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Verizon to end money for upgrades?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lord Vader, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. James Long

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    From the slide it looks like current NE2 participants are ok, just no new NE2 after January 16th.

    I've been out of contract for 6 months and looking for a Droid ... but despite all the "great offers" (some that beat NE2 pricing) I won't agree to raising the monthly rate to use the new phone. Seeing LTE coming also makes me want to delay an upgrade so I won't need another too soon (although LTE prices seem to be higher).

    Currently I have a web enabled phone with the $15 VCast package and for some stupid reason I pay $5 for email (probably should drop that). Converting over to a Droid with it's required data package would cost more on a monthly basis ... and to do what I really want (share the phone's internet with my laptop occasionally) I've calculated the upgrade at $30 per month. (Although I could probably find some backdoor way to cheat the wi-fi sharing system I'd rather not. I suppose too many people "abused" the unlimited nature of internet connectivity through hacks ... I'd just like an occasional connection without needing to use free wi-fi or paying too much per month.)

    Losing NE2 probably won't affect me too much. I'm on my third phone in 12 years of service. I'd rather have a better rate (without losing the network).
     
  2. Groundhog45

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    James, you will like the Droids. It is tough making a decision at this time with so much new stuff on the way. I'm almost glad I have a year to go on my contract so I don't have to make a decision. The data plans do seem excessive.
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    I have had the Droid X for a week now, and love it. Verizon is requiring a data package if you have a smart phone. Considering that GPS maps are downloaded to your phone, a data package is necessary. (Not to mention Dropbox, Yelp, KeePassDroid, Facebook, barcode scanner....)

    I got a bit lucky. I'm on a FamilyShare plan with my mom, and was able to get Unlimited Data. Plus, my Droid X can access WiFi networks as well. I was hoping to hold off until the LTE phones got released, but, alas, I was simply having problems. Lord Vader provided the necessary push.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    I asked my rep again, and he said no one he's talked to has heard of a change yet. He did admit that screenshot looked legit as an internal training system they use.
     
  5. The Merg

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    Yeah, looking at the slide, if you are 20-24 months into contract or out of contract it appears that the NE2 program will still apply to you, which is where I am at now (and I am grandfathered from when the rebate is $100). I've just been waiting for an Android phone that works for me. I haven't really found a keyboard that I like, although I need to look at the Droid Global as it looks like they redid the keyboard again.

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  6. Rich

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    I've got a Droid X and my wife has an IPhone. We've done a lot of comparisons and the Droid seems to be a better choice. One of her main complaints is that the IPhone keeps the screen on when talking on the phone and the Droid doesn't. That means that if her ear hits a shortcut while talking the IPhone goes to the shortcut or APP. The Droid screen goes blank while talking on the phone. No problems there.

    Her IPhone has a better speaker then my Droid, but aside from that, the Droid seems to be superior in every way. The voice quality of the phone is equal to my OOMA, which is equal to a landline.

    I'm pretty happy with the Droid, now that I've figured out how to use it.

    Rich
     
  7. klang

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    The iPhone should not do that. What version iPhone? I read of some people having an issue with the iPhone 4's 'proximity detector' which caused the behavior you describe. I think it was supposed to be a software fix. If she has the latest installed you should have it replaced.
     
  8. Rich

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    My plan with Verizon is unlimited. And I have my son, my car, and my phone on the same plan and it costs us an extra $40 a month for the two Droids. Or a total of about $99. Don't see where you came up with $250 a month.

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  9. Rich

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    My son has the Global phone, mainly because he does a lot of texting. The X has an even larger virtual keyboard that I didn't like at first, but have gotten used to. I see no problems with the X, but then, my son is always around to help me with any problems.

    Another thing, you can do away with the rebates if you purchase the Droids on costco.com. The X sells for $100. With 2 year activation, of course.

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  10. Rich

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    She's an executive at a large pharmaceutical and she is given her IPhones because she travels so much. I think they also pay her bill every month. Perks of doing your job well!

    She might not have gotten the upgrade, I'll have to ask her. Just thought of something, she did get the latest upgrade and it still does it. Wouldn't have known about it, but the upgrade wiped the phone's memory out and it took my son a couple days to get all her info back. Just happened last week.

    Rich
     
  11. klang

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    'Proximity Sensor' is what I should have written. Here is one link discussing the problem. My wife and I both have an iPhone 4 and neither of ours does this. Not really sure of the current status of the problem.
     
  12. Rich

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    She doesn't have the newest phone. I'd think they'll be upgrading hers soon. They pretty much give her whatever she wants. Same thing when we both worked for the same company (a chemical corp.). We both got new computers every year.

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  13. The Merg

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    Yeah, from the Droid to the Droid 2 they revamped the keyboard (made the keys a little bigger), but they were inset into the keyboard too much for me to type effectively. On the Droid 2 Global, which I haven't seen in person yet, they have supposedly raised the keys up. That might be enough for me to pick one up. All I want is a decent physical keyboard and none of the Android phones seem to have that as of yet.

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  14. Rich

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    The keys on the Droid Global slide out and aren't virtual, but they are really small. My son seems to do well with his, tho.

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  15. YtseJammer1977

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    Cupertino has been hard at work on this. There have been dozens of reports from third party vendors that have sold the hardware necessary hardware to APPLE to make CDMA phones. Check out TUAW or TidBits....
     
  16. The Merg

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    That I know. What I meant was that they supposedly redesigned them again from the Droid 2 so that they are raised up more.

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  17. RasputinAXP

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    Yeah the keyboard on the Droid 2 Global is stellar. I love it. Use it way more than my original Droid keyboard.
     
  18. The Merg

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    Have you compared it to the Droid 2 though? While I like the redesign (new layout) of the Droid 2 better over the Droid, the keys were still inset to far for me. Was hoping that the Droid 2 Global had rectified that (as I had heard).

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  19. dpeters11

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    I was really responding to Wingrider there, to his question of where is the Apple announcement on a VZW unit. There definitely will be. Will it be announced on Jan. 11? Certainly possible, but that's about the biggest unknown.
     
  20. Rich

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    I just checked out my son's Droid 2 Global and the keys aren't raised very much and they are really small.

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