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Verizon Introduces New EVDO Phone and Data Plans

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:13 am    Post subject: Verizon Introduces New EVDO Phone and Data Plans Reply with quote

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 19 -- Verizon Wireless is moving the industry forward with the introduction of game-changing voice and data plans. The builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network today announced the immediate availability of new Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minute Plans. The plans give customers all their calls -- anytime to anyone in the U.S., including landline phones -- at a flat rate for $99.99 monthly access. BroadbandAccess Plans are also being enhanced so customers now have two choices for Internet browsing, e-mail access and downloading files. The new BroadbandAccess plans, available on March 2, will offer customers monthly data plan options of 50 Megabytes (MB) or 5 Gigabytes (GB) (5,120 MB).

"Verizon Wireless is changing the way customers think about wireless," said Mike Lanman, Verizon Wireless chief marketing officer. "The new flat rate voice plans truly free customers from the worry of counting minutes, while the new data plan options allow more customers to experience the freedom of mobile broadband. These enhancements are also an acknowledgement that wireless has evolved and more people than ever depend on it as a primary means of communication in every aspect of their lives."

BroadbandAccess, the company's flagship data service, allows customers to experience average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 MB e-mail attachment in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Customers will be able to take full advantage of these speeds with two options: 50 MB data usage for $39.99 monthly access or 5 GB data usage for $59.99 monthly access.

"These new flat rate plans make mobile broadband more affordable than ever," said Lanman. "The $39.99 plan is perfect for the occasional or light data user, while the $59.99 plan meets the needs of the majority of heavy data users. The plans are easy to understand and give customers the technology they need to manage their lives -- both business and personal."

Verizon Wireless can make this industry leading move because it has invested nearly $44 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. The company was also the first to offer customers a guarantee that pays for equipment and service if customers are not satisfied within 30 days and want to move their service to a different carrier.

"Wireless service is a powerful tool that has vastly changed the way we live. Verizon Wireless decided to take the next step by evolving our plans to meet the needs of customers who depend on our service to stay connected. We have enhanced our pricing portfolio because some customers just needed more freedom for their wireless dollar," Lanman added.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's really happening unfortunately is they are starting to lose customers. Myself for one. They had been promising customers broadband here on the central coast for months and months. Sprint beat them to it and many like myself not being able to live with the 1xRTT speeds anymore jumped ship and I must say so far I am impressed with Sprints evdo service.

I don't see any difference above in their data service except maybe offering that 50 MB for $40 a month! They still advertise the 5 GB bandwidth Limit and when I went to Sprint I couldn't find a limit anywhere, not saying there isn't one, but I couldn't find it.

I just know in this area they are losing customers, especially data customers since Sprint launched the evdo.

The phone plan if I read it right sounds good at $99 per month for unlimited calls? That would be pretty good for me. My phones are still with them. Wonder if they'll let me downgrade (in $$$) to the new plan lol?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:58 am    Post subject: How much is 50MB a month Reply with quote

For those wondering if Verizon's 50MB a month plan will work for them, you might want to check out this article:

What does 50MB Get me?

Here's a Hint: Its not a lot. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...what a pathetic data plan...both of them
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: 50mb That is another slap in the face to consumers Reply with quote

50mb for $39.99 That is another slap in the face to consumers. Verizon Wireless likes to Nickle and Dime consumers to death. Some excel files I send are 3-5MB!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dario, it's hardly a slap in the face for the many business customers who's use is infrequent and limited to a few emails and web pages per day. We have 500 Verizon data cards for field staff, primarily to be able to check emails and project web pages. normally less than 50MB per month, except in a few special cases. So reducing my monthly Verizon invoice from 500x$59.99 to 500x$39.99 is very welcome news.

Its also good news to hear that Verizon has not caved in on their 5gig per month limit. We should all encourage the bandwidth hogs using more than 5gig in a month to please go sign up for some other provider. If that provider cares so little about their network performance, speed and latency, that they fail to limit the 5% of abusers who degrade the network performance for everyone else, then you're welcome to it. Bandwidth is a limited & expensive resource.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim,

I have found no problems with latency nor speed with Sprint who does not have the bandwidth restraints that Verizon has. The only evdo we have here is Sprint so it gets banged around a lot pretty hard yet no problems. I believe all that bandwidth stuff is nothing more than a cop out. They should expand and be able to meet the demands of their customers. Just like any business.

I can see where a business like you state would save under this plan, but even the average user would not survive at all. Result? Verizon raking in the bucks for additional time! Alex pretty much described what the average user would get. I'd use that up just in updating my windows, anti-virus and spyware software and a few uploads to my website. Nothing left for anything else. even without the above mentioned I'd eat it up in a couple days!

How do you update all those computers with the lateest updates? VPN? Still uses bandwidth. Just curious or do you not update them?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hours after Verizon does it, AT&T reacts with similar unlimited phone plans:

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=25197
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL and the battle is on!!


On edit... We have the family plan for the phones with Verizon. I called and for the 2 phones it would be $199 per month! No way, I'll stay where I am.! I knew there would be a catch with more than 1 line! Always a catchy somewhere. Gotta love the fine print Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you firedude. I have Alltel as well as Sprint and their unlimited data plans and I seem to get better service than most of my friends with Verizon's limits. I'm fortunate to be in an area with all the major providers and there is simply not much of a comparison between Verizon and either Sprint or Alltel performance wise. Really makes you me wonder if "Big Red" doesn't have quite the resources of their little cousins?

But on the other hand, I can see where, for many casual users of mobile data, the 50G plan might work. I'm thinking about the many folks out there who have cable or DSL at home and just want to be able to take their laptop with them somewhere and not have to pay the ever rising connection fees at Starbucks, airports, hotels, etc. just to check their email and therefore will never come near the 50G limits since they can update Windows, virus programs, etc. while at home. I have to think there are more of these folks who will now sign up with the lower price point especially suiting them. (I just think this price point might work a little better about $10 lower at the $29 mark.)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, I wholeheartedly agree. $29 would be more responsible for such a plan. I think they'd make more that way anyway on a volume thing. I would though caution anyone on one of those plans to really watch their data usage as it can ad up fast like Alex noted above and the next thing you know you're paying premium prices for time over the 50MB! Been there, done that. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrp wrote:
Its also good news to hear that Verizon has not caved in on their 5gig per month limit...We should all encourage the bandwidth hogs...


I'm sorry jrp - but I have a MAJOR problem with your thoughtless comment! 5GIG is absolutely nothing these days nor would I feel like a bandwidth hog if I exceeded 5GB! While I have never exceeded 3.5 GB - I can assure you that Verizon if pulling in a bundle these days and if it means increasing their bandwidth capabilities - they can afford it.

I hope I didn't offend you.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a few hours after AT&T copied Verizon's move, T-Mobile appears to have now joined the price "war"?

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080219/verizon_wireless_unlimited.html?.v=12&printer=1
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrp wrote:

Its also good news to hear that Verizon has not caved in on their 5gig per month limit. We should all encourage the bandwidth hogs using more than 5gig in a month to please go sign up for some other provider. If that provider cares so little about their network performance, speed and latency, that they fail to limit the 5% of abusers who degrade the network performance for everyone else, then you're welcome to it. Bandwidth is a limited & expensive resource.

Jim


If they're so stretched on bandwidth that they have to keep a 5 GB cap, I don't want to go anywhere near their network. You're KIDDING yourself if you think anything over 5 GB is abusive, even on a mobile service. When your only choice for broadband is Verizon or Sprint EVDO, and you have multiple users/machines, 5 GB is NOTHING.

Been cruising on Sprint for a year without any slow-down AT ALL.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I'm sorry jrp - but I have a MAJOR problem with your thoughtless comment!"

we'll have to agree to disagree. anyone using more than 5 gig a month is doing something that the cellular broadband data system was never intended or designed for, and is using way more than their fair share of the networks shared & limited bandwidth. sometime in the future more bandwidth may be available at the flick of a switch, but right now its very expensive to provide and increase.

"if it means increasing their bandwidth capabilities - they can afford it."

they can afford it by passing the higher costs on to their customers. So you're suggesting we all pay even higher fees to allow 5% of the networks users to download/stream music/movies all day?. I and many others would prefer to only pay for the bandwidth required to satify the other 95% of users, and hope that Verizon finds a way to make the 5% pay all the extra costs or throttle them back to 200bps, like satellite internet providers have always done.
The impact may not be felt in all areas yet, but many towers & switches are overloaded at certain times and the impact of heavy users is obvious and serious. As recreational/personal users come to cellular broadband in place of their cable/dsl/sat service, new rules, new plans and new pricing structures will continue to be experimented with as the service providers adjust to users they never expected to be serving in the way they are. Some of us also remember when our dial up AOL service was billed by the minute, talk about sticker shock at the end of the month Smile

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