Verizon Screws Future Galaxy S III Owners

Lo and behold, it looks like Verizon has, as I thought it might, decided to screw over future Samsung Galaxy S III owners by ending its 4G LTE double data plan promo on June 5th.

Today, Verizon confirmed (to us) that it would be ending the double data plans for its 4G LTE devices in just a few days. What this means is that unless Verizon somehow launches the Samsung Galaxy S III on or before June 5th, those who are intereted in buying it will be stuck with Verizon’s paltry and regular old tiered data plans.

Do not pass Go, do not collect double data.

Yeah, yeah, I know that the carrier could bring the promo back at some point. It has done it before. But I highly doubt that it will bring it back just a few weeks after killing it. It could also decide to keep the promotion in place but this is an American carrier we’re talking about here and such things are out of the question.

And yes, it could also launch the phone before or on June 5th but right now that appears unlikely. The pebble blue Galaxy S III has been hit with delays and Canada, which launched last year’s Galaxy S II around the same time as U.S. carriers, won’t get the phone until June 20th.

The worst part about this is that the promotion has been available since February. Again, February. It makes you wonder about the timing of it all.  In fact, it makes me wonder a lot.

This of course isn’t the only issue that consumers might have with a Verizon-branded Galaxy S III device.

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Just have a look at the kind of attention the carrier has given its other big name Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It took more than five months for Verizon to dish out an update to the phone. We’re not talking a major Android update either. We’re talking a bug fix update.

I can’t say whether Galaxy S III owners should expect the same but just remember, Verizon was dead last in getting Gingerbread to its original Galaxy S device, the Samsung Fascinate.

So by ending this promo and offering terrible support, Verizon really has one thing that’s going to distinguish its version of the Galaxy S III from the rest of the pack. and that’s its 4G LTE network.

Verizon’s 4G LTE network is an absolute monstrosity compared to AT&T’s and U.S. Cellular’s. Sprint’s network hasn’t launched yet and T-Mobile will offer an HSPA+ device because it won’t have 4G LTE in place until 2013.

Will that be enough to sell customers on its version of the Galaxy S III? I don’t know.

I just know that I’d be looking elsewhere.

Anyone else peeved that Verizon is ending this promotion when it is?

Comments

  1. Justin says

    Does this mean that for those of us who are grandfathered in on the unlimited plans, will now have to sign up for the limited data plans if we want the new phone?

    If that does happen, I will be leaving for sprint.I have no 4g in my area anyways.

    • bolski says

      Justin, that’s EXACTLY what it means. Oh, and you will ALSO have to pay a $30 upgrade fee now.

      Verizon is on a mission – to see how many peeved customers they can create. I guess they didn’t factor in how many they could potentially lose.

    • sgtguthrie says

      You should look at Red Pocket Mobile before sprint imo. Red Pocket uses unlocked GSM devices on at&t network to include their hspa+. For 60 dollars a month you get unlimited talk, text, MMS, and 2gb of data. No contract :-) If verizon doesn’t drop the s3 before their unlimited grandfathering ends, I’m leaving for Red Pocket Mobile almost certainly! Only downfall I can see is you only get 2gb of data, but for 60 dollars that’s much better than vzw imo! They don’t care how you use that 2gb either. I asked about tethering and they said they haveno problem with it :-)

      I think the only way I wouldn’t choose RPM is if google started their own virtual network as I’ve heard rumors they might ;-)

    • trob6969 says

      No, but in order to keep your ‘grandfathered’ plan you’ll have to pay full price for any new smartphone.

  2. neil says

    Yes, that’s exactly what that means. Verizon is doing awat with grandfathered unlimited plans. Loyalty schmoyalty.

  3. GoodForYou says

    Verizon does something good by offering double data for months, and you complain when they decide to end it. Should they have not offered it at all? Petulant whining, if you ask me.

    • sgtguthrie says

      I’d rather they let me keep my unlimited data. The 4gb promotion was just to “ease” the transition to tiered data. As if we’ll forget about unlimited for the same price :-\
      I couldn’t care less about the promotion. All I want to know is will the s3 launch before they start making the unlimited crowd choose a tier!

  4. sgtguthrie says

    I also host have to say this website sucks on a mobile device! The stupid tweet/share/+ 1 bar makes it hard to see what you’re typing in a post. For a site about mobile technology, that’s pretty lame ;-)

    Maybe you should try discus?

  5. Jonathan Evans says

    I have one word for all the hand wringing re: Verizon’s “unlimited” data plan.
    Sprint
    They don’t cap, throttle or otherwise screw you with fine print.
    My sister is a Vice-President for customer relations at Verizon in VA. I love having discussions with her about this and other topics. She never has an answer to Sprint’s “truly” unlimited data plan. Good luck all you Verizon Customers. Best wishes.
    Jonathan
    Norfolk, VA

    • sgtguthrie says

      Sprint can stay unlimited because if you’re on their 3G the bandwidth already limits you! Seriously, how much data can you really use at DIAL UP SPEED!!!

  6. bleh says

    Your wrong, the only way you can keep unlimited data will be to pay for the device without subsidy (upgrading). So pay full price of about $700 and yeah then you can keep it.

  7. Air says

    No, you’re wrong. As long as you upgrade to a LTE phone BEFORE Big Red implements the change (i.e. if you upgrade a phone, you are no longer grandfathered into the unlimited plan) you will still have the unlimited plan. They have not released the date when the change will take effect, only stated that it will begin “Mid Summer”. For those of us waiting on the S3, we can only hope for a June 20 release in the US, and the contract change to go into effect sometime after (early July is my guess).

    Now the true question is, if I buy and LTE phone that isn’t the S3 BEFORE the contract change rolls out (and before the S3 comes out), can I swap it with the S3 if it comes out within the 30 day trial period; and still be grandfathered in?

  8. vg says

    no they will not let you do it on a pre order phone. verizon has lied to me about this very thing.it has to be a phone in stock for exchange. and the return time is 14 days from order date not 30 days

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