Verizon Wireless To Introduce Tiered Data Plans As Well

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It simply had to happen sooner or later. Usually, when it comes to U.S. carriers, they each follow one another. If one does one thing, the other follows suit. Generally, these are minor things. Unlimited calling plan introductions, unlimited texting, etc. But tiered data pricing is a fundamental shift in how mobile data is distributed, and AT&T started that shift when it switched over from a simple $30/month unlimited mobile data plan for smartphones to a tiered plan that introduced new limits and new (albeit cheaper) overage plans.

Analysts were quick to point out that the rest of the U.S. phone industry would probably follow them down that same path, regardless of whether consumers were willing and eager to accept it. There had previously been rumors flaring that Verizon Wireless, which is America's largest carrier in terms of subscribers, would soon be pushing tiered data live, making them the second in the U.S. to do so.

Now, Verizon Communications' chief said "he expects to soon start charging wireless customers based on their Internet data usage and introduce new plans with limits." That's according to a new Wall Street Journal report on the matter, where Ivan Seidenberg confirmed that the wireless carrier's new data plans could be phased in over the next four to six months. Though, don't expect them to be identical to the newer AT&T data plans; he confirmed that they would differ in some ways, but didn't provide details.

Basically, this is a heads-up for everyone considering a smartphone on VZW. If you want one of their phones, and you want their service, and you want unlimited smartphone data for $30/month, you better buy in now. Users who already have the plan are likely to be grandfathered in, but after the tiered plans are introduced, you can probably kiss the old ones goodbye forever.
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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 24 2010 8:21 PM

So now it's for sure that they'll never see my money. Who wants to buy limits?

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Sep 24 2010 10:34 PM

I don't know really how this will all work out. I got the Samsung Epic on Sprint because I liked there price lines. However; I returned it today before my 30 days was up because they have basically no service at my house. We only use cell phones so no service at my house is an auto kill switch. I did notice though how much data I used which was just under 2 gigs for 30 days (or slightly short thereof in days). So I would imagine if I put a timer on there so I could actively watch data consumption this would not be bad really. I used about 1.75 total, and I was a new smart phone user so I was running around downloading things and trying them out. I therefore would think if I was not randomly grabbing apps etc I would use just over 1 gig. The main thing a phone of any type is for is talk. The apps are cool, but you can use it responsibly for things that are useful to you rather than willy nilly. I resubscribed to Verizon today, and now have service in my home. So I think I would be on the lowest data tier which would be cheaper than 30 dollars a month as well.

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turtle replied on Sat, Sep 25 2010 1:20 AM

I think this article is missing a glaring, if not obvious, prediction/supposition.

It starts with a question. Why did AT&T change their data rates?

Now, what has been making massive news over the last couple days, ie Foxconn producing and a release time table corresponding with this '4-6 months' time table for the rate change?

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On average I use about 3-4gb a month on my phone. That being said I wont have to do a thing since I have unlimited data on big red at the moment

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Sep 27 2010 11:15 AM

as long as you don't need the subsidized price on a phone upgrade you are set. usually means you need to be happy with paying $300-600 for a smart phone, sted of the $100-250 subsidized prices.

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EPereyra replied on Wed, Oct 26 2011 8:11 PM

Hey guys, does anyone know if Verizon comms will be including this for the new samsung galaxy coming out??

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