Verizon changing wireless plan pricing

Boy Genius Report has received screenshots showing Verizon Wireless' upcoming cell phone plan changes. The new plans will take effect on January 18th. Users have long complained that while Verizon may be the best when it comes to coverage and service, their prices are far from affordable. It seems that this may still hold true, even with the changes coming to their plans.

Below are the pictures taken from BGR. You will notice that Verizon has added a pre-paid service, ranging from $44.99 for 450 minutes of just talk, to $94.99 for unlimited talk and text. The big change is in their data plan pricing. Now, certain phones are required to be activated with a data plan. For $9.99 a 3G enabled multimedia phone (such as the enV3, Alias2, etc.) will get 25MB of data, plus pay-as you go data for $1.99/MB. A 3G enabled smartphone (such as the Droid or BlackBerry) will require a $29.99 unlimited data plan.

Verizon, for some reason, is touting their 30% price drop for their new unlimited talk plan like it's something extraordinary. This plan will run $69.99 for unlimited talk, and $89.99 for unlimited talk and text. Of course, if you want data, it'll still cost you an extra $29.99, making their truly unlimited plan $119.99 a month. This may be cheaper than AT&T's $129.99 plan, but Sprint's $99.99 and T-Mobile's $79.99 plans seem to have been completely ignored by whoever made the final decision about Verizon's price changes.

Verizon says that "these new plan are designed to attract and retain high value customers in the marketplace and recognize the growing popularity of devices with more capabilities than ever before." See for yourself if they will achieve that goal or not...

Images Credit - Boy Genius Report

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One thing I'll never understand is the fact that I pay $24.99 for a 3MB/sec DSL landland, and $29.99 for unlimited data on my Blackberry. They're charging outragous prices for data usage, when landlines are cheaper and much faster in most cases.

Ouch. We just signed up for Verizon and I have the Chocolate Touch, my wife the enV3. I had to look over multiple phones when I moved from Sprint last month because those phones required a data plan. While I love the service (both cellular and customer), this move irks me quite a bit. Terrible move. I'd hate to have to go in and say I want to add more minutes to my plan, forcing us to have data plans which would be virtually useless for us.

AT&T is crazy in their pricing. I am going to leave them for T-Mobile as soon as I can get the HTC HD2 in my hands. With taxes and all I pay around $148.00 a month for Unlimited Talk/Text/Data. It wasn't a deal because I bought my phones without a contract. With T-Mobile you have to pay retail full boat for the phones to get qualified for the $79.99 Unlimited plan but it I can deal with that.

Verizon and AT&T needs to get on the ball. They are resting on their top perch and i hope that T-Mobile/Sprint dethrones them.

I can't believe how much you guys in the states get charged for cell phone plane. Over here in the UK with the majority of the country covered in 3G I get 3000 minutes any network anytime unlimited texts, unlimited UK landline calls, Vodafone passprt and unlimited data usage, and whilst the data usage is a fair use policy I consider myself to be a heavy user, even using the built in WiFi to access the web on my laptop and all for £60 a month exponentially cheaper IMO

Read the writing on the wall folks. This is in anticipation of increased Droid popularity and the Nexus and iPhone coming to their network in the near future.

I'm currently stuck with Verizon cause it has a foothold on the area with better coverage and service which I'm ok with...but my current 2 year contract is up on the 31st in which I'm able to upgrade to a new phone either free or major discounted if I sign back up for another 2 years... (every 2) promotion. My problem here is this price changes goes into effect the 18th about 2 weeks before my time I can upgrade. I've contacted customer service to try to bump it up 2 weeks to lock in a better phone cheaper before this goes into effect. If they don't I'll be on the phone raising hell. I've got a phone now that does nothing but cut off at random and is driving me nuts but I don't want to spend a arm and a leg to replace it.

sava700 said,
I'm currently stuck with Verizon cause it has a foothold on the area with better coverage and service which I'm ok with...but my current 2 year contract is up on the 31st in which I'm able to upgrade to a new phone either free or major discounted if I sign back up for another 2 years... (every 2) promotion. My problem here is this price changes goes into effect the 18th about 2 weeks before my time I can upgrade. I've contacted customer service to try to bump it up 2 weeks to lock in a better phone cheaper before this goes into effect. If they don't I'll be on the phone raising hell. I've got a phone now that does nothing but cut off at random and is driving me nuts but I don't want to spend a arm and a leg to replace it.

Since you're so close to your contract's end, I'm pretty sure that they would let you sign a new contract before it expires. I think most carriers are willing to do this starting from the 18th or 20th month of the contract. You being two weeks out shouldn't matter at this point, so I say go out and give it a shot.

If you look at the family plans ... T-Mobile is missing ... I have the
new T-Mobile family plan and it's cheaper then then the ones that
are displayed.

What determins if they have to pay the "corporate email" tax or not for the smartphones? The normal unlimited data plan is fine and comes with ActiveSync for users needing Exchange access. Is this just for Blackberry people to enable the BES features back at the RIM datacenter for that device's PIN? We have about 2,500 users on our BES servers and every now and then a new device won't connect. Then we find out the cell carrier didn't enable the "enterprise features" they like to call it which means a few flags turned on back at RIM so they can sync with BES.

scorp508 said,
What determins if they have to pay the "corporate email" tax or not for the smartphones? The normal unlimited data plan is fine and comes with ActiveSync for users needing Exchange access. Is this just for Blackberry people to enable the BES features back at the RIM datacenter for that device's PIN? We have about 2,500 users on our BES servers and every now and then a new device won't connect. Then we find out the cell carrier didn't enable the "enterprise features" they like to call it which means a few flags turned on back at RIM so they can sync with BES.

RIM doesn't include the ActiveSync built into the BB phone so that is why the extra piece of server software is needed, really BS since it seems every other smartphone has ActiveSync built in. Some of us just want e-mail, contact, calendar etc sync, don't need the rest.

I barely use my cellphone... I wish there was an even cheaper plan in at&t. I have the lowest you can get for family plans and I'm definitively paying too much for it.

Did anyone notice that VZW changed the F&F requirement on Family Plans to 2000 minutes from 1400 minutes? WTF?

edit: I just noticed that the 1400 minutes still have the 10 F&F numbers. Man...their flyers are all screwy. One part of a flyer says its for 2000 minutes and higher and another part of a flyer lists the 1400 minutes having the F&F numbers.

majortom1981 said,
I am gathering this is to get ready for the iphone considering unlimited data on att with the iphone costs $29.99 a month also.

Verizon's Smartphone rate is $30 to begin with, just $15 more for corporate (exchange/etc support) not sure if ATT charges more for that.

wow, good thing get a discount on att bill though the company i work for. Last year out discount was 12% this year it got bump up to 17%.

that is god dam expensive... right now i'm paying 10$ for 7h of calls(all country's networks, all time) + 2000 texts + 1gb data

thornz0 said,
Well then, guess I won't be buying a Droid after all =/

Haha, check out the Samsung Moment instead... better phone IMHO, and it's getting Android 2.1 soon! =)

nubs said,
Why the hell would you get a droid without a data package... that is retarded.

Who said anything about no data package? I don't need unlimited and I don't like their forced fee. I currently get along just fine with pay as I go, as I'm not a heavy user of the internet on my phone, I just use it to download apps / games.

nubs said,
Why the hell would you get a droid without a data package... that is retarded.

A Droid phone would be great for me, without a data plan, because I'm always near a wireless or wifi connection, so I can just use that for anything my phone may do net-wise. I'm also very interested in developing Droid apps as well.

Yeah, so really what that comparison shows is that they have (FINALLY) aligned there plans with all of the other carriers, but they still charge more and try to cover it up with complicated "add on" features like Data.

It's lovely how they mysteriously leave out the HUGE detail that on Sprint you get unlimited calls to any cell number on any network in the US with their Everything Data plans, effectively turning them into Simply Everything plans. Sure beats the hell out of VZW and AT&T's 5 friends and family numbers.

vaximily said,
Yeah, so really what that comparison shows is that they have (FINALLY) aligned there plans with all of the other carriers, but they still charge more and try to cover it up with complicated "add on" features like Data.

It's lovely how they mysteriously leave out the HUGE detail that on Sprint you get unlimited calls to any cell number on any network in the US with their Everything Data plans, effectively turning them into Simply Everything plans. Sure beats the hell out of VZW and AT&T's 5 friends and family numbers.

The Simply Everything plan also includes unlimited calls to landlines, which Any Mobile Any Time (Sprint's any-cell-number voice plan) does not. It may SEEM that it does to you (if all the calls you make are to other cell phones). VZW has long included unlimited calls to any other VZW phone in all of their non-prepaid plans (and even most of their prepaid, formely IN pulse, plans; I am a former INpulse customer who had unlimited VZW-to-VZW with my Samsunng a-610), which is completely separate from Friends and Family (which is intended for NON-VZW cell numbers and landlines) and predates it. (AT&T Mobility is the same way.)

Data usage is the elephant in the room when it comes to taxing a cellular network (any cellular network; why ELSE do you think ALL the major carriers are going crazy adding extra bandwith, when voice won't need it?). That capacity and bandwidth expansion has to be paid for, so why not let those that are responsible (data users) pay for it? Data is ANYTHING that is neither talk or text (by strict definition). Of course, those data users not wanting to get socked with higher rates COULD take the simpler approach of simply uploaddiing thee information from their PC to their phone via the (usually included) sync cable; however, there's no "cool factor" in that. (You are basically using your smartphone or 3G phone as a multimedia device.) There is no such thing as a free lunch; that is apparently something we as consumers STILL haven't gotten yet.

PGHammer said,
The Simply Everything plan also includes unlimited calls to landlines, which Any Mobile Any Time (Sprint's any-cell-number voice plan) does not. It may SEEM that it does to you (if all the calls you make are to other cell phones). VZW has long included unlimited calls to any other VZW phone in all of their non-prepaid plans (and even most of their prepaid, formely IN pulse, plans; I am a former INpulse customer who had unlimited VZW-to-VZW with my Samsunng a-610), which is completely separate from Friends and Family (which is intended for NON-VZW cell numbers and landlines) and predates it. (AT&T Mobility is the same way.)

Data usage is the elephant in the room when it comes to taxing a cellular network (any cellular network; why ELSE do you think ALL the major carriers are going crazy adding extra bandwith, when voice won't need it?). That capacity and bandwidth expansion has to be paid for, so why not let those that are responsible (data users) pay for it? Data is ANYTHING that is neither talk or text (by strict definition). Of course, those data users not wanting to get socked with higher rates COULD take the simpler approach of simply uploaddiing thee information from their PC to their phone via the (usually included) sync cable; however, there's no "cool factor" in that. (You are basically using your smartphone or 3G phone as a multimedia device.) There is no such thing as a free lunch; that is apparently something we as consumers STILL haven't gotten yet.

That's all well and good, but they are charging people for data now that are not necessarily using it. That's the issue... Just having a particular phone does not mean that you are going to be using data.

M_Lyons10 said,
That's all well and good, but they are charging people for data now that are not necessarily using it. That's the issue... Just having a particular phone does not mean that you are going to be using data.

Verizon more than likely tracks bandwidth usage and has come to the conclusion they could require a data plan for the phones. Smartphone users aren't the only one eating bandwidth, but are still the largest to do so.

Besides someone could have a smart phone and not use data on it, I've seen people want Smartphones without a data plan. I think this came true with the iPhone as people liked the idea of having the portable media player and phone, but didn't want or need the data plan tacked on. Though I have to argue the whole point of the smartphone now of days is online access.

I think verizon should cut the personal Smartphone plan down in price as well as the corporate user one as well. The business I work for is going to launch an exchange server (3 person company) and $15 a month more plus the cost of the BB server software is just kind of silly for a small business.

most unlimited plans are actually considered about 5000 minutes if you read the contracts. Silly I know, that unlimited isn't truly unlimited, but they mostly do that so people don't go crazy and talk like 10hrs per day every single day on the phone.

I wish that they were required by law to giant * next to every single use of the word Unlimited if that were the case. Making up your own definition for a word just doesn't seem like valid advertising.

The only thing that went down was the unlimited plans. Everything else seems to be a tad more expensive to me. I remember paying $40/month for 500 minutes not too long ago on Verizon...

Well, I still have to read through all of these pictures, but based on the article I do have to say that Verizon does have really good deals if you have multiple phones. When I moved from Sprint / Nextel to Verizon our company's bill was cut in half...

Yeah, I don't understand why they get little love. I'm at $90 a month for unlimited everything *and* their home VoIP service with unlimited talk. Sure, I don't expect a signal in the middle of a corn field in South Dakota... But I'm paying $79/mo for unlimited wireless that gives 7.2Mbit 3G everywhere I go, always. They also have good coverage in the middle of nowhere (here in California) because they bought the old PacBell network from Cingular, which was actually considerably bigger than AT&T Wireless' GSM network which Cingular used instead of what they already had (thus beginning a decade of less-than-ideal coverage here in CA post AT&T Wireless merger)

Not happy about the extra $10 a month for certain phones. I have the envy touch but will never use it for email or web browsing so why should I be forced to pay for it. My other option would be to get a POS phone.

jerzdawg said,
Not happy about the extra $10 a month for certain phones. I have the envy touch but will never use it for email or web browsing so why should I be forced to pay for it. My other option would be to get a POS phone.

I do agree with you there. It should only be necessary if you want that service... I don't see why this would be acceptable at all. People should complain.

jerzdawg said,
Not happy about the extra $10 a month for certain phones. I have the envy touch but will never use it for email or web browsing so why should I be forced to pay for it. My other option would be to get a POS phone.

That, and it use to be $5/month for unlimited crippled web access (granted it wasn't 3G). But who wants the speed of 3G when you are limited to 25MB/month?

M_Lyons10 said,
I do agree with you there. It should only be necessary if you want that service... I don't see why this would be acceptable at all. People should complain.

Why would you get a phone you dont even use? Thats the way verizon looks at it. Because it looks cool. You buy a xbox with one game? It doesnt make sense.

bigred84 said,
Why would you get a phone you dont even use? Thats the way verizon looks at it. Because it looks cool. You buy a xbox with one game? It doesnt make sense.

I use the envy touch because I text alot and like the ful qwerty keboard

bigred84 said,
Why would you get a phone you dont even use? Thats the way verizon looks at it. Because it looks cool. You buy a xbox with one game? It doesnt make sense.

1. They are talking about web and email access. Not voice service.

2. I don't think they will require you to get the data service with non-smartphones. Just some non-smartphones are 3G enabled, and have something like "Mobile Web" available for $10/month. But, Mobile Web (aka crippled web) use to be $5/month and was unlimited with Verizon.

jerzdawg said,
I have the envy touch but will never use it for email or web browsing so why should I be forced to pay for it.

The article above says existing customers will not be required to get the data plan unless they make certain changes to their account. Check out some of the other carriers. Most carriers are requiring some sort of data plan on their phones, not necessarily smartphones.

jerzdawg said,
I use the envy touch because I text alot and like the ful qwerty keboard

Exactly. Just because you have a phone like that doesn't mean that you are going to use it to access the internet. You shouldn't have to pay for something you don't intend to use. They can always turn that service off, or charge you the per MB charge if you do use it.

Shadrack said,
1. They are talking about web and email access. Not voice service.

2. I don't think they will require you to get the data service with non-smartphones. Just some non-smartphones are 3G enabled, and have something like "Mobile Web" available for $10/month. But, Mobile Web (aka crippled web) use to be $5/month and was unlimited with Verizon.

The current Verizon Policy is to force users into the Data plan for smartphones, no matter if people will use the additional features or not.

So, it can be expected that this will also 'force' users into the Multimedia package even if they don't want to use the features, which as 'jerzdawg' points out a LOT OF USERS buy these type of phones because of the MP3 player/Video abilities from a Memory card and the Qwerty flip/slide out Keyboards.

Additionally, right now, if you have a Family Plan and want to add ONE smart phone, you have to pay the additional $30.00 a month for ALL the phones on your family plan.

I hope Verizon doesn't force users, but since they already do this with the smart phones, it is expected.