Droid X users use 5x the data, Verizon still looking to kill unlimited data

Despite the fact that the Droid X has been suffering from screen issues, Verizon has stated that Droid X users are swallowing up five times the data when compared to other devices.  Neowin reported yesterday that Verizon was looking to bury unlimited data and this propaganda is only reinforcing the claims that Verizon will unveil the new plans soon. 

According to paidcontent.org, Verizon stated “On Droid X, we’re seeing something like 5x the data usage of any other device” what Verizon fails to say is that this is could be tied to it being a new device.  Like any other new toy, the owner tends to play with it a lot at first and dissipate use in the following months; but it’s more likely that Verizon will use this slanted information to introduce its data tiers in the near future. 

While Verizon continues to state the obvious, its users are left wondering how long we get to keep our unlimited plans (Verizon does currently have a soft cap of 5 gigabytes per month on mobile data usage).  While we don’t really know what Verizon will introduce, or how it will price its data tiers, this is one more piece of the puzzle that shows Verzion is about to take unlimited data to the way of the "Dodo".

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I say lets all pool our money, start a new wireless company and show those ******* how it SHOULD be done. VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!!

No if you want to show a company how upset you are dont give them your money otherwise they really dont care what you think.

I also hope Verizon changes their mind about putting a cap on data usage. Personally, I use well over 2 gb a month just using the HTC Incredible. Streaming audio like Pandora and watching youtube videos eats up a lot of data. Not to mention Google GPS, Maps and Latitude are being used almost daily.
This makes me think Verizon is going to turn their back on the end user so they can make the end user pay a lot more monthly.
Personally, I say go on Verizon's forums, email the CEO and sent tons of twitter messages to @Verizon & @Verizonwireless. This will be the only way they will see how upsetting this will make their customers.

You advertise a product that does certain things then whine like a bitch when people who buy your product use it like your ads show them on the TV. You know this is getting really old do the people running these companies even watch their ads? If you dont want the sheep eating from the through then dont lead them to it.

5GB is a lot of data on a mobile device. It seems to me like you'd have to consciously try to come anywhere close to that - granted I only use my phone for basic web browsing (when, for whatever reason, I'm not on my laptop) but I have 25MB/month and rarely do I approach half of that.

What are you guys doing on your phones to consume so much data? Unless you're actively streaming music 24/7 or downloading a bunch of big files, it seems like this wouldn't really be that big a deal. Am I missing something?

Seems to me that Verizon is trying to get their users to buy into a very nice device..yet when they actually are using it for a few months..then they will push up prices for using any data whatsoever..in my opinion Verizon needs to look at the overall consumer and not what is in their best interests..right now it seems to be a possible lose lose for both the consumer and verizon

This is why I didn't mind Sprint's $10 upgrade charge with the Evo. With all of these companies selling 5GB plans as unlimited, it was nice to have the option of paying an extra $10 for truly uncapped EVDO and Wimax access. I was splitting a $130 plan with my girlfriend so now with the extra $10, my share is $75/month for more minutes than I can possibly use and unlimited text, 3g data, and Wimax data. I couldn't find anything cheaper on any other carrier even with a cap.

Why not just cancel your verizon service, if you are unhappy with any rate/service changes?
Usually Executives see the $$$ drop, they will hear that loud and clear.

When customers continue to pay money for services, executives hear nothing but CHA CHING!!!
But when the CHA CHING!!! stops, they can actually start listening/hearing the footsteps of customers leaving.

$$$ talks, Unhappy customers walk.

nidaros said,
Why not just cancel your verizon service, if you are unhappy with any rate/service changes?
Usually Executives see the $$ drop, they will hear that loud and clear.

When customers continue to pay money for services, executives hear nothing but CHA CHING!!!
But when the CHA CHING!!! stops, they can actually start listening/hearing the footsteps of customers leaving.

$$ talks, Unhappy customers walk.

True. The problem is there are fewer and fewer places to take your dollars. The remaining carriers that offer unlimited data have very poor coverage in my area. I will, however, not renew my data plan if it is not unlimited anymore. I'd rather live without data than be constantly paranoid about overage charges.

Has anyone else on an Android phone updated the "My Verizon" app? It now includes a data usage widget. I'm betting this isn't Verizon's idea for something cool to look at, it will be a required tool for you so you don't go over.

The reason is when people first got their smart phones, they want to browse and experience what the phone can do. that uses a lot of data initially. after 2 weeks, they'll use regularly. when i first got nexus1, my first couple weeks of data usage was high, now I just use it for podcasts, maps and not so heavy web browsing. I hate big corporations making billions and billions of money making bitch excuses to suck more money out of their customers.

Verizon wanted a hit phone like ATT? Now you have it, along with increased data usage. Now hold your own and don't mess up. The soft data cap of 5G is sufficient enough, people are just exploring their phones. Usage will stabilize. But keep upgrading your network, since the future is mobile broadband.

Shadrack said,
Could it just be because it is new, and people are just playing with their new phone more?

This is most likely.

My data averaged at 250mb a month (with heavy regular useage all day every day) under my old 3GS. In the first month of having my iPhone 4 it's shot up to 400mb already and I've still got 4 days left of my billing period.

It's just out of my pocket more because it's 'new'

Hotspot users (using the phone as a hotspot) are likely the biggest data users (as opposed to using the phone over wi-fi). How many of you (wanting to keep the current unlimited data plans) do *most* of your data usage as a hotspot (or other 3G/4G) as opposed to wi-fi?

Maybe this is why they are going to a teir plan. They figure they can get more money that way. If you look at it, the land line is dieing. I think in the couple of years, there will be no land lines, it will all be cellular .. So they have to recupe what they are losing from that. Either way, Verizon still sux - I hate them ,,,

chaos_disorder said,
What in the hell are these Droid X owners doing that previous Droid & Incredible users weren't? Hotspot? 5 times the data is a lot.

I know...perhaps there's some bad preinstalled moto widgets apps soaking up info 24/7?

we're so at the mercy of those companies. ppl are begging to be able to keep their old contracts

on one side, we have technology that begs to develop. and on the other side, we have companies that puts the brake on that.

frustrating.

Mouettus said,
we're so at the mercy of those companies. ppl are begging to be able to keep their old contracts

on one side, we have technology that begs to develop. and on the other side, we have companies that puts the brake on that.

frustrating.


I agree, speed improvement and streaming is the future, not capping

Mouettus said,
we're so at the mercy of those companies. ppl are begging to be able to keep their old contracts

They can't force the changes on existing contracts... So I'm not sure why people are begging to keep them. They will keep them automatically.

Frazell Thomas said,

They can't force the changes on existing contracts... So I'm not sure why people are begging to keep them. They will keep them automatically.

They most likely can. There is always some clause burried within the contract that will give them the right to change services rendered in some way.

Frazell Thomas said,

They can't force the changes on existing contracts... So I'm not sure why people are begging to keep them. They will keep them automatically.

Wow, do you not know anything about the way modern megacorps operate.

In short, every contract from these corps contains a "we reserve the right to change the terms and conditions of this agreement at our discretion" clause. You only have the right to cancel your contract if you don't like the new rules.

Would it possibly be because they just got the phone and are trying different apps out and giving streaming video a try? I'm sure the usage will settle down to normal ranges after a week or two. I'm also sure this is a preemptive measure to launching limited data plans.

Apparently you didn't read the article.

Quote: "What Verizon fails to say is that this is could be tied to it being a new device. Like any other new toy, the owner tends to play with it a lot at first and dissipate use in the following months."

Toorop said,
No Verizon, Dont go to the dark side and kill the Unlimited Data!

I'd encourage everyone with this request to go to Verizon's forums and post it there.

Firethorne said,

I'd encourage everyone with this request to go to Verizon's forums and post it there.

I'd recommend you send a snail mail letter to the Verizon Wireless President instead of posting on forums. Forums are barely read by most large companies.

Frazell Thomas said,

I'd recommend you send a snail mail letter to the Verizon Wireless President instead of posting on forums. Forums are barely read by most large companies.

Very true. My main point was to at least make it somewhat visible to Verizon, and snail mail would do that. If they aren't paying attention to their own forums, they certianly wouldn't be paying attention to complaints on a third party site like neowin.

Frazell Thomas said,

I'd recommend you send a snail mail letter to the Verizon Wireless President instead of posting on forums. Forums are barely read by most large companies.

Blizzard would disagree.