Two game downloads were over 70MB. That VZW 75MB plan is a trap. Even the very lightest smartphone users use over 100MB/month with things going on behind the scenes.
I feel for those not in a Sprint area as they are being raped by ATT/VZW. 2GB might be enough for some at this time but smartphone apps are getting more sophisticated, eating more data. In another year, 2GB won't be enough. At least on Sprint you don't have to meter watch.
generally speaking in the last few years telling everyone that anyone watching "several" movies on their wireless networks was an "abuser" and how they should pay more because their poor networks just can't take it and if they can just make sure that Grandma is using 2gb instead of 5gb....everything will be ok! Oh, except you can use the larger GB's...just pay us even more
We went from "abusers" being people downloading thousands of GB's to people using.....10gb if that...I mean hell, it is or WAS 2gb until very recently (and for most still is)
I just wish having a phone/smartphone was more of an option for some people. Because people need to access, they will pay. And because they pay Verizon (or any carrier for that matter) will just keep raising rates. It's easy to say "well just don't use it" but for some that just isn't possible. I don't think Verizon was hurting at all with the old pricing plan, making money even, so there is no reason for the change except greed. Bend over...
When I recently replaced my Verizon phone, I chose to get one of the few remaining "Feature" phones expressly so that I could avoid the mandatory data plan. I pay a hefty enough price to get a DOCSIS 3.0 connection for my home, so that I can connect as many devices to the internet as my little heart desires. I don't need Verizon's crap thrust upon me just so I can play with a smartphone.
It's just not worth it to pay these extortionate prices just so I can check Facebook while I'm grocery shopping.
Under this new pricing scheme, my friends who are highly addicted to surfing the web on their phones all day will probably end up with a bill the size of a car payment.
No thanks. I can wait until I get home to watch Youtube.
Last night I purchased an iPhone 4 with unlimited data from Verizon. This was a secondary account to my AT&T one, as I wanted to test the network out everywhere before I ported over from AT&T.
I know about the "top 5%" clause, but I'm wondering if anyone has actually been throttled by Verizon for being in that usage tier. I use about 20GB a month with AT&T and while their network sucks in comparison to Verizon so far, they never throttle me and frankly, they're probably too inept to even do so.
I'm worried about canceling my AT&T service and losing unlimited data forever there if Verizon is going to end up throttling me, or pulling some kind of "your data plan isn't compatible with this new phone" nonsense.
I am on Comcast at home. When the soft and now hard cap of 250GB was made known, there was a loud minority protesting. But, it was "obvious" these guys were all pirates (bare with me a second) so it was no issue. Then (in my opinion) Netflix and other legit streaming started, and even 1GB/hr meant that families with multiple kids and multiple players (the Wii plays Netflix now, right?) could easily hit the caps. The "only pirates hit caps" went away, slowly.
Now, we're there on smart phones/ tablets. I don't know how much bandwidth (transfer) a scaled movie takes, but a long car ride can blow through the caps. I have an ATT grandfathered unlimited service, and I don't cancel in case I'm somewhere with no WiFi and want to use the streaming. So my usage is low many months, than blow thru the cap (if I had one) in another month.
Think this new pricing has permanently delayed any chance of my getting a smartphone through Verizon now. Been on month to month since last November, and no way I am willing to spend so much for so little.
Oh well, I hadn't renewed yet because even with unlimited data I still don't see the benefit to spending $30 a month on internet access for such a small device. I wish they would have copied off AT&T and offered a lower price option.
I have a grandfathered Alltel contract with no cap. I have never experienced throttling...unless you count the total collapse of data speeds after the takeover was complete. I used to get 2.2-2.5Mb down with Alltel but VZW fixed that. I've been stuck at 20-30KB for over a year.
My question is how long "dumbphones" will continue to be available. I have no use for a smartphone -- the screens are too small for comfort -- and the data pricing is a bigger reason to avoid them. The last time I got a new phone the selection was markedly smaller than in prior years and that's probably intentional.
stop feeding companies who charge too much! when at&t and verizon see a 50, 60, 70% drop off in subscription rates they will get the message and be sitting on a commodity that is becoming less and less valueable by the day! let these companies keep paying that FCC rent for property service they can't GIVE AWAY, LET LONE PRICE GOUGE FOR!