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
RE: If they do.....
7/21/2010 5:47:47 AM
I'm with you on the unlimited plans advertising things, as it appears to be in the USA. I'm not sure how things are handled in the states though, but for a while now a lot of mobile phone services have been advertised as unlimited for a while with regard to text messages as well as data plans, in the UK.
For the most part, people have come to terms with the notion of it being essentially unlimited for the vast majority of people, but fair usage terms apply. This was something that we went through over here in the UK a while ago with people moaning about unlimited being limited, but when you think about it, it is a ridiculous notion that doesn't make much sense really to expect to be true, but it is still a bit naughty, and just marketing departments doing there thing.
In the end, they (were kinda forced to) make it pretty clear what the fair usage limits on "unlimited" are, and that seems to be pretty transparent, in the grand scheme of things. There are a lot of words that marketing departments get away with abusing, like "free" and such, which we all know doesn't exist really, there is always a price to be paid.
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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
Apple's iPad Air 2 Features Triple-core A8X Processor, 2GB of RAM
October 21, 2014, 8:32 PM
Toshiba Launches 11”, 2-in-1 Convertible PC for $329
October 21, 2014, 2:11 PM
Microsoft Begins Shifting Nokia Lumia Branding to "Microsoft Lumia"
October 21, 2014, 10:52 AM
Tim Cook Touts Apple’s Product Portfolio, Performance in Letter to Employees
October 21, 2014, 8:05 AM
Buoyed by Strong iPhone Sales, Apple Reports Revenue of $42.1B, $8.5B in Profit for Fiscal Q4
October 20, 2014, 5:21 PM
Windows 8.1 + Android "Sell Mini PC" w/ Bay Trail Creates New PC Form Factor
October 20, 2014, 5:07 PM
Most Popular Articles
Cool Science Video of the Day: Carnivorous Leech Eats Giant Jungle Worm
October 16, 2014, 6:44 PM
HBO, CBS Lead Charge to Ditch Cable
October 16, 2014, 4:40 PM
PS4 "Masamune" Update 2.0 Will Bring New Music and Customization Features
October 17, 2014, 1:05 PM
Report: 2015 Ford Focus Electric MSRP Slashed by $6,000, Will Retail for $29,995
October 18, 2014, 6:23 PM
Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, 27" iMac with Retina Display
October 16, 2014, 1:22 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
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
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information