Verizon Dropping Unlimited Data Plan.

July 22, 2010 at 12:47:00
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We all knew this day was coming. Verizon's data plan will be changing in about a week's time, dropping the unlimited data plan in favor of a tiered structure, much like AT&T. Will this be affecting anyone, and how does everyone view this change?

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Verizon...

Personally I view this as just another reason why America will stay 20 years behind almost every other country in the world in terms of bandwidth. It is also a dumb move to roll out a faster service (4G) and then tell your customers "Hey, you can have a faster service, but now you can't download much with it". Kind of defeats the whole purpose of 4G don't ya think Verizon and AT$T?

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#1
July 22, 2010 at 20:36:18
I can't speak for the data plans because I don't use them. My phone is for making and recieving calls. In this area verizon really sucks the big one anyway. Everyone I know that has a verizon phone tell me their plan is cheaper than mine and then scream about another dropped call. I don't have that problem with my old at&t phone. I had verizon when I moved here and had problems but I rarely use the phone so it wasn't that big a deal until I tried to get a local number. The phone I had I got for free with a two year contract and they told me in order to get a local number I had to buy a new $90 + phone. I was barely a year into my contract. I left that phone with them in pieces along with an idea of what they could do with their contract. 20 minutes and less than $30 later I was with at&t and haven't looked back. So no this won't affect me.

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#2
July 22, 2010 at 22:51:37
I am like hardrocker. No data plan. My phone is for phone calls.

That said, if Verizon is doing that for wireless then they may also go that way with their FIOS service, which would impact helpers here with FIOS.

When and if my ISP starts metering me I will move if I can, or I will stop doing free tech support here.


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#3
July 23, 2010 at 08:14:08
I'm like both OtheHill and Hardrocker, no data plan and I only use my cell phone to make ***surprise*** phonecalls.

All I can tell you is, they own the network so that gives them the right to do what they want with it.

I suspect this is a reaction on the part of the providers to the large amounts of data some people use. I suspect the main driving force behind it is more $$$ in their pockets. But some of it would be the fact that every single bandwidth hog out there slows the network down a certain amount for everyone else. Ergo, it's logical that people who use up more bandwidth and move more data should actually have to pay more than the folks that don't abuse.....errrr......overuse the system.

"Hey, you can have a faster service, but now you can't download much with it".

That's not what they're saying. They're saying, the average person uses, on average, "X" amount a month. But there are bandwidth/data hogs out there that suck up huge amounts. We're going to make the hogs pay for the overage and people who use the average "X" amount, will pay the same they've always paid.

Kind of defeats the whole purpose of 4G don't ya think Verizon and AT$T?

So don't buy into it. It's as simple as that.

Nobody is going to force you to go with one of those plans. I won't be buying into it. I suspect OtheHill and Hardrocker won't either.

You have two choices as I see it.

1) Don't buy into at all. Get a basic cell phone with an unlimited calling package (like I have) and leave it at that.

or

2) If you do buy into it, simply don't go over and you won't pay extra

If however, you do buy into and consciously go over each month and thus have to pay extra, you have nobody to blame but yourself since YOU made the choices.

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#4
July 23, 2010 at 09:21:30
Outlander

I kind of agree with your thought process concerning where the USA is in relation to many other countries.

This holds true even more so for ISPs and the average bandwidth they are providing. We are way behind some of our global competitors. This hurts our economy. I suspect this exists because of the hands off approach Congress has taken with the internet.

For one thing, it make absolutely NO sense at all to have multiple cables running in parallel with each other.

This costs the consumer more because of this duplication.

I only have ONE gas main and one set of electric power cables in front of my house. Yet there is still competition in those markets.

In the case of broadband I think the federal government should force the existing players in the market to build a system of fiber optic cable capable of handling all the players needs and somehow share the costs of maintenance.

Costs of construction are huge and hard for one player to pay.

I read two or more years ago that Verizon FIOS was spending over $900 for every home or business they passed by. Mind you, not each customer but each property. This probably equates to $2700/3600 per actual customer. How can this huge amount be recovered before obsolescence?

I would imaging the same issues arise with the wireless carriers and their infrastructure.


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#5
July 23, 2010 at 10:37:47
Isn't this post an echo of Justin's earlier post?
http://www.computing.net/answers/th...


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#6
July 23, 2010 at 11:55:19
XPUser, look at the date's of the original posts in both threads. This one was first (ie. yesterday). Mildly humorous how you were accusing Outlander of trolling, because your last two posts on threads in the lounge seem as such.

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#7
July 23, 2010 at 12:40:09
I did check the dates before I posted thanks, are you another one? Good Luck

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#8
July 23, 2010 at 12:51:17
Mildly humorous how you were accusing Outlander of trolling, because your last two posts on threads in the lounge seem as such

Just ignore him JRComp, he trolls around here every so often. It's up to the admins to do something about it but for now he's been reported... again.

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#9
July 23, 2010 at 13:04:44
XP,
I fail to see how I would appear as a troll when I was giving your question a valid answer, along with a reason as to why that answer is correct. You've been posting on this site long enough to know better than start all this calling people trolls and stuff I would expect from other forums but not here.

Outlander,
XP has been here a while and gives legitimate help in the forums. It appears that the two of you have had a misunderstanding and choose to bicker for some reason. Whatever, not my deal, I was just calling it how I saw it.

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#10
July 23, 2010 at 13:15:16
I agree with #9 in all respects except to point out that it appears to me that Justin posted 4+ hours before Outlander. Not a big deal IMO.

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July 23, 2010 at 13:17:17

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#12
July 23, 2010 at 14:32:27
My phone is also to make calls, period. I am a self employed carpenter and had a contract with AT&T for years. With the drop off of construction lately, I dropped my contract when it was up and do a pay as you go for now. I love it, if I talk I pay and when it sits, it doesn't cost me anything. I read that over 80% of the people in European countries use pay as you go phones. Contracts are very popular in this country. Guess why? $$$$$. Well, I don't care what they do with data plans, but then again, why would I, I don't use them. Just my 2 cents. That's about all I have in my account now that the bottom has dropped out.

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#13
July 23, 2010 at 14:47:43
Justin posted 4+ hours before Outlander.

0_o The 23rd is before the 22nd? This is new

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#14
July 23, 2010 at 16:16:27
The info below was copied directly from the Lounge post list. I don't see any reference to the 22nd.

Justin Weber 07:37:11 7/23/10

Outlander 14:47:43 7/23/10


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#15
July 25, 2010 at 19:56:11
Don't know what the problem is with time here, but I'm showing Outlander posted on the 22 and Justin on the 23.

OTheHill, look at the first post inside of each thread. The lounge forum list updates the time every time a thread gets bumped by a new post.

That being said, I'm done posting irrelevantly to the topic of this thread.

I've had Verizon for four years now. I have always been pleased with the service as far as reception and free verizon to verizon. However, the more I find myself wanting a smart phone, the more I find myself wishing I had Sprint.

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#16
July 25, 2010 at 21:00:36
JR

I see what you mean. Personally I never paid much attention to the time stamp except to see when an OP had re-posted due to impatience.

That said, I should have realized that Justins question of the week was ABOVE Outlanders post. Since there is no bump or sticky here that could only mean Justin posted after Outlander.

I still concur with your #9. Life is too short. Make nice guys.


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