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Verizon killing its data counter Android widget

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Verizon killing its data counter Android widget
Verizon killing its data counter Android widget
If you are like many Android phone owners on Verizon that aren't blessed with unlimited data plans, perhaps you have this handy widget supplied by Verizon itself that puts your current data consumption right on your home screen, helping you to avoid ugly overages.

Well, Verizon is apparently determined to kill the widget, and it is not known yet whether it will be replaced with something else. Big Red says that it will send one final update, which will actually remove the widget automatically from your cell phone, or you can do it yourself.

Thus to check your data consumption in particulars, you've got to visit Verizon's website after the widget gets busted. The data widget death row timing coincides pretty close with the launch of the Share Everything data plans on Thursday, so conspiracy theorists - the floor is yours.

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posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:35 8

1. shnibz (Posts: 154; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Wow.....Not cool

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:50 4

19. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


In a way you are right; I am going to miss the instant sexual gratification I get when I see that little counter says "22,563,843 KB of Unlimited" and I'm only halfway through my monthly billing cycle.

Au revoir litlle widget; I guess I'll just have to keep track of my Unlimited Data the old fashioned way.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:20 3

34. VZWEMPLOYEE (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)


Your the reason why were switching to get idiots off the network

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:53 5

35. Commentator (Posts: 2347; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Is that what Verizon employees are told to tell people who disagree with their policies? That they're idiots?

Whatever the reason Verizon is dropping unlimited, it doesn't explain why they're dropping support, and indeed pulling, a widget that is apparently useful to the customer. This seems like a move to bait customers into going over their limit. Ethical questions aside, I wouldn't imagine Verizon's customer service rating will be effected positively by this.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:36 2

38. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


He's the reason you have a job, and many like him? You must remember that if you say that to your customers you look bad, and it's a domino effect.

You offer unlimited and then tell me that I must not use my phone on data. Give me a rebate of my money then.

You are way out of line!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:46

41. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well verizon does let you use unlimited data they don't limit it if you have said plan. However its only unlimited on your device if you are consuming data thats from your phone on other devices thats stealing unless you par for a hotspot. There are certain thresholds that I question how people are consuming there data. Streaming video on your laptop from your phone could be a possible explanation.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:01

44. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Explain to me the tiered data plans being offered then why don't you!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:11

45. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


They no longer offer unlimeted data but if you had the plan you still do. They don't have to give you unlimited data because you say so. I wish there was but too many people abused it and now its gone. Thats how things go. I'm more upset that they raised prices with the new data plan. Don't take away unlimited data and raise prices!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 03:31

59. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


How the frig do you abuse unlimited? As in you know, without limits?
If I have an unlimited plan and I used a terabyte of data a month I'm still well within my contractual rights to do so.
Verizon just realized they could be milking, err... making a lot more money.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 17:55 1

62. unknownmojo (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


If you understood bandwidth you would understand data abuse. You're probably that guy that pays $10 at the all-you-can-eat buffet and stays for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But that's not abuse because you paid $10 for your ticket and the sign says "all-you-can-eat" right?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 00:25

58. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I mean no offense to you personally but it's people like you and the data abusers the reasons why we have caps in the first place.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:38

39. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


meh im indifferent about it. ive seen a lot of problems with it not updating properly and thus becoming useless. also ice cream sandwich and newer versions have a built in data usage monitor with the ability to send you warnings and then stop data all together once youve reached your limit.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 20:56

57. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


This is why after 8 years I left Verizon 3 years ago and couldn't be happier! I would NEVER go back to those blood sucking money vampires.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:38 9

2. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Well they can't let thier users have a easy way to make sure they aren't going over.

It's a simple plan really, make users split data between a number of phones, then make it harder for them to keep track of data use on all lines, rake in money from all the overages. Sure you can argue that they can check on line, but life is hectic with work and family and kids, its very easy to forget to keep track.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:47 4

3. gu3sswhoo (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Well if you get the Galaxy S3, you can set your data limit right on the phone! It will also allow you to set alerts to warn you......!! But Verizon may have asked Samsung to take that option out! LOL Got to Love This Cr@p......

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 06:50 3

4. johnriii (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Now THIS is stupid! Proof positive that Verizon is one of many greedy corporate conglomerates that really care NOTHING about its customers. The bottom line IS the bottom line. And moving to another provider won't help, because they are just as bad. Why would they do this? The article states the obvious: so you can be charged extra when you go over your tiny data limit.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:03 2

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


They all do it, Sprint told me that if I had a way to keep and eye on monthly usage it would cost them money. This is because I would be more conscious not to go over my plan allotment.

The consumer has to fight back, but most people wont even be aware. This a part of the plan discussed in their conference plan to share holders about how to squeeze more from their consumers for profits

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:58

36. Commentator (Posts: 2347; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I don't know what Sprint told you, but all you need to do is text "Usage" to 1311 to keep track of your monthly data, texts, and minutes.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:48

42. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Re read what I said believe it or not it's true. They the customer service supervisor told me that they don't want customers having a conclusively easy way to find out usage because that's how they make money.

When you go out side of you plan package usage you get hit with ridiculous fees, and that is what they are hoping for she told me!

I asked if there was a way to set an alert for going over monthly plan usage and that is what I was told. I told her it would be easier for me to set an alert that reminds me when I am close to going over my alottment, and she said that would cause Sprint to lose money. She said they don't want to make apps or ways to alert customers they are going out of their plans because that's how Sprint makes profit

Wake up Mr. not every one checks their usage before making or taking calls ok!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:59

43. Commentator (Posts: 2347; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


When you said "keep an eye on" I assumed sending a text would be enough. I guess not. Now that you explain yourself, I understand better.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 14:32

48. supaman21 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


use onavo,,,, in the playstore, keeps track for u

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:09

6. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


My non-conspiratorial guess: It may not be legal for them to share YOUR usage statistics with someone else, even if you happen to be sharing an account.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:09 2

21. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The only conspiracy is greed.....there by changing plans to tiered data to capitalize on higher usage cost there by making profits to satisfy their investors/stockholders. This was said during their conference call so this is no conspiracy theory.

They were having a challenging time getting their stock over 40.00, so the consumer is at odds for their lofty endeavors! You are clueless or a Verizon puppet pick one! Now come back with facts, and go listen to their stock holders conference. You may be able to find it in Yahoo Finance!

Wait til Voip comes...... the plan is to get you to use data plans while using VOIP, and really raking you over the coals for over plan usage. That's why they offer a good family plan now. When VOIP come families will go over plans easily there by creating lots of profit! Tiered data will get costly as VOIP gets popular. Trust me you will see this very soon.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 16:35

61. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Hi there mental midget or insufferable jerk (pick one or both), I did not address the reasoning behind the new plans at all, but thanks for going off topic in replying to my comment and hurling personal insults my way in the process.

I agree with you that the new plans charge more for less, that certainly has nothing to do with the availability of a kb-counting widget.

Of course they're after more profit. It's not a non-profit company. There's nothing conspiratorial about that, just business as usual.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:17 1

27. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


seems like if I'm paying for the data i should be able to keep track of who's using it. Its be kind of weird if it was illegal for me to keep track of my own account. I'm with the conspiracy guys on this one.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 16:26

60. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Yeah, well, laws can be weird like that. I'm just saying there may be other reasons the widget didn't make sense.

After reading more it appears you can still track it on the account, so it's not THAT much harder to get to. Also, they do alerts free, so it's not like they're trying to trick you.

Anyway, thanks for replying to the issue I brought up, which is the widget tracking, not the reasoning behind the new plans.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:28

7. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


June 25th huh? Well the data widget seems to be working fine on my end, Droid Razr. No alert messages like that.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:43 2

8. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I did not receive any alert from Verizon about this. The widget on mine is still ticking. I never did care for Verizon, but At&t service where I live was unusable, so I was forced to switch. At&t is suppose to be putting up new tower and they should be ready some time in 2013....which is when my contract ends with Verizon...so if the service improve i'm switching back. There are widgets/apps in the Play store that give you this function, even if Verizon refuse too. Plus, any device that is running ICS has this function built into it.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:38 1

17. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


But how many phones on AT&T have been or will be upgraded to ICS?

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:30 2

24. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Does that even matter? When he goes over to AT&T he will get a new phone with Jelly Bean.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:56 2

9. johnriii (Posts: 221; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


mine is still working, but I'm sure they will get around to me eventually!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:00 2

10. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)


Ha , use data to see how much you have left

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:02 2

11. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


If you are on 3G/4G and you call #3282 (data) it should open up My Verizon Mobile and it shows your usage, you don't even need to sign in.

It sorda sucks that Verizon isn't supporting the widget anymore, all the apps I tried were completly inaccurate.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:01

37. Commentator (Posts: 2347; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


At least ICS has a built in usage-tracker, so hopefully this won't be too big of an issue going forward.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:05

12. chuckster123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


dragging the widget down to the trash doesn't even "uninstall" it...

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:16 1

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


LOL!

That is all.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:24 2

14. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)


I don't see why this is such a big deal. There are plenty of free third party apps out there that will do this for you.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:31 2

16. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Agreed. I use ZDBox as your "everything widgets" before VZW had a data counter.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:06

32. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The idea is that they are so greedy that they undermine the consumer by doing questionable unfair business practices to steal your money if you are not careful. This is being done to raise stock performance and has nothing to do with infrastructure cost. How many times have you gone over your plan usage paying 2-3x's in fees you could have used for home, or personal use.

They make it real convenient to lose track of usage to monetize tiered data plans. When VOIP comes in 2013-2014 family plans will really lose. Voip will be used to kill calling plans in lieu of data plans that will use VOIP as a way of contacting friends family and business..

When VOIP becomes main stream data usage picks up there by causing tiered data to be profitable. The trap is being laid now for family shared plans will break you with 3 or more people sharing x gigs when VOIP will be the only form of communications!

WAKE up to what I am saying about VOIP, and tiered data.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:23 1

22. Synack (Posts: 664; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It's a big deal because Verizon is obviously trying to get free money from people by taking away the tool that let's you know when you go over. Bad business practices IMO.

Of course there are 3rd party apps but how many people do you think will actually buy them? I'm guessing at the most 10% of people.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:24 1

15. deviantirish79 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I am going with they are out to get pure profit on overages and will tell the consumer that they haven't figured out how to get the widget to work with shared data.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 08:46

18. nfederic (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Its because once we switch over to share everything plans the widget would show the total data used by everyone, not just that particular phone. You can still use the my verizon app on your phone to check the individual phones usage. Nothing evil going on at all, the widget just wouldnt work like its supposed to.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:28

28. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Widget is and it should be working! Not Verizon is trying controlled you from what you wanted to do with your device. You should have freedom to want it or not want it. Data were did get used which is you've been paid for, Greedy-ass Verizon will not give it back to you any way. I want to use the way I wanted to use.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:03 1

20. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


This is something about Capitalism! Privileges? Freedom? Small privilege is being taken away by Verizon, these data that we were paid in month in advance, Verizon/anti-Android or do a favor for Apple, plugs is being pull by Verizon. it does not gives rat'sAss what is consumer want if it wasn't consumer driven these types of demand then Verizon will never exist. Widget is unique for Android, Win8 RT-live wallpaper, LTE tablets. Consumer going to use to how or to whatever they want of their data stream limited to them, Verizon should not mandated for new dump change Android user and eventually Win8 RT is next.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:26 2

23. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Wow Big Red way to piss off your customers

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:01

25. kanagadeepan (Posts: 643; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Now Verizon CEO will come and say "This is very much in interest of our great customers".... GREEEDYYYY guys...

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:06

26. nfederic (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Wow! Most of you are ridiculous, how about you actually go into a Verizon Corp. store and actually ask about the new plans and the whole unlimited data issue. The media is almost completely wrong on all of it. NO ONE has to change anything. Read my comment above about the widget, no hidden agenda at all.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:52

31. VinoDroid (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Corporate can make things sound rosy when the word comes down. They should still allow the widget to remain and help calculate how much data the entire family is using to help avoid overages. If customers don't want it, they can remove it themselves.
I think it's too much too fast: first the payment fee fiasco, then the upgrade fees, now they're planning on making more money on shared data plans....
Goodbye Verizon, hello Cricket. lol

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:33

29. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


do you think that its possible that the data widget would not be compatible with the new plans, it would have to be able to retrieve everyones usage and calculate you own to keep an accurate number displayed.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:44 1

30. monkeyfeet (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)


Verizon sends me a text when I'm getting close to my data limit so I don't see the big deal. The widget is nice, but I have also found it to be inaccurate. It sometimes doesn't refresh itself unless I log into my account.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:12 1

33. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Don't update the app...screw verizon

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:42

40. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


There not removing the app there are just updating it to fit the new shared data plans

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 14:10

46. Brewski (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I didn't even know this widget existed (Because I am still granfathered to unlimited) So I just added it to my homescreen to see how long it will last. I have no idea how much data/texts/minutes I use and that's the way I'd like to keep it...

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 14:16

47. S.E.U.L.8.T.R (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Here in the UK, it's unlimited data, with 2000 Xminutes for £30.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 14:55

49. Sprissy (Posts: 79; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


The widget was nice to have so of course Verizon will take it away. I have been with Verizon for years and I have never know them to do anything for the customer's benefit, it is always about how much cash they can get out of you.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:00

50. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


wtf man.......

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:10

51. tedkord (Posts: 4511; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is only a guess, I have no inside info or anything, but maybe they are removing it because it can only give data for a single line on an account, and with the (stupid, awful) new Share Everything plans, it could mislead some folks into thinking they still have data left.

Suppose you have two lines, and share 4gb total. Your widget is showing only 1gb used, but unknown to you your other line has already blown through 3gb.

Maybe they're simply going to release a new widget that can access total data for the plan.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:49

52. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Play store > my data manager > download it > stop b*tching

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:52

53. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I have a question, anyone know where I can find a video demonstrating Samsung Galaxy S III data counter widget. In other words if I only have 4GB of data I can use, set the data limit on my ICS Samsung Galaxy S III, so it can stop any data on my SGSII, Any feed back or link to this would be great.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:57

54. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


VZW told me that is being replace with a $4.99 add on to stop your dada from going over your allowance. But I remember seeing a video, and I hope you guys to share the link if you know what I'm talking about. On youTube someone demonstrating Samsung Galaxy S III ICS data counter built in. In other words if I only have 4GB of data I can use, set the data limit on my ICS Samsung Galaxy S III setting. So it can stop any data on my SGSII, Any feed back or link to this would be great.

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