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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 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?


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