I am confused. I want to get a Samsung i700 and have access to the internet. As I understand it from Verizon, the only way is via the $45 unlimited access plan to the Express National Access network.
However, I heard through Verizon resellers that Verizon customers on the West Coast could access the fast 1x network via the minutes on their plan if they called customer service and coerced them into turning this on for them.
I live on the east coast and would love to be able to access the fast 144k network for the minutes if possible rather than doing $45 extra a month. Is this possible?
Worst case scenario, am I able to access the 14.4 network browsing the full web with their $5 a month plan and minutes.
Using your minutes on the 1X network is not actually an option. However, the 1X service is available for free, but only for those features that are going to be using it as Verizon is attempting to phase out the 14.4 connection and replace it with the faster 1X service. If indeed others are able to use the 1X feature and just use their minutes, once the network catches this and realizes that customers are using it for more than what it was originally for (i.e. faster Mobile Web, Get It Now, and Pix Msg) the network automatically removes the feature and pretty much forces the customer to pay for it.
nonetheless...you don't need to pay $5 to access the internet with the slower 14.4 connection. That service is totally free of any additional charges and only uses your airtime minutes. If you are being charged I suggest calling verizon and having the option that your are being charged for removed or post some further information and I can help you out with that