January 15, 2010 | by Marin Perez
Good news for the gabbers with a Droid or Droid Eris because Verizon Wireless said Friday it would be lowering the cost of many of its plans.
Beginning Jan. 18, customers can sign up for an unlimited talk plan for about $70 a month, and $20 more will get you unlimited SMS, MMS, and video messages. The $30 monthly data plan won’t change, so you’ll be shelling out about $120 a month for an all-you-can-eat experience. Family plans with unlimited talk will cost $120 a month, and $30 more will get unlimited texting. Existing customers can switch to the new plans without penalty.
The largest carrier in the United States also made some changes to their data packages for feature phones and prepaid prices, but most Android users won’t have to worry about these. This is a much needed move because Verizon has long been known as having the most expensive plans. With the cuts, Verizon is now about $20 cheaper than comparable plans on AT&T, so expect AT&T to make some changes soon too.
My usage patterns have dramatically shifted over the last few years with smartphones, and I routinely use less than half of my monthly 450 minutes. These changes are nice but won’t really have an impact on those who use their smartphone as a messaging/Web appliance. If handsets were uniform across the carriers, I’d probably go with Sprint Nextel’s lowest tier of its Everything Data plans because the free mobile-to-mobile calls essentially means you get unlimited talk, text and data for $70 a month. It’s just too bad the HTC Hero is a bit underpowered.
What do you think of Verizon’s plan changes? Are you like me and barely use your voice minutes anymore?