Verizon set to launch tiered data plans on October 28th

Back in July, rumors were floating that Verizon Wireless was slated to kill its unlimited data plan, and introduce tiered versions similar to what AT&T now offers. Today the Wall Street Journal is reporting that tiered data plans are set to roll out on October 28th. In an interesting move the unlimited data plan for smartphones will continue to be offered unlike rival carrier AT&T which killed theirs back in June.

A breakdown of changes, thanks to an internal QnA posted over at Engadget:

  • 3G Feature Phones -- $1.99 pay as you go or $15 monthly access for 150 or 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • 3G Smartphones Plans – $15 monthly access for 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • 3G Tablet Plans – $20 monthly access for 1 GB ($20/1 GB overage), $35 monthly access for 3 GB ($10/ 1 GB overage); $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) and $80 for 10 GB ($10/1G coverage).
  • 3G Netbooks/Notebooks Built-In Plans – $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) or $80 monthly access for 10 GB ($10/1 GB overage).

For now, these tiered packages are being considered a holiday promotion, and aren’t permanent. The new pricing is slated to go into effect for new customers on October 28th, and existing customers will be able to migrate to the new data plans any time after.

In the internal QnA it is noted that these prices are for 3G data plans only, and the company will announce 4G data plans and pricing as the company moves closer to launch later this year in 38 major metropolitan areas and nationwide by 2013. Devices that are 4G LTE ready are expected to be offered by the middle of 2011.

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Verizon has to compete w/ Sprint. right now, my fiance has a Sprint contract and pays $70/mo + $10/mo for 4G. the $10 for 4G is required for the Epic and Evo, btw.

I specifically asked the Sprint rep if the data plan was unlimited and not "unlimited." She said it is absolutely unlimited. as far as im concerned, im going to use the hell out of their network to get our $80/mo's worth. Makes me wonder how Verizon can charge the same, but limit people's data.

Jdawg683 said,
Verizon has to compete w/ Sprint. right now, my fiance has a Sprint contract and pays $70/mo + $10/mo for 4G. the $10 for 4G is required for the Epic and Evo, btw.

I specifically asked the Sprint rep if the data plan was unlimited and not "unlimited." She said it is absolutely unlimited. as far as im concerned, im going to use the hell out of their network to get our $80/mo's worth. Makes me wonder how Verizon can charge the same, but limit people's data.

The unlimited data with Verizon is ONLY limited to 5GB's if you tether your device. Not if you're just using your phone to surf the net, download apps, etc. It's not this "hidden" limit that people like to pretend exists... In all honesty, you're lucky that Verizon allows tethering at all given that many phone carriers no longer do.

I am not surprised at all; iPhone first and now the coming WP7 phone that stores and syncs everything in the cloud carriers are seeing a big opportunitiy to milk more money from customers.
MS will have to offer a complete sync with the desktop sooner than later to help WP7 adoption.....

I left at&t cause of them taking away the unlimited plan and now am glad Verizon is keeping it cause me and my girl share it she's always on YouTube and am always surfing

I cannot wait to get the $15 for 150mb. I NEVER go over 100mb a month. and with me getting a droid x i cannot imagine even then going over 150mb.

Dane said,
I cannot wait to get the $15 for 150mb. I NEVER go over 100mb a month. and with me getting a droid x i cannot imagine even then going over 150mb.

They work just like the blackberry, you have to get the unlimited data plan for those phones.

NoLiMiT06 said,

They work just like the blackberry, you have to get the unlimited data plan for those phones.

Where does it say that? This tiered structure is new and so I don't think anyone knows what phones you can and can't use their tiered data plans on at this point. It would seem rather silly for Verizon to make this available only on certain phones, particularly since it would be a customer service nightmare for them as well. I think we'll have to wait and see what happens...

NoLiMiT06 said,

They work just like the blackberry, you have to get the unlimited data plan for those phones.

It says 3G Smartphones Plans - $15 monthly access for 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Androids and blackberrys would be in this section

Quick Shot said,
at least they kept the unlimited plan. (i don't know of any caps with V)
They have a hidden 5GB cap with the "Unlimited" plan, and honestly as long as your just using your phone with that plan, you will be fine (no torrent downloading and crap). But other then that, I too am happy they are keeping the unlimited plan.

Nagisan said,
They have a hidden 5GB cap with the "Unlimited" plan, and honestly as long as your just using your phone with that plan, you will be fine (no torrent downloading and crap). But other then that, I too am happy they are keeping the unlimited plan.

Must be hidden pretty well, since I've never had a problem with them by going over it.

Nagisan said,
They have a hidden 5GB cap with the "Unlimited" plan, and honestly as long as your just using your phone with that plan, you will be fine (no torrent downloading and crap). But other then that, I too am happy they are keeping the unlimited plan.

That cap only applies to tethering. Simple use of data on your phone does not have a limit on the unlimited plan. Only tethering. Though, honestly, using 5GB's without tethering would be a heck of an accomplishment...

im hapy as long as they keep the 29.99 unlimited... oops I mean 5GB. Cause this 24.99 for 2GB I have with AT&T is a rip off

So-Unreal said,
im hapy as long as they keep the 29.99 unlimited... oops I mean 5GB. Cause this 24.99 for 2GB I have with AT&T is a rip off

Well, its $24.99 for 2GB, and then $10/2GB there after. So (in a sense) you could say it is $35/4GB but yeah, it is still a rip off. If you are a 3G audio streamer, you can easily go over the $15/mo plan (as I did this last weekend while on Vacation). Nominally, the $15/mo plan is ideal for me w/ AT&T as I typically use about 100MB/mo. When you are surrounded by WiFi connections, why pay more?

Shadrack said,

Well, its $24.99 for 2GB, and then $10/2GB there after. So (in a sense) you could say it is $35/4GB but yeah, it is still a rip off. If you are a 3G audio streamer, you can easily go over the $15/mo plan (as I did this last weekend while on Vacation). Nominally, the $15/mo plan is ideal for me w/ AT&T as I typically use about 100MB/mo. When you are surrounded by WiFi connections, why pay more?

iirc, after going over the 2gb limit, you get a "courtesy" 1GB for 10 extra bucks. After that though you're own your own with over the limit surcharges.

Eww those are expensive, in the UK for £10 a month I'm on unlimited data transfer (fair use 1200mb a month) on T-Mobile PAYG.