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  (Source: SkeptiSys)
Datapocalypse may be almost upon us

AT&T 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.

Reuters began the rumors early last month when it cited analysts as saying that Verizon was likely to ditch the unlimited option and switch to a tiered pricing scheme.  Now Engadget is claiming 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.

Verizon has already suggested 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.


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as a long time ATT user
By spamreader1 on 7/21/2010 9:12:42 AM , Rating: 1
2GB seems fair enough to me on the cell phones. $25/2GB then another $25 for each additional 2GB seems fair enough, however the 5GB cap on the air cards is rediculous. ATT recently went gestapo on that as well, for 3 years I've used an air card as my only means of internet at home. (I live in a rural area) As of July 1st they no longer allow an occasional overage, you are charged $.05/MB so if on some strange chance I go over by say 2GB on month I just paid ~$100 extra. Why not use the approch of if you use 5GB you simply pay another $50 for another 5GB? Also unless you knew about this change in advance, when you hit 5GB ATT just shuts down your SIM until the next billing cycle.




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