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Comments on news posted 2013-01-28 08:28:47: Phone Arena has nabbed a leaked internal screenshot suggesting that Verizon will be introducing new prepaid pricing plans starting on February 1. ..

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NateCohen

join:2005-10-10
Schenectady, NY

Why I'm canceling

This is why I'm canceling Verizon and switching to prepaid T-Mobile.
$30/month for 5GB data, unlimited texting, 100 minutes.

They might not have the best coverage, but where I live it's more than enough with HSPA+.



mech1164
I'll Be Back

join:2001-11-19
Lodi, NJ

I wholeheartedly agree, VZW is barely doing lip service to the new reality. People have finally been forced to DO the math. Guess what WE are cheap. Give us something that saves for us we will come, in droves no doubt. Now though Tmo needs to make a point as to how much you can save. That's the killer point.


podstolom

join:2010-01-25
Wichita, KS

switching carriers

It never ceases to amaze me how many people are always saying they are leaving Verizon, yet Verizon keeps adding post-paid customers by the millions every quarter. And the more exorbitant their plans get, the more people they snare. Me being one of them.

I just don't get it.


Network Guy
Premium
join:2000-08-25
New York
kudos:2
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
·Optimum Online
reply to NateCohen

Re: Why I'm canceling

I switched to Simple Mobile back in November (T-Mobile MVNO) and couldn't be happier. $50 for all-you-can-eat talk, text, domestic and international text and 4G speeds.

I am considering the same $30 T-Mobile pre-paid plan you're about to get into and simply porting my cell number to Google Voice. I just don't want my number permanently parked with Google in case I change my mind later on.

Anybody know if Google keeps your number forever or can you port it away from Google if you want?


Network Guy
Premium
join:2000-08-25
New York
kudos:2
reply to podstolom

Re: switching carriers

It's their TV commercials. They make you feel all warm and fussy inside.



juilinsandar
Texas Gooner
Premium
join:2000-07-17
San Benito, TX
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
reply to podstolom

Verizon is the Mercedes/BMW/Cadillac of the cellphone world. You get what you pay for.

If you want a better pricing while still using Verizon's 3G(not 4G(yet)) network try their mvno, Page Plus Cellular. I signed up for the $55 plan which has unlimited talk & text and 2Gb of data per month. For $69.95 you can get up the data upped to 5Gb of data.
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Sir Winston Churchill



MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to Network Guy

Re: Why I'm canceling

You can port numbers from google voice in most cases, however I've heard a lot of stories about the process being a real pain.



battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to Network Guy

Re: switching carriers

No. Cowsumers find that it is easier to bitch, moan, and complain than it is to do something about it.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.


Network Guy
Premium
join:2000-08-25
New York
kudos:2
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
·Optimum Online
reply to juilinsandar

Sorry to say but that's a bunch of bullshit.

Verizon operates a network just like the next carrier. There's nothing high class about them other than the choke hold they place on people's wallets for this very same perception of service.

The only exception to that is Sprint. They REALLY don't know what they're doing anymore.



anon anon

@charter.com
reply to NateCohen

Re: Why I'm canceling

You do realize their current pricing is $80 for 1 GB. So $70 for 2 GB I would say is an improvement. Also ther is now a lower priced options for people who claim to never use much data. I'm not getting what the issue is?

Oh and good luck with that "unlimited" data from t-mobile. At least Verizon is being upfront. It's 500 MB or 2 GB. T-mobile is flat out lying when they say unlimited. Yeah unlimited 2G speeds. Enjoy the 256 kbps data.



MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to podstolom

Re: switching carriers

People on forums like this are not the typical consumer, the typical consumer has Verizon in NJ, most users also don't think about changing carriers. the different between Verizon and Sprint or T-mobile coverage was night and day in NJ, 5 years ago, now any of them is good enough.

The fact that you couldn't get a subsidized handset and hold onto unlimited day, lost them quite a few of the users here, but not so much among the average users. Also GSM handsets are so much easier to swap and often cheaper at second hand places like ebay.



Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
reply to podstolom

Where else would most go?

In most cities that I have worked in, there is only 1-2 choices to actually make when it comes to getting good signals around the cities....AT&T or Verizon....sometimes Sprint/T-Mobile but their signals are just atrocious in most places that I have been.


Telco

join:2008-12-19
Reviews:
·Callcentric
reply to battleop

Well there what are the choice in the American market?

AT&T or VZ, who are basically (over)priced the same

TMobile, who is a few dollars cheaper yet has the smallest network and uses a 3G freq that no one else on the planet uses.

The you have sprint, who still assumes that value means paying as much as the first two, but offering unlimited. And of course, everything is 'coming soon' - 8 years and counting now

Most of the prepaid choices are half-baked companies who couldn't care less about CS.


Telco

join:2008-12-19
reply to Network Guy

You mean Sprint and their dialup speed 3G evdo network or their decade long 'coming soon' saga.

Verizon is the best in the American market and they know it. That is why the price the way they do. They don't need to bother trying to compete.



battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to Telco

So in retrospect maybe leaving all of those companies to save a buck years ago didn't turn out to be such a great idea after all. Just like the days of Dial Up short term consumer greed ran all of the choices out of business because people left to save a buck or two. Now you can fast forward many years to where there is little choice because the many choices that once existed either went bankrupt or saw the writing on the wall an sold out before it was too late.

If you want to bitch at anyone bitch at your fellow cowsumers...
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.


en103

join:2011-05-02
reply to Telco

Its all about perception.

Verizon perceives that it is the American markets next best thing since sliced bread, and has enough people sold on that perception that they can charge for it, and get away with it, for 'fear' that you might not have precious LTE in every corner of the county.

Sorry - I'm not going to pay for something I don't need.


axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC
reply to juilinsandar

More like Lexus; an overpriced Toyota with some bling, still very reliable AT&T is the Escalade that's stuck in traffic.



anonphoneuse

@comcast.net

what about lte ?

hopefully they will offer the option of an swappable LTE sim instead of service on a cdma device.



Eddy120876

join:2009-02-16
Bronx, NY

Well i can't denied it

But Verizon has one heck of a service all over the northEast. Where ever you go you get service but i do agree. Their pricing SUCK!!!. I mean come on you want more customers then compete pricing wise. Why is it that you have to pay over 60 for 500 mb? i mean even the MVNO give you better heck even MetroPCS give you all you can eat for that price.



habskilla

join:2005-09-19
Moncton, NB
reply to NateCohen

Re: Why I'm canceling

Do you a link for that? Or is it a grandfathered old plan?
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timtom

join:2012-11-15
reply to anon anon

said by anon anon :

You do realize their current pricing is $80 for 1 GB. So $70 for 2 GB I would say is an improvement. Also ther is now a lower priced options for people who claim to never use much data. I'm not getting what the issue is?

Oh and good luck with that "unlimited" data from t-mobile. At least Verizon is being upfront. It's 500 MB or 2 GB. T-mobile is flat out lying when they say unlimited. Yeah unlimited 2G speeds. Enjoy the 256 kbps data.

I enjoy my 10/5 mbps on Tmobile and it is UNLIMITED.
Just sell your crappy apple phone and you will get good speed


MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to anonphoneuse

Re: what about lte ?

Maybe eventually, right now Verizon seems to want to keep all prepaid users on it's old 3G network, while it's Post-paid users migrate to LTE and free up the 3G network. Makes sense, they are going to have to keep around the 3G network a considerable amount of time as it carries their voice, need to get some users on the network so it's not mostly a wasted network they have to support.

AT&T is doing the same thing, LTE is post-paid only.
AT&T mvno's only have access to HSPA, though admittedly that's not as harsh of a downgrade as evdo is.

Sprint and T-mobile are expected to open up their LTE networks to prepaid quicker, but even that won't be for awhile I think.



anon anon

@charter.com
reply to timtom

Re: Why I'm canceling

said by timtom:

I enjoy my 10/5 mbps on Tmobile and it is UNLIMITED.Just sell your crappy apple phone and you will get good speed

Never owned an Apple product never will. Good luck getting those speeds outside a t-mobile area which is about oh everywhere. And sorry "unlimited" data is NOT unlimited data.


Forsaken77

@optonline.net
reply to anon anon

Do you realize the article states EVDO data, not LTE. So Verizon is giving you REAL 2G with their plan. EVDO is "technically" 3G, but with average speeds between 600kbps-1400kbps, I'd call a spade, a spade. Meaning most users will get around 750kbps. With Tmo & AT&T you get full use of their 4G networks on prepaid. Imo, this is more of a reason not to get VZW's prepaid plans than the price.



juilinsandar
Texas Gooner
Premium
join:2000-07-17
San Benito, TX
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
reply to MovieLover76

Re: what about lte ?

I'm happy with 3G on my phone.

Thankfully, it's not the main connection to the internet at home as I have cable internet.

For those in areas without cable or dsl though, who use their phone as a hotspot, 3G might not be fast enough for their needs.
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Sir Winston Churchill


timtom

join:2012-11-15
reply to anon anon

Re: Why I'm canceling

said by anon anon :

said by timtom:

I enjoy my 10/5 mbps on Tmobile and it is UNLIMITED.Just sell your crappy apple phone and you will get good speed

Never owned an Apple product never will. Good luck getting those speeds outside a t-mobile area which is about oh everywhere. And sorry "unlimited" data is NOT unlimited data.

Tell me why unlimited data is not unlimited I don't get it.
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere you get ok service form tmobile. It is your choice to pay double for Verizon .


linicx
Caveat Emptor
Premium
join:2002-12-03
United State
Reviews:
·TracFone Wireless
·CenturyLink

Meh

Verizon isn't any better than AT&T in rural America, in fact it sucks in most cities because most cities are AT&T regional territory - at least in the Midwest. Verizon is NOT rushing to replace CDMA or 3G in rural America, nor will it, as rural is a cash cow. Why else would you pay $0.10 to $0.25 to text when it costs the company nothing to send or receive?

It makes no difference where you buy your phone. There are only two choices: CDMA or GSM. Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk, TracFone, google, blah, blah, blah all use one or the other.

The first cell phone that uses both interchangeably, and can be used during travel out of the U.S. will be the best phone ever made. Ain't gonna happen. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !
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Mac: No windows, No Gates, Apple inside



J E F F
Whatta Ya Think About Dat?
Premium
join:2004-04-01
Kitchener, ON
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Rogers Portable ..
reply to NateCohen

Re: Why I'm canceling

said by NateCohen:

This is why I'm canceling Verizon and switching to prepaid T-Mobile.
$30/month for 5GB data, unlimited texting, 100 minutes.

They might not have the best coverage, but where I live it's more than enough with HSPA+.

Wow..exactly. These large companies need to do better than this. $29 for unlimited for me....(after 5GB it does throttle down)
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If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein

Chubbysumo

join:2009-12-01
Superior, WI
Reviews:
·Charter
reply to timtom

said by timtom:

Tell me why unlimited data is not unlimited I don't get it.
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere you get ok service form tmobile. It is your choice to pay double for Verizon .

Its "unlimited*", not unlimited. Tmo outright states they will throttle you past a certain point, depending on your area. AT&Ts old "unlimited*" plans get throttled at exactly 2GB now, regardless of area. Just because your data amount isnt limited does not mean they can limit your data amount by cutting your speeds to dial-up era speeds. False advertising needs to stop.

neftv

join:2000-10-01
Broomall, PA

Tiered Data prices

I guess will never get away from Tiered data pricing.
I think once TMobile and Sprint start to hitting 60 to 70+ million subscribers they will have to do Tiered Data pricing because they wont be able to support the data load. I still think in this day and age it should not be that way.