Few weeks back, a report claimed that Verizon will move to tiered data plans as early as July 7th for new customers.
Folks at FierceWireless has just confirmed that news. They report that Verizon spokesperson has told them that it will discontinue unlimited data plans for smartphones like iPhone on July 7th and instead offer tiered data plans to new customers.
This was expected as back in March, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo had indicated that the company plans to discontinue its unlimited data plan for iPhone users as early as mid-summer.
Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless that new smartphone customers will choose from one of four options: $10 for 75 MB per month, $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB or $80 for 10 GB. There will be an overage charge of $10 per GB of data. AT&T Mobility charges $15 per month for 200 MB and $25 per month for 2 GB.
According to FierceWireless, existing Verizon customers will be able to keep their unlimited data plans. They will also be allowed to grandfather the unlimited data plans if they upgrade to the next generation iPhone.
So according to FierceWireless, Verizon will be offering the following four data plans:
75MB – $10/month
2GB – $30/month
5GB – $50/month
10GB – $80/month
Verizon will offer 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.
It remains to be seen how this will impact the sales numbers of Verzion iPhone as 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.
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