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Verizon to notify you about individual data usage thresholds via text messages and email

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Verizon to notify you about individual data usage thresholds via text messages and email
It's not something totally novel of Verizon, but the carrier was nice enough to announce it will send you text messages when you approach 50%, 75%, 90%, 100% and 110% of your monthly data limits.

We don't know if Verizon has been preparing this service for a while, or it is just trying to soothe the pain from switching to tiered data plans, which it did yesterday, but it's nice not to be slammed with overages because you are too lazy busy to check your data consumption rates.

You can turn off the 50% and 75% notification thresholds, if you have a My Verizon account, or ask for these warnings to be sent on your email as well. Once logged in My Verizon, you can also add up to three additional email addresses for that. It's nice to have options.

source: Verizon

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posted on 08 Jul 2011, 05:46 9

1. avgjoe (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Aug 2010)

Are they emailing coupons for the KY Jelly as well...so these new tiered datas slide right on in?

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:29

12. KY (unregistered)


posted on 08 Jul 2011, 06:06

2. Tiered Plans (unregistered)

I went to complain about my phone not working (again) and asked about the new tier system. I want to switch to a new phone, and the rep told me that as long as I have a smart phone with Verizon, I will always continue to pay $30 for unlimited, no matter if I get a new contract or not.

I'm hoping this wasn't another misinformed rep...seeing as how he didn't really fix my phone at all.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 06:11

3. spepper (unregistered)

And that is EXACTLY why I dumped Verizon (and went with T Mobile)-- now as long as we don't get lumped into AT&T so my current T Mobile unlimited plan isn't screwed around with, I will continue to be a happy camper. The ONLY text message I get from T Mobile is exactly 1 per month: "Your unlimited plan has been renewed. Thank you for using T Mobile!"

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:31

13. read the fine print (unregistered)

you don't have unlimited unless you've been with them for a while. Which is the SAME case for people that have been with Verizon, ATT or Sprint. If you signed a contract recently you have unlimited access to internet. But once your full speed usage allotment whether you have a 3g or 4g phone (which is capped at 2GB) you will continue to have UNLIMITED DATA at 2G speeds. Enjoy your dial-up like speeds.... Welcome to the 90's

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 12:12

20. mr.right (unregistered)

tmobile? really? hahaha what a joke

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 06:22

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I wonder of they track data usage in real time. Att doesn't. At times when I am using Netflix a lot, I'll actually pass my 65%.threshold and sometimes even go straight to my 90% and them the next afternoon get both alerts at the same time. Or sometimes they'll just skip the 65%.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 07:35

5. dandirk (unregistered)

This is a GOOD thing. imho it is their responsibility to have some sort of meter/app/notification system like this for tiered data plans.

I would prefer a preloaded app that resets at your billing cycle but txt notifications are a good step.

hmmm wonder why they haven't done this with intl roaming costs, seems like every month you hear about some one with a $1000 bill due to roaming and idiocy.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 07:55

7. Cedrock (unregistered)

Weaak, i rather renew my contract/stay with Sprint and not get any notifications since it is unlimited.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:25

11. pig@blowme.com (unregistered)

lazy bastard

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 07:53

6. Chrome (unregistered)

I really don't see this as a good move for VZ. They will lose customer base over this, and I think Sprint will reap the benefits of this poor decision. Greed is the American corporate way, and VZ is living up to that!

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 08:09 1

8. smf1088 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

I dont understand what the issue is. Why would people leave verizon?
if you currently have an unlimited plan, when you renew your contract you still have unlimited for 30$. Sounds great for me as well as the millions of other people that currently have an unlimited plan.
People have known for a while that Verizon was switching to tierd data and that existing customers would be able to keep their unlimited plan whenever they renew their contract. If you wanted verizon and unlimited, you just had to have a smart phone with that plan by july 7th. sounds pretty simple to me and 10x better than what ATT has as they dont have this option

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 09:44

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

I agree with you that it's good customers are grandfathered in, but AT&T did the same thing and grandfathered their people in.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:06

10. smf1088 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Are you sure ATT grandfathered people in? (just curious)

Anyways, just was trying to prove that it wont make people leave verizon as everyone can keep their curent plan...

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:46

15. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

yes, I work for att and you are grandfathered in even if you change phones ( go from iPhone to blackberry or Android). the only way you are not grandfathered in is if you have a non smartphone unlimited plan and you switch to a smartphone.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:46 1

14. DigitalMD222222 (unregistered)

Looks like T-mobile and AT&T plan to follow suit. This should signal the end to the smartphone / tablet craze in the US. Good way for the phone boys to kill off upstart content providers like Hulu and Netflix. Also kills off customers, but hey big V don't care about that.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 10:47

16. kcombs (Posts: 275; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

Att also does the same thing, I think the percentages are the same too.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 12:40

17. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Too lazy? Really PA really? it's not because people are "too lazy." It's just that people do not want to be screwed by Verizon. Lol $30 for 2GB data. You can get a better deal off tmobile and they don't even charge overages.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 09:34

18. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)


posted on 09 Jul 2011, 09:38

19. joey18 (Posts: 595; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

i,m lucky to have my unlimited plan on my iphone so 30 for 2g is alot money 5 more dollars from att to many poeple they are not sastifiecd with the new plan i think more custumer for sprint if the iphone goes to sprint i will get it

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 19:39

21. jerryzigmund (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

we purchased 2 LG Verizon Accolade...but never received any manuals, due to the
the small container they come. Where can we get a manual?????

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 14:10

22. tichtech (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

Are they prepaid phones? If so, you're out of luck. If not, then the manuals HAVE to be in the box unless someone removed them prior to you buying them.

Curious, why do you need a manual for those anyways? Go back and see your Verizon rep. Their not doing their job.

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