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Verizon to Kill Grandfathered Unlimited Plans

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Scummiest thing I've ever heard of in the wireless industry! Hello Sprint!!!


May 16, 2012, 7:05 PM
Really Verizon? Despicable. Do you understand the meaning of "grandfathered"? I hate to admit it, but even AT&T "limiting unlimited" at 3GB than throttling to unusable speeds is more customer-friendly than this. WOW! So you are loyal to them for years & they stick it to their customers like this? Oh well, I guess if you actually use your smartphone & it's apps and need data more than voice or text, Verizon & AT&T are out. So is U.S. Cellular (high-priced tiers) & Cricket (1GB max). So is Straight Talk & Net10 (2GB max, 100MB per day) & Simple Mobile (2GB at high speed 1GB at EDGE, 3GB max) & Virgin Mobile (2.5GB at high speed, than 1XRTT). Only Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile & MetroPCS remain viable for 3+ GB of data usage (that's like 3 net...

May 16, 2012, 9:10 PM
I'm wondering if we will be able to keep the unlimited data plan if buy our next device at full retail price and NOT utilize the upgrade provided by Verizon. I'm really NOT trying to migrate to sprint because the 3G speeds that they currently have are slow based of me trying one out at the Sprint store.

May 16, 2012, 10:11 PM
I agree with you hand down on Sprints slower speeds. No doubt that ATT and VZW have the best, biggest and fastest data networks but what good is it if to use any if that data, you have to pay them a fortune every month. I mean to have and use a smartphone should not have to cost $150 to $200 a line, should it? From the way it is written, seems as though either mid summer or when your contract is up, unlimited data is gone for everyone, 3G or 4G. Probably won't be violating a contract as data is only an add on feature. I told my wife that for me voice and text are the "add on features" with data being the core offering.

May 17, 2012, 1:18 AM
What I don't get about Sprint 3G being
slow is they use the same EVDO Rev A
technology for 3G that Vzn uses, so
therefore that must mean Vzn 3G is
slow also?

May 17, 2012, 7:31 AM
It's more than the technology. I'm sure that someone who's really good with tech will come along with a more complete answer (I'm a neophyte myself, and constantly learning about this stuff), but from what I understand...

Sprint could be putting their 3G network on smaller blocks of spectrum than Verizon, which would definitely cut costs but also cuts back speed and the number of people that can connect to a cell before there are performance issues.

Sprint also rents their 3G network out to everyone and their grandmother. The vast majority of major MVNOs that you see are all leasing Sprint's network, and smaller carriers like Cricket and MetroPCS use Sprint for roaming agreements. That puts an additional load on their network.

It ...

May 17, 2012, 7:38 AM
Isn't Sprint making some major upgrades to their 3G network?
Including 1x-Advanced, which will
enable voice & data simultaneously.

Sprint might become the only option
for *real* smartphone users like myself real soon.

And their putting LTE on the 1900
frequency, and eventually the 800 frequency, shouldn't LTE on 800mhz be comparable to LTE on 700mhz?

May 17, 2012, 1:52 PM
Keep in mind that T-Mo states, in the really fine print, that their unlimited plan throttles after 2GB. Just saying...

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