Verizon's Tiered Data Plans Set to Land July 7

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We knew it was coming, and it appears it's nearly here: Verizon's tiered data plans, meaning the end of unlimited data. Verizon is set to join AT&T with tiered smartphone data plans, on July 7 according to the report.

Pricing will be as follows:
  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 10GB – $80/month
If you want to use tethering on your device, it will cost you $20 per month for a 2GB (separate) data bucket. Overage fees are $10 for each GB of data over the limit.

Tablet data plans are already not unlimited, but the report says the $20 1GB plan will be replaced by a $30 2GB plan.

However, Verizon will allow already existing customers to keep their current plans. The pricing applies across 4G and 3G plans, but in addition, it sounds like those who are currently on 3G unlimited plans will be able to apply that to an upgraded LTE phone down the line, although it's not 100 percent certain as yet.

One thing to notice is that the base 2GB tier is $5 more than comparable AT&T pricing. That's likely to be the most popular tier, but Verizon will (possibly) justify the extra $5 based on its more reliable network, and LTE.

With this move, only Sprint will have continue to have truly unlimited data. While T-Mobile advertises unlimited data, once a user reaches a 5GB cap, data bandwidth is throttled.
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LBowen replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 1:54 PM

Hopefully Sprint does not jump on the bandwagon anytime soon. I like my unlimited data :)

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jonation replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 2:17 PM

haha wow, cell phone companies are gonna start pushing people back to landlines...

its bad for business but good for temporary money. it amazes me how short-sighted big businesses are now, unless they are confident that through lobbying they can hold monopolistic control- or at the least get together and price fix.

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fefzero replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 4:00 PM

I had been really thinking about getting a smartphone (I don't really need one, but it would be nice to have), especially with rumors of family data plans, etc. Now I'm thinking I'd rather save the money.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 4:40 PM

Same here. The phones from all of the carriers do look tempting but I don't know if I want to pay $50 a month; especially since the added price is the data plan.

I am however looking for a pay-as-you-go smartphone like the ones Boost Mobile has.

 

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pwrntspd replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 4:53 PM

Thank goodness my phone only makes calls...Eh, i dont need 3G anyway. If i could get a decent smart phone without 3G i would, because honestly i dont need or even want internet everywhere.

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I agree though if you don't renew your contract or upgrade your phone they you are grandfathered into the plan typically. Why are we moving backwards to capped wireless and capped internet again... I just don't understand it data does not cost that much to transport.

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jonation replied on Wed, Jun 22 2011 1:34 PM

if they are smart, they wont.

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