DROID X owners use 5 times more data; Verizon to begin tiered pricing?

DROID X owners use 5 times more data; Verizon to begin tiered pricing?
According to Verizon's Jennifer Byrne, the carrier's business development executive director, the Motorola DROID X, " is seeing something like 5x the data usage of any other device (on the Verizon network)." With the 4.3 inch screen, users are watching more video and installing more apps. Plus, since the phone has just been launched, you are getting the "Honeymoon" effect as new users are exploring all the things they can do with the phone. Once the Honeymoon is over, so to speak, we could see data usage slow down, but by then it might be too late. With rumors flying that Verizon is about to switch over to tiered pricing on July 29th, news like this is bound to get the suits in the boardroom thinking about ending unlimited data. After all, Bandwidth doesn't grow on trees, you know.

The speculation is that Big Red will end unlimited data plans next Thursday, although this would most likely affect only new Verizon customers. Like AT&T's data plan, Verizon would charge $15 monthly for 200MB and $25 a month for 2GB. Will this cause an exodus toward Sprint? As we reported, Sprint's CEO, Dan Hesse, has said that the carrier has no current plans to end unlimited pricing. All eyes will be on Verizon next Thursday.

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74 Comments

70. JPrice

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Any of you that want to make the jump from "Small Red" to Sprint, contact me and I will tell you were to go locally or we can work together to get you into a great smartphone on a better carrier than ATT, "Small Red", or noT-Mobile.

66. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

with this economy more costumers for tmobile or sprint if droid x 5 times more data what happen in the future with front facing camera phones so att and verizon is to espenced tmobile 5 dollar extra line people are moving there ihope verizon and att think more to costumers not to they pokets

68. cellslanger

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2010

What?!? Is that saposed to be American english or are you 4?

65. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Is it our fault for using what they gave us? I mean come on, when you give us tons of social networking widgets with lightening fast speeds on our web browser, a blockbuster app so we can download movies directly on our phone. What do you expect us to do? When you have basically given us a laptop that fits our hand and pocket, we are going to use it as is.

58. XRa$cal4

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

The mention of Sprint and T-Mobile not going to tiered is correct for the time being but they are going to throttling of data so which is worse?

53. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

Lol I can see Dan Hesse on a tv spot now, "while others give you a great phone and say you can't use all it's features, we at Sprint feel you should be able to use as much of it's capability's as you want. At 79.99 a month for unlimited forth generation data speeds, we'll not only give you a great device, but let you truly get the most out of it." I bet anything that'll be the ad around the time they release the Epic

55. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Until they use 5 times the data too lol

62. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

@Rory, Sprint actually has no plans on going to tiered pricing because the Wimax network is so free and they have so much spectrum that network congestion is something that shouldn't be an issue for years upon years. They'll probably have speed tiers but that's about it.

51. cellslanger

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2010

I'd like to think as a Verizon employee that if this switch were to take affect next week that I would have heard something official about it by now, but who knows.

61. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Haha, but you know better than that right? We wouldn't hear about new phones coming out until the day after! (jp) But seriously, when I worked there, the only thing I was ever notified of earlier than the day before launch was the Nationwide transition.

46. mg1326

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

Is This Is Only For NEW Verizon Customers Only Or Will The People Who Have the "Unlimited" Plan Have To Change Also ? That Really Sucks If We Have To Change From Unlimited Plan To A Tiered Plan

42. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is bullshit. One of the things that sells people on that thirty bucks IS the unlimited data. If you take that away, you have nothing.

41. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

I think ill stick with my $30 att 3gs grandfather plan!..tiered pricing..really?..nothing better to announce!

39. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..vzw yes builds some good ones..we haven't seen LTE final yet soo...but man r u guys $$$

36. jtkong

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

So wait a minute, we have one of the most powerful, data capable phones on the market to date and we are told we can't use the data?! I hope we're grandfathered in because this is bullsh!t if they start limited our data.

34. scvzw2

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 20, 2010

This is BS PA wants vzw to adopt this tiered so bad they were the first carrier they mentioned when AT&T switched i wont believe this till they have proof they seem to have "documents" about other devices and plans but not this.. ill call bs lol

31. speedydank

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Has anyone ever thought of keeping unlimited data, and just lowering the price? Think about it, Verizon has many customers now including me. If they just lower the price the amount of customers will be amazing. This will, no doubt in my mind, help Verizon out in the long-run. Instead of the regular $30 a month I propose a meager $15-$20 a month. Anyone agree?

40. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

No. I definitely dont. Check out one of the postings on the first page of the forum. Its not about getting more customers to get data. Its covering their asses because so many more people are ALREADY using so much more data. Basically they dont want their network to start getting like AT&T and clogging up.

48. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Uh, do you even realize how supply and demand or the free market work?! Was your post meant to be sarcastically funny? If so, then I find it humorous, if not, please just remain quiet and read up on some of the other, well-informed posts on here please.

59. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Haha, good luck convincing good ole Big Red of that one Speedy.

25. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I already predicted this months ago b/c they even talked bout this phone and everyone bashed ATT b/c they did it HA! so said...Sprint wont' do this b/c of there unlimited everything plan and Tmobile won't do this b/c they just suck and they need all the customers they can get

22. bbatts22

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Its so funny how everyone could buy data for years at unlimted and EVERYONE who doesnt buy a smartphone complains about price of UNLIMTED DATA at 1 dollar a day during the month. Now that they cant have it, they bitch about that too. All the people who really want and like and use data are already grandfathered in with existing package.

29. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Not so, because what happens when you want to upgrade again and VZW makes you change to their new plans, like they did with the Nationwide transition? Or if you want 4G and that happens? Why don't they wait till LTE comes out and have speed tiers instead of limit tiers?

47. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

It's amazing the truth and logic that just seems to pour from your posts! Thank you for saying all the things I want to say, but now don't need to, because you're already saying them. +1!

60. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

My pleasure, haha

20. phoneguru173

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

"...exodus to Sprint?" I really think not. I'd rather pay perhaps a little more for data.......and actually GET data and coverage...rather than's punishing and demoting myself and my standards to Sprint. They work so hard to advertise their 4G when they should be concentrating on their 1G! LMAO!

24. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I agree. I hope all the broke-ass people who complain about paying for services would just switch to Sprint. I would pay $100/mo for data as long as i'm getting what i'm paying for, the days of "free" are over and people need to move the F*** on.

28. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

That's brilliant thinking, why get good value on anything? I mean, why shouldn't we pay whatever companies want us to pay for whatever they're selling? Shoot, let's pay $10/gallon for gas? Why not $30 for 1 movie ticket? Or why not $50,000 for a Kia? Your logic is extraordinarily flawed, because free enterprise is defined by supply and demand. If America was full of people with your logic, the inflated nightmare I just illustrated would be a reality. If we as a society don't accept what these companies try to force feed us, guess what? They have to make an adjustment: i.e. lower their prices, or make the product better.

45. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

My point is that with services constantly changing and becoming better (generally) we cannot expect the prices of those services to remain the same. I agree with everything you said, my comment was more directed at people who expect something for nothing, which is why I mentioned people switching to Sprint for the unlimited data. And I did also say that I would "pay $100/mo for data as long as i'm getting what i'm paying for" which goes back to what you said about getting good value for something, if I was getting data speeds 3x what I am now, maybe I would pay 3x as much... but if Verizon came out with a different connection for 3x the speeds i'm getting now I would not expect them to allow me to continue to pay what I have been for this newer, better service. Everyone wants something for nothing and it's pathetic...

57. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Well, I can agree with you about people wanting something for nothing, it drives me crazy too. To me it's about finding a middle ground of it, and in my opinion, the services were already overpriced as it is. I stated in another post that the wireless industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world, yet prices continue to go up. To quote myself, do we not get up in arms when oil companies raise gas prices citing supply issues yet post record profits that same quarter? There is a certain fairness in charging more for better services, but has VZW's service improved any over its current unlimited plans? Are they any faster? Any more reliable? In my opinion no, so they really don't have any justification to raise their prices (and don't get me started on AT&T, if anything their prices should be down at Sprint & T-Mobile's level because that's where their network quality is). If they so choose to charge more for LTE then I can somewhat agree with that, only because of the extra cost in the network build-out. Aside from that, it's actually going to be cheaper to operate LTE than it was for CDMA, but another story for another time. I feel like they really should wait until LTE rolls out and create speed tiers instead of data limit tiers. There are rumors around that Sprint will go to that once 802.16m (WiMax update) rolls in, which I find completely fair, just like most cable companies do with home internet.

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