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It's unclear how long the deal will last for and buyers must specially request it

These days, smartphone data plans seem to be getting more and more restricted.  Sprint Nextel Corp. (Skilled unlimited tethering and rolled out the most expensive tethering plans on the market for new customers.  Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD), and AT&T Inc. (T) both killed their unlimited data plans, replacing them with expensive metered plans [1][2].  Even Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA has smacked users with a cap, though it at least merely throttles over-cap users, offering no fines for exceeding your cap.

That's why it's refreshing to see a bit of movement -- even if merely temporary -- in the other direction.

Verizon Wireless is reportedly preparing to offer a double data Christmas special.  Customers who buy a new 4G smartphone will be eligible to get twice the normal data.  $30 USD/month buys you a doubled 2GB (4GB), $50 USD gets you 10GB and $80 USD gets you 20GB of total LTE usage. 

Now the sort of bad news is that apparently you have to specially request this deal and it’s going to be a very short-term promotion.  And the possibly very bad news is that this may be a bait-and-switch -- Verizon has offered no promises of grandfathering new enrollees at the elevated rates for the remainder of their plans.  In other words, this double data bonanza may only last a couple months, at which time the standard caps may roll in.

Double data promotion
[Source: VZBuzz]

Still, however short-lived the plan will benefit some customers and does serve as a promising sign that the wireless carriers are catching on to customer frustration about capped connections.

Sources: VZBuzz, CNET

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RE: Ummmm...
By mcnabney on 11/7/2011 3:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
I believe they are offering it for new devices and existing LTE smartphone customers. So if you already bought a Bionic or Thunderbolt you can just change your data plan to double your minutes for the same money. The new buckets will be permanent though, so if you get it now and the promotion ends in the Spring you still can keep it as long as you want.

I think it is hilarious that the Apple faithful can't take part. Sorry, buy only modern technology can benefit! It will be even funnier if the promo ends the day BEFORE iPhone5 launches!

RE: Ummmm...
By Jeffk464 on 11/7/2011 3:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
$30 bucks for 2gigs is ridiculous, so this just puts the price where it should be. Its pretty easy to go over 5 gigs just browsing the web and downloading audio podcasts.

RE: Ummmm...
By mcnabney on 11/8/2011 9:36:00 AM , Rating: 2
You aren't going to use that kind of data browsing the web or downloading some apps. I think Verizon mentions that 95% of their smartphones use less than 2GB. The usage goes way up if you are streaming a lot of Pandora or stream HD video frequently.

RE: Ummmm...
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2011 9:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
I use podkast to download radio shows that I can listen to in my truck. Since I drive around 2500 miles a week you can see that it can add up fast.

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