Verizon CTO Lynch says that flat rate unlimited data plans cannot live forver

Verizon CTO Lynch says that flat rate unlimited data plans cannot live forver
Verizon CTO Dick Lynch has just given the 2 minute warning to Verizon customers. In a wireless life of the future, where everything from your cellphone to your car is connected to the cell carriers, Lynch warns that the days of one set price for unlimited data is over. Instead, the nation's largest carrier would probably resort to usage-based pricing where a base rate is set and then certain devices will be authorized to use Big Red's network. The customer would pay for the service depending on how much bandwidth was used by the customer to run those devices. According to Lynch, the problem the carriers face today are with those "bandwidth hogs" using gigabytes per month and paying megabytes per month. These are the users that are being subsidized by the customers who pay monthly for service, but barely tap into the network. "That isn’t long-term sustainable. " says Verizon's CTO, "Why should customers using an average amount of bandwidth be subsidizing bandwidth hogs?" Lynch envisions a future where much of the bandwidth offered by Verizon being used for gadgets and devices bought at Best Buy or sold through other third parties like Google. As for LTE, the so-called 4G network has been set up by Big Red in Boston and Seattle but both locations are not yet ready for customers. At the end of the year, Verizon hopes to have LTE ready to serve an area covering 100 million people.

source: WashingtonPost via EngadgetMobile

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49 Comments

1. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

This is a slippery slope...

3. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Lol, slippery indeed. Is it me or does it sound like VZW is more concerned about those data intensive devices than they origionally let on (al-la at&t and apple)? But what stinks is I'm on my Droid surfing and downloading way more than making phone calls...trouble...trouble and I'm not always in a hotspot area either.

8. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I understand why verizon is doing this, but its just unfortunate that the majority of us have to suffer because of heavy users. I think they should keep it as is, but for people that go way over (15 gb +) they should just get an additional charge on their bill

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

people have gone over 15GB? the most i've ever got was barely 2GB. what the hell are these people streaming?

14. CANUHEARMENOW

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

porn lol

20. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

I agree with that..

27. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Same here.

46. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

isn't that what pornhub.com is for??

2. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

If Verizon didn't stiff people without data plans so hard by charging $1.99 per MB then not so many people would need th eunlimited data plan. Also they are making most phones require data when they don't really need it.

4. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

dude, you're an idiot. i've seen your posts throughout time and have just noticed that you are stupid.

6. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

i like your posts with no facts they make me laugh

12. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

here's a fact for ya, you are retarded. there you go.

15. CANUHEARMENOW

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

hahahahahahahahahha +1 for that Cali

22. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Haha! +1 For Sure!

25. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

yes im a restard for stating that verizon over charges for there data without a plan (which they do hence why the FCC is looking into it) and the fact that phones that previously did not require a data plan (like the env touch which launched not needing a data plan yet 5 months or so later mysteriously needs one) now need one for no reason. yep my post are dumb and contain no fact.....wait thats yours i forgot.

38. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

This is a forum where we can all speak our opiniun. If you think someone is a retard either say exactly why or just ignore there post. What a wast of time to see a bunch of bs and relized yes i just read all that with no info except for the first post.

39. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

thats what im saying. if im an idiot you can tell me but back it up with some counter facts, don't just be a douche

5. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Anyone who didn't see this coming or expect it to take place once 4G happened, falls into the NAIVE category.

7. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

The market is drained on calling plans now, so greedy companies like VZW have no choice but to squeak out more money before the inevitable unlimited all plans hit, by putting restrictions on data in order to make more money. Any talk about bandwidth (on the largest 3g network) and anything else they come up with is BS. If you look at VZW's plans, they get you coming and going, there are no bargains or deals. They want you to not by data features, as those are OPTIONS. They want the guaranteed money so they want you to get a plan so that they have can have more max profit. They also want their stock to rise. This is why anyone who get's a text on their phone is being suckered into going for a text or data plan by them. Do not fall for the bait! More INSIDE secrets of the Verizon Wireless Hustle on the way...

16. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

wow, yet another idiot. hey why dosent verizon just stop charging everyone for everything? wouldnt that be awesome? why should you the consumer have to pay for anything YOU use. why dosent everything just become free? wouldnt life be grand? retard. if you use it, you pay for it, if you dont, than get something else. companies are in business to MAKE MONEY and EXPAND. That would explain why VZW drops 5 billion in they're network every year.VZW FTW

26. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

Looks like another iphone fanboy butt hurt he pays a data charge and can't get 3g lol

34. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

No son, if you don't use it, you should not have to pay for it anyway! VZW is terrified that the iPhone is causing so much churn for VZW and all customers want is an iPhone. It is all about maintaining a respectable ARPU and money. Greedy bastards. Virtually all of it is profit anyway.

36. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Nogar, you rrally are the dumbest of all. You talk about vzw limiting data, att was going to put a usage cap on there's because their garbage network couldn't handle it. Get your facts douche bag.

40. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

what facts do you have to support saying everyone on VZW wants an iphone cause i sure as hell don't.

9. shotine

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Wow this can only end badly

23. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Really!?!?! ONLY Badly?? Wow!!!

11. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

It will end badly. I think it's some particular date in 2012. On that date the wireless carriers are all going to take over the world.

19. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Dec 12, 2012 I believe the date you are talking about :-)

37. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Don't you mean december 21st...

13. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

I told many of you about 4 months ago that VzW was planning to do this.

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