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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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RE: Thanks,
By augiem on 5/19/2011 5:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on where you are. My friend who lives in San Francisco uses Sprint and has had nary a problem in 3 years. Best bang for the buck right now, no doubt. Metro PCS sucks.

RE: Thanks,
By eskimospy on 5/19/2011 6:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
It all just depends on where you live. I lived in San Diego with Sprint for years and the service was fast and reliable. Really top notch. Other places I've been it's not so good. So, as per usual see what other people in your area think.

In terms of pricing and data plans though, Sprint is amazing. The company has gotten so much better over the last few years it's not even funny.

RE: Thanks,
By bodar on 5/19/2011 7:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, zero issues with Sprint on Oahu (EVO).

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