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Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?

Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?
Verizon said yesterday that those who want a new phone and to keep their grandfathered $30 unlimited data plan, will have to pay for this phone full retail. Despite that we don't know yet what exactly will be the pricing of the shared data plans Verizon plans to introduce this summer, it will be hard to beat unlimited at $30.

The grandathered plans "axe" gem that came out of CFO Fran Shammo at an investor conference, caused quite the backlash and openly voiced displeasure from customers on forums and in comments. A lot of them threatened to move away from Verizon for alternative options, if the carrier goes through with these plans.

Alternatives would be moving to T-Mobile, Sprint or a regional carrier, all of which have unlimited data options with varying degrees of small print, like T-Mobile throttling users after a certain cap, but no overage charges. 

That is why we wanted to ask you, dear reader, if you plan to make the switch from Verizon to something else, in case you have to give up your grandfathered unlimited for some reason. Check an option that suits you in the poll below, and sound off in the comments for the world to see.

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Are you planning to switch carriers if you have to abandon Verizon's unlimited data plan?
Verizon's network is great, so I don't mind paying full retail for a new phone 8.22% (151 votes) (151 votes)
I'll keep my trusty phone with $30 unlimited, thank you 13.28% (244 votes) (244 votes)
Let's wait and see the new data-sharing plans pricing first 28.25% (519 votes) (519 votes)
T-Mobile works fine in my area, so I'll switch to its unlimited plan 8.98% (165 votes) (165 votes)
Sprint works fine in my area, so I'll switch to its unlimited data fix 23.68% (435 votes) (435 votes)
My regional carrier offers unlimited and I'll make the switch 3.65% (67 votes) (67 votes)
I'm so angry I can only see (Big) Red 13.94% (256 votes) (256 votes)

1837 votes

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posted on 18 May 2012, 07:12 5

1. ENG618 (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

I'll either be switching to Sprint or T-moble's pre-paid plan...we will just have to wait and see what the plans look like, when my contract ends in 2 years...since I already upgraded my phone and my wife's to 4G and have unlimited.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:56 1

23. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

just think that half the peole in this nation does not use over 2GB of data. so would you rather keep paying 2 separate data plans when you can have just 1 family share plan! i think its a good idea if you ask me we get alot of people that come in and ask us do we share data like we share the family minutes! think about how much money you will save with just one data package for the whole family instead of trying to buy separate plans for everybody. what if you had 4 smartphones well that's 30 a piece+ taxes and fee's what sounds better? Anyone who has wifi that is not locked.... guess what use that. I Still use wifi on my phone even tho i have unlimited wifi thru my cable company! i think its a good idea cause im tired of paying for 3 separate data packages

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:26 5

41. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)

What a dumbass. it won't be cheaper. It is so they can make more money. I will shut off all 5 of my phones and go back to home phone. Track phone for wife for emergency. Keep wanting to charge more for less.F___ Verizon and the rest.

posted on 18 May 2012, 14:37 2

59. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

I SOOO agree with you, I dont care how good verizon is or how good people say it is, its NOT that good for them to be doing this,,,

posted on 18 May 2012, 15:53

62. Jango_Fred (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)

Ok Windsponge, riddle me this.... I am paying $30 for unlimited data and I NEVER use more than 1 GB. SO, if the new data plans offer 2 GB for, lets say, $20 per month....how is that NOT cheaper for me?

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:04 3

63. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

You're crazy if you think they will give you 2gb for 20 bucks a month, when they are currently charging 30 bucks for 2gb a month. They are not doing this so you will save money, it is strictly so they can keep the revenue stream increasing YoY. I'm not against a company making a profit, but don't F-- the people that helped build your sh--ty network. I've been paying 2400+ a year for 6 years now, and this is how I'm treated, screw them. I'm out like a fat kid in dodgeball. Obviously they can't change my contract without buying it out, so I'll just keep what I have or pay full price for something new. If they still try and kick me off, then I'll move to Tmo, or a local carrier and save a sh-t load of dough.

posted on 21 May 2012, 23:59

84. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

house phone. WE ALL know that's not true. Virgin mobil maybe..but only cell for emergency after coming from 5 data plans (that's the topic) is crazy

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:17

48. smallcolabear (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

The only thing I have one this one is that yes family share data would be great for those who have the 2 gig plans and can share some instead, however, I ahve 10 lines and only one smartphone with unlimited and do not plan to get anymore. So I would lose my unlimited to go onto this family share plan get less gigs and I am not sharing it with anyone so as for me I find it pointless and I use way more than 2 gigs because this is my business asn well as personal phone.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:24 2

2. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)

The only thing that will keep me with verizon is if I can buy unlocked LTE phones and activate them onto their network. Such as future Nexus's.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:54 1

8. karsteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)

I cant stand the increase in calling rates by Verizon. I will have my phone unlocked so that I can easily use it on other networks as well.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:12 4

16. Beholder88 (Posts: 85; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

The problem with this is, that other networks use different frequencies than Verizon, so unlocked or not, if it's LTE then it won't work on any other network other than what that particular phone was built for.

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:57 2

24. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

I have been with Verizon for almost 2 years and my calling plan has stayed the same. if my bill is high then its something im doing....I'M JUST SAYING

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:19 1

50. smallcolabear (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

I agree completely I have been with them for My plan has updated with some pricing but thats because they changed the way it was set up. Not a problem because it is still cheaper then ATT and they have minute differences in there plans. If its higher I did something to make it that way.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:26 1

3. dcgore (Posts: 231; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

T-mobile if they switch from 1700 to 1900 for their 3g/4g. Otherwise, att. I can import any phone for it and besides it seems subsidies are on their way out.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:48 2

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

T-Mobile is just adding the 1900 Mhz band, I believe, not switching

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:03 1

45. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Not switching, more like upgrading 1900 2g to 3.5g, and free up additional 1700 into LTE.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:33 3

4. paulyyd (Posts: 339; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

loyal customer for almost 5 years and now they pull this? really? I'm not rich, I don't plan on spending 700-900 for a cell phone just so I can keep my unlimited plan that I've had since day one. If Verizon does stick to this, then I'm out. I rather go with at&t or sprint

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:21 1

11. Tycoon (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)

The good thing about T-Mobile (as long as you have coverage in your area) is that you can be on their Value plan and pay less per month than the Classic plan. You pay retail for the device on the Value plan, but I still get my corporate discount (I was shocked), AND I can pay for the phone in monthly installments (after a downpayment). Then they run buy one get one specials like the one going on now, so it's even better. My last bill was $132 for 2 lines of unlimited talk, text and data (2GB). My son has 500 minutes, unlimited texting and 2GB of data. Two lines have $7.50 in insurance for each phone. They are supposed to have the 1900mhz frequency up and running by the end of the year, so more non-T-Mobile branded phones will be able to use their 3G/4G service. I hope that more OEMs will begin having Pentaband phones. Good luck.

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:50

43. mr9154 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)

I'm with you and i agree, I live in NYC and i've been using a Galaxy Nexus for the past 3 months, an htc thunderbolt before nexus and i move around all day all over the city and the 4G lte coverage yea its there but is very spotty and the signal strength is not strong, and this is my second nexus so its not a phone issue. Sprint sounds promising and better prices.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:13 1

64. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Do go with ATT, just sprint or Tmo, as ATT is worse than VZW on this. You will regret it.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:20 1

67. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Don't go with att, not do.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:35 2

5. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)

It all depends on what the new plans look like. Unlimited was nice but I didn't really need it. They should have held off killing unlimited until their new plans were final and ready to be announced.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:41 8

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

You won't see a mass exodus from Verizon. It's like jumping between sinking ships. AT&T started this tiered pricing thing and Verizon followed. Verizon is doing this and AT&T will follow. I expect Sprint to follow as well. Not very quickly as they can use it as a marketing tool, but after a while they will also moved to a forced tiered pricing to save spectrum and get more money from their users. Just the way it goes.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:16 1

65. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

pretty much. Besides, we are the vocal minority. The mass majority doesnt give a poop as long as their actual rates dont go up and they dont use enough to get overages.

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:55

70. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Which is sad, cause they are getting screwed in the process as well.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:54 1

76. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

thats how it always is. The educated minority always gets screwed by the uneducated masses. That is why democracy always fails. Thank god we live in a republic. :)

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:54 4

7. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Very disapponted in Verizon. They would pull this right before the Samsung Galaxy S3 drops. They know people are waiting for this phone since they opted for the Nexus over the S2, which is my view was a poor decision. Thanks Big Red.....AT&T here I come.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:01

9. karsteve (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)

I recently had my phone unlocked and therefore I do not have any problem with the plan by Verizon since I can use my device on other networks. The guys at mobilelizard.com really did the unlocking very fast. Those not comfortable with Verizon can have their devices unlocked.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:49

37. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

If that's true, it'll only be for 2G or 3G service on a different network, no LTE, and it'll have to be a non-GSM network, like sprint or metro

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:31

68. threed61 (Posts: 246; Member since: 27 May 2011)

You can't truly unlock a cdma phone as they have to be activated by the carriers. Sprint and Verizon don't activate any phones but 'their' own.

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