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Verizon officially welcomes tiered data plans

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Verizon officially welcomes tiered data plans
You might have heard that Verizon is moving from unlimited to tiered data plans and today the plans went live on Big Red. The new monthly caps and prices apply for all phones, but some 4G LTE devices won't be able to make use of the cheapest one:

Monthly cap..............Price

The overage rates stand at $10 for 1GB of exceeded data on any plan. Those of you on an unlimited data plan remain unaffected by the changes, but new users will have to pick one of the tiered plans. To check data usage, users can just dial #data to get a free text message with information about used data.

Additionally, new pricing for using mobile hotspot on your cell phone kicks in on top of your data plan at an additional $20 for 2GB worth of tethering traffic. What are your thoughts about the new data plans? Feel free to share in the comments below.

source: Verizon

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posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:21 10

1. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)

Welcome to Sprint! How can i hepl you? .... "Yes umlimited data plans do still exist." "Your pockets are safe here!"

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:24 2

3. XavierMathews (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

EXACTLY!! If only they had good Costumer Service I would be all on board.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 11:03 3

34. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Don't forget about the most important. If only they had any reception. :( Wimax LMFAO!

I kind of like this idea. Being that I can get my kid a Droid and only pay $10 additional a month vs. the $30 is cool. He can always use wifi free at home and at his school. NIICE!

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 11:42 3

39. Smooth (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)

Well you won't like that the $10/month plan is only for feature phones which excludes any android phone. A minimum of 2GB is required on all smartphones. It's listed in the brochures we recieved a few days ago. Don't know why Phone Arena doesn't mention it.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 14:42 3

47. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

i work for verizon and if you have ever seen any of my posts on this website you would know that i have consistently defended verizon and stuck up for them and have always promoted them over all other networks......those days are over. im going to apply to work at sprint tomorrow. it is totally ridiculous what this company has done. first they take away 1 year contracts. then they take away annual upgrades and the new every2 program that allows additional benefits on your upgrade if you the primary. then they say "dont worry, all this will allow us to offer better incentives in the future". now they take away unlimited data. they dont even try to make a more affordible plan they just jack up the prices. where are the incentives? phones are more expensive than other networks too! lte is going to be great but as for now there is really nothing super about it. the only carrier out there is sprint in my book from this point forward. i have no idea how long they will last after the att/tmobile merger goes through and verizon eventually buys them off and we are spun into a wireless world of corporate greed bleeding the people dry but for now.... sprint is the only choice if they have coverage in your area. their network is nearly as bad as verizon trolls would like to make you believe. sure lte is probably better than wimax.... but how much of a difference are we talking about here when the phones are better on sprint anyway.... for less money. maybe when the bionic comes out verizon will have the best phone but thats yet to be seen . i dont know man.... its truely awful whats happening in this country. the rich fat head corporate tools are making all the money while soaking the middle class and then republicans are talking about taking away workers rights and defunding social programs and trying to put an end to medicare without taxing these uber wealthy buttholes a penny more...... its sick. i quit.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 15:05 4

50. lolwut (unregistered)

yeah youre lying, if you worked for verizon wireless directly(im guessing you work sales for an indirect retailer who doesnt actually read any reasoning behind any changes for the company)you would know the 1 year plans were becoming a rare choice for customers and would cause confusion in store and online as far as 1 and 2 year pricing. you would also know the reasoning behind the data changes. 95% of customers use less than 2gb per month. the 5% left included people with tethered and rooted phones using it as their home internet, which isnt what its for. the only thing this impacts is new customers and 95% of them wont even be impacted. stop blowing s**t out of proportion. you get to keep your current unlimited plan even if you upgrade to a new phone.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 15:34 3

54. Common_sense (unregistered)

You are very brainwashed by the corporate world. Vzw trainings always turn all their negatives into positives. As commissioned sale reps you have no choice but to buy into their lies. From a customer's point of view, not a sales rep, changing the return period to 14 days hurts not helps the customer. It helps vzw and sales reps. Less charge backs. Eliminating the NE2 (A credit that used to be $100 towards the purchase of a new phone for plans 39.99 or higher over time became $50, $30, ZERO) How does that benefit the customer at all? Now eliminating anual upgrades (upgrades for people who sign a 2yr contract but want to upgrade after one year, this used to be available for anybody at any price point, overtime it became only available for customers on 59.99 plans or higher) This hurts both the consumer and the sale reps!! Less upgrade commission for sale reps and having to buy phones at full retail for customers who break their phones after one year. In many cases phones simply malfunction after a year. These customers now have no choice. How can you defend vzw's latest policies aimed at nothing but increasing their profits by taking away from customers' priveleages? It's not one thing alone, it's a combination of everything. Over the last year, no more NE2(new every two) no more anual upgrades, return/exchange policy lowered to 14 days. No more 1 year contracts. Data required on most phones. Even feature phones in many cases. No more don't pay anything if you port out of vzw withing your return/exchange period if you were unsatisfied with the service. Even if you are a sales rep for vzw, you can not support such company that has done all of that over the span of a year or so. It's ridiculous they are still number one even though Sprint gave them a run for their money on the latest cosumer top choice. Maybe 2012 will be the year Spring is number 1?

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 16:21 4

55. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

common_sense- couldnt agree more with most of what you said.... and you also brought up the return policy... good for you... thats another bs move by verizon i forgot to mention

lolwut- your right about me working for indirect but your wrong about me lying about anything and wrong about indirect not reading in to reasoning. we got that same bullsh*t talking point email as you did regarding 95% of customers using less than 2gb. regardless it remains to be a bullsh*t move by verizon to make more money on the behalf of the consumer. you sound like a corporate drone.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 16:26 3

56. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

lolwut- you know deep inside the point of all this is to make money. now use that knowledge to logically examine what is going on and how this is only good for those sitting on the top floor of the corporate ladder and bad for the majority. the people be damned

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 17:59 2

57. lolwut (unregistered)

so all companies should constantly make changes that cost the company and help the customer? where do you draw the line? where youre bleeding out like sprint? Verizon/ATT/Any other business is just that, a business. If it was a charity they wouldn't have the money to invest in their networks, buy rights to phones, etc. There's a balance. I don't mind paying for what I get because I understand the changes are not always for a profit increase. They have costs too. If you don't like it go ahead and go to another carrier then. Enjoy your capped speeds, poor phone selection and faux G

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 16:26 1

70. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

you make no sense.... go to another company with capped speeds and poor phone selection you say.... thats what we are talking about. verizon is capping its data and speeds and no longer has the best phones...duh. also you must understand that all changes a business does are to increase profits.... ALL. thats there guiding principles... to make money. we have given you over four examples of verizon making changes with the charade that its to offer other incentives. now we have capped data. where are the incentives? there has not been one new incentive since these changes have taken place and verizon said there would be some. you cant say one new incentive because there are none.

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 18:20 1

71. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

so unless capped data is the incentive lol you cant claim that there have been any. verizon sure would love to make you believe capped data is an incentive.... just call customer service... there new greeting is "thanks for choosing verizon, we have new great data plans!" ..... if you cant comprehend that companys do everything to make money then you cant comprehend when they do something that really screws its customer base.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 19:11

58. really (unregistered)

It's called progress......Name another company that was offering all these programs for customers? Things change and you either just move with it or make changes.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 19:40

60. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


posted on 08 Jul 2011, 12:32

68. duke594 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)

Good luck at Sprint. I worked there for 8 months. It was the worst 8 months of my life. I worked for Verizon for 5 years! It is a 100 times better company not only to work for but to be a customer of.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 09:44 1

25. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

haha @ sniperace. its great being able to say that every day haha

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 13:46 3

45. redleg6 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 May 2011)

But it must suck saying "our network is horrible, but we have good plans"

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:23 1

2. XavierMathews (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

This is some Bull s**ttt these carriers are Redic. Seriously, but then again I will be with T-Mobile when I pick up My Sensation in two weeks so this does not fade me at all. Still sucks tho.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 14:54 4

48. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

just wait to att takes t-mobile and then tell me how your not affected. everyone with a cell phone is going to get f*cked

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:26 1

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Don't be so quick to think Sprint won't join the bandwagon at a later date. Remember when they were the last company to have unlimited data on their aircards? It would, however, benefit them to keep the unlimited plan for unhappy AT&T and Verizon customers...but ultimately, as people start surfing the web more and more each year using cellular networks, it will become more and more expensive for Sprint to maintain that all you can eat way of life...

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:53 1

6. SPRINT FTW (unregistered)

If Sprint did decide to make that move in capping their Data, that would be a bad business move on their part. Customers are already paying an Additional $10 premium data feature. Contrary to what most people believe, its NOT for 4G or 4G devices only, its for ANY smartphone activated from now on. At the same time, we all know WiMAX isnt that great, which is why im excited theyre working on their LTE network w/ Lightsquared....now we just need to get our hands on some high-end smartphones....

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 06:51 4

5. jenn05 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)

Not to mention Sprint's crappy coverage.....I can only get Verizon, AT&T and Alltel where I live. No T-Mobile, No Sprint, and AT&T is not really even that good. Oh Sprint how I wish your coverage were better! :p

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 15:19 2

52. LOL (unregistered)

Your coverage would be much better if Sprint would charge more, because then they can invest more in their towers. You will never get cheap prices and good coverage and I wish people could understand this instd of complaining all the time.

Look at the bussiness end people. The company that invest all their money into towers and has cheap plans won't be a company that will still be around.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 07:07

7. lfred150 (unregistered)

My wife has been waiting to use my old Blackberry Pearl on Verizon..she will only use limited data and I am getting conflicting reports on the 75MB plan..will this work now with Blackberry units or do you still have to get the $30 plan. Can't seem to get the right answer before I go to the store. Leo

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 10:17

32. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

no, 75mb plan is for non -smartphones only.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 11:16

35. lfred150 (unregistered)

Thanks for all of your help..that is really bad as she doesn't use data and those other phones are just junk. Leo

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 11:37

38. Tom (unregistered)

Or you could just get BB Pearl flashed to Cricket or Metro PCS & pay as go for cheap.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 07:33

8. ARorlando (unregistered)

@lfred... The Blackberry is considered a smartphone, and therefore MUST have a minimum $30 data plan.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 09:29

17. phonefan4 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2011)

No a $30 plan is no longer required, they did away with that a while ago, there was a $15 plan also available that was offered to my wifes droid.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 10:12 1

30. EFchris91 (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)

The $15 150mb plan was discontinued months ago.

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