In early June, AT&T angered more
than a few hardcore smartphone users with new
capped data plans. Under its new policy, users would be able to
choose from 200MB ($15/month) and 2GB ($25/month) data plans instead
of an unlimited package ($30/month).
We knew it wouldn't be long before
other wireless carriers would start following AT&T's lead, and
today Verizon has acknowledged its plans for tiered data plans.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon will roll
out its tiered data plans within the next six months.
"We didn't need to be first on
tiered pricing," said Verizon Wireless CEO Ivan Seidenberg
referring to AT&T's pricing structure. Seidenberg went on to
state that he doesn't think that AT&T has the data
allotment/pricing mix right, stating, "We're not sure we agree
yet with how they valued the data."
The new tiered data plans will likely
encompass both 3G and 4G data plans (once Verizon gets
its LTE network up and running).
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has also expressed
to introduce tiered data plans, so the all-you-can-eat data
buffet may soon be coming to an end.
In other Verizon news, Seidenberg added
that "At some point, Apple will get with the program," with
regards to offering the iPhone on America's largest cellular network.
Possibly in a move to cozy up to Apple's Steve Jobs, Seidenberg went
on to say, "We would love to carry it, but we have to earn it."
quote: When LTE comes out, I would expect the caps to be 4GB for $15 a month and say 10GB for $25 a month.
quote: Mobile broadband is the way of the future