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Verizon Droid Data Plan, Tethering and Exchange Email Will Cost You

herbf

Nov 7, 2009, 12:43 AM
I stopped by a store today in NJ to check out the phone, was pretty excited with all the buzz, and the device and OS is actually quite nice.

While playing w/ the phone browser I typed in Verizon Droid and up came this article.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/181590 ... »

I have to agree that Verizon is pricing the add-on services for this phone so high, along with the new ETF coming in a week, that they are going to discourage adoption of this and other new smart phones.

I was interested in getting these for the family, since we're all up for renewals, I'm good with the equipment pricing, but the data plans along w/ tethering and Exchange access for one line will add over $150 to ...
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crazyeaglefan236

Nov 7, 2009, 12:55 AM
Droid = 199.99 w/2yr contract
Monthly service 30.00 bucks for UNLIMITED (not 5gb) data and email
44.99 is IF it can sync to corporate email.
Tether is either 30 or 15 depending on the data plan and is 5gb (this is not even advertised as unlimited data).

so if you tethered the phone as a modem and used the web/email it would be 59.99
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wfine81

Nov 8, 2009, 3:15 PM
Hey Eagle, whats been up? Still in the game? Thought about sending you a text the other day but I wasnt sure if you had teh same numbers anymore.
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crazyeaglefan236

Nov 15, 2009, 12:07 AM
Yep. Same bat channel. Same bat number. Sent you a text man.
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Nimdae

Nov 7, 2009, 1:27 AM
Android based devices are smartphones. Verizon isn't the only service provider with voice and data plans for smartphones that differ from "dumbphones". If you buy any smartphone through verizon, you will be faced with higher fees due to expected usage of such services being higher than a regular phone. This isn't special Android data plan pricing.
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Menno

Nov 7, 2009, 2:00 AM
these are smartphones, just like blackberries, just like WINMO

29.99 for email and web is standard for smartphones.

ETF will only hurt you if you cancel your service before the two years are up. If you're the type of customer who rides out a contract, they could make the ETF a million dollars and it still wouldn't effect you.
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Menno

Nov 7, 2009, 2:29 AM
Email and web from your phone is also unlimited, it only has a cap if you tether (like EVERY OTHER CARRIER OUT THERE)

You might want to talk to a rep about pricing instead of googling it. Judging by that article you linked and engadget, it seems that most of the people writing articles about the features haven't had a verizon phone in two years.

Email and Web on a smartphone (no matter OS) is 29.99

Enterprise service on a smartphone is 44.99

Tethering will always make your data package = 60, so 30 for e&w phones, and 15 for enterprise phones.

Tethering is always at 5gb.

Seriously, it's been this way for years. why are people acting like it's some new conspiracy.

The only thing changing with advanced devices is the ETF....
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Menno

Nov 7, 2009, 2:30 AM
Data cap on the iphone, att blackberries, etc is all $30 as well.
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epik

Nov 9, 2009, 10:31 AM
Amen, I've seen this mentioned on a few places. I don't know how PRICING AS USUAL is crazy and unfair news.
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Menno

Nov 9, 2009, 6:08 PM
I seriously think most of these "journalists" commenting on verizon haven't used anything more advanced than a 4400 5 years ago on verizon's network.

Seriously, people were actually saying it was a "suprise" that verizon charges for tethering.. I am not familiar with ATT, but they do charge for tethering, don't they?
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epik

Nov 10, 2009, 7:03 PM
Yeah, they do. All day.

And I'm sure "someone, somewhere" has tethering without a monthly plan due to some set up or program that violates any carrier's terms and conditions agreement. Heck, even I've done it. That doesn't really count when you're discussing carrier-supported tethering.
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primus

Nov 14, 2009, 4:14 PM
Sprint does on their "please come to us even if it costs us money to have you as a customer" plan. I find it amusing that they throw in everything for 99.99 and people still leave them en mass ;)
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VZW611LA

Nov 7, 2009, 2:52 AM
The data that is used on the phone is Unlimited. Tethering the phone is where the 5GB cap comes into play.
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sparker781

Nov 9, 2009, 10:35 AM
Funny how people aren't happy unless they're either bitching about something or trying to figure out why their is a so called conspiracy with Verizon Wireless or any other carrier out there. If you dont like the prices then don't buy a smartphone.

Period Point Blank.
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shannon560

Nov 7, 2009, 10:11 AM
Interesting. I went to the store last night to look at the three phones I was considering. I was told flat out that you can't tether to the Droid yet. I ended up choosing the Blackberry Storm 2.
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Menno

Nov 7, 2009, 12:07 PM
There is no support for tethering yet, but they are aiming at early 2010. (they have to rework VZ access manager to work with it)
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shannon560

Nov 7, 2009, 6:29 PM
Thanks for that update. Maybe by the time this plan is up with the Crackberry, the Droid will be able to do what I need it to do. I was just so glad I thought to ask before buying.
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allboutvzw

Nov 7, 2009, 6:34 PM
I thought the new EFT, only effected changes to the contract made after November 15th. So everyone who bought the Motorola Droid November 6th-14th are still on the $175 ETF.

"This change only applies to new contracts beginning Nov. 15, and only when the customer ends serivce before the term is up. The ETF will be $350 and will decline by $10 a month."
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