What plan will this require on Verizon?

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  1. billlava

    billlava New Member

    What plan will this phone require on Verizon? I mean assuming you want the full experience. Will there be an option to add an unlimited data plan to existing plans (especially a family plan?) Any info on plans for using this phone would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    The cheapest single user plan I could buy on their website when purchasing the HTC Touch Pro (a SmartPhone) was ~$70/month. What I'm not too clear about is the difference between the $30 "email and web for smartphone" data plan versus the "$45 unlimited data usage" data plan.

    Any one else know the difference?
  3. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    The $45 unlimited (5gig) plan adds push email (Exchange Sync) and/or tethering. The $30 plan only allows pop and imap for email and does not allow tethering.
  4. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Does $30 then bolt on to a voice plan?

    What's the vzw vs. tmobile comparison in terms of voice and data plans? (yes I know the site will give some ideas, but users often have a better handle on the ins and outs)

    Anyone use a family VZW plan?
  5. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member

    Looks like 119.99 for family plan/2 lines 700 min and unlimited data from vzw.
  6. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it seems like you have to get unlimited messaging if you want unlimited data. Blech!
  7. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    Yes, the $30 or $45 data plans bolt onto individual plans.
  8. Santamoose

    Santamoose Well-Known Member

    Good service doesn't come cheap unfortunately, but the difference in signal strength and coverage of VZW and anyone else is astounding. I hated my MT3G because TMO coverage was horrible everywhere I went. I rarely find myself without 5 bars with Alltel/VZW, never have had a problem where I went anywhere in the country with them.

    Also, unless you do a ton of talking, you can opt for less minutes. You get 10 numbers you can get free messages/minutes to... you guys can't do that much talking, can you? :p
  9. sleemie

    sleemie Well-Known Member

    Can someone tell me simply how much one of their everything plans costs instead of all these breakdowns for this and for that. I don't need unlimited minutes, but for unlimited text and data(including internet) type plan with let's say around 700 minutes, how much would that run? And don't they charge you extra for GPS service? How much is that?

    Sprint makes it nice and easy. I'm asking because I'm considering MAYBE the Tao, but not if it's too much more pricey than Sprint.
  10. Santamoose

    Santamoose Well-Known Member

    I am in a plan with my mother and bro, and we share 500 anytime minutes. My mom and I have Blackberries, so we have the required data plans (Unlimited), and overall we have unlimited messaging as well.

    Our bill, not counting taxes, is $160 a month.

    Like I've said before... you get what you pay for. My friend has had nothing but trouble with Sprints network being down constantly and messages never coming/going. He's moving to VZW at the end of the month. I guess that's area specific though, but I've been all over the country with VZW and never had a problem.
  11. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    You are so right that Sprint makes it much easier than Verizon. For Verizon, they break everything down.

    450 minutes voice is $40 and 900 minutes is $60, so I will assume 900 minutes to cover your 700.

    There is no unlimited text plan. 250 messages is $5, 500 is $10, 1,500 is $15, and 5,000 is $20. I will assume 5,000 as that's the closest to unlimited.

    You didn't mention insurance ($6) or visual voice mail ($3), ringback tones ($1), roadside assistance ($3) or detailed billing ($2), so I assume you do not need them.

    VZ Navigator is a $9.99 add-on.

    email for web & phone is $30, or unlimited data is $45. I assume you need the $30 version.

    So, that's $60 for 900 minutes, plus $30 for data, plus $20 for 5,000 text messages, plus $10 for vz navigator = $120

    Depending on where you work, you may qualify for discounts. I get a 15% discount. Check with your employer or ask VZW if you qualify. You can also do a check by email at this page. Look in the middle for a *check now* link.
    Enter your location
  12. Santamoose

    Santamoose Well-Known Member

    Not sure how you got there being no unlimited texting.

    Everything but Basic on Individual or Family Plan has this in it.


    • Unlimited Text, Picture, Video & Instant Messaging
    • Unlimited calling to all 80 million Verizon Wireless customers.
    • Unlimited Night & Weekend Minute
  13. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    I must have been looking at the basic plan. 5,000 messages was the max available.
  14. sleemie

    sleemie Well-Known Member

    See, for that $120 you mentioned that's about what I pay for me and my son for two lines for unlimted everything, including GPS, except talk minutes which are 1,500, BUT now with sprint all mobile to mobile calling is free. Now that I think about it, I can lower my plan to even lower minutes and save more.

    For an indiviual line, I can get unlimted everything with 400 minutes of talk time for 70 bones, so Sprint is WAY cheaper than Verizon. And for those who say you get what you pay for, I don't think verizon's network is $50 a month better than Sprint's. The only problem I've had is inside my apartment, which I'm gonna try to talk them in to giving me a free air wave thingy when I renew my contract, which a lot of people who bought the pre were able to get.
  15. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    Sprint definitely costs less. My DH has Sprint with a Pre. We have no Sprint coverage at home or at work where we live, so it's not really an option for me. He did get the free air wave thingy, but it took a lot of phone calls. He also said he doesn't like the slider. WebOS is awesome, though!

    I tried going through looking at Verizon pricing again where you choose an email and messaging package with unlimited texts, but I didn't see how to add nav to it. The plan I priced was the Email plan, and I did not see a way to get unlimited messaging with it. I didn't realize all the different nuances with the different plans.

    I will still have to stay with Verizon because the network is so important. It looks like right now Sprint costs much less. I am hoping they'll announce new, better plans to go with their new, open policy for Android phones.
  16. Santamoose

    Santamoose Well-Known Member

    It's an area to area thing, but whether people like it or not, you DO get what you pay for. VZW has the best coverage in the country. Just compared coverage maps between the 3 major companies. So you pay a slightly higher premium for nearly guaranteed coverage everywhere in the country, whereas my friend pays for his shoddy always-down-network from Sprint, who decided to move to VZW!

    Sprint does have a nice everything plan but first they need to stabilize their network. It's a pretty normal economical situation here, people pay more for the better product. 80 million can't be wrong!

    And an individual line for VZW with 450 minutes, unlimited text/pic/video/instant messaging, with unlimited Web and email all for $70, I'd say that has Sprint beat.
  17. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    Sprint and VZW share networks, so coverage is the same.

    The biggest problem with both Sprint and VZW is that their family plans require that every line have data, unlimited txt, etc. Which is great is all of your phone lines need all of that, but for those that have 1 data phone and a couple of voice only phones, and maybe a 200 txts you get ripped off big time.
  18. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    I have Verizon and my husband has Sprint. I have good coverage and solid signal where he has no coverage at all. I have heard that they shared networks, but at least in my area, that is not the case.
  19. Santamoose

    Santamoose Well-Known Member

    Very strange. We have 2 BB's and a standard voice phone, and they do not require the third line to have Data. I have also never heard that they share networks, do you have some sort of citation?
  20. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    Maybe "share" is the wrong word, they roam on each other networks. I guess if you have a local sprint tower that is weak, your phone will take that over a stronger VZW tower. But if you are in the middle of no-mans land and VZW is all that is available, your Sprint phone will work. Though, in the later case you'd most likely find that both networks are actually roaming on a smaller carrier's signal.

    I don't see how looking at both VZW's and Sprint's plans work they way you describe. Looking at Sprint's plans, I would expect you to have to get the "Everything Data Family" w/ 1500 min for $130 (2 lines) plus $20 for the 3rd line for a total of $150. With VZW I see the "Nationwide Connect Family" plan for $140 (2 lines and 1400 min) plus $20 for the 3rd line for a total of $160. Note: VZW does offer a 700min plan, whereas Sprint does not.

    Maybe there is some way, but it isn't obvious with their plans. How is your plan done?

    In fact, when I talked to a Sprint rep while I was looking at a Pre he told me I'd have to get the $130 "Everything Data Family" plan (2 lines) even if the 2nd line was just a flip phone.
  21. ftothe3

    ftothe3 Well-Known Member

    if you choose that plan, then go to phones, none of the htcs or other smartphones are available. are you sure you'd be able to use this plan for the droid/sholes/tao
  22. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    You're right. That's weird. You can't even select a smartphone if you pick the premium package or the basic package. The website must be Fubar'd. I doubt they make you get data per phone line if they offer unlimited data on the Connect plan. Strange. Probably need to talk to a VZW rep to find out.

    I just tried starting with a phone purchase. I select 2 of the new HTC Imagio (WM6.5). I had to add a $30 data plan to each phone on top of my basic or select plan. With 1400 min, the total came to $150/month for 2 phones.

    What's the point of the complete or premium plans???
    What's the difference between the $30 data plan and the $45 data plan?
  23. ftothe3

    ftothe3 Well-Known Member

    well im pretty sure corporate email is the difference there. the rest im not sure about.
  24. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    /me points to early on in the thread

    I had no idea until this thread started just how confusing Verizon's plans were. :confused: Looks like the only way to know for sure is to select your options and see what comes up. Of course, they can make changes to the plans for the new holiday phone season, so we won't know for sure until the real phone can be put in your shopping cart.
  25. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling the website is just messed up. What's the point of unlimited data plans if you can't use them with smartphones?

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