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]