I've been a Verizon customer for many years. You guys do have great service and great costumer service, however, I'm going to be seriously considering switching providers when my contract is up next spring. Starting in the spring, I'm going to be forced into one of these expensive share everything plans that I have no need for. If I don't want that plan then I have to go with a prepaid plan and essentially buy an expensive phone, full price. And you know..maybe I would have stuck with Verizon despite all that but with this announcement of T-mobile's free global data, free texting and 20 cent/minute calls from abroad, it's hard to resist switching. I love to travel. I hate paying $1.99/minute to call from abroad and 50 cents to text and the idea of paying $20 a MB for roaming data just gives me nightmares. I know I can pre-pay $25 for 200MB of global data but now I can also switch to T-mobile and not pay anything. What, if anything is Verizon planning to do in response to this feature announcement from T-mobile? Thank you.
My guess is that VZW will respond how they always do, by doing nothing. I have different reasons for wanting to switch, but I am almost certain after many, many, years with VZW that I will be going elsewhere at the end of my contract in June. Before the VZW disciples jump on with the "go ahead and leave" thoughts, I do know that I will be sacrificing some good call coverage, but the savings will appease me I feel certain. I have 5 basic phones on a grandfathered plan and that cost is pretty decent, but the basic phones that have been out there for a while, especially those with texting keyboards, are pretty much junk and very few in number. If I were to switch to quality smartphones with VZW and their share everything plan, my bill at a minimum will double. Going with T-Mobile or Republic Wireless, I can get decent smartphones at reasonable prices (the kids will just have to pay for their own phones!) for actually a few dollars less than I pay for my basic phone plan (NO DATA at all), and have unlimited talk, text, and data. I can live with the occasional glitch with those types of savings.