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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 geekgod on 5/19/2011 6:24:11 PM , Rating: 1
Don't switch, if you care about the data speed. I travel a lot and I have a company allocated Sprint 4G aircard. It's almost impossible to get a 4G connection, anywhere. I am extremely frustrated with the 4G connectivity. I am just waiting to get a Verizon aircard.

RE: Thanks,
By cjohnson2136 on 5/20/2011 8:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
I actually don't want 4G yet cause none of the coverage are really big enough to help me. Plus I just can't afford Verizon right with my wife getting a smartphone soon its going to bump our cost up enough more. I need cheaper and Sprint has cheaper. Plus all my co-workers have Sprint and they get fine coverage.

RE: Thanks,
By Jedi2155 on 5/21/2011 5:41:54 AM , Rating: 2
I will agree that traveling with 4G is probably not very good but if you live in a generally static area that provides 4G coverage, its actually pretty good.

Been a happy Sprint customer for about 7 months now.

RE: Thanks,
By Samus on 5/23/2011 8:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint data slow? You've got to be kidding? I had Sprint back in 2002-2005 (Tmobile now) and even then I was pulling ridiculous speeds and response time with then-called PCS Vision. I'd regularely get 2-3mbps@300ms, basically what I get TODAY with Tmobile.

Considering the deployment of WiMax, the speeds and latency are probably astronomically better, and if you're out of WiMax range, there's no reason you can't get what I got nearly a decade ago, which is great.

Half my friends with Verizon complain about being on Edge when they travel, SLOW.

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