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Verizon outs tiered data plans, keeps unlimited phone data

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Fri October 29, 2010

Verizon launches tiered mobile data plans

As reported earlier in October, Verizon Wireless has introduced new tiered data plans for both cellphones and now tablets. The plans are close to what was predicted earlier, and include a new lightweight $15 per month, 150MB plan that will cost another $15 for another 150MB used, with a $30 unlimited plan still available. The pricing gives less data than AT&T on the low end but doesn't impose the same 2GB cap of AT&T's maximum $25 plan.

A $1.99 per MB pay-as-you-go option is also there, but only for feature phones and not 3G smartphones.

There are four 3G Tablet plans, kicking off with a $20/1GB plan and moving to $35/3GB plan $50/5GB plan and a previously unmentioned $80/10GB range-topper. All but the $20 plan, which charges $20 per 1GB of overage, have a $10-per-GB overage fee. AT&T doesn't yet have dedicated tablet plans outside of the iPad, which costs $15 for 250MB and $25 for 2GB but is available on an as-you-go plan.

Only two netbook/notebook, MiFi 2200 and Five Spot Mobile hotspot plans exist and mimic the last two tiers of the tablet plans. The two hotspot options have a $35/3GB plan with $10-per-GB overage rate as part of a limited 90-day promo.

The pricing hasn't been explained by Verizon but is likely there to help drive down the cost for only occasional data users or those trying to save money in the current economy. [via BBR]

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Justin

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    The only thing that Verisuck could ever out that would interest me is plans to go bankrupt. THAT would be good.

  1. joesporleder

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A Verizon iPhone would be terrific!

    If only just for the pleasure of watching FJ implode.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Would it be implode or explode? For I think his head would explode. Esp. if he reads MacNN and sees people standing in line outside a Verizon store waiting to get a CDMA iPhone.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The only thing that Verisuck could ever out that would interest me is plans to go bankrupt. THAT would be good.

    So your solution to the proprietary and predatory nature of the mobile phone companies is to have Verizon go bankrupt, leaving the US with even less competition and less inclination to open their networks?

    For maybe you missed it, but the only reason Verizon has an unlimited data plan for phones is to use as an edge against ATT and their measly 2GB limitation. You really think ATT would magically go unlimited with one less competitor? h***, you'd probably see their iPad plans go to $50 a month.

  1. joesporleder

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CMDA Now, LTE Later

    One argument I hear regularly is no way Apple would do CDMA because it is obsolete technology. Yes, GSM mobile tech like AT&T is dominate in the world, however, despite what one hears on tech news message boards, Verizon is not the only CDMA network in the world. Apple will do whatever fits their MO and they think they can make a profit at it!

    Others will say, the iPhone will be on Verizon only when LTE becomes widely available. Do people think it'd hurt Apple's feelings any if a few years down the road they get to sell you another iPhone to take advantage of new wireless broadband tech? I live in rural Kansas and am part of that 3% that AT&T Wireless doesn't cover. However, I do get great Verizon 3G coverage (there's a tower about 3 miles from my house) and most other places around that I travel to (Verizon inherited the towers when they bought Alltel, and Alltel inherited them when they bought Kansas Cellular).

    Even if it would take 3 or 4 years for Verizon to roll out their LTE, and even if my part of the world is towards the end of that timeframe, it's not like my current 3G access is going to magically stop working until then.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: CDMA now

    One argument I hear regularly is no way Apple would do CDMA because it is obsolete technology.

    CDMA is just as obsolete as GSM 3G. It's all going LTE or the like soon enough.

  1. ionlyuseosx

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Verizon iPhone will do GSM as well

    One iPhone. Works anywhere in the world!

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