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Verizon iPhone gains hotspot pricing, 2GB data plan

updated 06:45 pm EST, Tue January 25, 2011

Same details as current smartphone options

Verizon has now announced the pricing and specifications of 3G data "tethering" for the iPhone, and it exactly matches the existing plans for smartphone owners. The $20 per month option gives the built-in iOS feature -- which converts 3G data into a portable Wi-Fi network, allowing up to five devices to share a connection -- its own separate pool of 2GB worth of data, Macworld reports. This fee is in addition to the iPhone's required voice and data plans, but does not "borrow" data from the iPhone plan.

The pricing on the plan does carry a penalty if users exceed the 2GB cap -- each additional GB will cost another $20. By contrast, the iPhone data plan will still include an "unlimited" option for $30 per month for the time being, but the 3G wireless hotspot device cannot tap into that pool of data if a user goes over the 2GB in the hotspot option. As reported earlier, Verizon's iPhones are running an as-yet-unreleased version of iOS 4.2 that includes a built-in option for using the iPhone as a personal hotspot.

Rumors suggest that the built-into-iOS tethering feature will eventually be available to the iPhone's other carrier, AT&T, but there is not yet any word whether the company will offer the option. AT&T does currently allow data tethering using USB or Bluetooth to a single other device, but that option (which also costs an additional $20 per month) does not provide its own data; users much be subscribed to at least the AT&T iPhone's $25-for-2GB data plan. [via Macworld]



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  1. FireWire

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    Joined: Oct 1999

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    New promotion at Shell!

    "pay 60$ to fill your gas tank and pay 20$ to use it" this is gonna fly!

  1. appleuzr

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    Ha!

    $30 for a data plan and then another $20 on top of that to be able to utilize the so called built in hotspot feature. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Why do this to your customers? If you want to charge for the hotspot feature, don't be greedy about it. Make it either free, which would be a HUGE selling point or charge a minimal fee like say $5. $20 though, geez.

  1. apple4ever

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    Not surprised

    Anybody who thought Verizon wouldn't nickel and dime iPhone users doesn't understand carriers. Its what they do. Its stupid, but its not surprising.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Not surprised

    Anybody who thought Verizon wouldn't nickel and dime iPhone users doesn't understand carriers. Its what they do. Its stupid, but its not surprising.

    And how is Verizon any different than anyone else? You all make it sound like ATT treats their users like gods or something.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Ha!

    $30 for a data plan and then another $20 on top of that to be able to utilize the so called built in hotspot feature. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Why do this to your customers?

    Yes, they should just charge their customers $40 and include all the features! That way, the 95% of the population who never tethers their phone to their computer can subsidize the rest of you, plus rake in a ton of extra cash to all those idiots who don't use it!

    If you want to charge for the hotspot feature, don't be greedy about it. Make it either free,

    Wait? You say 'if they want to charge for' it, tell them not to be 'greedy about it', then you want it 'free'. First, that ain't charging. Second, isn't that you being greedy? Or is that being 'cheap'? Well, to you they're being greedy. To Verizon or ATT, you're being cheap. So, same thing.

    which would be a HUGE selling point or charge a minimal fee like say $5. $20 though, geez.

    For those that want/need it, it isn't that big of a cost. And I don't know where you get the idea it's some HUGE selling point. h***, how many times are we told that this or that isn't necessary because free wifi is all over the place. Why not just use that prevalent 'free' wi-fi everyone's talking about?

  1. testudo

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    Re: New promotion at Shell!

    "pay 60$ to fill your gas tank and pay 20$ to use it" this is gonna fly!

    Yeah, because when people here about all the over-the-air data syncing capabilities the iPhone has, then found out it would cost $100 a year for .Mac, they all just said "s**** that!" too, right.

  1. Longwalker

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    Both Better and Worse than AT&T's Tethering

    Compared to AT&T, this Verizon plan is better in that you actually get 2 GB of data included with your $20 Tethering plan. AT&T charges you $20 for nothing more than the right to tether, but does not give you any more actual data for that $20.

    On the downside, Verizon is charging $20 for each additional 1 GB over the allotted 2 GB included with the plan; AT&T charges half that rate, $10 per GB over.

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