- 12-02-11, 07:43 AM #5
IF you want a device but are on a tight budget saving $5/month (60/year) could mean you get sauce on your pasta for dinner 2 nights a week.
My Good friends, who has no cellphone, is fighting with his wife because she wants a BlackBerry or iPhone rather than her dumb phone, and he can't conceptualize why she would want to pay more than $40/month for a mobile device, he has a hard time with the $30/month she pays now.
His Brother is heavily pushing for the iPhone, and I just am pointing out BlackBerry, and Samsung to him as alternatives for his wife, not KEEN on her having a BlackBerry due to she will add my phones to BBM and I'll get to be the "call boy" when HE is being looked for. but I digress, BlackBerry is Winning the fight because I have shown usage of approximately 2MB/day for her usage, so she is able to get a 500MB data plan from Bell, His Brother has not been able to show under 15MB/day usage on his iPhone, which is 450MB and still falls under 500MB, but that does mean cutting it close and risk overage, THE monthly cost is the BIGGEST thing for this debate at their home, IF she can keep her usage at sub 500MB and sub 250 SMS, and sub 200min data with their discounts she can pay $50/month, any variation over that increases their bill by $10-30/month,
This $20 for 300MB opens up the smartphone world to that one more person who has a threshold. really if I was verizon I would offer a "flex rate" at $10/100MB, that would be a KILLER Curve message phone companion as many users would remain under 100MB
- 12-02-11, 01:51 PM #9
I use wifi on my phone at least 70% of the time (Work, School, and friends' houses)
I watch Youtube videos, stream pandora, check twitter, facebook, BBM, BBM Music all the time and only used about 70mb for the month.
Why not save a little extra money if you're not using all that data anyway?
Last edited by shemaree09; 12-02-11 at 01:54 PM.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-14-12, 04:12 PM #10
- 148 Posts
I'm not sure about phone data but for most of 2011, VZW's basic data plan for netbooks, tablets and cards was 2 GB of data for $20 / month. But now, at the same rate the 300 MB limit, only 1/6th of the previous limit, costs the same! That is a significant difference between the service and cost for paying the same rate. Then in late 2011 to the present, the new base rate jumped to $30 for 2 GB!
But back to the same rate for less data trick, that's typical reverse profitizing (how about that word). Yep, decrease the product quantity or service features without increasing the price. This is easily done all the time in the food industry or any industry that can manipulate the look or container of a product. The price remains the same, but the portions, or in this case, the features get smaller. Decreasing a physical product is much easier to hide than obvious numbers though, and that's what is so obvious here. Who likes to hear about a price increase? Nobody, so they just take something away from the other side.
Has anyone noticed any data thottling (lagging, latency) when using a really low threshold data plan? It's an electronic brake that prevents lower tier customers from getting the same results, such as speed, as the higher tiered customers get. That's usually one the downsides to the lower tiered plans.
I was told that although "unlimited" plans don't have a defined threshold, if you start using what the carrier considers excessive bandwidth, they will throttle your account so you could possibly experience lag, latency, etc.. Additionally, if your usage is significantly affecting their network they can also just shut down your account. Make no mistake, the carrier will come out on top no matter what.
- 01-15-12, 01:20 PM #11
For anyone on a very tight budget this might work, only providing they use very little data, as going over is another $20 for 300MB additional. Now you'd be over the $30/2GB plan. I like to stream some radio while I'm working around the house and in a couple days I'd be well over that limit. One just needs to be sure of their needs, but keeping an eye on the data meter would def be prudent with this type of plan. One could always try it and if the limit is uncomfortably close to soon just swap to the 2GB plan.
- 01-15-12, 01:26 PM #12
Verizon has a data plan that is 2gb for $30 a month why would you pay $20 for 300mb and have to worry about going over that limit. From my understanding as long as you had a phone line with the unlimited data you can keep the unlimited.
You might want to check on that.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-17-12, 05:07 PM #13
- 148 Posts
- 01-18-12, 08:18 PM #14
You're right, but since I already pay $40/mo for internet at home, why not use it for my phone too.
I'm also lucky enough to be able to connect to wifi at work.
Since I spend most of my time at work and home, using wifi works out really well.
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- 01-23-12, 09:52 PM #15
That was fast... Verizon seems to have axed the $20/month plan for smartphones.
With a minimum of $30/month for 2GB this makes Verizon the most expensive U.S. carrier.
$30/month for 2GB
$50/month for 5GB (NO mobile hotspot / tethering included)
$20/month for 300MB
$30/month for 3GB
$50/month for 5GB (with mobile hotspot / tethering included)
Last edited by BB.David; 01-23-12 at 09:56 PM.