Verizon Ending Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone This Thursday

Posted In iPhone - By Tariq On Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 With 0 Comments

In the ever increasing trend to decrease customer data usage, Verizon is the latest carrier to join the bandwagon of axing the unlimited data plan. AT&T was the first US carrier to start this trend back in June 2010 when it switched to the tiered data plan model. Come Thursday, new iPhone customers (as well as other new smartphone customers) will be forced to choose from one of the four tiered data plans.

The monthly rates are as follows: $10 for 75 MB, $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB, and $80 for 10 GB. Should you exceed your monthly allowance, you will be charged $10 for each additional gigabyte (or $10 for each additional 75 megabytes for the lowest tier). Tethering and mobile hotspot capability is an additional $20 per month, but it will net you an extra 2 GB of data usage. As I’m sure you can tell, these new tiers aren’t exactly cheap, and will most likely serve little to no benefit for the customer. I’m betting on the first two tiers being the most popular when available, but I’m surprised at the gap between them. 75 MB seems like too little to get by, and 2 GB may be overkill for someone looking to save money instead of paying the same amount as the previous unlimited plan and getting less.

If you are a current Verizon customer with an unlimited plan, you have nothing to fear. You are free to gobble down as much data as you like, and your plan will transfer over with new phone upgrades. Only new Verizon smartphone customers will be getting the short end of the stick here.

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