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Droid X may give Verizon the excuse it needs to follow AT&T into tiered data plans

Verizon recently launched its slick and large-screened Droid X smartphone. The device received rave reviews and has been one of the most popular smartphones that Verizon has ever offered. The Droid X is selling well for Verizon so far, but the popularity of the handset has a downside for the wireless provider.

According to
PocketNow, Verizon has stated that the users of the Droid X smartphone are consuming much more data than the users of other smartphones on the Verizon network. Specifically, Verizon claims that Droid X user's consumer about five times more data than the users of other smartphones on the network.

Many will not be surprised by the higher data usage by Droid X owners. When consumers have a device that works well for watching video, browsing the web and other tasks the users tend to actually use the features. AT&T found this out with the iPhone when users of the smartphone started to consume many times more data than users of other devices.

One thing that isn’t clear for the data offered by Verizon is if the increased data usage also includes those who tether the Droid X or if it only includes data consumed directly on the phone. AT&T used the massive consumption of data by iPhone users as a reason to end unlimited data plans and start putting caps on data usage for all smartphone users.

DailyTech reported yesterday that Verizon might announce new tiered data caps starting on July 29. Presumably if Verizon does introduce data caps, users who buy the unlimited data plan today will be grandfathered in just like iPhone users who were already with AT&T. Pricing for the Verizon tiered plans is expected to be the same that AT&T offers at $25 monthly for 2GB and $15 monthly for 200MB.

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Sorry Droid X owners
By cknobman on 7/22/2010 10:11:32 AM , Rating: 5
but if I had bought one I would feel kinda shafted since Verizon just announced 4G will roll out officially in a few monthls and my shiny new phone (which Id be locked into for 2 years) wont support it and now it seems impending for Verizon to cap data plans so by the time 4G gets here it will be crippled by data caps anyways.

Well at least I dont need to worry about it on my EVO 4G unlimited. You can say WiMax sucks compared to LTE until your blue in the face but the reality is ANY 4G is better than no 4G. Any unlimited is better than a data cap any day.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By nafhan on 7/22/2010 10:35:27 AM , Rating: 5
The main reason LTE will be better than WiMax is for the same reason GSM was better than CDMA: number of carriers using the technology. Phone manufacturers tend to go after the larger audience first, and therefore carriers that have the widespread tech get better phones. Also, with more carriers using the tech, you'll be more likely to have the ability to roam, and more likely to be able to use your phone internationally. The actual abilities of the hardware, even with 3G, tend to be lost on the consumer.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By HandiCapable on 7/22/2010 11:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, not sure I agree. Sprint's 4G coverage hasn't reached us in central NJ and may not before VZN rolls out LTE. So that's not an issue in many places.

Also, I always get a 1 year contract. It costs just $30 more through most corporate purchasing plans, and the actual upgrade date is just 10 months after signing. Better yet, VZN will change the date if requested. This means I've been able to upgrade every 8 months, which allows me to sell a relatively new phone on eBay for close to what I paid for it, and still have the newest toy to play with.

I understand not everyone has access to a corporate discount, but even at $70 more, it may still be worth it to them to have the 1 year option.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By theapparition on 7/22/2010 1:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry Droid X owners but if I had bought one I would feel kinda shafted since Verizon just announced 4G will roll out officially in a few monthls and my shiny new phone (which Id be locked into for 2 years) wont support it

4G will be limited at roll out, and there will be plenty of new devices on the market next year running better dual core processors, Android 3 (Gingerbread), etc. But who cares? The age old question is when is the best time to buy a computer? Answer is tomorrow. Meaning that anytime you buy something, there will be a better product coming along. You know this, but just wanted to stir the pot.

Your EVO will be yesterdays news very soon, just like my Droid X. Oh yeah, I did 1 year contract, and with the early upgrade option, I'll be eligable for an upgrade as eary as Mar of next year. So while you're stuck with your EVO and WiMax, I'll be on one of the newest devices and getting data a 4X the rate.

Well at least I dont need to worry about it on my EVO 4G unlimited.

You do if Sprint doesn't turn a profit and goes away. Then what'ca gonna do?

Any unlimited is better than a data cap any day.

All unofficial, so keep the speculating for another day.

I'm happy that you like your phone and carrier, but don't dare think for one second I view you as looking down on me for a bad choice. At least I can make calls from my house, something that sprint isn't able to do in my area (and yes, I'm in 4G coverage area).

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By soydios on 7/22/2010 1:55:41 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt that the data caps will be retroactive. They weren't on AT&T, only for new contracts.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By beerhound on 7/22/2010 2:23:36 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not sorry at all. I live in a small town, Sprint has no towers here, their users roam off of Verizon. TMobile has no towers, their users roam off of ATT. ATT has no 3G coverage and Verizon does. Doesn't seem like such a tough choice now does it?

But wait there's more! 4G won't hit this market until 2012 at the earliest. Hmmm, I bought my DX in 2010. I'll be eligible for my New Every Two discount just in time to get the shiniest new LTE phone out there.

I've only had my phone for 7 days, so I'm still in the "new gadget/very heavy use" phase. I still routinely get 14 ~ 16 hours of battery life out of my DX. How fast does that Evo download when it's battery is dead?

Can you hear me now?

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By ImSpartacus on 7/22/2010 2:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
Any unlimited is better than a data cap any day.

Exactly. That's why I will be jumping in with a Verizon 3G Android Smartphone. I would rather have limited speeds than have a cap.

My only problem is hardware...

Droid Incredible? Droid X? Fascinate? All great hardware, but which should I chose? I'm leaning towards the Droid X since it comes with a free 16GB µSD card and was rooted this morning. The Fascinate looks nice, but Samsung has a horrid support record and it might not be released by the time the 4G data caps are in place.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By MojoMan on 7/23/2010 8:40:00 AM , Rating: 2
Get a Droid X... I just had my hands on one yesterday. There are "complaints" of the size by some people, but I don't understand this if you want a smart phone. The screen size, and build of this phone is great! It felt great in my hands, and I'm not a large guy (5' 10" - 150 pounds). The keyboard on it (touch screen only) I've heard is very easy to use (best so far), but I can't personally verify that yet.

It's still a light phone, and comfortable to talk on. Besides, it has a metal body. The Incredible, for example, has a plastic/composite one. I could go on, but the X really is the best Droid right now IMO. If you're a data user, trust me, you will really enjoy the larger screen size. :-) If you're more of a phone user, or have smaller hands than average, then I'd probably get the Incredible.

Oh... You're Spartacus... Get the X... Smaller hands isn't a problem of yours. :-)

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By judasmachine on 7/22/2010 4:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. What does it matter to you? Take a breathe, put the keyboard down, and step outside for a moment. These are different phones, different people, and different companies. Why this is worthy of defaming people I will never know. Relax, it's NO BIG DEAL.

RE: Sorry Droid X owners
By judasmachine on 7/22/2010 4:42:10 PM , Rating: 2
BTW I'm a lowly Droid Eris user. :p

New Toy
By ChronoReverse on 7/22/2010 10:14:17 AM , Rating: 5
The Droid X just came out. It makes sense that the new users are playing with it more than normal.

When I first got my Nexus One I used it a lot more too until I settled down into a more normal rate of use.

RE: New Toy
By rikulus on 7/22/2010 10:30:54 AM , Rating: 3
I totally agree, and that's the first thing that came to my mind. The X hasn't been out nearly long enough to make a generalization about it's data use. Most of these people will be new Droid users (early Droid adopters, like me, still have over a year left on contract.) So they'll be downloading lots of apps and playing with their phone a lot for a little while.

RE: New Toy
By nafhan on 7/22/2010 10:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but this was an announcement from Verizon itself. So, Dailytech's got a point about setting things up for the tiered data packages. Hopefully, they use this as an opportunity to distinguish themselves from ATT, rather than an excuse to go along with the crowd.

RE: New Toy
By vanka on 7/22/2010 5:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Also in agreement ... I've had the Droid X for only 2.5 days (ordered online on Thursday with 2-day shipping got it on Monday after work) and when I checked this morning my data usage was already over 85MB. That's without me really hitting the 3G internet; so far I've used it mostly for Facebook & email with ~10 YouTube videos and ~20 minutes of Pandora - nothing crazy and using my home wifi as well.

My guess is that usage will peek, drop, and level off once people get over the shiny-new-toy stage.

RE: New Toy
By rudy on 7/22/2010 11:45:11 AM , Rating: 3
Ya this is just an excuse the users getting it now need to download all the programs and set things up and test it before things slow down.

RE: New Toy
By adiposity on 7/23/2010 1:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
The Droid X just came out. It makes sense that the new users are playing with it more than normal. When I first got my Nexus One I used it a lot more too until I settled down into a more normal rate of use.

Don't forget, they are downloading contacts, new apps, syncing emails, etc., all the stuff you do when you first get your Android phone. It all takes data.

Grandfather me in baby
By Shig on 7/22/2010 10:10:44 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Grandfather me in baby
By InvertMe on 7/22/2010 10:45:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm tempted to switch to Verizon sooner than anticipated just to get grandfathered in. Droid X might be in my future...

RE: Grandfather me in baby
By theapparition on 7/22/2010 1:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
You won't be disappointed by it ;)

The sad things about this...
By Targon on 7/22/2010 7:50:28 PM , Rating: 3
It seems that the fancy devices with lots of advertising behind them also draw the people who don't understand how to turn on WiFi.

Now, I am not saying that those who buy the Droid X or iPhone are idiots, but idiots tend to buy whatever gets advertised the most. That means the iPhone and the Droid X will draw a greater percentage of idiots than other devices which only get bought after some investigation.

As with any other device or product, if the product is good, there will be intelligent people who buy it, but those will be in the minority if there is hype behind the product.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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