Who has the better grandfathered unlimited option, AT&T or Verizon?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by El3ctronics, Oct 10, 2012.

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As the customer, which company's grandfathered unlimited data policy do you prefer?

  1. AT&T

    56 vote(s)
    46.7%
  2. Verizon

    64 vote(s)
    53.3%
  1. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    #1
    AT&T allows users to keep their grandfathered unlimited data but has the following restrictions:
    • No facetime over cellular
    • No tethering
    • Throttled after 3GB on 3G or 5GB on LTE

    Verizon allows users to keep their grandfatehred unlimited data without restriction but doesn't offer an subsidy on new devices. That means if you want to keep your unlimited data on Verizon, you have to pay the full retail of any new device.

    So which policy do you or would you prefer as a customer?
     
  2. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely Verizon. I use about 20GB a month and my bill is $63 a month. No tiered plan would allow me to do that.
     
  3. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    AT&T because I just upgraded 4 lines and the cost was $800'ish and kept unlimited. With VZW it would have cost $2800'ish to upgrade 4 lines to keep unlimited.

    The only thing that I don't like about AT&T
    is you can get throttled. 3/4 lines in our plan consistently use over 3GB/5GB but never ever been throttled.

    If I had only a single line I might prefer VZW.
     
  4. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Verizon without a doubt. Unlimited vs 5GB's with edge speed throttle is an easy decision.
     
  5. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    Not if you never been throttled.
     
  6. bisnicks macrumors regular

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    You can keep your unlimited through Verizon a couple ways. First, you could buy it outright for the full price. Second, you could simply use another family members upgrade and then activate it on your line. I did this and was able to get the subsidy and retain my unlimited data.

    That being said, Verizon.
     
  7. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    Verizon wins because of no throttling and no restrictions on use (face time and such)

    plus if you have verizon unlimited, you also have access to the unlimited hotspot for $30. ATT has no such item, you must loose unlimited to get hotspot on ATT = FAIL.
     
  8. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    it really comes down to price vs speed. The money you save could easily pay for another full upgrade price phone. However some people only have $199 to spend.
     
  9. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    and the price argument goes out the window if you use 20 gigs or more a month, in that case you get your costs back after 2 months on unlimited vs tiered data.
     
  10. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    AT&T.
    Verizon knows damn well that not everyone can afford to cough up $650+ for an off contract phone to keep their unlimited. So they prey upon those who only saved up $199 (or more) for the phone and forced them off unlimited.
    That is a shi--y way to treat your customers, imo.
    It's possible at&t might do the same, but verizon did it first.
     
  11. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    Whats the use of unlimited LTE throttled to 2g speeds.

    Thats liek all you can eat (on one plate)
     
  12. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

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    I personally would be irate if I had to pay $649 plus tax for my iPhone just because I decided to keep my unlimited data plan is almost as if they're trying to force me to switch to a tiered data plan

    Ridiculous And glad I'm with AT&T

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    I completely agree but let's not give AT&T any ideas ;)
     
  13. Tiptizzle macrumors 6502

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    Well, you don't really have unlimited with AT&T because anything over 3GB (or 5 GB on LTE) is pretty much unusable. Well, I guess you can DL your email at that speed. That would make me irate.
     
  14. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816

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    Then unlimited data probably isn't for you anyway...
     
  15. cg006 macrumors regular

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    I bit the bullet and got a 16gb that i paid full price for. Have unlimited 4g + Unlimited 4g Hotspot + 450 minutes+ 1000sms plus warranty.. paying around $116.. and i managed to add a work discount now that will make it change form 13% to 22%.. i am a happy camper.

    Apple iMessage saved me $10 bux since most of my friends have iphones. I am around Day 18 of 30 for my billing cycle.. already pushing past 4gb with "light" usage.... tethering when i have it in the car so my friends onboard can connect, facetime calls, streaming pandora. At work we have wifi (gonna be about 5mbps shared pipe for EVERYONE soon) and my 4g signal is crap (downtown NY). With the freedom towers completed soon... hopefully verizon will drop a few lte antennas there and i will be able to use my lte with sweet speeds from where i sit (17th floor) . Around the building in other sections i can easily pull 5-13mbps.

    And since my tethering is unlimited... i will share with my peeps around me.

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    The highest data usage i had was around 30gb when i had my htc thunderbolt and was at my old building (we moved last year). i had great LTE coverage. on a crap day id still get around 5mbps
     
  16. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Shared tethering for the office? Really?
     
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree.
    Plus AT&T unlimited 3G and hspa+ is way faster than CDMA 3G.
    They do have the FaceTime over cellular advantage but hope soon a jb can take care of both the tethering and FaceTime over 3G on AT&T.
    Not many can afford to pay $700 upfront for a cellphone.
     
  18. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Pretty crazy how even this poll is being that these policies are so different.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I am shocked by the results so far. I have at&t and think the verizon unlimited is way, way better
     
  20. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    peeps = friends..not entire office.

    im sure he just meant he will share with the people who sit near him
     
  21. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Or if you enjoy the ability to talk and use data at the same time.
     
  22. Scott6666 macrumors 65816

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    Does it matter?

    It's not like you can get on an unlimited plan anymore. If you have one great, you have what you have; if not you can't get one.

    Jeez, this is like comparing penises in the shower. If you like the other guys better, it's not like you can get that one.

    Pointless.
     
  23. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    not going to ask how you came about that analogy o_O
     
  24. Sixth Street macrumors member

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    As someone on an AT&T unlimited plan, I would trade it in a heartbeat for a Verizon unlimited.

    Anyone that wants to, please PM me!
     
  25. chakraj macrumors 65816

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