Verizon's new data pricing plan begins today

If you have been thinking about getting a new smartphone from Verizon, you will now have to deal with the wireless carrier's new data pricing plans. As of today, the company's previous unlimited data plan for $30 no longer exists for new Verizon Wireless customers. As we have reported before, the new data plans for smartphones will now be  2 GB of data for $30 a month, 5 GB for $50 and 10 GB for $80 a month. If users go over those broadband caps they will have to pay $10 for each extra GB. If you already have a contract with Verizon that includes the old unlimited data plan you are still safe. Verizon will grandfather that plan for you even if you upgrade your phone after your contract is over.

In addition to the new pricing plan for data, users who have phones that contain wireless tethering features will no longer be able to use those features for free. Instead the data plans will increase for those customers to 4 GB for $50 a month, 7 GB for $70 a month and 12 GB for $100 a month. Verizon is also rumored to launch a data sharing plan for family and friends sometime in the near future.

This new move by Verizon means that Sprint is now the only major wireless carrier in the US that still offers an unlimited data plan for its smartphones. That's one of the reasons while a financial analysts predicts that Sprint will soon get its own version of Apple's iPhone.

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Wow this is terrible! Charging to use already paid-for internet service via WIFI. How much more of a blatant rip off can you get?

Companies are slowly killing off "unlimited" so they can bend over the customer even more. Damn cell phone companies might as well send you a jar of Vaseline every month that they are effing you...

ir0nw0lf said,
Companies are slowly killing off "unlimited" so they can bend over the customer even more. Damn cell phone companies might as well send you a jar of Vaseline every month that they are effing you...

No they want it dry so you feel it. The costs that is. Well who else is going to pay for there jet, and all there Misstresses.

This is horrible.. it doesn't benefit in no way of a consumers use. It really hurts innovation and the ability NOT to worry about data usage. IMO even $30 for unlimited was way too high.

I was sticking with Verizon because of the unlimited data, and even though I can keep it for now, I might jump to AT&T anyway, the CDMA coverage where I work is horrible, GSM is slightly better, but 50$ for 5GB of data is outrageous, I would rather pay 25$ for 2GB and try to use WiFi more often with AT&T, with the T-Mobile merger looming maybe GSM service will improve....

that is just nuts. this does NOT benefit the consumer at all!
what is verizon thinking?! 50$ for 2GB of DATA?! And I thought AT&T was bad!

How do mobile operators know if you're tethering? Is there something about tethering that tells them, or do they just guess by your usage?

MTS offers pseudo unlimited plans in Moscow starting from 199 rubles ($7,10 USD/$10 ID, mind average wage is $1070 USD/$1500 ID). Megafon offers pseudo unlimited plans starting from 99 rubles.

Im so happy that i do not live in the states !

i live in Sweden and i pay 30 dollar a month for unlimited data plan for my mobile and i phone for like nothing and sms and mms are free

Dinskugga said,
Im so happy that i do not live in the states !

i live in Sweden and i pay 30 dollar a month for unlimited data plan for my mobile and i phone for like nothing and sms and mms are free

Comparing Sweden and the States? Seriously? The geographical size of the latter is a big aspect in higher infrastructure costs. Also, doesn't Swedish government subsidise just about anything? So you maybe paying more without realising it...

UK resident here. £21/$32USD for Unlimited data over 3G & WiFi + 600 min calls with 1200 text messages.

Agreed with vanx ^ Operating costs are different between countries.

McDave said,
UK resident here. £21/$32USD for Unlimited data over 3G & WiFi + 600 min calls with 1200 text messages.

Agreed with vanx ^ Operating costs are different between countries.

Greed is not an operating cost. This plan reveals that. They aren't really concerned about the current customers (the majority). It's not like VZW will double its customers any time soon.

This is unbelievable. First they wanted you to pay extra for using your data for certain things, if you wanted (3g hotspot), but now, they want you to pay almost double just because your phone *CAN* use it. Companies are too big man. These carriers need to get split up into about 20 small companies.

vanx said,
Comparing Sweden and the States? Seriously? The geographical size of the latter is a big aspect in higher infrastructure costs. Also, doesn't Swedish government subsidise just about anything? So you maybe paying more without realising it...

Sorry, but VZW's stock price over the last 3 years has been up, slightly down over 10, but most companies are. So they are not losing market share, nor market value? But now they are offering far less for a lot more...

That reeks of greed, not infrastructure costs.

wow really? that sucks. atnt's 15 bucks a month plan is perfect for people who would like a smart phone but don't want to pay so much for features they don't use.

The new pricing really is horrible. I had expected some savings for those that use less data. What a shame Verizon, this new pricing model is a joke.

I guess we can safely assume the rumored shared data plans will be equally laughable...

M_Lyons10 said,
The new pricing really is horrible. I had expected some savings for those that use less data. What a shame Verizon, this new pricing model is a joke.

I guess we can safely assume the rumored shared data plans will be equally laughable...

+1 - I would never go for something like this. Sorry Verizon..