Verizon doubles the megabyte allowance for newly signed 4G smartphone data plans
0. phoneArena 09 Nov 2011, 02:19 posted on
Starting tomorrow, November 8, anyone who commits to a 4G smartphone data plan with Verizon will receive twice the megabytes that the plan includes...
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1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.
2. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; 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 : )
5. roldefol (Posts: 4310; 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!).
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.
18. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; 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.
34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
What the fudge do you guys be doing on these phones?
41. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; 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.
42. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I'm sitting at 8 gigs used so far this month still getting 30+ mbps
47. McLTE (Posts: 854; 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.
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
58. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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. :)
3. roldefol (Posts: 4310; 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.
6. roldefol (Posts: 4310; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Good for you :P Not all of us had the option to upgrade during the unlimited period.
59. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you know, that was more than 2 seconds for the comeback rule.. but we'll allow it :)
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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?
10. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Sprint has unlimited. Still is unbeaten as far as value goes.
12. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Unless you had Verizon prior to the changes. 4G LTE + Unlim. Data = sexZynessss
13. snowgator (Posts: 3597; 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.
29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.
39. snowgator (Posts: 3597; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
If you are lucky enough to have T-Mobile reception...
What, me complain???
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
54. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
LOL, are you serious bro? Sprint's data speeds are so unbearably slow.