Verizon to scrap its unlimited data plan in July


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Verizon Wireless will stop offering its customers the option of an unlimited data plan in July, moving over to tiered data plans.

But just what the new Verizon data plans for smartphones, tablets and other Web-data consuming gadgets will look like isn’t yet being detailed by the nation’s largest mobile carrier.


‘As we have stated previously, Verizon Wireless is making some minor changes to data plans including those for new smartphone customers,’ said Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman. ‘We will move to a more usage-based model in July. More details to come.’

Muche said he had no other information outside of that, but the Web is rampant with speculation over just how much Verizon will charge for ever-increasingly used Web data.

Most of the rumors about Verizon’s pricing predict that Verizon will charge $30 a month for 2 gigabytes of data. If that’s the case, it would put Verizon $5 per month ahead of AT&T’s 2-gigabyte monthly option.

AT&T, which is Verizon’s biggest rival, scrapped its $30-a-month unlimited data plans in June 2010 and now charges $25 a month for 2 gigabytes of data and an extra $10 for each additional gigabyte used. The carrier, which is looking for regulatory approval of its proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA, also offers a $15-a-month option for 200 megabytes of data.

Both Sprint and T-Mobile offer unlimited Web data plans, packaged with unlimited texting for $79.99 a month -- with Sprint offering in its plan unlimited calling to any mobile phone and T-Mobile offering unlimited nationwide calling.



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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles