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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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On the 5gb unlimited cap comments..
By radzer0 on 7/22/2010 5:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
There isnt really a 5gb cap. If you have the unlimited and use 5.5gb. They wont complain or charge you more.

If you start using massive amounts every month than they will.

IF verizon would setup there wireless systems on smartphones like the iphone where it will automaticly connect to open wifi signals it would be alot more productive. But sadly verizon cant seem to give us a good solid battery life on a phone. My android phone sucks down battery 3x quicker than a iphone when i have bluetooth and wifi on and i cant even use it for a full day. Give me good battery life with wifi on and it will prob pull 20-25% of my data load off verizon. A actual benefit for verizon for helping the customer.




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