Should I get an iPhone and give up my unlimited data?

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  1. arthuruscg

    arthuruscg DIS Veteran

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    I will use about 4gb per month.
    Stay with your unlimited data. Things are going to get interesting a the fcc investigates Verizon's abuse of the public spectrum.
     
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  3. Albort

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    honestly, i think its fair to put on a cap. I would rather have cap internet than to have a slow internet...

    what i find unfair is having to pay an additional $30 to share my data with my other devices. I pay for a cap line of 2GB, i should be allow to use it with anything else...

    its weird that Verizon been getting beat up for everything and not att. Hence why Verizon iPhone 5 are unlocked...
     
  4. sookie

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    I'm irritated because I remember how they used to get you on minutes or texts. Especially with teens.

    Now they want to give you unlimited minutes and texts, but get you on data.

    I just switched us over to an unlimited text and minute plan, but we will share a data package between 3 iPhones.

    We will see how it goes. We had two unlimited packages, but we did not use a lot of data anyway - way under what I purchased for this package. Plus, what I read on the internet (and had friends telling me) was what people on unlimited packages with ATT (our provider) were getting throttled at 5 gig, so getting a data package wasn't going to make a difference anyway.
     
  5. sam_gordon

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    Based on this, I would keep the same phones/plans. If I'm reading their plan right, your cost would be $160 before taxes/fees for two phones. That's based on two smart phones ($40 each per month) and 6GB of shared data ($80/month). Even going down to 4GB per month only saves you $10.

    So, compare the $160 (probably closer to $180 with taxes/etc) with what you're paying now.

    That's what I'D do.
     
  6. The Mystery Machine

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    Here is my perspective....

    Do not give up "unlimited data" unless they pry it out of your cold dead hand.:lmao:

    Think of it this way, you know how your cable bill goes up, the same will be true for your "data bill" eventually. Now that we are making the leap to all wireless, more devices, etc...means data cost more, which makes our bill go up.

    "Smart TV's" are soon going to be sitting in your living room and then on from there.....who knows what is next.
     
  7. FlightlessDuck

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    You can play Scrabble on an Android device (and Words with Friends).

    And if you convert your songs from iTunes to Google Play Music, you can listen to it anywhere without syncing.
     
  8. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

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    I hate Google Play. I only want to use iTunes. That's a dealbreaker.

    So I may just pay full price for the phones and keep the unlimited. Thanks all!
     
  9. The Mystery Machine

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    Have you used Google Play? I know it is new. What do you hate about it? Inquiring minds what to know.;)

    I have an ITUNES account and all my stuff on there too. I am still deciding on whether to upgrade phones with Apple or Google. I don't know.....:scratchin
     
  10. Shyvioletisme

    Shyvioletisme <font color=green>So I have a doppleganger running

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    Personally, having had unlimited data for a long time...I could never give it up. But if you and your husband genuine don't use that much data, you might not have a problem switching to a limited data plan.
     
  11. arthuruscg

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    You can still use your Itunes and use Doubletwist to sync your collection (even playlists) with any Android device.

    Doubletwist comes in 2 flavors, wired is free and wifi is $5.

    http://doubletwist.com/

    Welcome to the open eco system.
     
  12. arthuruscg

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    The difference is Verizon using the public spectrum for their 4g and with using that spectrum there are different rules.

    Download FoxFi and teather for FREE. You are paying $30 per month to use VZ's teathering program not $30 per month to teather. Think of it like using Google maps for free compared to using VZ Navigator for $4 per month.
     
  13. arthuruscg

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    The latest Google Maps allows you to predownload sections of maps. If the wireless providers would provide detailed coverage maps to Google, they would have Gmaps automatically download the maps in bad coverage areas.
     
  14. The Mystery Machine

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    Hey you seem to be in the know!!!

    I have my Itunes account on my desktop and I want to use my laptop if I get an android phone.

    So can I transfer my iTunes songs using wifi with doubletwist, from desktop to laptop? Or do I have to manually close my account on my desktop and put iTunes on my laptop.
     
  15. arthuruscg

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    I don't know that much about Itunes because I don't have an account. I have had friends that have used double twist and I think it is just for syncing to your phone.

    I would think Apple would make it easy to transfer Itunes libraries from one machine to another.
     
  16. Albort

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    It may have changed now but it used to cost you $30 a month to tether. Verizon recently lost a lawsuit about this so it may have changed rules recently...

    Source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/31/verizon-can-no-longer-charge-for-tethering-fcc-declares/
    u just have to move that music folder on your desktop and have your itunes read the folder on your laptop... not sure if thats what your asking...
     
  17. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    When I asked Saturday I was told I would lose my unlimited data if I upgraded to a new phone at a discount, then he told me I only use about half a gig so I'd be ok getting a 2 gig cap. lol

    Why don't you like Google Play? It works great for me.....I find all the apps I want/need on GP and have no problems downloading them. DBF had an iTouch so he has iTunes so I have been able to compare. :)
     
  18. The Mystery Machine

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    So you are saying I have to manually do this?

    I guess what I am asking can I use "double twist" on my desktop, put it on my Samsung Galaxy 3 phone (if I decide to go that route) via wireless without even moving it to my laptop?

    And does the iPhone 5 do things wirelessly?

    Bottom line, are Google Play and iTunes "computer specific" in order to sync your phone and update with the "new wireless" direction that they are going.

    I hope that makes sense.:scratchin
     
  19. arthuruscg

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    Well, there is a big difference with Google Play and Itunes.
    Google keeps everything in the cloud (on there servers) and you keep a copy on your pc/mac, so you can access your stuff anywhere.

    From what I have been told about Itunes, you get to download the item, 1 time and after that, you have to deal with syncing and making sure you don't loose your media. So, if you loose your iphone and your laptop, you are SOL.

    Both Google Play and Itunes can be accessed from both PCs and Macs.

    I don't know if you can sync your desktop to your GS3 and then sync it to your laptop. That sounds like it will take a long time if your media collection is any size. Assuming you have the new "N" wifi router you are limited to 54mb, the older routers are lucky to pull 10mb continuous. So it would be an all night operation.
    It would be a lot quicker to connect your desktop and laptop with wires to your router and transfer your media library. Most recent routers allow for 1GB transfer.
     
  20. The Mystery Machine

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    Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.

    Apple is using the iCloud as well as far as I know. Maybe someone else can comment?

    I was wondering if they were doing the same thing as Google yet. I know they will eventually, they have to in order to compete.

    Right now I am leaning toward the Samsung Galaxy 3 phone to upgrade.

    So far I see nothing to draw me to keep using Apple. It doesn't help that I have a 3G phone which is a dinosaur.

    Again thanks for the info. It was helpful.
     
  21. arthuruscg

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    I have had 2 friends now that have converted to iCloud and upgraded OS and have lost everything on their phones (contact, pics, music, everything). Now, they are electronic illiterate iPhone users, so, I am sure they could have messed something up.

    Google has been backing everything up to their cloud for years. One thing to be careful of, is Verizon forced OEMs to default backuped data to "VZ Backup Assistant". So, you need to go thru and change the defaults to Google.

    From Cnet:
    Go to Settings > Privacy, and make sure that "Back up my settings" and "Automatic restore" are checked off. Go to Settings > Accounts and sync, open your Gmail account, and check off all options. With these settings in place, your contacts, system settings, apps, calendar, and e-mail will be restored whenever you set up a new Android phone with that same Gmail account.


    You also need to make sure your "Contacts" or "People" backup to your GMail account. That way you can change phones or phone companies and your phone will automatically load your contacts off of your Gmail account.
    Open "People". Menu > Settings > Contact Storage > Change to your Gmail account and click Remember this setting.

    Also, if you add Google+ you can have your pictures/ videos automatically backed up. Once again VZ used "Backup Assistant" but if you change phone companies, you will lose the data.

    If you do all of this, you will leave the VZ sales man speechless when your new phone automatically loads your contact, wallpaper, ect. Usually the VZ rep will activate your phone and then hand it to you to enter your gmail account info. After that, I recommend not letting them touch it.

    I showed the VZ rep how to change the setting on her phone so she can do the same for her customers and allow for easy transfers for customer buying new phones. I wasn't sure if the manager was joking when he asked me to teach an Android class.
     

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