Verizon changing the data plan pricing for their feature phones

Verizon changing the data plan pricing for their feature phones
As you may remember, last year Verizon imposed mandatory data plans on all of their 3G feature phones, which was $9.99 for 25MB of data per month, or $29.99 for unlimited data. This didn't go over well with customers, and most feature phones don't have a full web browser, and you'd be paying a minimum of $120 a year for data that would most likely never be used. Then a few months later in October, Verizon reversed themselves (probably due to poor sales of feature phones) and no longer required data packages for those devices. If you then did happen to use data, you would be billed a pay-as-you-go rate of $1.99 per MB, or could get a 150MB data package for $15 a month, or unlimited data for $30.

Now one of our tipsters has sent us the image below of what the new data plan will be for feature phones. It appears that the $15 for 150MB plan will be replace with one costing $10, but will only include 75MB. If you go over your 75MB, you'll then automatically be billed $10 for another 75MB. Even though you will be saving $5 a month on this new plan, the price-per-MB is actually more at 13 cents, where the older plan was running 10 cents per MB. Current customer can choose to keep the older 150MB $15 plan, but soon new customers will only have the option of the pay-as-you-go $1.99 per MB, $10 for 75 MB, or $30 for unlimited. 3G Smartphones remain unchanged requiring the $30 unlimited data plan.



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47 Comments

1. Dave12 unregistered

Interesting news, thank you tipsters!

2. focold unregistered

Youre Welcome

17. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This isn't for smart phones...

32. markj73

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

Really? "Data package of $29.99 or higher required for 3G Smartphones. That's not for smart phones wtf?

3. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Yay! I'm still paying the same $10 for 25 MB. I'll be getting an extra 50 MB for free... When will this take effect?

4. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

Is there still $15 150mb package?

5. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Nope. It will be $20 for 150. Reread the article. $10 for 75mb is replacing 15 for 150mb. If you go over 75mb it will cost another $10 for 75mb. In other words this is another price increase.lol

10. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Price increase with Verizon? Go figure. They have a great network but that's one reason I was glad to leave them, nickel & dime the customers. If their network is so prepared for high data traffic why don't they prove it by letting customers have more data, other than unlimited?

12. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Its just an option for people that NEVER use data. if you have the $15 or $10 dollar plan, you probably shouldnt have a smartphone. I doubt anyone coming to pa uses the lesser plans.

13. XxVerbalxX unregistered

oh they want the $15, and a shitty rep will put them on it. i tell them on a droid no chance will that cover them. bb, maybe... i think i only averaged about 220mb/mo on my storm 1. then again it was a storm 1.....

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont think i was ever under a gig on my storm1. i can barely keep it under 5 on my vibrant. makes me glad i have tmobile. faster service for nearly half the price with true unlimited to boot. i run 5mb/s pretty steady on my 3g vibrant. whatcha gettin on ur droid? :)

30. uofmrules

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 11, 2010

lmao, 5mbs on 3g with Tmobile????? You're a joke.

35. Ultimatephonefreak

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

tmob is a joke and so are you

39. phonegenius unregistered

How is it a joke verizons network is limited to 1mbps on all there 3g phone and LTE runs on a seperate frequency in which no verizon phone has currently, Vibrant specs tops off at 7mbps allowed in 3g frequency so 5mps is more than accurate on vibrant or even on there new motocliq 2 which tops of at 10mbps if there was such a frequency available 4g is considered higher than 14mbps which is the mytouch 4g and the G2, not saying thats what they get in a speed test but thats what there capable of. Verizon is catching up with there technology while sprint and tmobile push the standards so people like you dont start b*tching or crying that you pay too much when your buddy with the EVO or MT4G are leaving your phone to paperweight with higher monthly bills. The joke is on you for having half a brain to make statements out your A$$.. GOoD Day to you.

41. phonejunkie unregistered

No all "Features Phone" will be required to have a data plan again. Thats any phone that can is for texting or can access the web.

6. BigSexy unregistered

This is great. Hopefully these will be the data plans that apply for the iPhone 4. I can't wait to leave this Blackberry Storm. I never thought that I'd say it, but Welcome iPhone!

7. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

You will never get by with 75 mb or even 150mb. The iphone is a data hog. You will end up getting the unlimited data. So these new plans should mean nothing to you,

11. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i think thats what he meant. nothing is great news. most were speculating some increase for unlimited for the iphone. im surprised. like doug below, i think the big question is 4G pricing.

43. phonejunkie unregistered

Just read on Phonescoop that iphone will be required to have the $30 unlimited data plan.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And what is VZW's LTE voice & data pricing model? 3G data pricing is so 2010.

14. fresh unregistered

when is this supposed to happen because I will be switching to verizion in the next 10 days or so?

42. phonejunkie unregistered

Just read on Phonescoop/ January 31st. Current data plan pricing is going away. But the only stated that new data pricing would soon follow.

15. ffgasertwertt unregistered

Pretty sure that there will be no other smartphone plan besides the 30 dollar unlimited. Look at the bottom of the sheet. "Data package of 29.99 or higher required for smartphones.

16. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

good eye...if you look at the data packages in the current brochure, you will notice in similarly tiny print that the $15 150mb for smartphones is a "promotional" offer...it was only a matter of time before they went back to 30 or nothing on smartphones....

19. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

"As you may remember, last year Verizon imposed mandatory data plans on all of their 3G feature phones, which was $9.99 for 25MB of data per month, or $29.99 for unlimited data." First of all it was not all feature phones. it was only a select few including only the LG phones other than the 5500. Second this isnt really a big deal. If you want internet on your phone, GET A SMART PHONE: in which case you will want unlimited data. This $10 plan is for feature phones. how much internet could you possibly want to do on one? And if you do, the email portion is still unlimited and things like occasionally checking facebook or searching google wont hurt you. yet once again, if you want a true internet expierence, just get a smartphone and none of this applys to you.

20. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

and its not mandatory so there...

24. hi unregistered

amen brotha

21. uridiots unregistered

ACTUALLY....... Verizon will be going to tiered pricing on their data packages just like GAY T &T

22. joe7865 unregistered

my god bigred is still nickel n diming you guys..ATT is $15 for 200mb..50mb is a BIG difference

23. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

AT&T also doesn't even have an option for unlimited data. $30 for unlimited on Verizon, or $25 for only 2GB on AT&T... I think I'll stick with Verizon. I'll also get 3G outside of big cities too.

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