Verizon killing its data counter Android widget

Verizon killing its data counter Android widget
If you are like many Android phone owners on Verizon that aren't blessed with unlimited data plans, perhaps you have this handy widget supplied by Verizon itself that puts your current data consumption right on your home screen, helping you to avoid ugly overages.

Well, Verizon is apparently determined to kill the widget, and it is not known yet whether it will be replaced with something else. Big Red says that it will send one final update, which will actually remove the widget automatically from your cell phone, or you can do it yourself.

Thus to check your data consumption in particulars, you've got to visit Verizon's website after the widget gets busted. The data widget death row timing coincides pretty close with the launch of the Share Everything data plans on Thursday, so conspiracy theorists - the floor is yours.



1. shnibz

Posts: 519; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Wow.....Not cool


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

In a way you are right; I am going to miss the instant sexual gratification I get when I see that little counter says "22,563,843 KB of Unlimited" and I'm only halfway through my monthly billing cycle. Au revoir litlle widget; I guess I'll just have to keep track of my Unlimited Data the old fashioned way.


Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Your the reason why were switching to get idiots off the network

35. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Is that what Verizon employees are told to tell people who disagree with their policies? That they're idiots? Whatever the reason Verizon is dropping unlimited, it doesn't explain why they're dropping support, and indeed pulling, a widget that is apparently useful to the customer. This seems like a move to bait customers into going over their limit. Ethical questions aside, I wouldn't imagine Verizon's customer service rating will be effected positively by this.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

He's the reason you have a job, and many like him? You must remember that if you say that to your customers you look bad, and it's a domino effect. You offer unlimited and then tell me that I must not use my phone on data. Give me a rebate of my money then. You are way out of line!

41. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well verizon does let you use unlimited data they don't limit it if you have said plan. However its only unlimited on your device if you are consuming data thats from your phone on other devices thats stealing unless you par for a hotspot. There are certain thresholds that I question how people are consuming there data. Streaming video on your laptop from your phone could be a possible explanation.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Explain to me the tiered data plans being offered then why don't you!

45. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

They no longer offer unlimeted data but if you had the plan you still do. They don't have to give you unlimited data because you say so. I wish there was but too many people abused it and now its gone. Thats how things go. I'm more upset that they raised prices with the new data plan. Don't take away unlimited data and raise prices!

59. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

How the frig do you abuse unlimited? As in you know, without limits? If I have an unlimited plan and I used a terabyte of data a month I'm still well within my contractual rights to do so. Verizon just realized they could be milking, err... making a lot more money.

62. unknownmojo

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

If you understood bandwidth you would understand data abuse. You're probably that guy that pays $10 at the all-you-can-eat buffet and stays for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But that's not abuse because you paid $10 for your ticket and the sign says "all-you-can-eat" right?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I mean no offense to you personally but it's people like you and the data abusers the reasons why we have caps in the first place.

39. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

meh im indifferent about it. ive seen a lot of problems with it not updating properly and thus becoming useless. also ice cream sandwich and newer versions have a built in data usage monitor with the ability to send you warnings and then stop data all together once youve reached your limit.

57. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

This is why after 8 years I left Verizon 3 years ago and couldn't be happier! I would NEVER go back to those blood sucking money vampires.

2. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Well they can't let thier users have a easy way to make sure they aren't going over. It's a simple plan really, make users split data between a number of phones, then make it harder for them to keep track of data use on all lines, rake in money from all the overages. Sure you can argue that they can check on line, but life is hectic with work and family and kids, its very easy to forget to keep track.

3. gu3sswhoo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 04, 2012

Well if you get the Galaxy S3, you can set your data limit right on the phone! It will also allow you to set alerts to warn you......!! But Verizon may have asked Samsung to take that option out! LOL Got to Love This Cr@p......

4. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Now THIS is stupid! Proof positive that Verizon is one of many greedy corporate conglomerates that really care NOTHING about its customers. The bottom line IS the bottom line. And moving to another provider won't help, because they are just as bad. Why would they do this? The article states the obvious: so you can be charged extra when you go over your tiny data limit.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

They all do it, Sprint told me that if I had a way to keep and eye on monthly usage it would cost them money. This is because I would be more conscious not to go over my plan allotment. The consumer has to fight back, but most people wont even be aware. This a part of the plan discussed in their conference plan to share holders about how to squeeze more from their consumers for profits

36. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't know what Sprint told you, but all you need to do is text "Usage" to 1311 to keep track of your monthly data, texts, and minutes.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Re read what I said believe it or not it's true. They the customer service supervisor told me that they don't want customers having a conclusively easy way to find out usage because that's how they make money. When you go out side of you plan package usage you get hit with ridiculous fees, and that is what they are hoping for she told me! I asked if there was a way to set an alert for going over monthly plan usage and that is what I was told. I told her it would be easier for me to set an alert that reminds me when I am close to going over my alottment, and she said that would cause Sprint to lose money. She said they don't want to make apps or ways to alert customers they are going out of their plans because that's how Sprint makes profit Wake up Mr. not every one checks their usage before making or taking calls ok!

43. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

When you said "keep an eye on" I assumed sending a text would be enough. I guess not. Now that you explain yourself, I understand better.

48. supaman21

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

use onavo,,,, in the playstore, keeps track for u

6. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

My non-conspiratorial guess: It may not be legal for them to share YOUR usage statistics with someone else, even if you happen to be sharing an account.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The only conspiracy is greed.....there by changing plans to tiered data to capitalize on higher usage cost there by making profits to satisfy their investors/stockholders. This was said during their conference call so this is no conspiracy theory. They were having a challenging time getting their stock over 40.00, so the consumer is at odds for their lofty endeavors! You are clueless or a Verizon puppet pick one! Now come back with facts, and go listen to their stock holders conference. You may be able to find it in Yahoo Finance! Wait til Voip comes...... the plan is to get you to use data plans while using VOIP, and really raking you over the coals for over plan usage. That's why they offer a good family plan now. When VOIP come families will go over plans easily there by creating lots of profit! Tiered data will get costly as VOIP gets popular. Trust me you will see this very soon.

61. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Hi there mental midget or insufferable jerk (pick one or both), I did not address the reasoning behind the new plans at all, but thanks for going off topic in replying to my comment and hurling personal insults my way in the process. I agree with you that the new plans charge more for less, that certainly has nothing to do with the availability of a kb-counting widget. Of course they're after more profit. It's not a non-profit company. There's nothing conspiratorial about that, just business as usual.

27. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

seems like if I'm paying for the data i should be able to keep track of who's using it. Its be kind of weird if it was illegal for me to keep track of my own account. I'm with the conspiracy guys on this one.

60. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Yeah, well, laws can be weird like that. I'm just saying there may be other reasons the widget didn't make sense. After reading more it appears you can still track it on the account, so it's not THAT much harder to get to. Also, they do alerts free, so it's not like they're trying to trick you. Anyway, thanks for replying to the issue I brought up, which is the widget tracking, not the reasoning behind the new plans.

7. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

June 25th huh? Well the data widget seems to be working fine on my end, Droid Razr. No alert messages like that.

8. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I did not receive any alert from Verizon about this. The widget on mine is still ticking. I never did care for Verizon, but At&t service where I live was unusable, so I was forced to switch. At&t is suppose to be putting up new tower and they should be ready some time in 2013....which is when my contract ends with if the service improve i'm switching back. There are widgets/apps in the Play store that give you this function, even if Verizon refuse too. Plus, any device that is running ICS has this function built into it.

17. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

But how many phones on AT&T have been or will be upgraded to ICS?

24. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Does that even matter? When he goes over to AT&T he will get a new phone with Jelly Bean.

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