Verizon Considers Plans Based On Speed, As Well As Data
Nov 17, 2010, 6:26 PM by Philip Berne
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg recently suggested that Verizon Wireless could base its plan rates not only on the amount of data a user consumes, but also on the speed of that data connection. Seidenberg said that the wireless carrier's move to faster LTE networks would give it more room to offer a variety of speed options. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo concurred, saying that customers could balance their plans by either paying for a faster connection and consuming less data, or skimping on the connection speed to download more bits. The move comes as most of the large wireless carriers in the U.S. move away from unlimited data plans towards tiered pricing plans based on data usage.
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A way to ration bandwidth without(?) overage charges
This is one way to deal with that without (hopefully) having overage charges. Most high-volume users are going to be using the Internet for applications for which speed matters (e.g., streaming movies). People who only use the Internet for news, blogs, etc, don't use a lot of data and are less likely to even notice a speed difference.
I would rather have a simple $/kilobyte billing system. But carriers don't like the lack of a guaranteed revenue stream (especially not with expensive subsidized PDA phones), and sadly a lot of consumers are idiots...
That would make the most sense to me. Build plan buckets that charge based on fast delivery rates, then offer a discount for customers who don't n...
Big Red Sucks!
If every carrier starts doing this, I'll happily go back to a good ol' fashioned prepaid phone that just calls. It will be enough.
argh...lets just return back to pagers
it was simple, pick your amount of numeric or alphanumeric pages per month or pay all at once and you're straight. no caps/throttle/trickery.
it's crap like this that makes me really consider just going old school and rockin a pager or just have a smartphone on a prepaid sim 👿
what is the freaking point moving to LTE??
that is like going to Mercedes dealer, and they sell you a toyota cus you cant afford a mercedes! haha
This is pointless. They already said that 'bucket of bytes' was 'inevitable'. But this...really? sure, brag about 4g speeds and then make it slower than EV-Do.
Also, this could be very complicated f...
I knew Verizon was going to be evil about LTE
When I was with Clear I was using 30-35gb's a month watching a lot of Hulu, news, and porn. And I didn't have to pay $80/mo for it neither!
Can someone tell me what the whole point is in having a fast network, and not use it for mutltimedia? That's what speed is for, video. It won't be much longer til the details of the LTE rate plans are announced, ever
When I was with Clear I was using 30-35gb's a month...
Can't make any real judgments until actual pricing is leaked/announced, but I think what you'll find is that they will price the service such tha...
I would buy it
I would happily pay $15/month for a 1GB 2G data package.
This is the pricing model used by wired internet providers. Why should anyone be shocked that it is being considered for cellular internet?
AND IT BEGINS!
I dunno if this is a good thing or bad thing but hey in the grand sceam of things it would be good compitition.