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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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RE: If they do.....
By repatch on 7/21/2010 10:20:15 AM , Rating: 0
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LOL most people even in a corp setting don't even use a gig, don't get me wrong, I'm happy about it but for 90% of us this won't even affect us.


You sure about that?

1 month ago I would have agreed with you, my usage was at most 500MB of month (usually closer to 300MB), and I use my smart phone ALOT.

Then I discovered internet radio (live365). We LOVE it, and listen to it ALOT. Now I'm averaging about 50-80MB of usage a day, I'm already past 1.3GB and my billing month isn't even over.

My point is while TODAY most people won't be affected, what about a year from now? Is progress and innovation going to be held back by such caps?

As phones become even more powerful people WILL start using them more, streaming music, streaming video and social "stuff" (i.e. uploading videos) will consume more and more bandwidth. The providers know this, which is why they are in "suck as much money out of the customer before they freak" mode.


RE: If they do.....
By bubbastrangelove on 7/21/2010 11:01:38 AM , Rating: 1
Read a book?


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