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Verizon to cut off unlimited data plans this summer

We've been hearing about Verizon's intentions to end unlimited data plans for quite some time. We first heard about the possibility of a tiered data strategy in fall 2010, and it looks as though Verizon is now gearing up to implement the new strategy this summer.

Verizon Wireless customers will no longer be able to have an unlimited data plan for $30/month. Instead, customers will be give tiered options will penalize customers who download large amounts of data. Rival AT&T currently offers a 200MB data plan for $15/month and 2GB data plan for $25/month.

To soften the blow, Verizon Wireless will offer "Family” data plans that allow multiple smartphones or tablets to share a large pool of data per month according to Reuters. This move has been a long time coming as customers have long been able to share minutes, but data packages have always been assigned to each individual phone line at $30 a pop.

"I think it's safe to assume that at some point you are going to have mega-plans (for data) and people are going to share that mega-plan based on the number of devices within their family," said Verizon CFO Fran Shammo. "That's just a logical progression."

Shammo also alluded to the fact that the next generation iPhone will be a "world phone". The baseband chip used in Verizon's version of the iPhone supports GSM, but it is currently disabled. However, Shammo indicated that the next iPhone will "work in as many countries as AT&T's iPhone" and will launch at the same time (instead of 6 months later as was the case with the Verizon iPhone 4).

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Once again....
By icanhascpu on 5/19/2011 4:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
...Heads up for anyone looking for wireless net.

They buy from vs and sprint in bulk. Their vz cap is 20GB and sprint 50GB for 59.99 and 69.99 (exact bill no extra crap). I did not have to sign a contract and I am on my second month with them with no issues. Setup for me was about 90$ as I got on with them halfway through the month. That included a USB modem and data. I can stop whenever I like and I can keep the modem (came with a 2gb mini SD card with drivers on it inside the modem, removable :D)

I searched for years for the best thing to replace dialup where I am, and all I found was ATT EDGE unlimited net through tethered iphone.

This is much, much better.

RE: Once again....
By DanNeely on 5/19/2011 4:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
Your prices appear out of date. I visited their site and their current capped plans are much smaller, although they offer an unlimited plan as well.

Do you know who, if anyone they have roaming agreements with? Their coverage page is just an address check not a map. My gut reaction is this means they don't have any roaming deals.

RE: Once again....
By icanhascpu on 5/19/2011 6:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Advanced Plan High Speed Wireless Monthly Broadband $ 59.99 per month 20 Gigabyte Data

I dont know what you're reading.

If you want to see coverage I suggest looking at sprint/vs maps, as I stated they buy from them in bulk to give their users more reasonable caps.

RE: Once again....
By DanNeely on 5/19/2011 6:59:22 PM , Rating: 2

The plans I see are:
Standard $59.99 for 5GB
Advanced $59.99 for 20GB
Unlimited $69.99

It was partly my fault for not noticing both metered plans were at the same price, but the 50GB plan you mentioned doesn't exist which threw me.

As for coverage, you completely missed my point. Are the sprint plans sprint or sprint + roaming partners? Likewise the VZW plans? And finally how do you know which network they're selling; none of the plans give any indication of whose service you're buying.

RE: Once again....
By icanhascpu on 5/19/2011 10:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
Ulimited is 50GB through sprint.

Youll need to contact them about roaming.

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