4G Plan Question
IceyC0ld
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Hey guys I have a question regarding the Thunderbolt.

 

I am hanging in here with my LG Env Touch (LOL) , waiting for my first smartphone th ethunderbolt, I can switch on the 28th, but don't worry I got patience.

 

My real question is : Can I use the $30 3g data plan with the thunderbolt? I called Verizon and they said I could, but wanted to confirm again.

 

Thanks :smileyvery-happy: :smileyhappy:

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You may or may not have to pay more for 4G than 3G. Pricing has not been announced. However the 3G/4G computer data pricing is the same, so maybe the smartphone will be also.

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PJNC284
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No one knows.  I'm guessing you'll need to get an LTE plan but no one knows the pricing scheme yet.

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IceyC0ld
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Ughh, that just puts me 1 step back, I love the Tbolt, and if I can't get it because I NEED a 4g plan that'll suck. They told me it was backwards compatible.

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dirkbonn
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IceyC0ld wrote:

Ughh, that just puts me 1 step back, I love the Tbolt, and if I can't get it because I NEED a 4g plan that'll suck. They told me it was backwards compatible.


The T-Bolt will be backward compatible meaning that it will be able to access the 3G network as well as the 4G network.

 

What I think you're asking is can you keep your 3G plan and just upgrade your phone to the T-Bolt.  No one knows for sure as Verizon hasn't said how the pricing will work exactly.   The best guess is you will have to get a 4G plan (because you have a 4G phone) whether you are in a 4G network area or not.  Again, this plan will allow you to access both 3G & 4G networks.

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IceyC0ld
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My main concern is the fact I would have to pay extra. So if it's $30, I'll be more than happy, since I am in a 4G area (Miami). 

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You may or may not have to pay more for 4G than 3G. Pricing has not been announced. However the 3G/4G computer data pricing is the same, so maybe the smartphone will be also.
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lhisey
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the 4G unlimited data price is 29.99, I have been told this includes 3G I have not had this confirmed....If your on wi-fi, you have the speed of your wi-fi not the network.

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enyalius
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You are correct: the $30 data plan includes unlimited data over both 3G and 4G LTE for the new Thunderbolt.  The Verizon CFO, however, did say that Verizon would be moving to a tiered pricing plan for data, though, so the unlimited might not be around much longer...

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PJNC284
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you still pay the $29.99 whether you use wifi or not as it's required.  And yes, if you use wifi, you will be using your home/work network and not Verizon.  This is how all wifi capable phones work as it turns off the Verizon radio.

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IceyC0ld
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Alright, I'll just wait, let's just hope you don't so I can get the TBolt.

 

 

Thanks guys :smileyhappy:

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dirkbonn
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Well, hopefully the 4G pricing plan will be the same for the phones.  But you know how Sprint handled that one.  Yes, the data plan is the same for 4G as 3G but........ they added a $10 4G fee.... so who knows.  Maybe Verizon will surprise us..... haha!

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Jax_Omen
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Sprint actually dropped the "4g fee"... now the "premium data" fee applies to ALL smartphones, regardless of whether they're 4g or 3g.
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dirkbonn
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Jax_Omen wrote:
Sprint actually dropped the "4g fee"... now the "premium data" fee applies to ALL smartphones, regardless of whether they're 4g or 3g.

Yeah Jax, I just now saw that.  So they in effect just raised the price on all 3G smartphones.

 

Thanks for the heads-up.

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PJNC284
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They did it to cover their butts because people not in a wimax area were complaining that they were paying for "premium" data when it was the same as any of the other 3G smartphones.

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IceyC0ld
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Woot ! Today the TBOLT was officaily announced to release on 17th, with a 29.99 4g data plan.

 

I have a question though, will the 4G LTE be like anywhere? What I am trying to say is for example, do I need to be connected to wi-fi to get 4g lte, or is it anywhere where available like 3g ?

 

On the wi-fi topic, wi-fi- means I can connect to a router in my house and get the internet connection in the house speeds right Z?

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PJNC284
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IceyC0ld wrote:

Woot ! Today the TBOLT was officaily announced to release on 17th, with a 29.99 4g data plan.

 

I have a question though, will the 4G LTE be like anywhere? What I am trying to say is for example, do I need to be connected to wi-fi to get 4g lte, or is it anywhere where available like 3g ?

 

On the wi-fi topic, wi-fi- means I can connect to a router in my house and get the internet connection in the house speeds right Z?


The 4G LTE is like Verizon's 3G.  You don't get it unless they have updated the towers in your area.  List of current LTE areas and planned for 2011.  You'll still be able to use 3G like any other phone if you don't have LTE in your area yet.

 

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Why would it matter is it's the same price? The 4G data plan for $30 backward compatible with 3G. I don't understand your concern.
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