1. kch50428's Avatar
    Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data - Digits - WSJ

    Its official: Verizon is going to offer iPhone buyers a $30 unlimited data plan. The carriers heir apparent and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, told us the news ahead of the companys meeting with investors.

    Im not going to shoot myself in the foot, he said. Not offering an unlimited plan would put up a barrier for customers who might otherwise switch from AT&T, he said. The countrys No. 2 carrier still has millions of subscribers grandfathered into unlimited plans they signed up for before AT&T switched to tiered pricing last summer.

    Mr. McAdam certainly doesnt want to miss out on any sales now. Anticipation Verizon would soon offer the iPhone held back sales over the fourth quarter, he said. Analysts seemed happy with the subscriber growth, but McAdam wasnt. It wasnt what I hoped it would be, he said.
    But Wait!! There's More!!
    Update: But youd better act fast. Speaking later Tuesday morning, Mr. McAdam said the iPhone unlimited plan will be a temporary offer and that the carrier will follow AT&Ts move to tiered pricing in the not too distant future.
    There you have it folks. Get it now
    Last edited by kch50428; 01-25-2011 at 11:48 AM. Reason: add info
    01-25-2011 09:44 AM
  2. WyckedAnkh's Avatar
    I pretty much figured they would keep the $30 unlimited data plan but it's nice to actually know for sure.
    01-25-2011 09:49 AM
  3. rich13er's Avatar
    Yep. Posted this yesterdy. But this is the offical release.
    01-25-2011 10:14 AM
  4. Vorpal279's Avatar
    I'm fine with that. That's what I'm paying now.
    01-25-2011 10:33 AM
  5. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    I'm fine with that. That's what I'm paying now.
    Same here. I figured they would keep the unlimited plan for 3g since they are going to 4g and some people will jump on that then they prob will tier it
    01-25-2011 11:29 AM
  6. rich13er's Avatar
    Just read on more on this. This plan is only temporary. by the end of the year they will move to a teired data plan like at&t. They are offering this plan now to get at&t customers to move over. It will not matter to us or those who switch cause we will be grandfathered in to the $30 unlimited plan.
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    01-25-2011 11:45 AM
  7. kch50428's Avatar
    Just read on more on this. This plan is only temporary. by the end of the year they will move to a teired data plan like at&t. They are offering this plan now to get at&t customers to move over. It will not matter to us or those who switch cause we will be grandfathered in to the $30 unlimited plan.
    Just revised the Original Post to reflect this - just saw it myself
    01-25-2011 11:49 AM
  8. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    Just read on more on this. This plan is only temporary. by the end of the year they will move to a teired data plan like at&t. They are offering this plan now to get at&t customers to move over. It will not matter to us or those who switch cause we will be grandfathered in to the $30 unlimited plan.
    Im sure that has something to do with upcoming 4g plans
    01-25-2011 12:04 PM
  9. ddnichols7's Avatar
    I already have the $30 plan as well. But when these new plans come out later this year, will those who already had the $30 plan keep it or be forced to move to the tierd plan? and how does those plans work?
    01-25-2011 12:19 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    I already have the $30 plan as well. But when these new plans come out later this year, will those who already had the $30 plan keep it or be forced to move to the tierd plan? and how does those plans work?
    You keep what you have... if they didn't let you keep the existing feature and price, it would be a material, adverse change in your contract terms, and they'd have to let you out of your contract. They won't do that.
    01-25-2011 12:26 PM
  11. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    I already have the $30 plan as well. But when these new plans come out later this year, will those who already had the $30 plan keep it or be forced to move to the tierd plan? and how does those plans work?
    You will be able to keep the unlimited that you have new phone or not thats what grandfathering is
    01-25-2011 12:41 PM
  12. thinkTwice's Avatar
    You keep what you have... if they didn't let you keep the existing feature and price, it would be a material, adverse change in your contract terms, and they'd have to let you out of your contract. They won't do that.
    True, but in a year or two when the contract expires, they don't have to give you unlimited anymore since there is no contract, right? Can they say, "Hey, now pay us $25 for 3GBs, sorry we don't offer the unlimited plan anymore?"

    The reason why I ask is that I'm looking to avoid LTE until it's fully deployed and (hopefully, but unlikely) there might be a price drop in the fees. Right now 3G is fine with me for the next 1, 2 yrs. It's far easier and quicker to upgrade a phone than it is to upgrade a network.
    01-25-2011 03:08 PM
  13. kch50428's Avatar
    True, but in a year or two when the contract expires, they don't have to give you unlimited anymore since there is no contract, right? Can they say, "Hey, now pay us $25 for 3GBs, sorry we don't offer the unlimited plan anymore?"
    They can, but usually they'll still grandfather people that have features that are no longer offered as part of the incentive to renew a contract. I don't see unlimited going away on 3G - I think the tiered pricing will be for LTE/4G.


    The reason why I ask is that I'm looking to avoid LTE until it's fully deployed and (hopefully, but unlikely) there might be a price drop in the fees. Right now 3G is fine with me for the next 1, 2 yrs. It's far easier and quicker to upgrade a phone than it is to upgrade a network.
    Who knows what LTE will bring - a lot can happen between now, and 2013 when VZW says they'll be fully deployed. The way I have it figured, getting an iPhone now on a 2-year contract, I'll be eligible to renew/upgrade in 20 months - and by then, there should be 4G/LTE deployed in my market, and there should be a 4G/LTE iPhone to upgrade to.
    01-25-2011 04:02 PM
  14. boomhower1820's Avatar
    They should have translated that:

    "Get the iPhone 4 now and get unlimited data because when the iPhone 5 gets here we are going to start tiered data". That's my thought anyways. I had been planning on moving to Verizon and getting my wife an iPhone 4 and myself a used Droid and then an iPhone 5 in the summertime.

    If my line is month to month since I am bringing my own phone will I be able to turn that into a contract and be grandfathered in?
    01-25-2011 06:18 PM
  15. buzzdar#WN's Avatar
    Anyone know if the vzw iPhone will use all the same accessories including otterbox type cases


    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk on the VZW Network.
    01-25-2011 06:48 PM
  16. boomhower1820's Avatar
    Anyone know if the vzw iPhone will use all the same accessories including otterbox type cases


    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk on the VZW Network.
    The buttons on the side are slightly different so most cases aren't going to fit but it depends on how the case was designed.
    01-25-2011 06:50 PM
  17. kch50428's Avatar
    If my line is month to month since I am bringing my own phone will I be able to turn that into a contract and be grandfathered in?
    If you're going to sign on as a new customer, and get the iPhone on one line, and do the second line with the Droid - yes, you'll be "month to month" on that line, and at any time you can get a new phone at contract pricing - and you should be grandfathered any features you have.
    01-25-2011 06:55 PM
  18. kch50428's Avatar
    And now we know - the personal hot-spot - a $20/month add-on...

    Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld

    And yes, you can add and remove the feature as needed... so, if you're going on vacation, you can add it for the rest of your current billing cycle (and the next if your vacation spans cycle date) - and take it off again when you're back home - but still, $20/month ain't bad.
    01-25-2011 07:08 PM
  19. Scout_313's Avatar
    I'm glad to hear that they will have the $30 unlimited data package when the iPhone 4 is released since I sold Droid Pro and switched to an old flip phone and no longer have a data package on my line.
    01-25-2011 07:41 PM
  20. Garz's Avatar
    Anyone know if the vzw iPhone will use all the same accessories including otterbox type cases


    Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk on the VZW Network.
    Im using a Otterbox Defender and these buttons are precise. I'm 99.9% sure this will not work on the Vzn iPhone 4
    01-25-2011 07:46 PM
  21. Cleveland's Avatar
    Most cases the buttons are precise, and you will need a Verizon iPhone Case and make sure your read the bottom of that article, it says Unlimited Data Plans only going to be offered for a short time and tiered plans are likely to follow suit like ATT did...
    01-25-2011 09:23 PM
  22. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    Most cases the buttons are precise, and you will need a Verizon iPhone Case and make sure your read the bottom of that article, it says Unlimited Data Plans only going to be offered for a short time and tiered plans are likely to follow suit like ATT did...
    Prob once 4g comes we will see tiered. And there are quite a few cases which have the large cutout on the side not the 3 individual cutouts that will work on the verizon iphone 4
    01-25-2011 09:27 PM
  23. Joey4u615's Avatar
    I'm glad this is still an option and that I can lock it in while its still available. I have no interest in 4G data. I find 3G fast enough. I would assume 4G data plans will be more expensive (like on Sprint). I'm glad I can get unlimited 3G for this price before it becomes tiered. I find it too cumbersome and stressful to monitor my data usage.
    01-26-2011 12:29 AM
  24. j7469's Avatar
    I was planning on holding off on getting one for my wife until June and waiting to see if the iPhone 5 comes to Verizon. Now hearing the unlimited plan will be only offered temporarily, I'm seriously considering getting her one sooner.

    I'm still betting that once LTE is available in the iPhone, there will be NO unlimited plan no matter which plan you have currently. Just look at Sprint as they just added $10 to their plan for their 4G phones and Verizon will probably do something similar.
    01-26-2011 10:32 AM
  25. FATBOY1169's Avatar
    Yes baby this is how we want it
    01-27-2011 09:16 AM
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