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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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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.


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