Verizon Tiered Data Plans Leaked; Starting At $30 For 2GB; Coming July 7th

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Back in March, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo had revealed that it plans to discontinue its unlimited data plan for iPhone users as early as mid-summer.

Folks at Droid Life have just reported that Verizon will move to tiered data plans as early as July 7th for new customers.

Droid Life reports:

We knew that July 7 was going to mark the beginning of something after Verizon extended out the free 4G hotspot promo one more time to the 6th, but what we weren’t 100% sure of was if it would have to do with tiered data.  Employees have been receiving training over the last couple of weeks on a new point-of-sale system along with new account management tools that hinted at family plan changes, so again, we knew that something was definitely on the horizon, just weren’t sure exactly what.  Well, we’ve just received word that tiers are scheduled to start the day after the promo ends (on the 7th) for new customers

Droid Life has also indicated that this will apply also to iPhone users:

Note 1 – We have also been told that this is for both 3G and 4G smartphones and that there are not separate plans depending on device.  So if you are under contract currently, you should be fine and don’t need to run out and buy a 4G phone just to lock in as we’ve seen other sites seem to want to suggest.

According to Driod Life, Verizon will be offering the following data plans:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 10GB – $80/month

Verizon offers the official mobile hotspot feature for an extra $20 per month, which comes with its own 2GB monthly data pool, separate from iPhone’s data plan.

Meanwhile, AT&T offers the following data plans:

  • 200MB – $15/month
  • 2GB – $25/month

AT&T charges $10 per GB if you go over the limit.

AT&T offers the mobile hotspot feature for $20 per month, which is available only to customers who opt for the DataPro plan and users get an additional 2GB of monthly data usage.

Existing Verizon customers should be able to keep their unlimited data plans through the tenure of their contract, however it needs to be seen if Verizon will allow them to grandfather the unlimited data plans when they want to upgrade to the next generation iPhone.

The unlimited data plans are currently seen as a unique selling point of the Verizon iPhone as AT&T stopped offering iPhone customers unlimited data plan just before iPhone 4 was launched.

What do you think about the rumored tiered data plans from Verizon? Would the lack of an unlimited data plan be a deal breaker for you? Tell us in the comments section below.

[Droid Life via Techmeme]