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Verizon to Launch Major Overhaul of Plans, Require Data on some Low-end Accessible Phones

There are plenty of stories floating around about some major rate changes coming to Verizon Wireless. Among the highlights is a $30 drop for their unlimited voice plan to $69.99. In addition, some low-end accessible phones will require a new data option. More details after the jump, and don't worry, we won't use silly graphics and charts like those other sites,.

Of interest to some of our readers may be the new requirement for at least a $9.99 data plan on some phones which come accessible out of the box. These include the LG EnV3 and the LG VX8360, both phones which include partial talking menus and some accessible information. What makes this a problem is that all of the features involving data on these two phones are not accessible. So one would have a good case to argue against this fee, and it'll be interesting to see if any exceptions become available for blind or visually impaired phone users. In addition to the new unlimited $69.99 plan, you will be able to get unlimited talk and text for $20 more, and similar versions of these as family plans.

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TinaFlute Friday, 15-Jan-2010 11:46 PM ET:

Wow, an extra $10 for features I can't even use on my ENV3? This would really blow! I'm actually quite disappointed that sure, some of the menu options talk with this phone, but the most important info, like what these options are set to definitely do not talk, like recent calls, number of seconds for the keyguard to take effect, ... well, basically, past the reading of the basic menu options, the items one can set don't indicate anything, just beep beep beep. I'm regreting I went with Verizon. LG was kind enough to send me a braille manual, but only gives options for the first level of the "tree," so to speak, not what these options can be set to. I wish I'd have done more research, and I'd probably gone with a $30 plan from Walmart where I wouldn't have had a talking phone, but would have had twice as many minutes for the $50 I'm paying now. Sorry to vent, but the ENV phones talk some, but not nearly enough to make them fully usable. Plus, I'm getting data charges when I requested that that part be turned off. Bleh. Sorry for the soapbox.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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