sprint has unlimited. Still is unbeaten as far as value goes.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:06 3

12. Synack (Posts: 660; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Unless you had Verizon prior to the changes. 4G LTE + Unlim. Data = sexZynessss

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:10 3

13. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


If you are lucky enough to have reception. I borrowed a Sprint phone from a friend of mine while he was on vacation to test out reception in my area. I was sold on Sprint, and my family was on the way to them. The fact I was at 3 - 4 bars of reception outside buildings and dropped to 1 or less, often zero, as soon as I stepped into most structures was really sobering. I live in Central Illinois right by the University, so I am very confused why it is so bad in a huge college town area.

I am happy for you arc12. Now tell them to improve their network so we can join you.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:33 2

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


Bah, everyone complains about everyone's service. Its all relative to where you live.

People Joke about Tmobile, but i get 4 bars of 4G HSPA+ in the dead center of the hospital im doing my clinicals at.
I thought I might have to switch carriers because of the big fat thick buildings and all the electronics (hospitals are known to be horrible for cell phones), but I see no reason now since I've tested it around the hospital and get perfect service through out.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:56

39. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


If you are lucky enough to have T-Mobile reception...
What, me complain???
:-D

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:53

20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Only if you have service... The company I work for provides 4G Sprint mobile hotspots for free and I didn't even want one I just pay $30/mo to tether off my Thunderbolt.

I could be wrong but from my experience (I am at meetings with folks who have them pretty often) the service inside of a building is horrid to say the least. They literally all cluster their hotspots by the window lol

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:09 1

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


LOL, are you serious bro? Sprint's data speeds are so unbearably slow.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:54

9. coasterfanryan (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Jul 2008)


Megabyte?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:12

14. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Sure. You get 4000 MB instead of 2000. :)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:25

25. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Technically, a GB = 1024 MB....

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:32

28. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


they mean gigabyte.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:59

11. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)


I signed up for a 2GB plan back in August. Can I call and get this deal?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:49

19. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Sure! Just give them a call tomorrow.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:14 2

15. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Good!! We are between re-upping at AT&T or moving to Verizon. It is nice to have options. Verizon is the most expensive, so to have a more on their plans is a plus. Throw in the overall best nationwide network, and it will be okay if we are sliding over to Verizon now.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:35 1

17. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Oh wow vz. Nicccee.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:01 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6698; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Verizon should make this move permanent. 2 gigs scares me as a ceiling, but I would be very comfortable with 4 gigs.

Dammit, if only the RAZR was coming to AT&T.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:08

23. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It just didn't make sense that they would tier 3G and 4G equally. 2 GB over LTE takes up so much less bandwidth than over EVDO.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:40 1

36. torr310 (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


This is an endless road. Once you got 4GB, you will be hoping for 8GB a few months later.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:58

40. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


If only this pushes AT&T to 4G as well. Doesn't hurt to hope.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:07

22. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Does this count for broadband?

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 11:01 1

62. baboex (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


no, only 4G smartphones

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:08

24. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I wonder if this move will make AT&T increase their data allowance for their 4G devices. At least make the $15 plan 2GB, the $25 5GB, and the $45 should be upped to 10GB (5GB for data + tethering). I love AT&T, despite currently having Sprint, but I think they should allow users more data because, let's be honest, a lot of average users won't utilize Wi-Fi.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:27

27. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Not true....AT&T does have the most Wi-Fi connections of any network....that is why the congestion has dropped...lol.
Plus, they have 15.00/200 MB plan, so I doubt they will offer a similar plan to Verizon, unfortunately.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:22 1

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


AT&T usually copies Verizon's plans. They don't have LTE though so..

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:26

26. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Is this permanent? Meaning, if I sign up now, will I be reduced to the regular allowance of data at some point?

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 11:01

61. baboex (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


If you sign up for this promotion, you keep it until you make some change to your data features. Ex. Switching from the 2/4 Gb plan to the 5Gb plan AFTER the promotion has ended.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:56 1

30. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


This is why Verizon is better then AT&T

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:01 1

31. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's still about the network coverage for me. Where I work I have 4 bars of 2G and 3 bars of 3G on VZW. AT&T is stuck on EDGE here, Sprint is 2G only and T-Mobile is roaming.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:23 5

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


Awesome move by VZW

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:08 2

44. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Why do you care taco? Your using a 3g phone :P

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:16

35. Mr.phone.guy. (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Sep 2011)


I hope Verizon keeps these plans until August of 2012. That's the time my sprint contract is over. Is Sprint a good value? of course. However, they don't seem to know what direction they want to go pertaining to their 4g plans. I live in Madison, Wi and Sprint only has Two 4g (wimax) towers, Which they wont even recognise exist. When I drive through town, my 4g only last for about 3-4 minutes tops, before it falls back to 3g. With the amount of time I use pandora in my car (which is always) skipping songs is very tedious. Sprint has until August to win me back or I'll switch.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:49

60. baboex (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


This promotion ends in January of 2012

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:41 3

37. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


What would you guys rather see, lowered prices or a higher allowance?

I love that vzw is doing this, finally I can have a little more faith. Still I'd rather see dropped prices.

The MBB went from 5GB/$60 to 5GB/$50

Imagine a $10 dollar drop on data pricing. That's a $240 savings!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:43 1

38. torr310 (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Signing up for a 2-year contract is just insane in the technology world.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:56

49. JasonLegend00 (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


I still get unlimited! :-D

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:05 2

50. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I love my Unlimited OG plan :) I get %20 off because of my job so VZW FTMFW

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 16:48 1

51. cappy718 (Posts: 25; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I randomly check FB and look at internet and I am at 2.8gb lately. I've been doing more cuz I'm trying to figure out if this Bionic is going to cause a call to verizon. Plus it keeps deleting aps on me...which causes me to download them again...sigh! Glad I'm grandfathered unlimited! :)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 20:38

52. fonefan (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I would have rather seen the price cut in half for the 2GB rate. Most people don't use anywhere near 2GB.

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