Verizon Wireless Confirms Tiered Pricing for LTE Services
Speaking at a conference this week, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said that it will not offer unlimited use of its Long Term Evolution network, and will instead use tiered pricing programs. McAdam indicated that customers will "buy buckets of data by the megabyte." McAdam didn't say what its LTE services would be priced at. Today, Verizon's MiFi and laptop dongle users have access to 5GB of data for $60 per month. McAdam also noted that laptop dongles and similar devices would be the first to access the LTE network, though three to five handsets will be available during the first half of 2011. McAdam hinted that some of the devices would be introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011. "People will be surprised by the number and variety of [LTE] devices we will bring to the table," he said. McAdam was careful to also mention that the cost of carrying 1 megabyte of data across its LTE network will cost one-half to one-third what it currently costs, and he expects all voice traffic coming from LTE customers to use VoIP over LTE by 2012 rather than its CDMA network.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Verizon Opens LTE Network to Prepaid Customers
Verizon Wireless this week announced that, starting tomorrow, it will allow Allset prepaid customers to use 4G LTE phones and the faster LTE network, as well as mobile hotspot features to share the LTE connection with other devices. Previously, Verizon prepaid customers could only use the CDMA network, which is much slower for data.
Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users
Verizon Wireless plans to use its Network Optimization policy later this year in order to manage its heaviest users. The change in policy applies only to subscribers with an unlimited LTE monthly data plan, who were previously grandfathered in and essentially unrestricted in their use of mobile data.
FCC Chairman Not Pleased with Verizon's Plans to Throttle Users
Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC, is questioning Verizon Wireless' intent to begin throttling the speeds of its legacy unlimited LTE 4G data customers. Verizon announced the policy change July 25, suggesting it is to help manage its network in congested areas.
I use about 6Gb a month or so (starting to use more with podcasts)
But lets say on a pure 4g phone I use 15gb of data.
let's say that the tiered pricing is $20 for 5gb of data (which I think is high ...
Tiered only pricing for LTE?
Guess why I won't be buying a Verizon 4G card... EVER.
Unlimited plans are bad for the average consumer, and they're bad for businesses. The only people they are good for are the ones who are atypical users (peo...
$60.00 for 5 measly GB?
And that's friggin pathetic.
FOR ALL THE SH%T TALKERS
This is not a verizon flame, more so stop being cry babies. No one is forcing you to buy these products, if you want them pay for it if not don't. Like my dad always said " Don't drink Champagne on a Beer Budget"
easy fix for the vz customers
come on over to sprint and quit crying about vz's bs
I'd call, but no one ever answers the phones at Sprint.
2012, The year of the web phone
The cost of internet on the handsets may go up, but the cost of voice and text may be reduced to almost nothing but a symbolic cost. All calling goes unlimited because of VOIP and the competitive edge between companies is no longer how many signal bars you have, but how fast the speed of the network is.
High international calling charges would be a thing of the past, since it will be 100% VOIP and minutes will be unlimited.
Wi-Fi will supplement any lack of tower coverage for all phones.
I don't know, just a thought.
unlimited vs tiered: it doesn't have to be one or the other, does it?
That way the users who don't need much data can pay for what they use, and those who use large amounts can be safe from nasty bills.
The danger with tiered data and VOIP or VOLTE or whatever they want to call it in the future is this: We think VOIP will give us unlimited minutes, but if minutes are measured in MB's, then the more you talk the more data you consume, and therefore you will pay more on a tiered data structure.
My solution: Choice. If you are on a family plan with phones that are not data capable, then you will use minutes (or at least have access to minutes). If you have an option to make calls through a VOIP app,...
VZW LTE = Long Term Expensive
GREED WILL CONSUME EVERYTHING
VZW is the most stingy data carrier after all
T-Mobile HSPA+ is semi-unlimited
I think that with LTE VZW will see a LOT of people leaving just because prices are gonna be cheaper elsewhere, while having the same equipment (phones and ...
Wimax, at the frequency it is at, will only really be effective in densly populated areas. Tmobile doesn't have the available spectrum to really expand their network.
We kind of knew this would happen...
Verizon is prepping themselves for a culture that is beyond "give me a basic phone or free phone" and more towards using smartphones and a lot more data. I think it's smart of them to introduce tiered plans now instead of thinking unlimited is the way to go and then having to go back on that.
And honestly, I do wish more companies offered this. Right now, I pay $30 a month for an iPhone data plan that I barely use because I am always on wifi. So I may go the entire month and use less than 300MB. It would be great to pay $5 or $10 for every GB used instead of giving "unlimited" d...
It will be interesting to see how these buckets of data apply to us.
The up side....
Then no one is forced into a $30/month plan and big bandwidth users will pay according to their usage. Fair pricing is all I want.