Back in January this year Verizon said that they would target customers that used more than 200GB in one month and make them change their plan because their usage damaged the quality of their network. This amount of data is considered excessive by Verizon for a mobile phone user.
I was told this week that has changed to 100GB and this is the new level Verizon will be targeting!
Have you been targeted for high data use by Verizon Wireless?
The Sprint plans also include unlimited voice calling and text messaging while on the carrier’s network, the carrier’s Global Roaming service, unlimited text messaging from the U.S. to more than 180 countries and mobile hot spot service. Customers can also bolster their nonthrottled data allotments with an automatic data “buy-up option” at $15 per gigabyte, or just allow their data service speeds to be limited to 2G speeds should their purchased data bucket limit be reached.
Each smartphone line accessing a data bucket is priced at $45 for devices purchased with a device subsidy or $20 per line for devices purchased either outright or through a device payment plan. Tablets and mobile hot spots are charged $10 per month for access.
After consistently losing customers to the outrageous deals and contract-less business practices of the “Uncarrier” T-Mobile and others, AT&T finally decided to jump in, and overhauled its entire portfolio of pricing tiers and payment schemes, just like Verizon and Sprint did before it to ward off the emerging T-Mobile threat.
Because of these seismic shifts in carrier pricing schemes, we are now facing a whole different ballgame when it comes to monthly outlays for our cell phones and their contract… or are we? Check out the gist of current individual and shared offerings from each of the four major carriers for easier comparison:
Researching all those carrier websites to find the right cell phone plan is an exercise in patience and exhaustion.
All those numbers from carriers competing for your dollars — monthly rates, gigabytes (GB), connection fees — are enough to make you dizzy or crazy or both.
So before you join a carrier for a new time or switch to a new one, ask yourself these questions first.