Verizon looking at tiered data plans down the road?

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Verizon looking at tiered data plans down the road?
As if Skype and Verizon's marriage recently didn't point to some shake-ups in the industry, there is an obvious focus on how data will be reviewed as more consumers push the boundaries and adopt smartphones. There's no denying the explosion of how text messaging has become one of the key forms of communications nowadays, but we are beginning to see the first tidings of VoIP services competing against the standard voice services we've been accustomed to using for so long now – shifting Verizon's focus on building up their data network to accommodate the rising usage. When asked about unlimited data plans by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon CTO Tony Melone said, “As much data as you can consume is the big issue that has to change… It’s one thing to say all you can eat is gone, it’s another to have consumers worrying, ‘Can I stream this radio?’ That’s what we don’t want.” It points all to a picture that Verizon would happily paint in really pushing the US market by being the first wireless carrier to go through with a tiered data pricing policy. Although it clearly makes some sense, we'll see if the number one wireless carrier would be bold to actually start offering lower voice plans at the same time – seeing that the focus would lay in its data network. Big Red isn't known to shy away from leading the way to new policy changes as we've seen plenty of times recently.

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1. runin2music

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

curious, what do we mean by "tiered data pricing policy?" 5GB for $10, 10GB for $20, etc???

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ha ha definitely not that cheap. They'll just have more expensive plans for the heavy data users. They may have some cheaper once, but the cap would be much less than 5gb

16. PhoneWar

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Lets face it, most carriers are here to make money not lose it. If they are spending millions to improve their networks then someone has to pay for it. And thats where your Joe Customer comes in. You will foot the bill. It would be nice to think that the cap would be $30 bucks a month. I think it might be closer to $50 a month. This is where the companies get you though. They bundle these packages and give you things you may not need or want to save maybe say $10 bucks a month in a bundled package. Either way they have ya. you need them as much as they need you. Ask yourself, "Am I ready to give up my cell phone and plan?" Sure, switch to a different carrier, purchase a new phone and all the other things needed. Either way. YOU PAY!!

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

As much as I love my unlimited internet, I just don't see it as a realistic future. I feel like we will look back on today as the good ol' days kind of like the way we look at Napster (at least in my case). With the amount of data going back and forth, I think the cellular companies will definitely start to cap internet. Personally, I think calling data plans unlimited was a bad idea anyway, especially given how much it costs to transfer data to and from any phone. I transfer at the max about 200MB of data a month over AT&T's cellular network because I use wifi at home, at work, and inbetween. I am thinking this is how the cellular companies want it to happen...but there is also this talk on making home internet not unlimited too.

5. shrop486

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

I am glad there are at least some realistic people out there. There are going to be changes whether people like them or not. I agree that unlimited data is great, but it's just not possible forever. That's the problem with society now a days. Everyone wants everything, but no one wants to pay for it. Welfare, anyone?

6. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Funny, Sprint got rid of the cap with their 4G. Verizon won't get out subs pockets til they're empty, nickel and diming at it's best.

7. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

is that part of the reason Sprint is suffering right now?

8. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I blame stupid management for not promoting what they have correctly. sometime in next couple months you'll see the upward trend for them. Compare it for yourself, don't use a message board full bias to base that off. I predict this will be the 1st quarter in a long time they have adds, they already have more 4G by default

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Tech isn't really their problem. Compare what they have device wise to the other carriers' selection, and you'll see Sprint really isn't lagging in the hardware game. Plus, like you said, they already have 4G. You hit the nail on the head, it's their marketing. Their commercials feel more like a commercial for Yellow Pages rather than Sprint. Ditch the yellow for cyan, something w/ more pop, put some humor in the commercials, show off the hardware and shove everything you can do on a Sprint phone down the customers' throat, and ppl will start flocking back. Again, consumers are moved by flashiness- which is why ppl are still buying the iPhone, and why everyone ate up the Droid.

4. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

again, I think this is where the industry needs to go, otherwise it's going to bring down the networks as a whole. But w/ the speed in which technology is advancing, I think this would just be a temporary situation. Think about it, 20 years down the road, we might have a device capable of holding 1tb+ of on board storage, where, instead of being connected to the web the majority of the time, based on the content you browse most often, every hour or so, it'll download that specific updated content from the internet and store it in a 'sub internet' ecosystem on your device. Kinda like a mega rss reader on steroids. This way, instead of say 80% of the consumer base using data at the same time, that number might go down to 60% of consumers using data at the same time, but instead of that number steadily increasing, it would plateau off at 60% because there would be sporadic periods of use instead of sustained periods of data usage. Is this making sense? I know there are some phones that kinda do this, but not to the extent that I've got in my head...

10. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

This is how it works I guess...they get u hooked and then they jack up the prices...The companies should incentive the customers to not use the network heavily first...then if that doesnt work then rape us...Wi-fi is going to be more prevalent especially in the bigger markets. Some cities are completely covered by Wi-Fi...

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Incentive for NOT utilizing your phones capabilities? Thats the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Just put Wifi in all your smartphones before this tiered pricing begins and no one should have problems with overages, as long as they understand how to use it...

12. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Word to the wise... before these changes go into effect, get a phone you really like and stick with it. you'll be grandfather in and can keep unlimited data as long as you use that phone

13. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I just want to be able to stream Pandora, Orb, iheartradio and YouTube. If new plans limit's that I won't be happy.

14. ronaldramsayii

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

So what about smartphones that connect to the internet to do push email and so on? I have the Droid Eris, and I use it to navigate around the place in order to get to my clients. I'm relying on my service with Verizon....if they do this.....I don't know. I use my data plan on a daily basis. I'd hate to have to do something different if that's the case. Now if Verizon keeps up with the Mifi I believe, then it'll be ok, but still I prefer to keep it on my phone. I do believe technology will advance by that time. Hopefully to the point where the data plan can stay unlimited.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It's more about making money for the stock holder than anything else. We as the consumer can control that by jumping ship to companies that won't make us pay an up charge for the same service. You use to have tiered home internet, but not anymore. Google, and Cisco are implementing more band with to reduce bottle neck data loads. see it's all about nickle, and diming your clientele to catipult your stock to the next level at the expense of your paying customers It's like dining at a restaurant where everyone wants Fillet Mignon, and after the dinner is over the manager sticks a higher fee to all the Fillet Mignon diners. It won't last too long because other carriers will just love to have your service at a lower rate!

17. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I don't see the juice drinking subs for will go anywhere, they're convinced they can't get bette or even comparable service elsewhere

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