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Verizon dropping 150MB smartphone data plan

updated 05:00 pm EST, Mon January 24, 2011

Verizon gets rid of $15, 150MB wireless data plan

A leaked document shows Verizon's newly revised wireless data prices, Engadget reported on Monday. Compared to the old pricing scheme for smartphones and feature phones, the $15, 150MB monthly plan is no longer on offer, leaving only the pay-per-use option or a $30-per-month, unlimited data plan. Also changed is the data plan for feature phones, now priced at $10 for 75MB rather than the same for 25MB. The overage fee here is also changed from $0.20/MB to $10 for 75MB.

The change may be both to reflect a bias among smartphone owners towards the unlimited plans as well as an attempt to steer customers towards more profitable rates. It comes just before the iPhone 4 release at Verizon and could be meant to get as many on high-end plans as possible for the February 10 launch.

When these changes come into effect remains unknown, but it's likely to come soon and possibly before the iPhone debut.

by MacNN Staff





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