Verizon says adios to unlimited data & officially welcomes tiered plans starting July 7

Verizon says adios to unlimited data & officially welcomes tiered plans starting July 7
Late last month, we heard that Verizon was going to fully commit to switching to a tiered system with its data plans sometime in July, but now it appears that we have an exact date on when it’s all going down.

Whispers in the past from Verizon regional VPs hinted that the new tiered system will go into effect starting on July 7th, and now it’s seemingly for real after a company spokeswoman confirmed the news to Fierce Wireless today. As we all know by now, the new monthly tiered plans will include $10 for 75MB, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB – with an overage rate of $10 per 1GB of data consumed when exceeding their limits. Naturally, customers who are on an unlimited data plan right now and expect to upgrade their devices on or after July 7 will be able to keep their existing plan, which is indeed nice for them.

Last, but certainly not least, Big Red is also introducing new pricing structures with its mobile hotspot feature on 4G LTE enabled smartphones. Currently, the service is being given out for free to customers, but starting on July 7th, it’ll move to a $30 per month cost for unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage. Meanwhile, new customers are going to be charged an additional $20 for tethering on top of whatever new data plan they will choose.

Now that everything is out and in the open, how do you feel about this new move? Even more, those torn about adding the unlimited data to their existing plan will really need to think about it now that the deadline is nearing.

source: Fierce Wireless via Phonescoop

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87 Comments

1. guest unregistered

Wow, verizon being the most expensive on data? what a shock.

77. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

IF YOURE WORRIED ABOUT USING AN UPGRADE VS BEING GRANDFATHERED INTO UNLIMITED: BUY A USED SMART PHONE (CRAIGSLIST, EBAY), GET ON AN UNLIMITED DATA PLAN, THEN UPGRADE WHENEVER YOU WANT.

2. exo2u unregistered

ya definitely switching to unlimited by the 7th. i wonder if there still gonna require people to pay the 30 option for smart phone data. it would be so pointless for anyone to not get unlimited if its still required. anyone know for sure?

16. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

As of the 7th, the $30 unlimited option is going away...forever, and you will then be able to get 2GB for $30. Verizon says it's best for the consumer, I disagree. Verizon themselves have said that data usage has more than doubled year over year and with the advent of the netflix app and hulu and all these cloud services coming down the pipline I don't see the benefit? I forsee this going the way the required multimedia packages went...hopefully!

23. ahahahahwtf unregistered

do you believe that 2gb is enough? i want the galaxy s2 and looks like i won't be able to get the unlimited b/c we have no idea when the phone is coming out..... if i get a phone tomorrow and it comes out within the 14 days i have that would be great but It doesn't look like it will be so i wont be able to return the phone again : X.......... soo either wait for the gs2 or get the droid 3 and have unlimited hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm but been waiting for the gs2 since december : X

30. exo2u unregistered

Unfortunately, I'm probably gonna byte the bullet in this situation, heh. I too am patiently waiting to use my upgrade on the sgsII but since my phone is at least capable of data lol I am able to add unlimited and just hope it comes out soon. As long as it comes out this year xx it will be worth it in the long run for me at least.

58. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

Feature phones that have unlimited data will be required to move to the $30 2GB plan when upgrading to a smartphone. The only grandfathered customers will be smartphone to smartphone upgrades :(

65. aahahahwtf unregistered

what should i do : X.. either give up the galaxy s2 or get unlimited ; X and return phone and get teh droid 3 : X ugh..

34. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

I agree you. I guess I better keep my smartphone. I was thinking about going to a feature phone, but I better rethink this one because I would want to switch back and forth. Question: If I have the unlimited data now, and they change to the tiered data plan pricing, will I be "grandfathered" in and able to keep my unlimited data plan?

40. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

As of right now, yes you can keep the unlimited data as long as you keep the same type of phone. Ex: If you have a smartphone and you upgrade to another smartphone, your good. However if you have a feature/multimedia phone now with unlimited data and you upgrade after the 7th to a smartphone, your screwed, you'll have to choose from a tiered plan. They won't allow you to keep unlimited unless your aready a smartphone user.

47. exo2u unregistered

iHate how right you are. 2gb is gonna be lame when the sII comes out. i hate vzw atm

55. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Me too my friend, me too.

45. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

what if I have unlimited 3G plan if I wanna get a 4G phone after july 7 can I transfer to unlimited 4g or not

3. dandirk unregistered

I think its pretty cool that they are allowing current customers to keep the unlimited even after an upgrade... The hotspot feature charge... is even MORE lame now with tiered pricing. If I already have limited speed and limited data (per mo) why isn't the feature just thrown in for all supporting devices? I can see they want to avoid the people bitching about going over their monthly data easily with tethering, but they should have a text notification system already for that. Its obvious they just want more $$$ being that the most common plan is the same price as unlimited is now. Though I would say 2GB is a little low 3-4, I could see. I generally only use my droid for a few widget apps (woot), e-mail, text, calls, app updates etc. Don't use data too much and rack over 1GB on average.

4. dandirk unregistered

I have not heard about family plans yet... That could be large bennefit for tiered pricing... Current unlimited is $30 per line. I have 4 phones on my plan, my phone is the only one with internet. It would be nice to get the $50 plan and have internet for all phones... instead of having to pay $30x 4

5. avgjoe

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 2010

Yep, yep, yep....its official!!! Verizon in the next 48 hours will show the world how arrogant they truly are. Do they really think people will flock like before? Cant wait for the next commercial saying we are "really" d**king everyone down over here & say "Drroooiiiddd" after that..this is f**ked up. Family shared data packages? Oops forgot that rumor....

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*warning: impossibly nerdy reference incoming* Anyone feel like they're watching the elves leave Middle Earth?

15. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The One Ring cannot afford to stay at Verizon....

7. JohnC unregistered

Verizon = most expensive, oldest and worst phones, worst coverage in my area. Solution = Run out my family plan and switch to Sprint - they have a family unlimited data plan with twice the minutes for a much lower price- and better coverage in my area. Byebyenow Verizon

9. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

im very happy to be working for Sprint right now! dont forget the unlimited calling to any mobile carrier. i dont even use minutes anymore. and i can use all the data i want and never worry about it being throttled or going over. woooo

33. kain unregistered

sprint's always been cheaper. so why weren't people flocking before? because their service sucks, that's why...even if they somehow survive the next few years, their unlimited data won't. they'll eventually start building out lte, and it isn't free. problem is, they'll be way behind everyone else.

38. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Really? You are very happy to be working for a company who, after the At&t/T-Mobile merger completes, you will be so far behind the competition that there will be no chance of catching up and no significant growth to stay afloat? Wow...good luck

43. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

hahah yeah I am very happy. IF the merger actually goes thru, we will still be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Not numbers wise but innovation wise. Pretty sure we started the whole 4G craze. Everyone else had to play catch up. even if were switching to LTE, we still started a technological expansion. so I am very happy to work here, and i will continue to be happy even when that merger DOESNT go thru.

48. box unregistered

The whole 4G thing is still a misnomer; in essence, sprint started a craze by falsely advertising its data speeds as being 4G, when in fact true 4G is about 3-4 times what is available right now, even from LTE/WiMax. What we have now is more like 3.25 or 3.5G, but the ITC ret-conned it since after a while almost all the carriers (except AT&T, really) were touting their faster data networks as "4G". Not saying that WiMax or LTE are bad, or slow, just not truly 4G, at least by up-to-2010 definitions

72. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I wouldn't say "started" i would say rushed to be the first. If you think that other carriers weren't working on LTE before the release of WiMaxx you are not very smart. The other carriers had enough intelligence to go the LTE route vs. wasting money on a very temporary technology. I literally loaded 4 pages running on 3G while my gf's EVO running 4G in a major area struggled to load Sprint's front page. WiMaxx is not that great. That's why Sprint is now considering LTE. WiMaxx was just a quick fix to say that they were first at 4G (which compared to LTE is pretty pathetic). Sprint doesn't even own their towers lol. But that's the Sprint Way...always be first. They don't consider longevity, which is why your precious Dan Hesse is pleading with the FCC to not approve the merger between At&t and T-Mobile. For a so-called leaps & bounds company it seems to be very anxious about its future. Your head honcho knows the devastation that this will cause, but keep hope alive i guess...

83. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

ok i will give it to you that "started" was poor wording. I should have chose "spurred". Sprint decided to invest in clearwire with a bunch of other major companies under the assumption that clearwire was going to come thru alot better than they did. and FYI Sprint did technically own the towers considering they were the majority shareholder of the company. And i am not saying that LTE wasnt in the works before Wimax. Clear crapped out on the deal. The switch to LTE was always in mind. If you recall articles released just prior to the Wimax launch, they said that they are going to give this a shot, if not switch to LTE. and if im not mistaken it is a software upgrade to switch from Wimax to LTE. i could be mistaken on that tho. and Wimax experience is dependent to customer location, just like LTE. my Evo blows LTE out of the water in my area. Your area Wimax may be slower. Its all location. And im pretty sure Dan Hesse "pleading" the the FCC about the merger is thinking longevity. and i dont think it will pass. only time will tell. and I will keep hope alive. Never quit, never surrender.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am absolutely HEARTBROKEN Sprints coverage is bad in my area. Stay at AT&T and hate the customer service and still be stuck with 2G service, pay a ton more at Verizon, or have to leave my house to make a call with Sprint due to no indoor reception. Decisions, decisions.... happy for you, John C.

20. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

if it is just your indoor coverage at your house look into a airave. It hooks up to high speed internet at your house and is like having a mini tower at your house.

49. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Never heard of it. I will look into it. Thanks for the tip!!!

84. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

no worries!!

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