Verizon May Announce AT&T-like Tiered Data Caps by July 29
July 21, 2010 1:10 AM
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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.
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RE: If they do.....
7/21/2010 5:08:01 PM
I don't think I've used 200 MB in any month of the year I've had my Blackberry. I mostly use it for BB messaging and email. I would love to save $15 a month with these plans.
Let anyone that wants to keep the $30 a month "unlimited" data plan do so.
I highly doubt most users will pay more under the tiered approach. At least not for the next year or two. Eventually data usage on smart phones is going to go up considerably, so this is probably an example of the carriers planning ahead.
However, paying an extra $15 a month now in case I might save a little at some future time isn't a good deal for me, so I will be happy to switch to a new plan.
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