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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Wiggles, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Brendanmurphy

    Brendanmurphy Android Enthusiast

    With everything becoming available in the palm of your hand anywhere, Removing unlimited data is like taking away fire from the cavemen. I am by no means a heavy user as i live in Canada and our data rates are insane but we enjoy a lot faster 3g speeds. ( i can reach about 6 mbit on Telus on a Motorola milestone ). The Wireless industry is moving backwards, They are suppose to be innovating. If i want to enjoy Xm radio or Pandora on my phone i will have to monitor my usage so i don't go over.

    The only company that i can understand doing this is At&t. Because of their iPhone exclusivity their network is overrun and they want to cut down on that. But they should just stop being lazy and invest in their network.

    Sorry for the wall of text

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  2. Optimus

    Optimus Well-Known Member

    If the V offered an unlimited plan on top of the capped plans I would be fine with that. The real problem with these wireless carriers is that they are becomming reluctant default ISP's for many and either future regulation or more competition in the wireless ISP sector will have to emerge. The best answer is for them to expand their networks as fast as possible. It ALMOST makes sense to use 3g as a primary connection (my 3G is fare more reliable than my DSL) but I game and download alot.
  3. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast

    i rely on tethering when I am not in a wifi zone for school and business now. to cap at 2gb saddens me :( and to know that verizon will be the only one (at the moment) to follow ATT is disheartening. my contract ends in september, if more news about this continues to grow about 'capping at 2gb' then I may NEED to switch over to another company which really is bothersome considering i've been a long time verizon customer. i guess i'll have to keep an eye on what sprint and t-mobile is going to do now.
  4. Pale_Flyer

    Pale_Flyer Newbie

    i read about it a while ago, but if i remember correctly, and i believe i do, they were ADDING these plan options. there is still going to be an unlimited plan, especially for the idevices...
  5. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Android Enthusiast

    No the plans are completely gone now. If you are on one now you may be grandfathered in until you sign up for a new phone which is it just me or is it pretty convenient that they are letting all i-phone customers upgrade six months early? I mean as soon as everyone gets that cool iphone 4 they are done with unlimited data for good rofl! Lets see how the masses react when they finally pay attention and realize they have been screwed.
  6. skunkpbguy

    skunkpbguy Android Enthusiast

    Complain for getting a new phone, new contract and new plan? Ha, come on, you don't HAVE to upgrade and lose the good plan. :D
  7. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Android Enthusiast

    Yes lol but we are talking about the iphone lol. I mean even here how many even payed full price to get the incredible to have the newer and greatest. I just think many regular customers do not pay attention to these things and the carriers do not blast this to people so many might be angered and confused after their first month bill and it is full overages on their, what they though was unlimited, plan.
  8. Flahusky

    Flahusky Well-Known Member

    maybe wrong....
    per at&t:
    - iPhone customers upgrading their handsets and signing new contracts will be able to continue on their existing unlimited plans. The representative noted, however, that AT&T may offer "new desirable plans" alongside the next-generation iPhone, although the comment appears to be more of general statement than a specific disclosure of the company's plans.
  9. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    I run through 5-6GB a month, and that's with using wifi at home/work. o_O

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
  10. skunkpbguy

    skunkpbguy Android Enthusiast

    Sorry I keep talking about Droid, thought this was the Droid part of the Android forums.. :rolleyes:
    iPhone and AT&T can give away talking unicorns for all I care.
  11. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Android Enthusiast

    When was that statement made? Here is engadget:

    • iPad users are also affected by the change. The $30 iPad data plan -- lauded for being labeled by AT&T as truly unlimited -- goes away to be replaced by the same $25 / 2GB plan that smartphone users will see, though current subscribers to the $30 plan can continue unaffected.
    • The existing $30 fair-use "unlimited" smartphone data plan is being replaced by two new options: $15 per month for 200MB and $25 for 2GB (called "DataPlus" and "DataPro," respectively). Customers currently on the $30 plan are welcome to stay on it, but they can switch at any time without extending their contract.
    So perhaps you can stay on it even with a new contract if you never change plans but that doesn't seem likely to me.
  12. Sportster

    Sportster Android Enthusiast

    With streaming video, Netflix and other heavy data apps going to become more mainstream the data limitations these idiot companies are divising is the exact opposite of what will be needed. If Verizon pulls this crap, I too will be going to Sprint. It's BS......
  13. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    It's not a question of what is needed - it's a question of how they can milk it for every last damned dollar possible.

    You think they don't know that more and more data-intensive apps are just around the corner? You think they don't know that when they have faster networks people are going to use more bandwidth?

    You really think that they didn't already learn this from dialup from the 300 baud days to the 56K days, or from DSL, or from Cable, or from FIOS?

    What we, as customers, are going to need is almost irrelevant. What we, as customers want and will soon deem as necessary is what they are greedily eyeballing - and right now is their best opportunity - before 4G rolls out to make changes that, by the time 4G is widely available, will be accepted as necessary evils of having a smart phone.

    Never think that these companies are not thinking about the future - they're planning far more into the future than you could ever imagine.
  14. xjestersdeadx

    xjestersdeadx Well-Known Member

    I hate this reasoning, sorry BlueIce, no offense to you. But it's the company line. The problem is that the advertising and the push in the mobile industry is to have a device that is a multimedia audio/video machine. Record HD video! Upload it to youtube! Listen to Pandora! Send videos to your friends! Do video chat with a front facing camera! Watch Netflix movies on your phone!!

    Please, don't read the fine print...while we promote all these bandwidth hogging features, we're charging you more for it.

    Using statistics that say 65% or even 98% of CURRENT users doing what they did last year with their phone, is not the same as what they are pushing in ads that your phone can do this year and next.

    The best way to avoid this at Verizon is to flood the CEO with "don't change your 3g plans" emails. It might make a difference if some bigger blogs start pestering about it.

    NOTE: I understand the business aspect of this. Bandwidth is not "free", it costs money. But...over a two year contract, the company is making, what, over $2,000 already from you? I also get that AT&T can't say the real reason- they're network is already choked, and Jobs decides to introduce video chat....
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  15. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

    Exactly, I already make a small vehicle payment to Verizon. Does Verizon really think they are getting more? I honestly have no clue what I use for data, but $5 for savings as a trade for the risk of incurring $50 in overages is never a win. Also, Att HAD to do this. With the new iphone's front facing camera they had no choice. How much increase in data will Android users see when flash makes it to our phones? Bottom line is that 2 gig is no where NEAR enough for average use and that's why it came to be...$$$.

    I don't know for sure, but I'm actually considering going back to a cheapy phone if/when Verizon tries this. I'll save $200 right off the bat and $360 a year in data charges...additionally I probably won't need to re-sign for a contract every 2 years which gives me leverage that Verizon loathes. Wait and see I guess.
  16. spoonard

    spoonard Newbie

    So, is the idea to offer FASTER service so that one doesn't realize how much bandwidth one consumes and is therefore able to be charged for overages more often?I wouldn't be one bit surprised if at least one executive mentioned this possibility.
  17. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Yeah if sprint/vzw did this(I won't use tmo or att) I'm dropping to a dumbphone and a pocket sized wifi tablet.

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
  18. kevin_msu

    kevin_msu Newbie

    verizon and att tend to do what the other one does.

    the big V changes smart phone users to a $385 termination fee, ATT follows suite.
    bandwidth is going to grow as a premium as more people get these internet phones... my *MOM* is going to have a smart phone when i switch to sprint. WTF. facebook and google are going to gobble up bandwidth, they therefore are going to charge more as the scale increases. its just... the way it works.
  19. kevin_msu

    kevin_msu Newbie

    HP buying palm for Web OS may really lend a legit iPad contender... if skype works... then yeah, why have a smart phone? have a nice big internet device with skype for calls and then... well... a small LG flip phone to make LOL TALKING 2 PPL ZOMG efforts.
  20. Negativism

    Negativism Newbie

    Verizon CEO came out and said unlimited wouldn't be an option on LTE. So much for LTE being a answer for rural Americas no broadband isssue. I use 5.5 gb downloading podcasts ( audio only ) and listening to espn/slacker/iheart radio. It is a freaking shame to pay a company 200 + a month and have to "worry" about how mmuch of the product you use.
  21. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Android Enthusiast

    The iphone face chat is not allowed over 3G, only wi-fi so that doesn't matter.
  22. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    Well that makes selling my Droid and getting an EVO a very appealing concept.
  23. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    It makes it a huge selling point for sprint... let's hope sprint holds their ground..

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
  24. Optimus

    Optimus Well-Known Member

    ? I understand you considering sprint but your Droid is CDMA which cannot use the future standard anyway. By the time Verizon rolls out LTE on a large scale the Droid may be at version 3. Sprint may even switch to LTE leaving wimax and any of their current 4g phones like the EVO(which will probably be eclipsed within 2 months by the next great android device) out to dry. It's all a big wait and see IMO.

  25. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

    Let's put it this way. Unless I control every bit of information that my phone sends and receives this is too much of a risk for my to justify a smart phone. Furthermore I submit that advertising that is embedded in many apps is basically stealing from me. There is obviously more too it but my current droid sends/receives a lot of information I DO NOT WANT. Even the new iphone has started to become infiltrated with adds. Capped data with adds is a really really bad idea. I have a feeling the google has something up there sleeves in regards to this. It's likely I will not renew my contract and buy phones out right until LTE forces a plan change..in case google makes some announcement in the next couple years.

    I've long hated contracts anyway. They are legally incredibly underhanded. The contract it self is so one sided that any court in the US would through it out. Of course the carriers know this so they add the clause of arbitration making it impossible to reach a US court. As I get older I find that I'm more willing to do without certain things if I have to give up peace of mind. This is one of these things. Cell phones are not a necessity, smart phones are so even less.

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