Verizon to require $30 data plans for new smartphones

Starting November 14th, Verizon will require users to subscribe to data plans of at least $30 to activate a new smartphone...
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126. Midnight unregistered

get use to it. at&t is next. and then perhaps even sprint/tmobile will jump on the train.

143. Anomalies

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2008

Apparently the PhoneArena team doesn't pay the person who posted this article enough to pay his phone bill or he wouldn't be whining.

145. unregistered

That is the most idiotic response. Every time something negative is said about VZW charging too much, you retards try to make it sound like the customer is cheap or can't afford it. That is such shit! My wife and I have a combined income in excess of $150K per year, but we like VALUE for our dollar. Just because I try to get the most for my money, doesn't mean I'm poor. It means I'm not an idiot and won't buy something because I'm told to.

146. vzw fanboy unregistered

it means you are cheap and dont like to pay for great service so stop whinning.

150. unregistered

lol. I would take that seriously, but coming from the leader of the morons, it just kinda makes me chuckle.

155. unregistered

It's not that anyone is defending Verizon. Again, I work for Big Red, but I am actually defending ALL companies who practice this. It makes NO SENSE for people to take the time out and go on the internet to some website and bitch and moan about a service they DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE !!! Readi it again......... DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE!!! How simple is this? You don't like a movie, DON'T SEE IT!!! Don't like what's on TV.... Change the channel!!! Don't like a cell companies policy?? Drop your service, ditch your phone, and either switch carries or go back to the good ole days of landline service. In the meantime, please......STOP THE BITCHIN'!!!

178. unregistered

I guess you do work for Verizon, yelling (using CAPS) and being rude.

181. unregistered

He really does make a good point. There are alot of people on here that this does not effect but there are also quit a few that is does. If you do not agree then do not ugrade your phone and sing a new contract when your time comes....simple as that. Now to all the "you are cheap if you don't have VZW" is the biggest crock. The VZ Fanboy from 148 probalbly still lives with mom and dad which pay his car insurnace and have him on their family plan so I would love to hear from him when he is out in the real word.

167. tehcapitalist unregistered

Is the data plan part of the contract as well? If it is just an additional feature needed at activation I wonder if a few people would be able to work around this and simply pay for a billing cycle's worth of the plan then have it removed? Besides, if you tell a rep that you're going to cancel your contract chances are they will remove the data plan to keep you as a customer. It's not like they would be able or even want to force you to get a new phone if you cancel your contract-- they will still want your business. And as far as people saying customers "should" be charged, why do you care? What does it matter to you if others get charged or not, you have your choice of companies, enjoy the variety and pick the best that suits you.

169. unregistered

(big red tech) *Gets marshmallows, Hershey bars, and graham crackers* *makes s'mores over flaming* MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... data plan S'mores...... lol

170. unregistered

The only good thing I hope to come of this is that now that vzw will be requiring the data package, let's hope we see the cost of pda phones with 2 year contracts DROP. If you think about it unless you disconnect and pay the ETF fee, $29.99 x 24 is $719.76 Oh and in case you forgot data profit margin is over 95% I also think part of the reason vzw is doing this is they need the extra revenue to help pay for Alltel. lol

173. unregistered

I use an I760 most for the outlook calendar, MS office capabilities, WIFI and full keyboard. The phone was barely more expensive than the voyager when they both came out. Plus the touch screen actually works like it should on this phone. I do change around what phone I use on occasion and I am thinking that if I do so after the 14th I won't be able to activate my PDA back to the per KB charge. I got the phone with WIFI so I wouldn;t need the data plan. Verizon has done this in the past I use to work for them. Look what happened when the introduced the new calling plans. If you changed a family share line to a newer phone you had to change all of them to the newer plans which charged you for downloading games. Looks like I have to keep my PDA on my line and never change it. WTF Verizon.

179. unregistered

Only certain phones require Nationwide Pricing. Plus, Sprint and ATT both have pay-per-download plans, and as far as the pay-per-use rate goes, VZW is pretty low. And VZW didn't always let you get on wifi for free. A few of the first Samsung PDA phones that had wifi actually charged you a per kb rate even if you were using wifi.

182. sick of the bullshit unregistered

So instead of all the bitching and nit picking about a PDA or BlackBerry phone having a 29.99 plan DON'T GET THE PHONE!!!! who's holding you by gun point to get it?! this is an opertunity to stop people who don't know how to use these phones to not get them and get phones for their use and needs and to stop extra charges from so called not going online charges.

184. unregistered

crap now instead of paying $60 a month for the select plan, i gotta pay $30 more on top of that, im effing pissed, all i want is unlimited texting and a small amount of minutes, verizon never makes this cheap!!!!

195. amigabill

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I did an email support request asking abotu upgrading to the Touch Pro, and they emailed back saying that I can choose the pay as you go plan or the 10MB plan as well as the unlimited plan, plus some $45 plan above that. 4 choices in data plans. This email from Verizon to me is timestamped 12/12/2008 9:37AM, verizon email username wfmneirt, calls himself Donald. I may take a printout of this to the store and see if they'll honor it, I doubt they will.

196. u770017

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2008

I doubt this policy will last, as verizon sees their sales drop. SO WHATS THE POINT OF HAVING A WIFI PHONE AT ALL. I DOUBT YOU WILL BE IN A PLACE THAT HAS NO SERVICE BUT OF THANKGOD I STILL HAVE WIFI. THAT MAKES THAT A USELESS FEATURE.

197. u770017

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2008

SO BEACAUSE I WANT TO COMBINE MY CELL PHONE, PDA AND MP3 PLAYER I AM CHARGED $360 A YEAR. I THINK VERIZON IS MAD THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE USING THIER CAPABILITY TO GIVE THEIR CUSTOMERS UNLIMITED INTERNET SO THEY ARE MAKING THEM USE IT.

198. u770017

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 21, 2008

THIS IS LIKE ELECTRIC COMPANIES CHARGING YOU EVEN WHEN YOU ARENT USING THE ELECTRICITY. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK COOL BY HAVING ELECTRICITY YOU MUST PAY

199. SmartPhoneFan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2009

The only way that Verizon will change this policy is if existing customers let them know how wrong this is. According to the reps in the stores the best way to voice your opinion is to submit a customer satisfaction survey. Please go here and fill out the survey! https://www.survey.verizonwireless.com/vzwsurvey/

201. h unregistered

What i dont understand is that some of these phones have WI-FI CAPABILITIES. so why fork out an extra $30 a month if u can access wi-fi for free.

202. RepeGeriuff unregistered

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