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Get your Verizon Droid or iPhone before July 7?

July 4, 2011 by Chris Guld · 25 Comments  
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It’s been rumored for quite a while that Verizon’s unlimited data plan for smart phones will be going away.  I still can’t find anything official on Verizon’s site, their Data Packages page still states that Smartphone’s data plans are Unlimited, but this discussion on RV.net’s forum is pretty convincing that the unlimited plan will be no more as of 7/7/2011.  It will be replaced with a 2GB limit for the same $30.  If you’ve been considering this purchase, you should visit the store before the 7th.

Is Unlimited Data Important?

Your data plan is a separate line item from your phone’s voice plan.  Your voice plan gives you minutes of talk time, your data plan gives you Internet usage measured in GigaBytes.  If you just want your email, and some basic web browsing, and you only use your phone’s data plan for your phone, then 2GB may be sufficient.  But, if you want to watch videos on your smartphone, or if you want to use your phone’s data plan to tether to your computer, then you’re going to go over that limit. 

How do you know you’re going over?  You can check your data usage at any time on your Verizon account.  There is also a setting to have Verizon email you when you’ve used over 50%.  The unlimited data plan means you don’t have to worry about it!  And, heaven knows, we could use one less thing to worry about!

Do you want a Smartphone?

If you’re anything like me, you do!  There is some learning involved but, the more you learn, the more you like!  Rather than listing all its virtues, let me tell you a story.

One of the first things we learned how to do was to tether the phone to the computer so it could provide the Internet connection for the computer to browse the Web.  It took a while for me to fully appreciate that my Droid *IS* a computer! 

My Droid Traveling Story

We were driving north on I-95 in Georgia and it was about time to start looking for a campground for the night. I see a likely candidate on our Streets and Trips program, but I want to look at the website. OK, I need to find the cable so I can tether the Droid to my laptop computer and get on the Internet.

DOH! No I don’t!  I can just search the web directly on the phone.  The Droid *is* a computer with its own web browser.

Ok, so the website looks nice.  Now I need to find pencil and paper so I can write down the phone number so I can call and see if they have space for us tonight.

DOH!  no I don’t! I can just touch the phone number on the Droid’s screen and it will dial the number.  The Droid is a phone after all.

Ok, they say they’re ready for us.  Now I need to write down the address so I can feed it into the Garmin GPS …

DOH! No I don’t!  Just touch the address on the Droid’s screen and it will start to navigate.  The Droid is a GPS after all and it has its own Google map and navigation program.

That’s just one example.  For every Droid, or iPhone owner you know, you can hear many similar stories of discovery.  The more you use your smartphone, the more you’ll discover.  And, the more data you’ll need! 

Like I said, get your Verizon Droid or iPhone before July 7.  And enjoy!

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25 Responses to “Get your Verizon Droid or iPhone before July 7?”

  1. Carson on July 4th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Working at Verizon I can tell you customers that have unlimited will not have to worry about it. You will be ok it is the new customers that will not have this plan. However, if you leave and come back then you will no longer be able to enjoy the unlimited any longer. So choice stay and enjoy unlimited or go and pay limited data.

  2. butterbean carpenter on July 4th, 2011 5:39 pm

    Howdy Chris,
    You mean there was something you didn’t know.. WOW!!! Thank you, for the info &
    Thanx , also to Carson, who explained about he dropping and coming back..
    As usual, Verizon hangs you up on a monopoly of some kind.. My daughter just lost all of her services, because of a misunderstanding with THE BIG V !!!!

    Smooth roads, clear skies & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!

  3. catchesthewind on July 4th, 2011 9:54 pm

    I used to have unlimited 3G service for my laptop. Then verizon calls me on the phone to sell me 4G NOT telling me if I buy 4G I will lose my unlimited service. I will save 10 bucks a month on the bill but now I have a gig limit. I live in a rural area and for me 4G means nothing in the current situation. am convinced verizon is targeting customers with unlimited service to get them to switch by hook or by crook.

  4. rock on July 5th, 2011 7:17 am

    …Or you can go and get a Metro PCS phone for $50 a month and beat Verizon’s over inflated prices. Metro is increasing their coverage every day and the service is unlimited for everything and always will be. I now have a signal everywhere I go in my RV.

  5. Chris Guld on July 5th, 2011 7:59 am

    Rock – is that a Droid from Metro PCS?

  6. Pat on July 5th, 2011 8:35 am

    Yes the DROID has this wonderful feature…we use it all the time!

  7. SidneyCat on July 5th, 2011 9:31 am

    Does Verizon roll over unused minutes every month? Do other company plans?

  8. stephanie on July 6th, 2011 10:42 pm

    Thank you so much for the head up regarding data package changes. I had been procrastinating for months about whether to upgrade to an iPhone and data package. Your info got me into the store today just in time. Now I just have to figure out how to use it!!!!

  9. Dr.D on July 26th, 2011 3:49 pm

    I stopped using Verizon years ago. I use US cellular and not only are they cheaper, you have access not only to Verizon’s coverage areas but also AT&T’s and Sprints as well. No dead spots that I have been able to find. Many other smaller companies have access to all the big networks as well.

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