Verizon Unveils Industry's Most Expensive Metered Data Plan
July 5, 2011 7:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
Verizon drops the metered data plan hammer next week. Existing customers will be spared for at least one upgrade cycle, but new customers will bear the full brunt of the nation's most expensive data plan.
LTE tethering is no longer free for anyone. For new subscribers it's not unlimited, either.
Big Red kills free LTE tethering, charges new customers lots of money for their data
Verizon Wireless (
) has been cagey with regard to details of what its
new metered smart phone data plan
would entail. Now customers may find out why.
New smart phone subscribers will no longer have the option to get unlimited data, starting July 7. In its place they will have an array of plans that while gentle on overages and flexible, are generally expensive for base use.
The cheapest plan will be $30 USD/month for 2 GB -- $5 USD/month more than AT&T Inc.'s (
on an identical data allowance
. Verizon does not offer a 200 MB plan like AT&T ($15 USD/month). Instead, it offers two pricier, higher cap plans -- $50 USD/month for 5 GB or $80 USD/month for 10 GB. Overages at least, are relatively reasonable compared to past rates on Verizon's metered air cards, dropping in at $10 USD per extra GB.
The good news for existing customers is that they will be able to keep their unlimited data plans for at least one more upgrade cycle.
Verizon also revealed details on its plan to crack down on LTE hotspot usage. Here existing customers aren't entirely spared -- for them the previously free unlimited data service will now cost $30 USD/month. New customers have it even worse, though -- they won't have an unlimited option. They will only get a $20 USD/month 2 GB option.
The pricing was revealed by Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney in
The new data costs will take effect July 7. During the interview Verizon also revealed that
shared data plans
("family plans") will indeed be incoming -- similar to T-Mobile and AT&T's. Verizon has not yet put a timetable on the deployment of those plans.
The details revealed indicate that Verizon -- currently the largest network in the U.S. in terms of mobile subscribers -- will also be the most expensive network in terms of data plans.
Deutsche Telekom AG's (
) T-Mobile USA is currently the cheapest of the metered plans, offering rates of $15 USD/month for 200 MB, $20 USD/month for 2 GB, $30 USD/month for 5 GB, or $60 USD/month for 10 GB. T-Mobile followed AT&T's lead and
killed unlimited data plans in May
Currently the only carrier with no official plans to switch to metered connections is Sprint Nextel Corp. (
). CEO Dan Hesse argues that customers value the simplicity and value of its unlimited plans. However, he warns that Sprint
may someday consider metered plans
if the market demands it.
Sprint has also suggested that if the pending
gets approved, that it may be
pushed out of business
. If Sprint indeed folded or was acquired by another carrier (such as Verizon), the U.S. would be left with only two mega-carriers -- AT&T and Verizon. Those carriers, notably, also have the highest planned data costs for new subscribers.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Bait and switch
7/9/2011 10:18:59 AM
Well, sonny, some of us remember when we UPGRADED from the telegraph to the telephone, which was wonderful because we no longer had to learn Morse code to chat across the Atlantic (ah, the landline of yesteryear, seems so down home, old fashioney quaint now). Then (much, much later) came the first portable phones, only they weren't all that portable, being about the size of a short loaf of bread (not to mention prone to inducing male sterility at 20 paces due to all the extra Z-beam transmissions).
Fast forward 20 years, and out comes the cellular phone; mostly portable, end user friendly, no more sterility, fewer brain tumors - winning proposition all around. Oh, and texting too! So, from telegraph, to telephone, to cellphone and back to telegraph again in less than two generations - now THAT is progress!
In all seriousness, some of us old farts have sent precisely 8 text messages on our current cell phone, which is 5 years old. It's....a.....phone. You can use it to make these things called "phone calls", where (again, through the eloquent magic of Z-beam transmission via the ether) voices appear out of thin air; sometimes the voices are actually attached to people you are interested in holding a conversation with.
Oh...OH...gotta cut and run, the Metamucil just kicked in....
"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference
Sprint Pulls Out Nuclear Option to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Purchase
June 28, 2011, 1:30 PM
T-Mobile Kills Unlimited Data, Leaves Sprint the Lone Hope
May 24, 2011, 8:03 AM
Verizon to Close the "All You Eat" Data Buffet, Offer “Family” Data Packages
May 19, 2011, 4:16 PM
Congress Set to Grill AT&T, T-Mobile on Mega-Merger
May 11, 2011, 11:33 AM
Verizon Considers Data Family Plans, Android Killing RIM
December 13, 2010, 9:18 AM
Quick Note: Apple Watch to Get Brick and Mortar Boost From Best Buy
July 27, 2015, 3:00 PM
Can HTC Save Its "RE Grip" Smartband After Its Inexplicable Failure Launch?
July 17, 2015, 2:29 PM
Facebook's "Moneypenny" is Cross Platform Siri on Steroids
July 15, 2015, 3:59 PM
Apple Watch Sales Have Plummeted
July 8, 2015, 5:01 PM
Consumer Reports: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Can't Keep Up w/ Galaxy S5
July 6, 2015, 4:57 PM
Apple iOS 8.4 Rolls Out w/ Fix to Crash-Causing Unicode Text
June 30, 2015, 3:24 PM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft July 29 Windows 10 Launch: Freebies, Rollout, and What's Next
July 21, 2015, 2:40 PM
As iPad Sales Wane and Watch Flops, iPhone Saves Apple's Profit With Its Heroics
July 22, 2015, 6:13 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Google Scores Bizarre Court Win as Disgruntled Android Users' Lawyers Ruin Case
July 16, 2015, 5:58 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information