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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Data for Mild users?

OK readers here we go again. Big Red, Verizon is up to no good yet again. They are contemplting more ways of how to lift money from us and somehow try and make it seem like they are thinking about us and actually care. Maybe they do, but personally I dont see how so when they continue to nickel and dime consumers to death. This is a clip that I got from

"It’s inevitable, tiered data plans for mobile devices are coming. It’s a reality that wireless providers and consumers are soon going to have to deal with. As phones add more features and become more data-centric, they tax wireless networks, and ultimately, the network provider’s bottom line. Verizon’s CTO, Tony Melone, had this to say when he was asked about unlimited data plans by the Wall Street Journal: “As much data as you can consume is the big issue that has to change… It’s one thing to say all you can eat is gone, it’s another to have consumers worrying, ‘Can I stream this radio?’ That’s what we don’t want.” It is mildly comforting to know that Verizon’s CTO understands — you can get rid of unlimited data… as long as we can have unlimited data. One thing we’re sure of: when the first major U.S. carrier institutes a tiered data pricing policy, the others are sure to follow suit. You can look for this to roll out prior to Verizon’s first 4G handset dropping circa summer 2011. "

So what does this mean for those of us that might be with Verizon? Versizon is saying that it looking for ways so that consumers that use data moderately can be charged less than those that are heavy users. Great idea. However when it becomes required that a handset have any type of data plan is where I draw the line. Why not just create bundle like they used to have. I applaud Sprint, they have the fewest number of plans to choose from, less confusing, and everything seems to be bundled. And if you dont need the bundle you can pick and choose what you want. Their advantage, with the bundle, you get more and save more, PERIOD. I am not bashing Verizon and rallying for Sprint. Its just a fact. Both companies have their pros and cons. Ultimately its the consumer that decides who succeeds and fails.

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