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No need to bitch about phone/internet companies. Just invest in Verizon and enjoy the 10% growth per year. Use those profits to get free internet/phone for life.
You should be safe. In fact, there is still a microscopic sized loophole that most won't think is worth it:
Verizon’s e-mailed statement, in full:
– Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
– When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing.
– Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.
– The same pricing and policies will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.
Verizon said Thursday that customers with unlimited data plans would no longer be grandfathered in if they wanted to buy a discounted new phone. The company clarified its position after some publications incorrectly reported that it would kill unlimited data the instant shared data plans were introduced. Readmore...
So if you want to stay on your plan you have the new phone at retail price?
Problem is, if you pay full price for your phone, the rates you pay take into account the fact that you've bought a subsidized phone. If you don't take advantage of the phone subsidy, you're not only paying full price for your phone, you're also paying the monthly higher rate. So you may think you're sticking it to them and keeping your unlimited plan, but you're paying a lot more than other people.
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Of course. Rates assume you get a subsidized phone and you get nada discount for turning the subsidy down.
That's why I think this is a non-starter work for most (maybe 99%) of people.
You could also get your phones second hand 1-2 years after they come out. That would help a little but would still be a premium over what you pay now.
I work in telecom and while the average joe thinks this is a screw job against them, its not. The infrastructure needed to support hundreds of thousands of users is insanely expensive. Marketing had a great idea a couple years ago to offer unlimited data plans which was awesome to get subscribers, but now that 4G speeds are possible to d/l or stream HD movies the infrastructure is extremely taxed and its not feasible to support everyone doing this on the cell network. They make the tiers to penalize the top 5% of users, most will be within the tiers.
Look for the same to happen on your broadband connection within the next 5 years. Time warner and other carriers have already been testing it.
No. I refuse.
This will actually save me money since I won't have to have the iPhone mobile hotspot plan anymore for my iPad. (iPad is wifi only)
Each smartphone is $40 (even the first one) in addition to what's below. Feature phones are $30.
There is a different plan if you only have feature phones. The plan in the graphic is required if you have at least one smartphone.
Reviews seem to be mixed to negative, from looking at posts on different tech boards.
I thought I used a fuck load of data, but I checked my monthly usage, and I realized that I've not eclipsed 1GB in 6 months because I'm on wifi everywhere.
Socialist bandwidth redistribution.
There are options...
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I'm not a VZ customer, but this isn't as bad as I thought for current users.
The only current customers that will have to change anything to get a device subsidy are those with unlimited data. Even then, you'll just have to go from unlimited for $30 down to 2 GB for $30, which might be ok for some people.
Only customers who are new to VZ are forced into these plans.
At one point I thought that everyone who wanted a device subsidy needed to adopt one of the new plans.
I was planning to switch back to Verizon when the next iPhone comes out. Now I'm on the fence. The new plans forces unlimited minutes and messaging. Who needs unlimited minutes? Who needs unlimited messaging? I always stuck with the bare minimum for minutes and messaging while shifting my money to more data. Those type of customers are now screwed over.
More and more people talk less and are replacing text messaging with free alternatives (iMessage, etc). Verizon is freaking out and decided its best to cram unwanted minutes and messaging down customers throat.
The shared data concept is nice, but give me cheaper options for those who don't need the minutes and messaging.
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