Verizon’s Tiered Data Plan Details Leak – Smartphone Owners Cringe

| June 20, 2011 | Reply

Everybody knew it was coming. We didn’t know WHEN it would come (although sometime this summer had been pretty well established), but we knew it was imminent…
Today, Droid Life broke a story that details Verizon’s tiered data plan pricing, and it ain’t pretty for the heavy data users out there. Here are the prices, which are said to be starting on July 7th, that are being reported:

Data plans:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 10GB – $80/month

If you would like to add tethering on to any of those packages, you can purchase 2GB of data at an additional cost of $20 per month.

Data plans w/ tethering:

  • 4GB – $50/month
  • 7GB – $70/month
  • 12GB – $100/month

If you go over your purchased amount of data, it will cost you $10 per 1GB.

So gone is the $30 for unlimited data plan that smartphone users know and love – the new plan only gives you 2GB worth of precious data for the same price, and it’s supposedly the same deal for 3G data.  Tablet data plans will also change, from their current $20 for 1GB to the same $30 for 2GB as the phones will have.  I only use about 880MB of data per month but I know it’s REALLY easy to go over 2GB, especially if you’re using 4G LTE.

If you own a smartphone and plan on doing stuff like streaming movies over Netflix or downloading your nightly ROMs over wireless broadband, you better plan on either dishing out the cash for the 5 or 10GB plans (heck, even that might be enough for some) or make sure you do everything over WiFi only.

 If you have already recently purchased a smartphone or do so before July 7th you will probably be grandfathered into the unlimited data plan, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Verizon. Droid Life also states: “We have even heard mention of current customers being allowed to upgrade to a new device after July 7though, and continue to keep their unlimited data, but are awaiting further clarification on that.” – take that as you will…

If you’re wondering what other carriers are charging for their data:

AT&T:

  • 200MB – $15/month
  • 2GB – $25/month
  • 4GB – $45/month

 Tmobile

  • 200MB – $15/month
  • 2GB – $20/month
  • 5GB – $30/month
  • 10GB – $60/month

Sprint

  • 1GB – $20/month
  • 3GB – $45/month, Unlimited WiMAX
  • 5GB – $60/month, Unlimited WiMAX
  • 10GB – $90/month, Unlimited WiMAX

As you can see Verizon’s tiers don’t really differ too much from those of their competitors’, although VZW is about $5-$10 higher across the board – and Verizon will certainly defend that by pointing out that their network provides superior coverage and speed…

The people over at Sprint are probably giddy about these changes for VZW, as it leaves them as the only major US carrier that will still over unlimited 4G data. Their 3GB and above data tiers have a cap for 3G data usage but allow for unlimited “4G” WiMAX.

As you can imagine, current Verizon customers across the nation are up in arms about this impending change. I’m sure that Verizon will lose a good number of customers to Sprint. What about you? Is this enough to make you switch to one of the other carriers, regardless of whether the coverage is worse for you or not? Will you be running out to grab an HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge or LG Revolution to lock in your unlimited 4G before the 7th? Let us know!

Source: DroidLife

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