It was just this week that Sprint raised their price for its unlimited data plan. Perhaps Verizon is following Sprint’s lead. According to The Verge, Verizon is nearly doubling the monthly cost of their unlimited data plan moving forward.
On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.
Customers would also have the option of adding 3G/4G tablets to their Data Share plans for an additional $10, though there is no need to sign a contract or long-term commitment. In all reality, the Data Share plan isn’t too bad— especially for couples and families. But if you’re not fortunate enough to be on a family plan and ride solo, then there’s nothing like having the luxury and freedom of unlimited data for Verizon customers— so you may want to hold onto that coveted unlimited data plan for as long as you can.
source: Verizon Wireless PR
After hearing all the hubbub surrounding Verizon’s plan to cut off unlimited data, T-Mobile’s VP of marketing Andrew Sherrard decided it was the right time to announce that they are on the side of the consumer and agree that shared data is not the way to go. Talking to T-Mobile’s Issues & Insights Blog, Sherrard acknowledged that consumers do not want to share a lump sum of data, nor would it beneficial in a family data plan model. Not only does he disagree with Verizon’s recent announcement, Sherrard brings up a really good point. “Do families really want to keep track of each others’ data consumption? We don’t think so. Just imagine mom’s email is suddenly unavailable because her teenage son watched an HD movie on his phone, consuming the family’s data allotment.” Sherrard also said that T-Mobile has no plans to go the way of AT&T and Verizon. They will be sticking with individual data packages and have no desire to implement huge overage charges for those who exceed their data limit. Instead, they choose to use the equally controversial method of “throttling.”
Without knowing what Verizon’s exact plans are for shared data it is hard for me to pass judgement as of yet. What if us Verizon customers are given an option to get a higher amount of data that we can share across our tablets and smartphones at a lesser cost than what we are paying for multiple data plans? On the other end of the spectrum, if you are a one-device data user and want to maintain your unlimited data, I don’t think buying your next Android device at full retail price is a reasonable trade-off either. Maybe it’s time to start looking into a T-Mobile account or the other option that keeps becoming more and more appealing – a pre-paid plan
Does knowing the carriers full stance toward data limits have you looking for a new plan or carrier? Let us know what you think, or plan to do, in the comments below.
We just learned about Verizon killing off their unlimited data plans for users that have been grandfathered in. Now we’re getting some clarification from Verizon about the changes and their new push toward shared data plans.
As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its pricing structure for some time. Customers have told us that they want to share data, similar to how they share minutes today. We are working on plans to provide customers with that option and will introduce new plans later this year.
When the new options are introduced, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to our customers purchasing handsets and signing a new contract. Customers who choose to purchase phones at full retail price and are currently on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan. The same pricing and policies will apply to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.
We will share specific details of the plans well in advance of their introduction so customers will have time to evaluate the plans and make the best decisions for their wireless service. It is our goal and commitment to continue to provide customers with the same high value service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.
So basically, anyone currently on an unlimited plan can keep it as long as they don’t sign a new contract. This means they have to either keep their current device, or buy any new devices off contract for full price. Many people won’t be able to afford non-subsidized devices so they’ll be forced to sign a new contract and lose their unlimited plan when they decide they want to upgrade their phones. Not the best news, surely, but at least they’re not just shutting it down completely.
Another day, another lawsuit for a mobile provider. T-Mobile is being sued by Trent Alvarez, who after entering into an agreement with the provider was told he exceeded a 10GB data allotment on his “unlimited” data plan. The suit, being tried inYolo County, California, claims that T-Mobile’s advertisment of “Unlimited Web & Email” is misleading to consumers and falsely represents the data plan. This draws comparisons to a 2007 suit against Verizon in which the judge awarded the plaintiffs $1 million dollars after claiming they were mislead by Verizon’s “unlimited” data offering. While T-Mobile’s contract expressly states that they reserve the right to throttle data speeds, the argument will be made that users rarely read the fine print and that T-Mobile needs to advertise this policy more openly.
T-Mobile may fight back by arguing that exceeding 10GB is excessive, and may try to find instances of wrong doing in the plaintiff’s data history. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the judge rules in this case and the impact it may have on similar suits in the future. T-Mobile currently offers a variety of Android phones, including the myTouch and the new Samsung Vibrant, and their increasing popularity may cause T-Mobile to rethink their current data plan all together.