Droid Bionic ultimatum with Verizon’s new data plans

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It looks like we are slowly drawing closer to the release of the elusive Motorola Droid Bionic handset, although we have still yet to hear an official announcement from either Motorola or Verizon.

However, all this excitement about the upcoming release may be coming to an end, especially for those of you who have been analysing Verizon’s new tiered data plans that will more than likely affect plans for the Droid Bionic as well.

Those of you who were preparing to buy a 4G LTE capable Droid Bionic complete with an unlimited data plan should prepare for the worst, as Verizon’s new tiered plans confirms that users will be forced to choose from three data plan options, a move which definitely isn’t going to go down well with users.

Verizon is likely to charge $199 for the Droid Bionic on a two-year contract. Then users will have to choose which data plan they want, with the options being 2GB of data for $30, 5GB for $50 and 10GB for $80 – not exactly the reasonable price options that are going to keep consumers happy on Verizon. This is even worse when you consider that Verizon used to offer an unlimited data plan to consumers for just $30 previously.

So going back to the Droid Bionic, is the device still top of your wishlist despite the fact that it is going to be very expensive for you to maintain it on a monthly basis? One of the obvious highlights of the handset will be it’s 4G LTE capabilities, but with 5GB of 4G data costing you an extra $50 each month, your bill is going to skyrocket to heights which some of you may not be able to afford.

We’ve mentioned it before, but will some of you be now considering other carriers such as T-Mobile or Sprint in the hope of picking up a unlimited 4G data plan option? The HTC Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D are not exactly bad phones, far from it – so we wouldn’t be surprised if some of you now decide that the Droid Bionic is too expensive in the long run.

Verizon are likely to come in for severe criticism when their new tiered data plans come in to full effect, even more so if some consumers opt to pick up the Droid 3 in favor of the Droid Bionic. The whole situation surrounding Verizon’s new plans seems to have been overlooked at the moment, but let’s see how consumers deal with the plans when the Droid Bionic does finally release.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you still picking up the Droid Bionic despite Verizon’s decision to axe unlimited data plans?

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  • Anonymous

    No worries if you are an existing customer.  Spoke to a few Verizon reps and they all tell me that if you have a smartphone on Verizon now (Droid, iPhone, X….) you will be grandfathered in at the $30 unlimited plan.  If you have a Blackberry, a feature phone (old school with WAP browser), or are a new customer from another carrier, then you will be stuck with the new tiered rate plan.

  • Anonymous

    No worries if you are an existing customer.  Spoke to a few Verizon reps and they all tell me that if you have a smartphone on Verizon now (Droid, iPhone, X….) you will be grandfathered in at the $30 unlimited plan.  If you have a Blackberry, a feature phone (old school with WAP browser), or are a new customer from another carrier, then you will be stuck with the new tiered rate plan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPAMBSYTKQFZTPMGQYU6NFGSLU Jim Shafer

    I feel like I have been waiting forever and thought time didn’t matter as long as i got a bionic.  If Verizon implements the new plan, and my average usage has been above 2 gb requiring an increase in the monthly, i’ll look elsewhere.  

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    Unless something unforeseen happens with respect to the Bionic, it will be announced on July 28th and available on August 4th.  I haven’t seen nor heard of anything that would refute that.  The Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, Brenda Raney is telling the media what she is told to tell them which is basically nothing.  Got to sell the Droid 3 for a while first.  I’m sure they know the Bionic needs to come out before the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SII.

    Whether someone needs an unlimited data plan or a tiered data plan is a personal choice.  Unless you stream a lot of data when not on wifi, I would think a tiered data plan would work.  I think by the end of September, people will have several viable options when it comes to dual core 4G phones with unlimited or tiered data plans.  

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    Unless something unforeseen happens with respect to the Bionic, it will be announced on July 28th and available on August 4th.  I haven’t seen nor heard of anything that would refute that.  The Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, Brenda Raney is telling the media what she is told to tell them which is basically nothing.  Got to sell the Droid 3 for a while first.  I’m sure they know the Bionic needs to come out before the iPhone 5 and Galaxy SII.

    Whether someone needs an unlimited data plan or a tiered data plan is a personal choice.  Unless you stream a lot of data when not on wifi, I would think a tiered data plan would work.  I think by the end of September, people will have several viable options when it comes to dual core 4G phones with unlimited or tiered data plans.  

  • http://twitter.com/angelbowler Gina Kennelly

    My husband spoke with the VZW Customer Rep Supervisor yesterday. She said as long as you already have an unlimited data plan you are grandfathered in and it doesn’t matter what phone you have as long as you have the unlimited data plan. He asked because I have a 3G LG enV Touch (not a smartphone) with an unlimited data plan and she said my data plan would transfer to the new Droid Bionic when I get it.

    • Mark Sluss

      me and my wife both have an Env Touch with unlimited data (plan was $30 for the main line and the $10 for each additional line, all lines unlimited data).  A few days ago I changed my plan to the unlimited smartphone data plan on both my phones (now $30 for each phone). I knew it would cost more, but I thought I would of been grandfathered in with the unlimited smartphone data plan, especially seeing how I just increased the price on my plan.  
      I went today to upgrade my phone and was told that I would have to change my current plan to one of the new tired plans, even though I’m paying for the unlimited smartphone plan, all because I don’t have a “smartphone”. What I don’t understand why did Verizon let me select the unlimited smartphone data plan without having a smartphone, but now all of a sudden I must already own a smartphone to keep the plan with an upgrade.
       
      The whole point is to keep the plan I have now, which is the unlimited smartphone data plan when I upgrade.  I was told also that I can’t go back to the same plan I had before.   I’ve been a loyal customer, but I’m loosing the respect I had for Verizon

  • http://twitter.com/angelbowler Gina Kennelly

    My husband spoke with the VZW Customer Rep Supervisor yesterday. She said as long as you already have an unlimited data plan you are grandfathered in and it doesn’t matter what phone you have as long as you have the unlimited data plan. He asked because I have a 3G LG enV Touch (not a smartphone) with an unlimited data plan and she said my data plan would transfer to the new Droid Bionic when I get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1659914414 Stephen Lacman

    upgraded my plan to an unlimited data package a few weeks ago, even though i only have a crappy feature phone. I wanted to make sure that i was grandfathered before the plans go into affect so that when i upgrade to a smartphone i can keep an unlimited $30 plan.