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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 negativeone on 7/22/2010 11:13:01 AM , Rating: 2
What YOU are failing to realize is that this is a bigger issue than you seem to be able to grasp right now.

You people supporting it are failing to realize that you're boxing yourself in. You're supporting a bad precedent.

The tech industry is going the opposite direction of this. Soon you're going to be using more bandwidth too, and then you're going to have to pay more.

The "unlimited" plan is still capped at 5GB, so what you're saying doesn't make sense. It's all a matter of degree.

According to you, you should pay per kilobyte. Want to do that? You'll be paying big bucks though, because otherwise they won't make money.

The only ways they can make money are:
1) force some people to pay more
2) get money off people who aren't using all they paid for (ie only 1 gb out of 2).

Another point you're missing is, right now you're PAYING for 5GB. To be fair, they should make a 2GB plan that's cheaper than what it is now, so you can either keep paying for 5, or move down to 2.


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