phonejak9 28 Mar 2010, 15:35 posted on 0 0
How come verizon hasn't come out with cool qwerty phones that aren't smart phones like why do they all have to be smart phones or androids
10. lilmami1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
lol...i feel u homie! I work for Verizon Wireless and I'm trying to put a word in there for all my customers that want smooth GQ looking phones w/ QWERTYs for just users that like to talk and text minus all the internet interaction. To be completely honest with you the smartphones and the Androids you are going to see a lot more of these devices in the future due to we as a company are taking a step forward with our technology...u may say today or even tomorrow u don't use those applications BUT i guarantee One day you might brave the waters and actually buy one of these new phones and it will have an app or feature you wont be able to live without...remember there were plenty of people that used to say texting would never be big..lol look at texting now..but as far as your question is concerned..we do currently have the motorola rival the verizon razzle and the samsung intensity and i believe per this site we are in the works for a few other devices that might spark your interest..hang in there!!
11. garnetgirl (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
tip to the wise...the razzle and the rival are not vzw's best phones. look at the cosmos and the intensity for qwerty keyboards without the data plan
18. Kylah (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
Yeah, the Rival is one of the most returned phones in recent times. There is a rumor of an Env4 coming out (probably will require a data plan) and a new touch to replace the somewhat problematic Env Touch. I'd go with the Cosmos if you need a QWERTY phone but don't want the $9.99 data plan. Otherwise, go with the Reality or hold out for some of the newer 3G Multimedia phones that will be coming out over the summer. But, as a company, Verizon is moving towards smartphones (especially Android devices) so people are going to either have to embrace it, or use their feet to get Verizon to shift focus. At the moment, it's a PDA game and that's where the money is and that's where Verizon (and company) will keep investing their money into.
1. slashmaster2 (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Jan 2009)
motorola rival, samsung alias 2, nokia twist, enV 3, enV touch, samsung rogue, casio brigade. i dont know what your talking about. just about every phone is a qwerty phone. if u dont like any of them, then you'll never be satisfied with any phone
4. livin4acti0n (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 Apr 2009)
I understand where he is coming from. It would be really nice to have a stylish phone like the Motorola Calgary or CLiq but without the smartphone abilities and expensive data charges. I mean is it really too much to ask.... some people are getting tired of these outdated themed LG phones. LMAO All we are asking for is just the style and the glam of a smartphone but without the complicated smartphone operating system and the extra charges that comes along with it. Get it together Verizon.
5. Annon (unregistered)
I have to agree. Verizon charging people for stylish qwerty phones is insane. One of my friends got an enV3 and another one of my friends got an enV touch and they will have to pay for internet that they will never use. It is bad timing for them cause another one of my friends has an enV touch but she bought it last year so she doesn't have to pay for internet. This is slightly persuading me to switch carriers...
12. thatguy1122 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Apr 2010)
ohh and verizons the only carrier to charge for data on multimedia phones.
17. tigerfan55 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)
actually with their multimedia phones, for the first month or so you have to pay for it, then after that you can decide weather or not you want to keep paying for internet or take it off. I think verizon should be the same way, millions of people have switched the at&t because of this stupid data plan.
23. hollabi (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
Yeah...and millions switched back because AT&T has horrible coverage issues... And just to be clear the $20 of features is to get your rebate back, not to ensure you like the features. Every company has ways to ensure revenue is being created and with most customers talking less and using more data, $10 is a reasonable price for internet and email.
33. wolfie711 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
I'm switching to T-Mobile! :~) I REFUSE to be made to pay for something I do NOT want!
6. dyster (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My wife and daughter both have ev3's on Verizon. I don't pay for data. They asked if If I needed it since I have it for my BB and they turned it off for me. If you paying for data on a mulitmedia phone and don't want it, I'd look into fixing that. It was no hassle.
9. iamrobertkrogh (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
I'll have to disagree with it being "no hassle." I know of 3 different families who have canceled their service halfway through their contracts and moved to a different carrier because they refused to pay $10 more a month. Verizon would rather lose entire families who spend $100+ a month instead of waiving this little data charge.
13. thatguy1122 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Apr 2010)
so they would rather pay to get out of a contract than pay 10 a month for something they probably would use if only given it a chance. thats brilliant.
14. iamrobertkrogh (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
Haha, I know, right? I don't understand people sometimes.
35. wolfie711 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
It's the principle. Not to mention that it's worth paying to cancel when T-Mobile is offering additional lines added to a family plan are free until 2012. Yep, Verizon can kiss my butt.
27. hollabi (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
That is the most absurd thing I've ever heard on a forum. Verizon is more than willing to take the $10 data package off a 3g phone in order to save a customer. There is no business sense in losing customers in order to make an extra 10 bucks. However, having a 3g phone does decrease your battery life, so if your not using it for internet access your sacrificing your battery life for a "nicer looking phone." The problem is that you have to talk to the right people within Verizon that have the ability to take off this data package. Verizon isn't out to take advantage of its customers however they are a business they must explore new services options in order to keep up with a changing industry.
29. iamrobertkrogh (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
Why don't you get a multimedia phone from Verizon, then call them and ask for the data plan's removal or threaten to leave them... From my personal experience they will NOT remove it, even if you are standing in an AT&T store while talking to them. Don't make much sense, but thats corporate for ya
34. wolfie711 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
No, they are not willing to take the data package off. I was there three days ago, they wouldn't budge. I've been with Verizon for 14+ years. You'd think they would appreciate my loyalty. :~(
8. garnetgirl (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
As of Feb 1st, 2010 any multimedia device requires at min the $9.99 data plan. This does not apply to those who bought a multimedia phone before this date. Reason being as i understand it that this was put in place because the majority of users with these phones were getting large overages from data usage on their bills because they were using the mobile web and not realizing that they were being charged. Yes there are still customers who don't want their cell phone to do anything but call and text but the way that the telecommunications world is moving is to a data centric world. People who said that they are only getting a cell phone to use for emergency, are now using them as their main form of communication. those who said they were using them to replace their home phones are now using them to replace their laptops so they don't have to carry multiple devices with them.
15. ellocovg (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2010)
The real reason is that there is no longer that huge profit on voice calls anymore thanks to companies like boost and metro pcs. Everyone has had to drop there prices so the next big cash cow is data charges. This is why you see verizon and at&t fighting every 2 minutes on tv claiming that they have the better 3g networks. Verizon has no interest in sellling phones that they can't maximize profits on, ofcource they will always sell basic phones becauce there are ppl out tthere that dont want a cool looking phone so they will make basic phones to cater to that market. But don't plan on seeing anything that gets a wow effect anywhere lowere than the $30 data plus $20 texting range only some semi-cool phones in the $10 data range.
19. Kylah (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
Of course the real reason is profit. Verizon is a company -not your best friend- it has to make money. Not only that, it isn't satisfied with making money it wants to make more money each quarter. Do you really think that ATT "lowered" their data plans to help out the customers? No, they did it because their data network is severely overtaxed and they can no longer afford to let people stay online and use up all the data. And by "no longer afford" I mean, it's cutting into their profits. Cellphones are no longer just for talking in the eyes of most carriers, they're entertainment devices. Facebook, twitter, myspace, youtube, netflix, hulu, et al. are available on almost every modern cellphone now. What company wouldn't want to cash in on it? If you don't like it, then don't get a phone that requires the plan. But you're going to be getting a phone that looks like it's for a grandparent. You cannot have the cool phone that does everything and not pay for the access to do everything. I'm not saying that I agree with the forced data plan for any carrier, but that is how the industry works. If you want it to change, go invest in MetroPCS give them your money and tell them that you don't want to have to pay for those features. If enough people say no by LEAVING, then it hurts profits and the companies have to reevaluate their decisions and figure out a way to get people back on their network and paying their bills again. And, you can sometimes get the data plans removed (ATT or VZW) but it can take an act of God if you get a rep that is going by the books.
36. wolfie711 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
There are providers that still let the customer choose their package even if the phone they want is capable of internet use. I just hope they don't follow Verizon's ridiculous lead.
20. cowsrockalot (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)
The pantech jest just came out, it looks cool!
22. pacman (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
okay. heres the deal. I have been eligible for a phone upgrade from verizon since March '10. I have not upgraded because Verizon does not offer a phone with a full qwerty keyboard that i can fit my thumbs on. And I want a phone with a full keyboard. Yes, I know all about the razzle, intensity/cosmos(copies of each other), the rival, and whatever phones have crappy half keyboards. I can't fit my thumbs on those keys. And I do not want to pay for a stupid 10 dollar data plan where i can check my email 2 times a month. So what options do large thumbs, a full keyboard, and no data plan leave me with? None. I dont need a smartphone or droid. I just want a phone with a full keyboard and no data plan. I'm considering another carrier because Verizon is just trying to steal more money from me.
26. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)
So get a phone with a touch screen. All phones with a physical keyboards are about the same really no matter who the carrier is.
28. hollabi (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)
Do you want to carry a phone or a laptop? Your not going to find a phone that has a full sized keyboard because it would be too large.
24. echprst (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Aug 2010)
i totally agree w/ everyone that has a issue w/ grandma looking phones if you want no data charges . we have 4 cell phone on our plan not including my stupid modem that i am paying 60 dollars a month for a 5 g limit . that another story that makes me mad . anyways ever phone we have today if i went and got it at verizon my bill would be another 40 buck on top of the 210 dollars were already paying . there is no way in the world i would pay that much more . all of our phone are do for a upgrade soon and i will not bow down to verizon and pay there stupid 10 data charges when we dont use are phones like that . yes there is ones w/o data but have you seen them ? no way . thinking we should switch to smart talk they use verizon towers . if they dont change soon there going to lose yet another over 200 month customer .
31. garnetgirl (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
smart talk?! do you mean straight talk?! and if you do, are you serious? if you are concerned about having a phone that doesn't look like it belongs to a grandparent, straight talk is not the answer! there are many good looking feature phones at vzw. for the clamshell fans that don't need a qwerty keyboard you have the Escapade and Clout. and for the person who needs a phone as simple as can be, the Haven. For those who need a keyboard, you have the cosmos and the intensity 2 (which looks 500 times better than the origina, especially in the bright blue imo). And there should be a few more by Christmas time as well.
25. jherz6 (Posts: 216; Member since: 23 May 2008)
If people are paying for data plans and not using them now thats stupid. Verizon offers what they call simple phones with full keyboards with no data plan required, and in this day and age you get what you pay for. So if you dont want to have to pay for data dont buy the phone. There is only one reason why people go to AT&T is the iphone . It certainly is not the coverage or reliability of there service, dont forget AT&T wireless is Cingular under another name, and there service and bussiness practices were crap.
32. witty911 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
Ok so if you do not want to be charged for the data plan, why not choose a different phone?
37. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
they have plenty. the LG cosmos and the samsung intensity 2, those are sweet phones. if you not too cheap, you can spend a lousy extra $10 a month, you can get the LG enV3, enV touch, samsung reality, samsung alias 2, or nokia twist.. or even that gawddy looking eye sore they call the casio brigade..