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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: Caps
By MrTeal on 7/21/2010 10:58:09 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, you have no idea how the systems you're describing work. For digital cable, a channel won't be on the cable out to a neighborhood unless one of the subscribers request it. Once it is however, it's available to all the users in the neighborhood without consuming any more bandwidth. The difference in costs for a cable company for a high-demand user versus an intermittent user is pretty low, at least for TV.

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If Data caps happen on wireless you can bet when companies see that they can use it in one area and make more $$ they will move it into other areas


It will be a dark day when the electricity company starts charging you for what you consume instead of just your connection to the grid, or they take away that flat fee I pay for gas and I have to start closing the windows and doors in the winter to save money.


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