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Verizon lowers data rates ahead of iPhone rivals

updated 09:50 am EDT, Thu November 1, 2007

Verizon Lower Data Rates

Second-largest American cellular carrier Verizon today announced a new structure for its data services that could provide the company's phones with better data services ahead of the LG Voyager and other Internet-centric, but non-smartphone, devices aimed at Apple's iPhone. The provider has eliminated the minimum $5 charge for its Mobile Web access on Nationwide plans; any device with a 1XRTT or EVDO Internet connection can now use some services without incurring extra data charges, such as the V CAST music store or VZ Navigator assisted GPS mapping. Costs are also potentially lower for users who only occasionally use data, Verizon says: users of the most basic plans are charged $2 per megabyte and can pay that minimum amount for browsing, e-mail, or downloading common add-ons like ringtones.

But the real value exists in the data packages, the company explains. A $15 monthly V Pak for the mid-tier Select voice plans of $60 or higher now provides unlimited data, including unlimited downloadable (but not streamed) video content. A separate plan offers unlimited text messaging for $20. Combining both into a single bundle costs $40 beyond the calling plan but includes unlimited access to VZ Navigator. Switching either to these unlimited plans or the new Mobile Web service does not require extending any existing contract.

While unlimited smartphone rates are unchanged at $45 per month and are in line with AT&T's service, the move puts Verizon's Internet access into closer competition with that from AT&T, particularly for the iPhone and other devices that qualify for unlimited data without requiring a more expensive smartphone plan. Apple's handset currently requires a minimum $60 monthly fee but includes AT&T's $20 unlimited Internet access as part of the subscription.

Separately, Verizon also reintroduced a Canada roaming plan. The $20 extra fee allows frequent business travelers or vacationers to use their normal service plans on Bell Canada or Telus networks without additional fees. No information is yet available as to whether this includes Internet access, though the plan should be optional as of today.



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  1. vasic

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    Doesn't matter...

    As long as you can get an unlimited data plan AND voice for $60 from A&T for your iPhone, no amount of bandwidth on Verizon will convince average American consumer to choose an inferior handset with a more expensive plan over iPhone.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    ha ha ha

    "monthly V Pak for the mid-tier Select"

    the monthly v pak for the mid-tier select....that is just hilarious. They need to stop, go for a walk, and come back and look at it...

    Gobbledy goo goo, I'm not getting a degree in Verizon-speak just to use a cell phone plan.

    As much as I don't like AT&T, flat $60 a month and do what you want...they got that part right. And hence, the increased customer base.

  1. cyberbiker

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    Why is this so difficult

    While I have been (reluctantly) a verizon customer for a long time, I find the plans ridiculously complicated and not in line with my needs.

    Why can't there be a simple voice/data plan that is REALLY competitive with the iPhone plans.

    I am willing to pay $60/month for voice and data, but NOT a minimum of $85.

    CyberBiker

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