Verizon chief believes consumers 'don't need' unlimited plans

As the U.S. carrier battle intensifies, many have turned to unlimited bundles, though Big Red will not be indulging any time soon...
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23. Acdc1a

Posts: 464; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Verizon has the most to lose with a strong T-Mobile.

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

F.u. you greedy network. Never will you get a dime from me. Just today co worker needed help getting you mail working. Never got it going. Sure it's something to do with your network. Wish more people would leave these crooks. Show them where it hurts.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

How is your phone bill per month? Carrier, how many lines, which phones do you have?

5. TheHitman1982

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Thats true Verizon, consumers dont "need" Unlimited data. Just like Verizon dont "need" my money. I don't understand why Verizon and Comcast dont just combine and call their company "As*hole"

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

How is your phone bill per month? Carrier, how many lines, which phones do you have?

59. DurTeeDee

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

7 lines true unlimited on T-Mobile with all flagships 360 a month before taxes...do I need unlimited Yes my streaming during my commute is huge everyone on my plans are data hounds talking 30plus a month because WiFi sucks.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I don't understand careers that offer 20gb of data per month instead of unlimited. What if you're outside all dayy or someone with no Wi-Fi?

7. applesnapple93

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I seriously don't understand why these companies offer unlimited data but throttle depending on the app you are using.... Offer unlimited data just like standard landline ISP. But charge differently depending on your package speed. $x.xx for 5mbps $x.xx for 10mbps $x.xx for 20mbps... offer unlimited. if bandwidth is their concern then offer packaged offering a different speed. Win for consumer. Win for the carrier.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Bingo! You said it right. It's TMO and Sprints way of governing the amount of data you consume by calling it unlimited data rather than have it visible by saying "if you reached 26GB you will be throttled". Well said...

24. Acdc1a

Posts: 464; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T don't throttle unlimited plans. You may get de-prioritized on a congested tower but when you leave it's back to normal.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I used to be with Verizon, even before it existed; back in the day there were several baby Bells, ours was call Bell Atlantic. Verizon is the Apple of carrier's, rich, overpriced, and greedy. However, we as the consumer don't make the situation any easy, or better. I remember my friend tethering laptops, phones, desktops etc. to the tune of 120GB in one month. Is your data use it as you wish, but think about the big picture, too.

19. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Exactly. I'm sorry, if you don't want to pay for home internet, then don't use 120 gb of data in a month. That actually bothered me even when I was on an UDP. I have NEVER used more than 13 gb in a month, and that was with hours of netflix streaming and I am a fairly heavy user of data. My wife and I have never come close to using our 20gb. If one is a reasonable person they should never use 20gb a month. I am fine with throttling, but I hate the BS shared plans.

21. Acdc1a

Posts: 464; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

640k of memory is more than anyone will ever need...right Mr. Gates?

25. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Absolutely. Haha.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You TMO customers are so damn blinded! Here is a breakdown for my wife and I: TMO (2) 7 Plus 256GB Out of pocket due today = $539 Monthly unlimited data HD plans = $240 With Device credits = $185/mo Verizon: (2) 7 Plus 256GB Out of pocket due today = $0 Total Data of 20GB shared/mo = $210.82 With Device credits = $140.46 Look at this!!!!!! I am paying $40 less in cost and no upfront costs!!!!!!! In order for me to walk out of TMO, I must pay $539 and then trade my (2) iPhone 6 Plus's....What a rip off!!!!!! TMO customers are getting bent over backwards. I can essentially buy Verizon's 30GB plan with a total of 34GB per month and still come out cheaper than TMO plan without paying out of pocket!

22. Acdc1a

Posts: 464; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Single line for $70, screw device subsidies and screw HD passes... they're especially unnecessary on a screen with as low of resolution as the 7. Muliti line accounts are even less expensive. 4 lines, $140. Only an idiot pays more.

30. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Your forgetting your device payment on top of your data plan. I called and TMO family plans are throttled at 26gb. Lol! Do your math on 4 7 Plus's...TMO has too much they want out of pocket on 128gb and up.

31. Acdc1a

Posts: 464; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I'm not. I have a moto G4 that I paid $125 for. My monthly payments are $0. If you have to finance a device it's time to choose another device.

58. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

See a G4 personally is slow and old school phone. Your not understanding that iPhone customers are getting the best deal in a device payment plan. My 6 Plus's on VZ are paid off my friend.

33. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why would you have to trade an iP7 in on an iP7? You should be able to pop the sim in and it work on TMO.

18. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If McDonalds suddenly said that their customers didn't "need" free refills, everybody would go to Burger King. If Circle K said nobody needs coffee or energy drinks, everybody would go to 7-11. There's a reason I'm with T-Mobile, and no longer with Verizon.

28. jsjammu77

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Why doesn't Verizon let paying customers decide whether they need unlimited or not? Paying customers aren't your children or employees whom you dictate to.

32. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I don't need unlimited, but only a terabyte. Not like asking for a petabyte. THAT would be outrageous.

36. Billajr

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I am with sprint and I could download Gone With The Wind in HD 24 7 and it would not cost me a dime .

38. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

I think he is right... no one needs unlimited data... like for what? are you on Netflix all day? downloading music? porn sites? if you have like a family and to be honest, a life outside your phone then you don't need unlimited data... I hardly use like 6GB per month.

39. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I think companies should stop the people who abuse unlimited but the normal high usage people (10 gb) should have an option

43. imbruiselee

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I'm from Canada but would love to be in the states with their plans. I used to be with Bell and then Fido. I went through times where they charged for incoming texts. Every single damn month I would have overage charges. My plan was $35 a month without any internet and I would still pay $80-$100 each month. Fast forward to today and we have WIND, which I want to say is the closest thing to TMO in Canada. I pay $40 a month for unlimited everything. My bill is the same every single month. I got throttled after 6 gbs, which I hit maybe 4-5 months out of the year but still worth it. I have friends on Fido and Rogers who have 450 MB of data a month... 450 MB for $70 a month. They ask to use my phone to watch youtube or check sports scores. And of course, they always pay for overage charges for data. About $50-$60 each month on top of their $70 plan. Unlimited gives consumers piece of mind that they won't need to pay for anything on top of their monthly bill.

45. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Grandfather in the AT&T unlimited plan. They're the 2nd evil network but not as bad as Verizon. Verizon likes to mess with your phones too. Remove OEM apps and replace with their own crap. Remember they held up Samsung Pay. Screw those sob's.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

AT&T - "we're ok with 5 million unlimited data customers" Verizons reply - "out customers don't need unlimited data" Good guy AT&T

46. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Personally, I don't need unlimited data for a couple reasons. Most of my phone use is the phone. 1500-2000 minutes per month, few hundred text messages per week, tons of email and web use (associated with work...our forms are on a webpage). Lots of music streaming, few youtube videos...that's it. At the end of the day, I put the phone down and unless I get a phone call, never pick it up until the next day. On the weekends, sometimes I don't even touch it. I have a 5gb plan with straight talk and I MIGHT use 3gig per month. All my play.google stuff is setup to only update on wi-fi, simply because where I live, I'm LUCKY to get 10mb download from the towers. When I go to another city, it might be 30-40mb, but here, it's stuck at 10, 12 at the most because the system here can't handle the capacity anymore.
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