Buzz Out Loud Lounge forum: Please don't buy the Droid... VZW needs to stop price gougin

by: robstak November 9, 2009 9:42 AM PST

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Please don't buy the Droid... VZW needs to stop price gougin

by robstak - 11/9/09 9:42 AM

seriously. i know many of you (including Jason) have drank the red kool-aid by now, and the text below may not even be important to you, but c'mon kids VZ is the worst nickel and dimer of all the carriers, and they are so smug about it because their network is so good. that is a really terrible attitude...

Anyway, what I am ranting about is TETHERING on the Droid will cost you SIXTY DOLLARS A MONTH. vvtf!? that's more expensive than those mifi things isnt it? lol. stupid verizon you are so fail sometimes...

Slashdot post: http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/09/11/09/068255/Verizon-Droid-Tethering-Comes-At-a-Hefty-Price?from=rss

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""Tom Bradley reports in PC World that the new Motorola Droid smartphone will cost users $199.99 with a 2-year contract, with an additional $30 per month for the mandatory 'unlimited' data plan that has a monthly cap of 5Gb. Verizon will charge $50 for each additional gigabyte over the 5Gb limit on the unlimited data plan. Verizon has confirmed that tethering will cost another $30 per month for an additional unlimited data plan that is also limited to 5Gb. If you want tethering you will pay $60 above and beyond the monthly contract for service for an 'unlimited' 10Gb of data per month, and if you plan on connecting with an Microsoft Exchange email account you have to pay another $15 a month."

"Verizon seems to be doing everything it can to make the Droid as unappealing as possible by nickel and diming customers so that actually using it is not cost-effective,' writes Bradley. 'After all of the hype around Verizon's marketing efforts, and generally favorable reviews of the Motorola Droid, users that rush out to get the new device may be in for a shock.' Droid users will have to wait until sometime in 2010 for tethering. 'That service is on our schedule for next year,' says Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney. The delay is because 'the service has to be tested on the phone so until we know it works, we don't offer the service. It is not uncommon for us to introduce the phone and continue to test the service and offer it later""

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