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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by compac, Jun 29, 2011.
The new plans start July 7th for Verizon. If get in on it before then you're grandfathered in.
Plus, starting the 7th, if your company has a discount, Verizon will require the $50 plan to get the discount on data.
My wife was considering switching, we did it before the cutoff.
I have a Verizon netbook that we use for Internet access at home. We have the $80 10GB plan. My company has a 20% discount with Verizon. I've had the plan for about 5 months & just got a letter saying I have been receiving the discount in error & next month the discount would be removed. I've got to call them about it but sound to me like the data plan is not eligible for the discount (or my company's discount only covers voice plans -- not sure if the corporate discounts are varied like that).
I just called Verizon about the discount. She said that no data plans are eligible for discounts -- it is intended only for voice plans. I asked if that was for all companies & she said yes -- data plans are not eligible for discounts at all. I believe this is the way AT&T works as well, but I'll have to go look at a bill to verify.
With AT&T it depends on what your FAN agreement is. Just about every one is different. I get discount off data and voice (not SMS). They don't discount the $15/200MB plan.
I would seriously seriously seriously consider a Windows 7 Phone. I love my Samsung Focus and it is a great and refreshing OS for smartphones
I had an Android phone last year, the EVO, and returned it. While Androids are decent phones I think they suck batteries dry faster than the iPhone. Plus there is the security issues. Download the wrong app and your private info may be on a server somewhere over China. But like a computer, take the right precautions and you should be fine.
Overall I just prefer the iPhone over Androids.
All smartphones have had vulnerabilities, including iPhone and Blackberry. None are immune.
Everyone I know who has a Windows 7 phone loves it. The problem is, of the approx. 450 people I know who have a smartphone, 1 has a Windows phone.
Counterpoint: I was on the Windows Mobile/PocketPC/Windows CE platform for 13 years, up until I got my last phone. I know that Windows Phone 7 owes little to its incredibly outdated predecessors... but has the corporation behind it really changed?
our contract with verizon gives unlimited data for 20.00 a month, it runs until 2014, just checked, contract will be honored
I am gong to agree to a point. There is a current alert out for a link to be redirected to a site for phishing on iPhone and iPad. The problems on the apple side have been more from iTunes being hacked into. There was just a vulnerability with Android discovered the other day and again in March with an actual app. As far as I know there has not been any app that has taken info from the iPhone like with the Android.
I'll admit that I tend to be an MS guy and I had a Windows mobile 5 phone that I rooted to mobile 6. I used that phone for a couple of years before I went back to a BB because the batter life was so bad. I've since moved on from the BB to a Droid because the new BB keyboards were just too small and Verizon was taking waaayyyy too long to get out a Win 7 mobile phone. With all that said, a couple of months ago, we got a Win 7 mobile phone from AT&T to demo at work. I grabbed it from my boss and thought it was going to be great to have a phone that could also play all my Zune music. After 2 hours of playing with the phone, I gave it back to my boss. IMO, it was awful. Getting to the settings on the apps was not intuitive and the lack of basic app support was amazing. MS makes OCS/Lync and has a client for every platform; Win Mobile 6 included. However, they don't have a client for Mobile 7. Are you kidding me? There is no native MSN messenger client and they have no plans to create one. Their answer for MSN messenger was to go 3rd party. Unfortunately, the 3rd party client for MSN messenger on Win 7 mobile has horrible reviews and basically didn’t work. The on screen keyboard was also really difficulty to use. Granted, I think all the on screen keyboards are difficult, so Win 7 mobile is no different there.
Long story short, I was really glad I got a chance to demo one before I blindly bought one on Verizon. Otherwise, I would have been really disappointed.
Though I like my Android phone (well... I will once I get it replaced with one that works worth a darn), I've used my iPad (as well as some iPhone apps on my iPad) enough to know that I would prefer the iPhone over Android as well.
The only thing I'd miss is the bigger screen... and of course, Swype.
Sadly, I'm not eligible for another discount until next July, and it would be stupid of me to get the iPhone 4s/5 next July knowing that the iPhone 5/5s/6 will be out (most likely) a couple of months after.
We had a couple over for dinner and fireworks last night, and they both have HTC Thunderbolt (Android 2.2, 4GLTE) phones, which they love. Biggest disadvantage to the Thunderbolt is battery life (there's no provision for turning off 4G). Other than that, it is the most highly recommended Smart phone for Verizon. The Apple phones for Verizon are a joke. That may change when the iPhone 5 comes out. Other good choices on Verizon are the Samsung Charge (4GLTE) and the 3G Motorola X2. Motorola still hasn't come out with their 4G phone -- the Droid Bionic, which was first announced in January.
I'm going to upgrade from my Samsung Zeal feature phone to an HTC Thunderbolt tonight. The Zeal will then be held in reserve for one of my grandkids when his phone breaks.
Just out of curiosity... why is that?
You can let them know there is an app in the marketplace that will allow them to turn off the 4G radio if they do not have 4G in their area
My recommendation would be a Windows Phone
I have the HD7 WITH T-mobile the phone and software is excellent especially since it is a new os and i like the look feel and capabilities since it integrates all my information on the phone with a single email
For me, I didn't like that the OS wasn't kept to the same level on Verizon iPhones. No 4.3 versions were released. Hoping they don't do the same with 5 point releases unless one is just a radio fix for GSM.
There's also the issue of no simultaneous voice and data.
Actually there is, just not easy. *#*#4636#*#*. There's a drop down box to just use CDMA. I don't know if you can set that as a speed dial to have easier access. I've also heard the blockbuster app uses a lot of battery even without using it, but you can go into it and disable movie updates.
There is also an extended battery, but most cases wont work as it needs a different door.
OK... thanks for the reply.
I knew about the differences in OS... and was wondering if that was (at least partly) what you were referring to. Not being fully aware of the differences between 4.2 and 4.3, I can't say whether or not it's a big deal, but I suspect it won't be a common occurrence.
As for the lack of simultaneous voice and data, I was aware of that too, but since my Android phone (Fascinate) doesn't have that capability either, I honestly haven't experienced a moment where I wished I had that feature (even though it would be nice to have). Hopefully once an LTE iPhone (next year, perhaps?) comes out, that issue will be solved...