Verizon Data Caps Coming?

Verizon Data Caps Coming?

We suspected as much when Verizon released its MyVerizon Android app with a data counter widget, and it appears it's coming. Reports are that Verizon is set to join AT&T in dropping truly unlimited data plans.


Hey, to look at it with a positive spin, it could be because they are expecting the long-rumored Verizon iPhone soon, and want to get ready.

AT&T allowed those who already had data plans to grandfather in, and keep their packages, so let's hope Verizon will do the same. It's expected that since these two carriers tend to follow each other's moves closely, that Verizon's plans will be similar to AT&T's: $15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB.

Perhaps, and we can only hope, Verizon will add a third tier above those two, but it remains to be seen. The enGadget tipster said changes could happen as early as the end of this month.
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Well, it's not due to the iPhone (which they will not be getting unless it's iPhone). It's due to the Droid X using so much data, and that usage is straining their network.

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Even if Droid data usage strains the network, I don't see how limiting the data AMOUNT will help at all. If someone wants to download only 100 MB on one particular month, they can download that 100 MB on a plan limited to 200 MB monthly, or an unlimited plan, but Verizon won't give unlimited subscribers higher priority, or anything: both will still be using the same bandwidth, so how does that help the network push out better speeds?

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It doesn't help... it's just an other way for them to make more money off of you.

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Well, in Verizon's defense, a tiered plan actually benefits some customers. Think about it: say someone is paying for data but they really only need 200 MB/mo. Why pay $30 a month for unlimited data, on top of a $70 calling plan, if you're not going to use it to its fullest? To us idealists here, it looks like a scumbag ripoff move, but it actually helps people who buy a phone that REQUIRES a data plan when all they want to do is some Facebooking. It doesn't solve the network strain problem, but maybe that's not their point.

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Requiring a data plan is BS also.

Some people, like myself... by a smart phone and don't use any of the features that would require a data plan.

I don't use my phone to get on the internet. I don't use it for navigation. I don't download anything or share photos... Just talk and text.

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acarzt:

Requiring a data plan is BS also.

Some people, like myself... by a smart phone and don't use any of the features that would require a data plan.

I don't use my phone to get on the internet. I don't use it for navigation. I don't download anything or share photos... Just talk and text.

True, but I disagree with the fact that is BS. Basically since many people buy smartphones (especially business users) and use the internet and all the other functions then it makes sense that they require a data plan.

If all you use your smartphone is that then you'd feel better with a Sidekick or one of those equally good texting phones.

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A smart phone has many MANY uses.

Smart phones tend to have better cameras on them, more storage, music, video, and office applications.

The higher end smart phones have the better processors, so if I want to take my phone and load up some videos and music for a trip, it's not gonna cut it on a cheaper phone.

Or If I want to do some old video game emulation, you're gonna need a decently powerful phone.

Maybe I need to write a paper for class, and I don't curently have access to a computer. Pop open word and start typing it up. Transfer it when you get home.

There are countless uses for it without using a data plan. I don't need or want to get on the internet with my phone. And it's rare that I ever send a photo or use mms so i'd rather just eat those fees when they come up.

With the versatility of cell phones these days.... requiring a data plan for your cell phone would be like best buy telling you they wont sell you a laptop witout first buying an air card and a data plan.

It's outrageous for them to expect you to do such a thing when you're just gonna use your wifi at home... just like with a cell phone....

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