Verizon confirms the switch to tiered data in July

Verizon confirms the switch to tiered data in July
It had to happen sometime, right? We've heard whispers from Verizon execs about the switch to tiered data pricing, but a letter from Verizon regional VPs has clarified that the change is coming on July 7th.

New customers will be subject to the following prices: 2GB for $30/month, 5GB for $50/month, and 10GB for $80/month. Tablets will have the same pricing structure. If you want to add tethering to your plan, it adds 2GB and $20 to your plan: 4GB for $50/month, 7GB for $70/month, and 12GB for $100/month. The pricing is the same for 3G and 4G devices.

We could have surmised that the change would happen on July 7th, as that's when Family Plan customers will be able to share their data packages. And sharing unlimited data is a bad idea...for Verizon, anyway.

Current customers will be able to keep their unlimited plans, but new customers will have to bite the bullet on this one. Android Life has heard that current customers may be able to upgrade after July 7th, and still keep their unlimited data. But we wouldn't count on it.

source: Android Life



6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Boo!!! K, Sprint has a lot to gain from this, especially if the At&t/T-Mobile buyout goes through... They will be the only ones who offer unlimited Data... They will gain a great deal of customers if they keep their Unlimited Data Plans. Crappy Verizon and AT&T...

8. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

this is very true... damn. this sucks for me.

9. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

And... why would phonearena even say "Android Life has heard that current customers may be able to upgrade after July 7th, and still keep their unlimited data. But we wouldn't count on it." AT&T allows customers to grandfather their unlimited plans, why wouldn't Verizon... that would be a really dumb move...

31. thomas1215

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Do you pay attention. customers that already have unlimited will be able to keep it. this is for new smartphone customers. please read next time

44. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

I know I will be granfathered into unlimited 3g plan but if I switch to 4g phone will I have to use these plans

62. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Bobby as long as you upgrade before the 13th to a 4g device youll be fine.

70. ahahahahwtf unregistered

if you have unlimited now with a 3g phone your fine even if you upgrade to 4g phone you will still be able to keep the unlimited... jherz6 doesnt seem like they know what they are talking about .........

59. jmiah unregistered

sprint has a terrible business model and if they do not adjust to the world around them they will have customers but no revenue and will end up in a similiar position as tmobile. These companys dont charge cause they feel like it, it is because there is a real value and data and the public has to start and understand it hence the tiered home internet that is popping up.

10. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Though I am not for the tired plans, I don't think Verizon should charge $30 dollars for 2GB. AT&T at least lowered the 2GB data plan to $25 when they introduced tired pricing, so Verizon should do the same since they are switching to tired data plans...

11. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

well it looks like Verizon won't be acquiring any new customers for quite a while. I'm sure they'll find a way to cheat legacy customers out of unlimited data in the end anyway. If AT&T actually gets T-Mobile, then that leaves who? Sprint? Metro PCS? i'm sort of excited yet very scared to see all the potential turmoil that will be happening in the wireless market very soon.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm personally not worried for myself regarding the data cap, but to me this is a bad idea for Verizon. Though the data plan change only points more strongly to July 7th being the launch date for the Bionic.

13. Undecisive unregistered

Do you suppose th Bionic (and Droid 3) will be the last phones to be able to receive unlimited? Or the first phones to not be able to have unlimited? (new customer, no grandfather clause) I'm AT&T now, because of divested market thing, and have been waiting for the right time/phone to come back to Verizon...

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

They'll probably be the first with tiered pricing. If you want an LTE phone with unlimited data, scoot your ass in and pick up a Revolution, Charge or Thunderbolt.

29. Superguy unregistered

Do we have a release date on the Bionic yet? I'm looking to switch to Verizon, but I'm considering getting a cheap Droid until I can get a Bionic or Function so I can get the unlimited data. I should still be able to get it if I subscribe before the 7th, right?

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, you should be able to work it like that, unless Verizon pulls a trick where even activating the Bionic as a "customer owned phone" forces your data plan to switch to the 2 gig cap.

63. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

If the droid bionic and or the droid 3 does release on the 7th as rumored, as Ive said in other posts, The tiered pricing starts the 13th of july soooooo if they are released on the 7th and you do upgrade youll be granfathered in under the unlimited plan.

64. yeathisstinks unregistered

are you sure? July 13????

71. ahahahahwtf unregistered

your wrong stop telling everyone false information it starts July 7... stop with teh july 13 th crap

14. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I don't disagree with capping data per se, but there should be a cheaper entry point. They should be priced at 25 for 2 GB. What I'm interested in is the family share. On my plan now I have 3 smartphones so if they can get 10 gigs for under 90 bucks to share I'll be happy.

15. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

I get that most customers want to stay with their current carrier for various reasons, but if everyone on here has a problem with the tiered caps everyone wants to offer these days, why not just switch to Sprint? I'm an unabashed Sprint homer (and salesman) but unless you live in no man's land where only Verizon or someone else has coverage, then what's holding you back? Realistic 5-9Mbs Wimax not good enough? Not hatin on anyone, but just curious what's keeping people from avoiding data caps the easy way... Hell, Sprint pays $125 bucks for every line you port from another carrier (except prepaid), and their plans are cheaper

28. Superguy unregistered

Sprint won't let me go month to month and won't let me buy a phone at full price without agreeing to a 2 year contract. No thanks. I go unsubsidized as in my experience, I get treated better when the carrier knows I can walk at any time. Plus if I wanted to leave, I end up paying the about the same price as if I bought the phone outright, so I might as well.

16. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Hahahah. Lets go verizon fanboys, tell us how this is att's fault or the iphone's fault.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hi hawk. Still bitter about being the world's most fu.cking retarded Verizon customer? You know, the one who couldn't figure out how to not break a DROID X, and who thought wifi tethering would be free? I'm not totally happy about this move, but I can understand why Verizon is pulling it. And unlike the retarded data requirements for feature phones last year, this change is probably permanent. So I'll have to just live with the pricing if I do end up being just a regular customer from now on.

33. thomas1215

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

People Verizon is a business. not a no for profit if you dont like it there are other options. im tired of people acting likr they are forced into something.

19. StillStuckWithDroid unregistered

This move sucks ass..... I was so hoping it would hold off till the Bionic or Function. The strange thing is this decision basically renders the Netflix App (that Verizon has on certain phones preloaded) completely useless. I have to watch bandwidth usage at my house and one hour long show is a gig or more. The app that is for watching the MLBtv is useless too.....a game is over 3gigs I guess we should start a survey and vote to see what crappy (currently available) LTE phone we should go get before the 7th.....which is the least of the three evils? I guess that even though I have ripped it completely, I will have to go to the Charge.... it has the most potential to get its issue fixed when they redo the file system. this really F#%^# blows

22. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

God damnit. I wish almost everywhere had wifi, then your arguement would be almost useless. Oh, wait.

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Are people really this stupid? T-Mobile HAS unlimited data, just not unlimited data speeds since it becomes capped at certain GB depending on your plan.

21. acidburn unregistered

Sprint's data speeds suck, network of towers not as extensive and you must use their towers for 'unlimited'...much rather have tiered pricing, larger network more reliable and super fast data speeds. I've hit 22 mbps in my travels. Plus best phone selection, best customer service. Sticking with VZW!

23. BKExpress518

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

So, everyone that has Verizon remember that if you do anything even a simple warranty replacement after this goes down...if it goes down that you will have to change your data at that time. So whos going to Sprint lmao. I use over 3GB of data and im connected to WIFI for 12 hours of the day at work.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're not going to be forced off for a warranty exchange. I think VZW should lower the entry level price for a smartphone since it's capped now.

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