Verizon says adios to unlimited data & officially welcomes tiered plans starting July 7
Whispers in the past from Verizon regional VPs hinted that the new tiered system will go into effect starting on July 7th, and now it’s seemingly for real after a company spokeswoman confirmed the news to Fierce Wireless today. As we all know by now, the new monthly tiered plans will include $10 for 75MB, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB – with an overage rate of $10 per 1GB of data consumed when exceeding their limits. Naturally, customers who are on an unlimited data plan right now and expect to upgrade their devices on or after July 7 will be able to keep their existing plan, which is indeed nice for them.
Last, but certainly not least, Big Red is also introducing new pricing structures with its mobile hotspot feature on 4G LTE enabled smartphones. Currently, the service is being given out for free to customers, but starting on July 7th, it’ll move to a $30 per month cost for unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage. Meanwhile, new customers are going to be charged an additional $20 for tethering on top of whatever new data plan they will choose.
Now that everything is out and in the open, how do you feel about this new move? Even more, those torn about adding the unlimited data to their existing plan will really need to think about it now that the deadline is nearing.
source: Fierce Wireless via Phonescoop
1. guest (unregistered)
Wow, verizon being the most expensive on data? what a shock.
77. ayephoner (Posts: 849; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
IF YOURE WORRIED ABOUT USING AN UPGRADE VS BEING GRANDFATHERED INTO UNLIMITED:
BUY A USED SMART PHONE (CRAIGSLIST, EBAY), GET ON AN UNLIMITED DATA PLAN, THEN UPGRADE WHENEVER YOU WANT.
2. exo2u (unregistered)
ya definitely switching to unlimited by the 7th. i wonder if there still gonna require people to pay the 30 option for smart phone data. it would be so pointless for anyone to not get unlimited if its still required. anyone know for sure?
16. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
As of the 7th, the $30 unlimited option is going away...forever, and you will then be able to get 2GB for $30.
Verizon says it's best for the consumer, I disagree. Verizon themselves have said that data usage has more than doubled year over year and with the advent of the netflix app and hulu and all these cloud services coming down the pipline I don't see the benefit?
I forsee this going the way the required multimedia packages went...hopefully!
23. ahahahahwtf (unregistered)
do you believe that 2gb is enough? i want the galaxy s2 and looks like i won't be able to get the unlimited b/c we have no idea when the phone is coming out.....
if i get a phone tomorrow and it comes out within the 14 days i have that would be great but It doesn't look like it will be so i wont be able to return the phone again : X.......... soo either wait for the gs2 or get the droid 3 and have unlimited hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm but been waiting for the gs2 since december : X
30. exo2u (unregistered)
Unfortunately, I'm probably gonna byte the bullet in this situation, heh. I too am patiently waiting to use my upgrade on the sgsII but since my phone is at least capable of data lol I am able to add unlimited and just hope it comes out soon. As long as it comes out this year xx it will be worth it in the long run for me at least.
58. downbeat4 (Posts: 93; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)
Feature phones that have unlimited data will be required to move to the $30 2GB plan when upgrading to a smartphone. The only grandfathered customers will be smartphone to smartphone upgrades :(
65. aahahahwtf (unregistered)
what should i do : X.. either give up the galaxy s2 or get unlimited ; X and return phone and get teh droid 3 : X ugh..
34. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
I agree you. I guess I better keep my smartphone. I was thinking about going to a feature phone, but I better rethink this one because I would want to switch back and forth.
Question: If I have the unlimited data now, and they change to the tiered data plan pricing, will I be "grandfathered" in and able to keep my unlimited data plan?
40. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
As of right now, yes you can keep the unlimited data as long as you keep the same type of phone.
Ex: If you have a smartphone and you upgrade to another smartphone, your good. However if you have a feature/multimedia phone now with unlimited data and you upgrade after the 7th to a smartphone, your screwed, you'll have to choose from a tiered plan. They won't allow you to keep unlimited unless your aready a smartphone user.
47. exo2u (unregistered)
iHate how right you are. 2gb is gonna be lame when the sII comes out. i hate vzw atm
45. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)
what if I have unlimited 3G plan if I wanna get a 4G phone after july 7 can I transfer to unlimited 4g or not
3. dandirk (unregistered)
I think its pretty cool that they are allowing current customers to keep the unlimited even after an upgrade...
The hotspot feature charge... is even MORE lame now with tiered pricing. If I already have limited speed and limited data (per mo) why isn't the feature just thrown in for all supporting devices? I can see they want to avoid the people bitching about going over their monthly data easily with tethering, but they should have a text notification system already for that.
Its obvious they just want more $$$ being that the most common plan is the same price as unlimited is now. Though I would say 2GB is a little low 3-4, I could see. I generally only use my droid for a few widget apps (woot), e-mail, text, calls, app updates etc. Don't use data too much and rack over 1GB on average.
4. dandirk (unregistered)
I have not heard about family plans yet... That could be large bennefit for tiered pricing... Current unlimited is $30 per line. I have 4 phones on my plan, my phone is the only one with internet.
It would be nice to get the $50 plan and have internet for all phones... instead of having to pay $30x 4
5. avgjoe (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Aug 2010)
Yep, yep, yep....its official!!! Verizon in the next 48 hours will show the world how arrogant they truly are. Do they really think people will flock like before? Cant wait for the next commercial saying we are "really" d**king everyone down over here & say "Drroooiiiddd" after that..this is f**ked up. Family shared data packages? Oops forgot that rumor....
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
*warning: impossibly nerdy reference incoming*
Anyone feel like they're watching the elves leave Middle Earth?
15. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
The One Ring cannot afford to stay at Verizon....
7. JohnC (unregistered)
Verizon = most expensive, oldest and worst phones, worst coverage in my area.
Solution = Run out my family plan and switch to Sprint - they have a family unlimited data plan with twice the minutes for a much lower price- and better coverage in my area.
9. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
im very happy to be working for Sprint right now! dont forget the unlimited calling to any mobile carrier. i dont even use minutes anymore. and i can use all the data i want and never worry about it being throttled or going over. woooo
33. kain (unregistered)
sprint's always been cheaper. so why weren't people flocking before? because their service sucks, that's why...even if they somehow survive the next few years, their unlimited data won't. they'll eventually start building out lte, and it isn't free. problem is, they'll be way behind everyone else.
38. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Really? You are very happy to be working for a company who, after the At&t/T-Mobile merger completes, you will be so far behind the competition that there will be no chance of catching up and no significant growth to stay afloat? Wow...good luck
43. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
hahah yeah I am very happy. IF the merger actually goes thru, we will still be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Not numbers wise but innovation wise. Pretty sure we started the whole 4G craze. Everyone else had to play catch up. even if were switching to LTE, we still started a technological expansion. so I am very happy to work here, and i will continue to be happy even when that merger DOESNT go thru.
48. box (unregistered)
The whole 4G thing is still a misnomer; in essence, sprint started a craze by falsely advertising its data speeds as being 4G, when in fact true 4G is about 3-4 times what is available right now, even from LTE/WiMax. What we have now is more like 3.25 or 3.5G, but the ITC ret-conned it since after a while almost all the carriers (except AT&T, really) were touting their faster data networks as "4G". Not saying that WiMax or LTE are bad, or slow, just not truly 4G, at least by up-to-2010 definitions
72. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
I wouldn't say "started" i would say rushed to be the first. If you think that other carriers weren't working on LTE before the release of WiMaxx you are not very smart. The other carriers had enough intelligence to go the LTE route vs. wasting money on a very temporary technology. I literally loaded 4 pages running on 3G while my gf's EVO running 4G in a major area struggled to load Sprint's front page. WiMaxx is not that great. That's why Sprint is now considering LTE. WiMaxx was just a quick fix to say that they were first at 4G (which compared to LTE is pretty pathetic). Sprint doesn't even own their towers lol. But that's the Sprint Way...always be first. They don't consider longevity, which is why your precious Dan Hesse is pleading with the FCC to not approve the merger between At&t and T-Mobile. For a so-called leaps & bounds company it seems to be very anxious about its future. Your head honcho knows the devastation that this will cause, but keep hope alive i guess...
83. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
ok i will give it to you that "started" was poor wording. I should have chose "spurred". Sprint decided to invest in clearwire with a bunch of other major companies under the assumption that clearwire was going to come thru alot better than they did. and FYI Sprint did technically own the towers considering they were the majority shareholder of the company. And i am not saying that LTE wasnt in the works before Wimax. Clear crapped out on the deal. The switch to LTE was always in mind. If you recall articles released just prior to the Wimax launch, they said that they are going to give this a shot, if not switch to LTE. and if im not mistaken it is a software upgrade to switch from Wimax to LTE. i could be mistaken on that tho. and Wimax experience is dependent to customer location, just like LTE. my Evo blows LTE out of the water in my area. Your area Wimax may be slower. Its all location. And im pretty sure Dan Hesse "pleading" the the FCC about the merger is thinking longevity. and i dont think it will pass. only time will tell. and I will keep hope alive. Never quit, never surrender.
17. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am absolutely HEARTBROKEN Sprints coverage is bad in my area. Stay at AT&T and hate the customer service and still be stuck with 2G service, pay a ton more at Verizon, or have to leave my house to make a call with Sprint due to no indoor reception. Decisions, decisions.... happy for you, John C.
20. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
if it is just your indoor coverage at your house look into a airave. It hooks up to high speed internet at your house and is like having a mini tower at your house.
49. snowgator (Posts: 3504; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Never heard of it. I will look into it. Thanks for the tip!!!
8. Potential (unregistered)
I wonder if the unlimited on the LTE devices must be the LTE network. If I have an LTE device, but choose to use the 3G network, is it still unlimited?
They are definitely going after the WIMAX folks where unlimited exists.
Now imagine unlimted with 5x the speed.
Granted, I will have to have my LTE device continually plugged in because in 2 hours, it would be dead ;)
10. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
This will hurt Verizon just because of the prices. AT&Ts pricing for their data plans is obviously better.
59. downbeat4 (Posts: 93; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)
Smoke and mirrors...bait and switch....look closely and you will see.
11. stilt123 (unregistered)
they are only doing this because so many people where rooting there phones and using wireless tether and hogging data.
12. stilt123 (unregistered)
i will be grandfathered so im not worried. all i know is they better not try to quietly take it away from me a year or so later.
74. Gdroid (unregistered)
It will be taken away if you get a replacement phone. It's something in their system that will put you on the new tier pricing. If you ever get a replacement, ask the rep to make the request so you can keep your unlimited data. And PLEASE PEOPLE gotta understand this new pricing will help everyone because there will be less traffic in the network. And yes Verizon is expensive but you get what you pay for...
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87. rathdrum77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Wrong, VZW is grandfathering all smartphone customers as long as they upgrade to another smartphone. For warrenty replacement, they will give a 30 day window to allow you time to get the phone replaced.
13. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
As usual, Verizon continues to suck each and every day. Wonder how long it'll be before they piss of their customer base even more?
Nope, they are doing this because Verizon is ran by a bunch of greedy, money hungry corporate bigshots, the same ones who're ruining the consumer industry.
19. lolfail (unregistered)
it's not really verizon's fault so you really can't blame them look at what stilt123 said .................. blame those people ...
21. AwesomeMiz (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
No excuses. They make enough money to improve their network, but they rather bleed their customers dry with their bs prices.
14. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
Higher prices than att. Wow what a great move!
Someone just do family share data and that company will have people run to join them
31. downphoenix (Posts: 2975; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
sprint does it and I dont see people running to them.
18. ralphyd (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 May 2011)
This is exactly why I renewed my contract and got the thunderbolt last week.
22. aznjoka (unregistered)
my whole family uses well over 2 gigs a month, this is saddening and breaks my heart. Watching HD video on phones are a common thing now. Soon the 2 gigs will be over in a matter of hours. :(
24. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Wow, that is expensive. Between AT&Ts service and Verizons prices... This is probably a good thing for Sprint who has true unlimited, is working on LTE, is improving coverage, and is much more affordable.
35. kain (unregistered)
where's sprint going to get the money to build lte and improve coverage?
41. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
From all the customers that Verizon loses.
25. whatareyoutalking (unregistered)
The only thing I dont like about Sprint is that they are not up front with you about their "10 dollar" smartphone charge. FIrst it was only for 4G phones then they made it mandatory for any smartphone. They advertise the family unlimited data plan starting for $129.99 but really its at least $149.99 because you have to pay 10 bucks more if its a smartphone and with a data plan youre going to most likely get it because you want smartphones right. Another thing is that if one phone is a smartphone but youre other 4 lines arent, you have to still but on the unIimited data plan and with their add a lines being 19.99 each not $9.99 like most people think youre paying 60 bucks for lines 3-5. I used to work for best buy so im fully knowledgable about Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile plans. Im not saying Sprint is as expensive as Verizon but they're not as cheap as they advertise.
26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Looks like Verizon is trying to pull a AT&T. AND HOW ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE money or get more new consumers to their network just doesn't make any sense. if they hate CONSUMERS using their phone data as laptop network card JUST SHUT IT DOWN. don't screw up on the new consumers that likes your network or Phones Verizon. I'm just glad I stuck with AT&T I get good coverage more better than Verizon. i think the only problem is that Verizon is getting more greedier since their coming out with new 4G phones next up is the Bionic the long awaited phone. I'm still kinda ok though with my 2GB cap BUT IT WON'T MAKE ME HAPPY OR NEW CONSUMERS HAPPY to go to a network with out unlimited data. USE YOUR DATA ONLY FOR EMAILS streaming music/videos. NOT WITH YOUR LAPTOP PEOPLE
60. Grammar Police (unregistered)
I'd love to take what you said about ATT and VZW seriously but you have the most worstest grammar in the world. More Worser than any other person.
27. hammertong (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 May 2010)
As soon as the ATT/T-Mobile deal goes thru ATT will do the same thing, making unlimited internet available only to those willing to pay thru the nose.
36. kain (unregistered)
at&t dropped unlimited for new customers a while ago...
28. RJ (unregistered)
Rigth now....Sprint is the best plan data, sorry....
29. RJ (unregistered)
Rigth now Sprint have the best Data Plan.....sorry....
32. bossmt_2 (Posts: 445; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Verizon is trying to get people on the family plan, their goal is clear. As other carriers adopt the family plan (well really AT&T) they'll match AT&T's price on the 2 gig plan. More likely than not when AT&T launches LTE they'll raise the price of their 2 gig plan and introduce family plans as well.
37. messiah (Posts: 434; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
You can't use any smart phone with less than 75mb at its disposal... smart phones throw around too much data as is even without user side interfacing
To even offer it is an insult at ten dollars let alone offer it at all
46. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
the 75 MB plan is not available for smartphones.
39. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
This really has me thinking.. Is sprint a viable answer to the issue here? If I were to switch, what is the best android phone to purchase with them? and do they still have the unlimited everything plan? unlimited minutes, data, text/pic/video messaging for like $80 or something like that?
51. bossmt_2 (Posts: 445; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Sprint has some awesome high end Android devices. Evo, Nexus S 4G Evo 3D,