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Verizon Debuts Tiered Data, Testing Unlimited Mobile-to-Mobile

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by phandroid, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. phandroid

    phandroid Admin News Bot
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    It’s been rumored Verizon was going to be shaking things up toward the end of this month, and as much as they denied it leading up to the changes, we know leaks that come out of Verizon usually tend to have a lot of legs. Today, they’ve finally debuted their new tiered data plan. You [...]


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  2. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert

    I was hoping the rumors of 150MB for $15 were not true. If it were 250MB my wife would fit into it. I've tracked her usage since we got our Dinc's and she mostly uses wifi and is always around 200-250MB/mo. We are overpaying for her usage. I use around 3GB/mo. on average so I am WAAAAYYY over the limit to use this plan. Something like $15/500MB, $20/1GB and $30/Unlimited would be nice. I think the money they'd lose with everyone jumping to the $20/1GB they'd make up with the number of parents getting their kids smarphones with the $20/1GB plan. 150MB is a set up to jack our bills up on overage charges. Careful Big Red, BIG BROTHER is watching.
  3. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Android Expert

    I sense Verizon quickly killing their smartphone users off...

    First, they're bing'ing all their new phones, now this? I used to think Verizon had all the 'new hotness' in exchange for just a little bit more per month but this.... this just rocks my view the other way to sprint. Sprint doesn't have 'new hotness' phones with locked out bootloaders, nor does it have bing'd phones. Sprint also doesn't have gimped plans that cost out the ass...
  4. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    I guess Grandfathered plans are fine ??
  5. Old Member

    Old Member Android Expert

    Yes, from what it says, anyone that wants to add the $30/unlimited data plan still can. They've dumped the $10/mo 25MB plan and added $15/150MB plan. That's not a bad bump, but $10/250MB is actually where it should really be.

    Let's do some math here. The unlimited data plan has a 5B cap on it (allegedly). There are approximately 1024MB in 1GB. 5x1024=5120MB. Divide 5120MB by $30/mo=.0058 or about 1/2 cent per MB. 250MB at that same cost is $1.45. Why are they charging $15/mo for something that if you buy the unlimited data plan only costs $1.45? 100% mark up = Highway robbery.

    If you divide 250/MB by $15 for the new tiered data plan, you are paying $.06/MB instead of $.006/MB. Did someone misplace a decimal point when they were figuring the math on these things?

    Here is the true price it SHOULD be (I'm rounding .0058 to .006 based off of the 5GB cap on Unlimited Data):

    1GB= $6.14
    2GB= $12.28
    3GB= $18.43
    4GB= $24.58
    5GB= $$30.72 (Which shows you that the .006 is a high estimate b/c it's only $30/5GB)

    If it the data plan was based on the current price of $15/250MB the cost WOULD BE:

    1GB= $61.44
    2GB= $122.88
    3GB= $184.32
    4GB= $245.46
    5GB= $307.20

    Not that I want to give Big Red any ideas or anything.

    Bottom line? Unlimited is a GREAT deal at around 1/2 cent per MB. If you pay $15 for 250MB you are not wise.

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