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The big US carriers are currently falling all over themselves to tweak their plan offerings to be more competitive with each other. After changing the upgrade window of its Edge plans last month, Verizon is now preparing to offer more data on some plans, reduced prices for Edge customers, and more.

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The More Everything campaign starts tomorrow, and we've got the promotional material sent out to representatives. The 500MB, 1GB, and 2GB Share Everything plans are getting boosted to 1GB, 2GB and 3GB caps. Edge customers are also seeing a price break of $10 for plans on 8GB or less of data, and $20 for 10GB or more. Existing Share Everything users will automatically be migrated to the new plans too. Verizon is also following AT&T's lead and offering Edge early upgrades to on-contract customers who purchased a phone prior to 11/13/13. This offer is only good through the end of March, though.

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Part of this "More stuff" approach includes doubling network bandwidth in markets across the country – the scale of this upgrade isn't clear. Verizon will also throw in 25GB of Verizon Cloud storage space for free. All plans will also include international messaging from the US as a part of More Everything.

Verizon just posted a #More tease which seems to confirm this program. Keep an eye out tomorrow for official announcement.

[Thanks, anon]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • SkullOne

    Unless it includes unlocked bootloaders who cares?

    • Matthew Fry

      The 90% of people that don't need/want their bootloaders unlocked.

      • Reid Knight

        iPhone users? :) I kid, I kid.

  • anon_coward

    nice, soon AT&T is going to drop their prices again. going to be a good year for me
    hope T-mobile survives. i'm not a customer but they started this

    • Chris

      Indeed they did... I'm glad to see that these companies are trying to stay competitive. But with what I am getting with T-Mobile, these campaigns look half baked. Though, I do love the direction.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      T-Mobile won't survive. T-Mobile will THRIVE. You should switch.

      • Tim242

        They can't thrive without getting rid of their sea of EDGE.

        • Idon’t Know

          T-Mobile is unusable to me as I travel a lot and their spotty service doesn't cut it.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, their LTE network doesn't even cover my whole city, much less the suburbs. The rest is EDGE, with pockets of GPRS. They have some roaming on at&t, but not nearly enough. There are huge chunks of my state with no coverage at all.

          • Guest

            depends where you are.

        • Jim Morris

          That's the reason I switched to Verizon years ago, if I leave a major metro TMo drops to Edge or GPRS. I loved their customer service and their pricing, but data speed is important and will only become more so as time goes on. They need to hurry up their expansion.

      • chini

        if they will thrive, why are they begging to merge with Sprint?
        Lets see, your cult hero Legere is coming up on 2 yrs into this contract...think there is a clause about acquisition of stock price that makes him $$$?
        Sheep end up in the slaughterhouse

      • http://www.geo-tel.com/ GeoTel

        At least T-Mobile is trying things differently than the other companies. While they might not all be successes, it's nice to actually see a company building a model that is advantageous to the end-user.

  • h4rr4r

    Timely updates?
    Still waiting on that 4.4.2 for the VZW moto X for our employees here.
    Moto X 4.4 has serious ActiveSync issues.

    • Robert

      Meanwhile, I'm pissed at TMo for falling behind the CDMA guys in the HTC One update! If we look hard enough, it's always greener on the other side.

      • h4rr4r

        What does this have to do with TMo?
        The Moto that got 4.4.2 is unlocked. I know of several not on T Mobile that got that update.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Good question. LMAO

  • h4rr4r

    $30 line access fee and $30 for 500MB of data?
    Excuse if I am not excited.

    • antifud

      Hey, verizon does want to act like they care. They just aren't going to try to compete, not even remotely.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Exactly. Those exact words fell from the lips of Fran Shammo at one point.

  • TopXKiller

    This is awful

  • Diar

    So customers not on these plans (like us legacy unlimited data customers) will get slower network speeds (slowed down from current speeds or just won't have access to new higher speeds)? Please verify that.

    If so, this sucks but would make sense as a plan to move unlimited folks to the new plans.

    • h4rr4r

      That might be their plan, but it sure does not fit with this unlimited data customer. Their current prices are simply insane. I was getting a replacement SIM and they tried to tell me about the "value" of unlimited Talk and Text, I asked them to look at my account. The 80 minutes and 12 text messages in the last month shut them up.

      • Diar

        Ha....I probably use 50 minutes a month and text through Google Voice so that's 0 texts for them. Can't wait for VoLTE where it's all just data (at least I think I can't wait...VZW will find a way to screw that up, too, I'm sure).

      • PoisonApple31

        In Q4 earnings release, I read that Verizon had 46% of postpaid customers on Share Everything plans on Droid-Life. Unlimited data has been gone for 2.5 years? Some people haven't switched because they don't care and hate dealing with the cell companies - others are just on Verizon for the unlimited data. I could see Verizon just stopping unlimited data for the legacy customers in another couple years.

        • h4rr4r

          Not even 2 years. I still have 2 months to go on an unlimited contract.

          • PoisonApple31

            Interesting, I thought Verizon killed unlimited data on July 7th, 2011.

          • h4rr4r

            They stopped offering it to new customers, but old customers could renew their contracts until much later.

          • PoisonApple31

            My bad, I understand that, I guess I just forgot when they decided to make you pay full price to keep unlimited data.

        • Derek B

          I'm still on unlimited data through Verizon but would be willing to switch if something other than AT&T was available for a replacement service. As long as I don't upgrade my line/contract I'll keep it.

    • PoisonApple31

      Where are you inferring this from?

      • Diar

        They're saying the More Everything plans provide doubled bandwidth. That could apply to all customers not just More Everything customers (which is why I asked for clarification) but with the recent Net neutrality ruling going in their favor (meaning they can indiscriminately throttle network traffic for specific services or, theoretically, specific customers, providing faster data for folks who pay more or are on preferred plans is definitely possible.

        I hope I'm wrong.

        • PoisonApple31

          I took that as a promotion for the AWS spectrum they have added in the big cities lately. These cities now have access to band 4 and band 13 LTE. Unlimited Data customers have access to this too as long as they have a device that works with AWS.

          • Diar

            Cool. I forgot about AWS. My paranoia can rest.

          • PoisonApple31

            I am paranoid too :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      There is zero reason to believe Verizon is going to tier network speeds based on your plan, but let's not give them any ideas.

      • Idon’t Know

        Zero reason? It's the other way around. They specifically said they would.

  • PoisonApple31

    Verizon should discount the family plans like AT&T did! It's nice that the single lines that are paying the most get a little extra data, but the EDGE program is still a joke.

  • flosserelli

    But Wait! There's More!
    Order now and get more locked phones!
    More crappy tablets that no one wants!
    More carrier bloat!
    More services that you can get elsewhere for free!
    More unexplained monthly charges!
    Operators are standing by!

    • Frank Lopez

      More ugly verizon logos plastered on your device.

      • Idon’t Know

        Unless you buy an iPhone. Apple told Verizon no.

    • http://www.pixelheadstudios.net/ Charlie G.

      Don't forget system updates that take forever... If at all.

    • Stone Cold

      ^5

  • inzandity

    Too little, too late

  • blairh

    Isn't Verizon Edge 3G only? AT&T GoPhone offers LTE.

    • mustbepbs

      EDGE isn't their network, it's interest free financing on phones.

      • blairh

        I wasn't saying that. Edge customers don't have access to LTE douche.

        • mustbepbs

          Seriously? Douche? I'm on the EDGE program with my Moto X and I have LTE.

          Moron.

          • blairh

            My apologies.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Dumb ass bitch kid

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          You're confusing Edge with their prepaid plan. Edge is not their prepaid plan. Maybe do a bit of research before hurling the insults.

          • blairh

            I apologize for my confusion.

        • Scott

          Take a chill pill dude. You're clearly confused.

        • Tim242

          Ummm yes they do. Where did you get such nonsense?

  • mustbepbs

    I can't believe some of the comments here, this is a great thing for people that are stuck in family contracts. We're getting more data and cheaper prices for those of us on EDGE. What's to complain about?

    • Wyatt Neal

      Rabble, Rabble Verizon, Rabble, Rabble.

      Basically, it's cool to hate ... but also because Verizon does have some pretty anti-consumer policies for most of the things that they do. Don't get me wrong, I can see it as a benefit getting cheaper data and prices for all ... but also, they're a corporation; they don't make a move without thinking about the bottom line which means that they've done the analysis that they can give you "this break on pricing" and it will not 1) impact any of their current profits which means they were already charging you too much anyway 2) allow them to up-sell people out of old contract into the "new more expensive than your old contract, but less expensive for your new contract" model.

      Remember kids, this here's 'murica, you vote with your wallet.

      • mustbepbs

        Agreed, but since I'm stuck in a 4 line family plan, I'll take any break from being raped that I can get.

        • PhillipCun

          Tmobile will pay your ETF

          • mustbepbs

            I'd love to switch to T-Mobile, but their coverage is basically nonexistent in my area.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Well, I'd just wait it out then. 700 MHz deployment is coming; I hope you'll benefit.

            P.S.: Loving all the Aio downvotes... rofl

          • r00fus

            Have you confirmed this recently? That's exactly what I thought last year and was so desperate to get away from ATT and VZ that I took the leap despite coverage.

            I was thrilled at how good the coverage was... in fact, even better than AT&T. And to date, IIRC, they're the only big provider to support HD-Voice. This is a huge upgrade if both handsets are compatible (in my case both iPhone5 - though many androids support it too). Calls with my wife have never been better. Think Skype-on-good-network quality.

            Take another look. Keep in mind too, the CTO's words since they bought the 700Mhz whitespace (from VZ, amusingly).

            Good times ahead:
            "

            During the press conference, Ray called the low-band spectrum a new "weapon" that would enable T-Mobile to add better indoor service and improve rural coverage across the US. The CTO hopes to get a good start on beginning the deployment in 2014. "We are going to go and frighten the crap out of AT&T and Verizon Wireless."
            "

            http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/4g-lte/t-mobile-cto-on-the-road-to-low-band/d/d-id/707207

          • mustbepbs

            Yes, I did last week when I thought about doing their ETF thing.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yeah... switch to T-Mobile and consider your ETFs paid.

          Don't let them own you any longer.

          • Tim242

            If only T-Mobile had a larger network, and what they have wasn't 90% EDGE...

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Oh, Tim. Such a downer. What's with the 90%? Everybody has been making false claims today citing 90% as evidence...

          • Tim242

            Coverage maps can confirm their sea of EDGE.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            They would not confirm 90%. What they would confirm is 202+ million POPs covered with LTE and the only DC-HSPA+42 network cover 96% of Americans.

          • Tim242

            Yeah. Neither their LTE nor their HSPA+ covers entire cities, and leaves out a lot of suburbs. They have huge chunks of states with zero coverage. Where there is coverage, it is mostly EDGE. Their 4G looks like tiny dots on a map.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            You make this too easy. Nearly everything you just said is factually inaccurate.

          • Tim242

            TheIr coverage maps prove otherwise.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            No, they don't. You have not shown any specific, concrete examples, whereas I have.

          • Tim242

            You have shown nothing but fanboyism for a shitty network. I provided their very own coverage maps.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            You didn't, actually. You pulled invented statistics out of your behind. But, quite honestly, your trolling doesn't bother me - the growing subscriber numbers speak for themselves.

          • Tim242

            I guess you don't realize that a lot of people switched to get their ETF's paid and intend on leaving for cheaper prepaid, with much larger networks. I am not trolling. I tested out their network for a week in several states. In my city, which is an LTE city, I got EDGE on my street, only GPRS in my house. All of the suburbs are EDGE. They roam off of at&t in some areas, but not enough. Areas of my state over 100-200 miles have zero covrrage It was a mess. I would not feel safe counting on their shitty pieced together network

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            You are the proprietor of a store for a network that literally robs their customers. The prices Verizon charges are outrageous. Your experience is not typical. I understand that network performance is location-based, but you are GREATLY exaggerating your observations.

            AT&T is not the only roaming partner, by the way, but I already knew you didn't know a ton about their roaming.

            BTW - you should feel safe anywhere, regardless of carrier. You know full well that SOS coverage is available anywhere there's a network, roaming agreement or not. That's a cheap shot, rooted in dishonesty, that preys on people's unwarranted fears. Sad.

          • Tim242

            I pay $112 for two smart phones per month on Verizon. That gives me 700 minutes and unlimited LTE, with coverage everywhere. That price includes corp discount and no texting. We use GV for free SMS. Not everybody has this same great price, but paying more is worth it to be able to use your device when traveling, and when inside buildings. I need my phone for more than 911 when traveling. The time I was not in s roaming area, it showed no service. You can't SOS with no service...more like SOL

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Yes, you can. That's patently false. You can dial SOS wherever there's a GSM tower - and that's the law. If your phone works, it will call. And I'm sorry you had that experience, but it is not representative of ALL of the T-Mobile network, and I highly suspect you're exaggerating quite a bit. In the vast majority of places, T-Mobile works wonderfully. (And so does Verizon, making T-Mobile the better overall/value proposition.)

            With T-Mobile, everyone gets a great price, and there's nothing wrong with some extra disposable income.

          • http://ralphchastain.com/ Ralph Chastain

            Yes. I agree with you. My phone is T-Mobile and it says emergency calls only. It shows AT&T as the network that does the emergency calls.

    • PoisonApple31

      For the family plans that are not on EDGE with 500mb, 1GB, or 2GB data - more data at no extra charge - great. Most of their family plans are sitting at 4GB plus.

      • Averix

        That's the rub. If you have a non EDGE plan with any reasonable data plan, you're getting screwed by these changes.

        • JTV

          That's a really stupid way of looking at it. If it doesn't affect you, it doesn't affect you. That's like saying someone else winning $10 with a lottery ticket "screwed you over" because you didn't win.

          • Averix

            Um, doing business with a company that treats customers differently financially is entirely different than winning the lottery.

          • George Millhouse

            how is that different than most businesses???

  • chris125

    Not surprising. AT&T does something then Verizon does something to combat it. Keep it up. And actually make your prices more reasonable for what they are getting.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      I think you misspelled "T-Mobile" when you put "AT&T"...

      • chris125

        No Verizon changes when att does. Tmo is too small to really pressure Verizon. This is in response to att 4 lines with 10gb of data for $160 a month, just not near as good as att offering

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          But... Edge was a response to JUMP! Perhaps this specific instance is in response to AT&T, but I think that nothing would have changed at all at VZW if it weren't for T-Mo.

          • JTV

            90% of people don't care about T-Mobile; their network continues to be a joke. And Edge was in the works long before Jump came out.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Er... have you been living under a rock? T-Mo added more subscribers than any other carrier last quarter, 202+ million POPs covered with LTE, and Edge was a direct response to JUMP.

            100% of reasonable people think you're a fool.

  • Quinton

    Yup, still not as good as T-Mobile's pricing/lack of contracts.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Never will be, either. Don't wait, switch.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Nice try, T-Mobile

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Why not? Why should he not switch? And do you seriously think Verizon has ever been a force that has historically spurred competition and lowered prices in the market? Are you kidding?

          They're the only carrier I know of that has a CEO that is gleeful that their prices are the highest, and proudly exclaims they won't compete on price!

          • George Millhouse

            you get what you pay for
            show any other company with the same 4g lte coverage in this country? O that is right there isnt one

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Verizon has LTE... but not LTE-10, and since today seems to be a day of percentages I'd wager to say less than 28% of Verizon customers actually utilize LTE outside of their home area on a daily basis. And that's a generous estimate, considering some road warriors choose Verizon.

    • George Millhouse

      ll take real coverage over cheaper plans thanks

  • Frank Lopez

    I dont care how "attractive" verizon plans look.

    I just cant find it in me to support them or ATT. + tmobile offering trumps the bottomline of what Red and blue are trying to achieve.

    I am magenta and my unlimited everything for 60 bucks cant be topped. PERIOD.!!!

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Amen! Don't forget your included laptop tethering, free international roaming, and JUMP! yearly upgrades...

      • Idon’t Know

        I have to be on Verizon because nobody else has their coverage. certainly not T-Mobile. What good are cheap prices if i can't make a call or get fast data. None.

    • Tim242

      You also have the shittiest network to deal with. The litlle more we pay is worth the network.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Little more? HA! And ever heard of Sprint?

        Also, your usage of said network is severely restricted. Show me the unlimited plan... and grandfathered ones don't count since you continue to pay for device subsidies you can't use.

        • ggareis

          You're such a troll. Take your cheer leader antics somewhere else.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            No trolling here. You know what I said is 100% accurate.

          • ggareis

            Absolutely not. Pretty obvious you're on T-Mobiles payroll.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Coming from the man who said "VZW FTW." Are you on Verizon's?

            And actually, I'm not. We all have our favorite carrier. Let me be entitled to mine.

          • ggareis

            T-Mobile will never be able to match up to Verizon's superior network. The only thing they are good for it making the larger carriers lower their prices. T-Mobile is and has been setting up themselves for a quick sale. Even DT has admitted this. Good night troll.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Way to ignore my goodwill gesture.

            You know full well they're good for more than that. And I am HAPPY they're selling - perhaps then they'd finally get an owner that would care. I don't care for DT either. But you're clearly unaware of their situation, so I'll let you go get your 6th Verizon tattoo. Goodnight Senator McCarthy.

      • Frank Lopez

        That's a myth. The company I work for went from Verizon to tmobile. They took advantage of the "switch they pay all late fees" before the switch I tested my Verizon iPhone 5s against the new tmobile 5s.

        Not a difference. Both pages loaded exactly at the same time. I have yet to experience this "shirty network" you mentioned.

        I love that argument amongst Verizon users hahaha you guys really have nothing else to counter...

        iPhone 6 not going to be a hassle to upgrade to also my iPad loves now being connected tethering at no additional charge ;)

        • Tim242

          Tmobile's own coverage map shows how shitty and spotty it is.

          • Frank Lopez

            But is not at least here in Miami, FL I have no problems. I've traveled to NY, CA, CT, GA and I have yet to hit a bump.

            To me Verizon's coverage don't really matter. I travel frequently but 70% of the time I am not I am within solid signal.

            Are we really going by a coverage map though?

      • Firehawkws7

        And how is it shitty? I think you're just jealous of our lower priced non-douchey network.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          He surely is. And that's understandable, given he works for Verizon.

      • Stone Cold

        Tim the network isn't shitty as you say it truly is location based as you have stated it doesn't work for you that is fine. But for a lot of people the network is great so you are beating a dead horse here.

    • George Millhouse

      coverage coverage coverage

  • Averix

    So, what exactly does the open enrollment in Edge mean? Is that an opportunity to switch from a subsidised plan to Edge by paying off the remainder of your subsidised phone price? I doubt it, but if I could pay that off and not buy a new phone, I'd get the $20 per line access fee discount which would end up saving me $40 per month. That actually makes sense. Which is why that can't be true.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Wow, I thought £12/month for unlimited data was expensive. American mobile networks are quite funny :')

    • Arthur Dent

      American carriers SUCK. AT&T and Verizon are leading the charge of never-ending suck. End of story.

  • Averix

    Also, can all media outlets please start adding the caveat about increased data caps? "Including increased data caps for people that have little to no data use as it is." or something? Who on earth cares if the 500 MB one goes to 1 GB? For someone using between 6-10 GB, I will see absolutely no savings or increased cap.

  • Chini

    For most people the data buckets will be enough. If you need to gorge yourself at the buffet, I guess you can go to the magenta network where there is plenty of empty capacity.

    Still isn't cheaper for families than t's latest move, but its a step.

  • DJ

    Yawn....

  • LiamBryant

    25GB of Verizon cloud storage? Do I really want to trust Verizon with my files?

  • Nathan Fletcher

    In all honesty i see people saying that 160 for 10gb split 4 ways is good. How is that? Seems a little pricey. Rw is cheaper but even they still seem to be expensive. Just actually think how much it coats them to deliver that 10gb. Nothing...

  • Nicccu

    I love Verizon. Easy the best.

  • http://ralphchastain.com/ Ralph Chastain

    I had Verizon DSL. Worse service ever. Never ever would sign up for Verizon Hard To Cancel BS. T-Mobile all the way!

  • Steve B

    Verizon should be ashamed about making a big deal out of such a lousy change... Oh wow some customers will get an extra GB and some cloud storage that they will probably never use. I am sure Verizon will get a kickback from big brother for the cloud storage too, I would not doubt it. The point is, it is all hype and does not even come close to AT&T's changes or T-Mobile's offer. I would rather have them make no changes at all than to insult the customer's intelligence!

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