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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: Sorry Droid X owners
By theapparition on 7/22/2010 1:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
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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.

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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?

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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).


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