Report: Verizon to offer tiered smartphone data plans July 7

If you were thinking of buying a smartphone from Verizon Wireless under its current unlimited data plan, you might want to consider making that purchase soon. According to a report at Droid Life, Verizon is set to launch its tiered data plans for both 3G and 4G smartphones on July 7. The story states that new customers on that date who purchase a smartphone from the company will have get 2 GB of data for $30 a month, 5 GB for $50 and 10 GB for $80 a month.

The article adds that for those smartphones that offer tethering features (using the phone as a WiFi hotspot) the data plans change to 4 GB for $50 a month, 7 GB for $70 a month and 12 GB for $100 a month. If you get a tablet device from Verizon you will have to pay $30 for 2 GB under the new plan instead of 1 GB for $20. If you are currently under contract with Verizon the unlimited data plan for smartphones won't change after July 7; this is strictly for new customers only. The article adds that it has heard rumors that Verizon customers who upgrade to a new smartphone, will still be able to keep the unlimited data plan even if that happens after July 7 but that is not yet confirmed.

Verizon execs have been warning that the unlimited data plans for smartphones will be coming to an end later this year. There are also rumors of a family data plan that will allow more than one person to share data but that is apparently not a part of the July 7 change.

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I'm not against tiered data plans. It's fair, in principle, but these prices are freaking ridiculous! They are catching up to Comcast over-priced cable!

If they don't fix this by the time my contract is up, I might just dump them.

I don't even download movies with my t-bolt and still used 10GB this month. It's so easy when you get 20Mbps. What the hell are they thinking? You could go over 2gb in the first 15 minutes if you used the network to its potential. Highway Robbery!

This is really ridiculous. If they're going to go tiered, they should have a plan that is cheaper for those that don't use much. And honestly, it's about time data plans started going down...

Gee, it's not like the companies got together and agreed to just rape the **** out of the American market or anything. Just look at their profit margins and you know what a scam this is.

I'm on cricket network for $55 a month "unlimited" The phones suck, but at least android 2.2.1 now, it's 3G, but it works. I think they start throttling after 5 gigs, but other than that it's been a pretty damn good service. When they get better phones, and hopefully improve the network to support VPN among other features, it just might be one of the better bargains out there. $100 for 12gb, Jesus what rip.

People need to voice their opinions and take their money to Virgin mobile and Sprint. Cellphones should not be over $50 a month.

If they were smart they would roll the 'tethering' into the base tiers, so that people that don't use much data and tether get a better deal and people that shove a lot of data pay a bit more.

This could have been marketed as 'better' for the consumer pricing, instead of increases.

Right now, tethering is an additional $25 on top of the data plans.

Ridiculous... so now it's going from unlimited to a mere 2GB a month and they're not even going to try and make it seem like you will save some money like ATT did?

Wow the American telecoms market is a mess, I'm on unlimited texts and data (no fair use policies, no ports or protocol blocking) for £5 / $8 per month.

Christ what a ripoff. These guys suck. I will continue to use my virgin mobile (sprint network) phone for $25 a month. Prepaid Forever!

Boeing 787 said,
Christ what a ripoff. These guys suck. I will continue to use my virgin mobile (sprint network) phone for $25 a month. Prepaid Forever!
+1 - ripoff indeed!