Verizon planning on requiring data plans on all 3G phones?

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Verizon planning on requiring data plans on all 3G phones?
With the busy holiday season behind us, Verizon Wireless is wasting little time in getting the attention of the industry. BGR has just received some new pieces of information that indicates Verizon Wireless requiring data plans for possibly all 3G handsets. The number one wireless provider is setting the pace by mandating all 3G-capable phones, whether it be Rev. 0 or Rev. A , to require a minimum $9.99 data plan which includes 25MB of data per month. First introduced during the launch of the Samsung Rogue, Big Red required non-smartphone handsets offering an HTML browser to have a data plan attached to it. It can be a good or bad thing depending on which point of view you take side. Handsets dubbed as “3G Multimedia devices will be affected by this new change starting January 18th. The 75MB data plan they have in place right now will be going away with a $29.99 unlimited option taking its place – hence it’s like any smartphone data plan. We’ll see how this move will impact the industry – will other carriers follow suit?

source: BGR


Verizon planning on requiring data plans on all 3G phones?

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38 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

well I guess this is one way to stop people from bitching about the $1.99 fee, not exactly the way I would have gone if I was Verizon

7. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

It doesn't stop that fee. If you get a "dumb" phone, you can still get hit with it. The overage is 20 cents if you have the data plan......

27. blackwidow4417

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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29. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

i recomend reding the artical first becoause it is stated in the black and white before you get all huffy puffy.

32. blackwidow4417

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

it doesnt matter, if you are a verizon employee and your found doing this, you will be terminated and fined. i recommend not pushing your limits. Its not hard to track your username and eventually find out who you are, there is a team in verizon dedicated to this. Just a tip!. see you at the Kickoff in Feburary! :)

37. Jessica98664

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 15, 2010

I'm you man ! I wouldnt want him on my sales team and if for some odd reason he was I'd see him fired.Not a very upstanding person with no integrity.

2. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

So what if you already have a contract, can they just change it and start charging you $9.99?

4. acquaz10

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

@allboutverizon did you not read what it said in the picture? i think this is stupid and pointless. i will most likely be switching as soon as i can!!!

5. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

No, they can't change it, unless you alter your plan.

6. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Trust me, I am a sales rep for Verizon Wireless and I can see the masses now on this one. It won't be fun dealing with. What it did though was make to where the sales reps don't have to be good at qualifying and consulting a customer in order to sell data.... They can just start putting monkeys out there now to sell what they want now....

8. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

yeah I missed that, my mom asked be about this. She has an EV Touch, but i saw as long as they do no alterations it won't change to the $9.99. I tell you Verizon is going to run their customers away with prices.

38. Jessica98664

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 15, 2010

Broken Imaege is just right.

3. overratediphone

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

before people start complaining about this ... i would just like to say that they pretty much allready did this ... when i worked at a verizon shop we were required to "encourage" people buying premium phones to get v-cast tacked on ... which if you dont know covered data usage(and by encourage i mean the customer was not allowed to leave w/o the feature or we would hear about it ... office space style) ... that was about a year ago but i dont think things changed much and it was the best way to prevent the ignorant masses from whining about mobile internet and w/e other charges ...

9. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

they can't actually change what contract you are currently in. it is a contract after all. This will take effect if you decide that you would like to switch to a different plan or if you are upgrading to one of the above listed phones, you will be charge the ammount. So people who really don't want it to be switched you have nothing to worry about, they cant switch it on you. contracts work both ways

10. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

It is time to leave VZW and move onto a provider that does not try to rip you a new one while offering the whackest phones in the industry. I have the Rogue and I only used fucking web once! I DO NOT LIKE phone internet - so why should I pay when I will not use it? Time to leave!

11. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Wait, isn't this just an extension to what they have already done? This was announced back in the summer.

17. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

1st it was enhanced devices requiring data, then a $350 ETF on those and smart devices, now all 3G devices require data and next all 3G devices will have that ETF

12. EraserXIV

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2009

son of a...

13. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

VERIZON CAN GO

14. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

SCREW THEMSELVES!

15. coasterfanryan

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 05, 2008

Not cool Verizon... I was planning on getting the enV3 for my upgrade in March, but I guess not now. My sisters gonna get a kick out of this since she will have 4 phone line upgrades within the next few months. Me personally, I don't use data on my Dare and never plan on it. Ok charge me data for a smartphone, but for a dumbphone. Ok it might have a web browser, but not everyone uses it. Sorry if I come off being a baby about this, but I just don't agree..

16. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

This is exactly why our country has money problems...people are never satisfied enough with money. When is it enough money? Greed, greed, greed! That's all mankind has amounted to. Money has become their god! I like Verizon for their network but this does seem like blemish on their "best network" reputation. I have a Droid so this move won't affect me, but for those who want a simple 3G phone I'm on your side on this one.

18. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

So the only way to get around a $10/$30 charge is to get a Connect/Premium plan. Those Everything and Even More/Plus plans look better and better.

22. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

That is the point. They want those plans to look better so that they make more money and they please shareholders.

19. iceman23

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

Isn't a change in fees like this grounds for a free ETF? If you go into a verizon wireless store within 30 days of this (being official) you will get a free ETF.

25. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Actually it starts for any new contract or phone/contract upgrade as of January 18. All customers with existing plans are grandfathered in and would not be affected. So this would not constitute a free ETF or contract cancellation. For example, I still have the Vpak plan, which allows me unlimited data and vcast videos for only $15 a month on top of my basic nationwide calling plan. If I upgrade my phone or plan, I will have to submit to the new data plans.

20. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I think they protected themselves by only enforcing it for new/upgrading accounts, changing phones and changing accounts.

21. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Don't really know why the "little guys" are getting charges like this! If the "bandwidth hogs" want to use it up, let them pay for it! As with *cellgeek82* this move won't affect me...yet. Until VZW ups the charge for the LTE network, which we all know is going to happen based on what's been going on lately. People in general are sick and tired of paying more and more for cell service, and the entity that actually is the only winner in this is the gov't! I have an idea, why doesn't the gov't get rid of all the surcharges and taxes and fees on my bill every month? I do however understand the principle of supply/demand, and unfortunately with the tremendous growth in the smartphone market, higher prices were bound to happen. I just don't understand why people with "lesser" phones are having to subsidize the cost against the the users who are actually using up the network.

23. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

It is not about who is using what, it is about trapping people into paying for more whne they either do not want or do not need more. Now it looks like any phone with a qwerty is getting a surcharge just because.

24. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I can see VZW's case on upping their ETFs on PDAs (though I'd prefer to see that enforced only on BOGO deals or 9.99 add a lines), but this is ridiculous. I work in a rural market that doesn't do as much data, and $10 a month extra per phone 'just because' will have a large impact on my customers. I'm going to see a lot of people walk.

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