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Verizon tiered smartphone data due July 7, worse than AT&T?

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

Verizon may have low data caps on tiered data

Verizon's long-hinted at tiered smartphone data plans could go live early next month but potentially with lower expectations than AT&T. A new scoop Monday has plans starting off at 2GB for $30 per month, abandoning unlimited and costing $5 more than AT&T's own price for the same amount. Extra data would have the same prices as it does on tablets and other data devices, Droid-Life heard, starting at $50 a month for 5GB and $80 for 10GB.

Tethering would follow the earlier model and add an extra 2GB for an extra $20 per month. It may be more advantageous for some users since the data would be pooled into a bucket that allowed going past 2GB without running into overage fees. Any overages would cost $10 for each extra gigabyte.

Tablets are poised drop the $20 1GB plan but would mimic the smartphones with the same $30, 2GB plan as on phones. None of the changes would affect those who were on contract or otherwise grandfathered on to an earlier plan, and it's mentioned that existing subscribers might have the option of upgrading devices without being forced out of unlimited data.

The move will conveniently come just as Verizon is launching the Droid 3 and possibly within two months of the next iPhone. The move would leave Sprint as the only major carrier still offering real unlimited data as even T-Mobile has a 'soft' cap where use past a certain limit can be throttled down.

Verizon's lack of distinctions between 3G and 4G caps has also drawn criticism for not reflecting the roughly ten times faster speeds and looser bandwidth constrictions of LTE. [image via Consumer Reports]

By Electronista Staff


  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    If Droid life reports it, we know it must be true!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    And if you don't like the price or think the caps are 'wrong' (how dare they charge the same for LTE and 3G!), you have an option: DON'T BUY IT!

    No one says you have to get a data plan. Why do these carriers sell these services at high prices? Because demand allows them to. You think they'll lower prices if people just bend over and say "shove it up a little higher, please!"? No. But if enough people say "no", perhaps they'll realize they need to cut their costs.

    And perhaps, as well, many of the people forking over money for a data plan will realize they really don't need one either.

    But, no, that won't happen. Idiots will continue to fork over whatever it takes so they can be connected 24/7, because bad things will happen if they're out for dinner and can't get their email or figure out who played the third Borg in that Star Trek movie.

  1. Zaren

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Yay! I'm not getting one!

    Well, that seals the deal, no iPhone for me. I'll just stick with my Virgin Mobile smart phone, pay $25 a month for plenty of voice AND unlimited data, and tether when I absolutely need my iPod online.

  1. joesporleder

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    Joined: Jul 2009


    Hey Verizon

    If these rumored tiered rates turn out to be true - cut them in half and then I'll be glad to do business with you (instead of just being given the "business").

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009



    Typical view on the iPhone/3/3GS/4.

    "Call Failed"



    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. jay3ld

    Senior User

    Joined: Jul 2004



    You are glad to be locked into a contract for your $30 unlimited data usage.

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