I am a Sprint subscriber who uses a Blackberry on the everything for $99 plan (including Blackberry service). I used to be a Verizon user but switched because my wife's company used Sprint and we wanted to have the same provider. I had a much better experience on Verizon and my Sprint contract is up now. I am considering moving to Verizon and jumping on the iPhone bandwagon. I have a couple of questions for the less technologically inept.
1) Unlimited data vs. tiered pricing for data. What data are we talking about here? Downloads? Surfing the internet? E-mails? WiFi? All of the above? What connotes a heavy data user?
Data is strictly the 3G, but includes everything from the internet, emailing, downloading and even a lot of apps use data (Pandora streams music using the data connection, some GPS services use data connections, etc) Basically, anything a smartphone does that a regular phone doesn't uses data. WiFi doesn't use data, it's the alternative. Basically, WiFi is great, but 3/4G data plans give you access to all that stuff when there's no wireless connection to be found. I use my phone as a wireless router, I stream music, download music/videos, download ROMs, use Pandora, email all day, use the net constantly. Basically anything you can use it for I do use it for, and I still don't go over the limit. It's very hard to go over the 5 GB "unlimited" data if you're just a normal user. Very
hard. Last month I came close to the 5 gigs, but I was downloading ROMs, tethering all day long, and it was just a very busy month for my little phone. Normally I hover at 3.5-4 GB, and I consider myself a pretty heavy user. If you're just surfing the net, emailing and using data reliant apps, even on an every day basis, you won't come close to 5 GB.
I have no experience with the tiers since Verizon never had them, but you could likely use a lower tier and be just fine. When I first got the phone and used it for web/email, I barely even got close to 2 GB of data p/month.
Am I reading that right?
Im not listed to upgrade until June. Does this mean I can upgrade now but then I'm locked in with whatever I get for 2 years?
Edit: Or does that mean I can't upgrade at all until I've had the phone for 2 years. That wasn't what I agreed to when I signed up. Doesn't them changing the terms of the contract mean that I can get out of it without paying the termination fee?
You're grandfathered in, but the second you use that NE2 upgrade, you sign a new contract under the new terms, and are stuck with the phone until you buy a new one without the discount. It sucks. I won't be signing a new contract with Verizon. I'll go month to month until I find a better service.
Edited by Caspir, 12 January 2011 - 02:46 PM.