Verizon May Announce AT&T-like Tiered Data Caps by July 29
July 21, 2010 1:10 AM
comment(s) - last by
Datapocalypse may be almost upon us
raised a ruckus
early last month when it announced tiered, capped data plans, doing away with "unlimited" data for its smart phone users. Now Verizon is rumored to soon to be following in suit.
Verizon already offers tiered capped data plans for its 3G PC wireless internet cards ($39.99, 250 MB a month; $59.99, 5 GB a month). However, its smart phone users currently enjoy a single "unlimited" data allowances capped at a relatively high 5 GB.
began the rumors early last month when it
as saying that Verizon was likely to ditch the unlimited option and switch to a tiered pricing scheme. Now
that this prediction was correct and that its sources say that a tiered pricing scheme will likely land by July 29.
The report says that the pricing scheme will likely be around that offered by AT&T ($25 for 2GB, $15 for 200MB). That would mean that Verizon users would ultimately be paying more per MB than they are currently.
that it may adopt a tiered scheme at some point.
All indications are that T-Mobile and Sprint, though, have no intentions of following Verizon and AT&T into the world of capped connections. Sprint is instead opting to charge users
a small premium ($10)
on its 4G connections -- T-Mobile may adopt that alternative approach as well.
Will customers embrace AT&T and Verizon's tiered, capped data plans? Or will they rebel and jump to Sprint and Verizon and agree to pay a nominal fee if they want their data to be transferred at faster rates? Only time will tell, but it should be interesting to watch for whether Verizon officially airs a tiered smart phone data scheme.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
7/21/2010 3:29:46 AM
I really wonder who would stand in line to pay $40 for 250MB of data. Assuming a YouTube video stream is 5MB, that means you get to stream 50 videos and be done with it, assuming you don't use it for anything else. I've done this on my device (at work) on a weekly basis for a few months in a row.
I'm guessing their reasoning will be that most users will be using Wi-Fi and not their data plan anyways, but if that's the case then why
it for a smartphone? To "subsidize the cost"? I think that's bull. I seem to remember a subsidized RAZR on release date cost as much as a subsidized smartphone does today. With a data plan, these "Smartphones" pay themselves at least twice over.
And it's not like I'm being an idiot. I understand the limitations of current infrastructure and all that, but too often companies will say that price increases are an "investment." If that were really the case, then these increases would be temporary or non-existant; since a superior infrastructure will sway many users from competitors, these improvements should be seen as a long-term investment.
But hey, it's why I'll never make CEO. My investors will probably kick me out for having a long-term outlook.
7/21/2010 5:02:56 AM
Just went to youtube at i downloaded some stuff. 4:26 clip at the 480P setting is 9.3MB in size. the 320P was 7.6MB
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
Verizon's 4G Service: Don't Count on Unlimited Data
May 27, 2010, 1:45 PM
HTC EVO 4G Priced at $200 After Rebate, Requires $10 Premium for 4G Data
May 12, 2010, 8:58 PM
AT&T May Fine iPhone Users for Using Too Much of Its "Unlimited" Data
December 9, 2009, 10:45 PM
Microsoft's Standalone Kinect 2 Goes On Sale Oct. 7 for $150
August 28, 2014, 4:33 PM
Apple Builds Not-So-Secret Secret 3-Story Tower for iPhone 6/iWatch Unveil
August 28, 2014, 3:41 PM
Intel Offers up Penny Sized 3G Modem for Smart Appliances, Etc.
August 28, 2014, 3:25 PM
T-Mobile Will Also Carry the HTC One (M8) for Windows
August 28, 2014, 2:59 PM
Apple’s iPhone 6 to Get NFC Payment Capabilities, September 9 Event Confirmed
August 28, 2014, 11:43 AM
Samsung Announces Tizen-based Gear S Smartwatch That Can Make/Receive Phone Calls
August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Family Gets a $100 Price Cut
August 25, 2014, 1:16 AM
Report: Microsoft to Announce Windows 9 on September 30
August 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
From HULC to FORTIS: the Evolution of Lockheed Martin's Incredible Exosuit
August 22, 2014, 12:45 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9-R Rocket Suffers Malfunction, Self-Destructs During Test Flight
August 23, 2014, 9:36 AM
Owner of "Decepticon" Maserati Ordered to Appear in Court This Thursday
August 25, 2014, 7:55 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information