There is a lot of fuss about Verizon eliminating their unlimited data plans soon. In fact if you currently have a phone with an unlimited data plan and wish to upgrade to a new discounted phone with a new 2 year contract, you will have to give up your unlimited data plan. This may not be a bad thing though.
The new Verizon Wireless plans have many changes to them. Friends and Family is going away also. I actually did not hear that but assume as the new plans will have unlimited minutes and text. So instead of paying for texting, you will save by getting it for free.
And I don’t know anyone legally tethering their phone to share Internet access because Verizon charges $20 a month for it. From what I read today it will be included. This makes sense if they would like to make more money through data charges.
This news is very interesting as I have used Google Voice for making free calls and text messages since I got my first Android phone. I have blocked text messages on my phone so I don’t get charged for them. There are more changes though.
Instead of having a base plan and having additional lines for $10 a month plus a data plan for smart phones, it will now cost $40 a month for a smart phone and $30 for non-smart phone. This will encourage more people to get smart phones that don’t already have one like my mom. Lol
Another area that I believe will be better is my Motorola Xoom tablet will only cost $10 a month to share the data versus the current $30 a month for 2GB in which I only use a little over 1GB a month. On the same note, hotspot service will only cost $30 a month versus the current requirement of getting a data plan for 5GB for $50 a month. This also makes sense for Verizon to encourage people to pay more for data plans.
Another significant difference will be the number of devices on one plan will increase from 5 to 10. This is great for those who share their plan with their parents and don’t have an additional device allowed for their children should they be old enough to get a phone.
Overall I see the new changes Verizon Wireless is making to their plans as a good thing. My only fear would be using to much data in a few month. According to My Verizon I have used close to 7GB of data in this current billing period. The next closest would be me again with my tablet using a little over 1GB. I hope my wife doesn’t read this or she might kick me off the plan. Lol
During the past month I have not used Wifi very much. I also downloaded different ROM updates for my rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I also tried out a couple of Motorola Droid Razr’s this month that had factory updates and I downloaded them without wifi also.
Since visiting my local Verizon Wireless store, I have attempted to use my Wifi at home more. And I realized today for the first time since using a 3G phone, my home internet is faster than Verizon Wireless.
I find it funny that my wife has an upgrade available after using her’s for my Samsung Galaxy Nexus In January and I have an update available in July. Verizon Wireless is trying to entice us to make the change. After what I have seen so far, I think we will be happy to make the change. Of course the information I have written is my interpretation of the changes and is definitely not fact. We will find out everything the closer we get to June 28th. The changes will happen before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Razr HD. The new HTC Incredible should be out before, but not certain.