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Verizon rumored to begin tiered data plans July 7 starting at $30 for 2GB

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Verizon is expected to join AT&T in doing away with its unlimited data plans beginning July 7, with plans starting at $30 per month for 2GB of data, according to a new rumor.

Update: Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told AllThingsD that the carrier will "move to a more usage based model in July, with more details to come later.

The alleged details come via Droid-Life.com, which claims that Verizon will begin offering the plans to new customers starting July 7. Beyond the entry-level 2GB plan, Verizon will also reportedly offer 5GB for $50 per month, and 10GB for $80 per month.

Verizon is also rumored to offer tethering packages with its plans, starting at $50 per month for 4GB, $70 per month for 7GB, and $100 per month for 12GB. The report also said that overages will cost users $10 per gigabyte.

Tablet data plans are also said to run $30 for 2GB of data, replacing the current plan of $20 for 1GB.

"These new prices should not affect anyone that is currently under contract," the report said. "Major changes like this concern only new customers and possibly those that are up for a renewal."

If true, the change would come more than a year after AT&T rolled out its own capped data plans which run $25 per month for 2GB, and $15 per month for 200MB. AT&T also offers 4GB as part of a tethering plan for $45 per month.



Verizon openly stated back in January that unlimited data plans were only going to be available for a short while longer. Apple's iPhone arrived on the Verizon network in early February after years of exclusivity to AT&T.
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If true, these prices are even more Rediculous than AT&T. Good thing I got my iPhone when I did with them, at least I'll have unlimited data for another year and a half. After that, here's hoping Sprint finally has it and they haven't gotten rid of unlimited.
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Can anyone say "collusion"?
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Seeing as Verizon's prices are more expensive that ATT. No I would not call it collusion.

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Can anyone say "collusion"?
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this data cap is for 3G/4G? tsk tsk tsk...everyone get out your wallets and tell them to bend over.
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If true, these prices are even more Rediculous than AT&T. Good thing I got my iPhone when I did with them, at least I'll have unlimited data for another year and a half. After that, here's hoping Sprint finally has it and they haven't gotten rid of unlimited.

I'm assuming you can be grandfathered in with unlimited like ATT. If not. That sucks
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Haha, I'm sure glad that I bought a Wifi only iPad. These prices are such a ripoff. $30 for 2 gigs?

That's enough to watch about 1 movie on netflix or download a movie from somewhere. That would be a damn expensive movie. You'd be better off going to a real movie theatre and getting a popcorn and drink for your $30.
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It makes me sick ! Just another 'screw job' for the American public !! Basterds !!!
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Basterds !!!

I'm no spelling nazi, but I think that you mean - Bastards !!!
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Originally Posted by TenoBell View Post

Seeing as Verizon's prices are more expensive that ATT. No I would not call it collusion.

As a Canadian I used to be completely jealous of our American neighbors and the cell pricing but that's fading fast. We have it rough on voice plans but more and more that's offset by the data. I pay $30 a month for 6GB which includes tethering at no extra cost. Sickening when you look at how many thousand percent markup it is from the cost of data delivery to what they are charging.
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I'm no spelling nazi, but I think that you mean - Bastards !!!

"Inglourious Basterds."
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"Inglourious Basterds."

Yeah, that's true. I forgot about that movie.
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I'm assuming you can be grandfathered in with unlimited like ATT. If not. That sucks

Most people are positive that you will be grandfathered. The question sites are asking is how long? Because most people have been hinting at a single-upgrade after which it won't matter and Big red will simply put you on the newer plans anyhow.
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I hope this is misinformation. The data prices listed are awful. Currently Verizon offers unlimited data for 30. To make sense, tiered plans need to offer lower cost options for users with more modest data usage. Starting them at 30 is a slap in the face at best, and bend over rape at worst.

What really sucks is that I live in a geographic region where Verizon is still the only viable option.
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I've been waiting and waiting for verizon tiered data. The idea of tiered data is users who use less, pay less, and users who use more, pay more. Only on verizon, tiered means everyone pays the same or more. At this point, I'll never get a new iPhone. I sure wish I could get by with an iPod touch + Skype.
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I hope this is misinformation. The data prices listed are awful. Currently Verizon offers unlimited data for 30. To make sense, tiered plans need to offer lower cost options for users with more modest data usage. Starting them at 30 is a slap in the face at best, and bend over rape at worst.

What really sucks is that I live in a geographic region where Verizon is still the only viable option.

Well i did a quick look to see what my carrier is offering and it converts to 9 GB for ~20 USD, so i'd say it's bend over rape going on here.

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Seeing as Verizon's prices are more expensive that ATT. No I would not call it collusion.

It's still collusion when multiple companies simultaneously (or close in time) raise prices or modify plan offerings that are a negative impact on the consumer and a positive one for the company. The prices don't have to be exact to still be classified as collusion.
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I hope this is misinformation. The data prices listed are awful. Currently Verizon offers unlimited data for 30. To make sense, tiered plans need to offer lower cost options for users with more modest data usage. Starting them at 30 is a slap in the face at best, and bend over rape at worst.

What really sucks is that I live in a geographic region where Verizon is still the only viable option.

+1

I've been waiting specifically for the tiered plans, hoping to get an iPhone on a cheaper plan (like AT&T's $15 plan). If this is anything near true, I'm giving up on Verizon and going to AT&T. Can't afford a bill like that.
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It's still collusion when multiple companies simultaneously (or close in time) raise prices or modify plan offerings that are a negative impact on the consumer and a positive one for the company. The prices don't have to be exact to still be classified as collusion.

It's not collusion if they didn't communicate with each other in order to raise rates. AT&T has been on tiered for so long I don't think there's any doubt Verizon and AT&T aren't in cahoots with each other.
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They won't be happy until everyone is paying $99/mo, it really makes me want to get rid of it all. Such a scam. AT&T got rid of their $5 text plan. So it's either $10 for 1000 TXTs or 20¢ for each individual text. Only need 200 txts? Tough. I guess the bottom line is that I need to get of of the big cell companies and get on sprint or something.
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If true, these prices are even more Rediculous than AT&T. Good thing I got my iPhone when I did with them, at least I'll have unlimited data for another year and a half. After that, here's hoping Sprint finally has it and they haven't gotten rid of unlimited.

I like how if the customer wants to change their contract it's always "iron clad" but when the carrier randomly changes the terms it "probably" won't affect people already under contract.

A contract used to be a contract. Nowadays a contract you make with a business is subject to change by them at any time for any reason, but by you ... never.

An indentured contract that can be altered at any time buy one party but not by the other is inherently unfair and closer to slavery than a contractual relation.
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I have no problem with data caps, but I do have a problem with an unrealistic data cap. Typical of old school companies like the music and movie industry, they would rather strangle as much money as possible from the market before it grows.

Using LTE is a joke. I've seen speeds as high as 26mbps. At 20mbps throughput, you could blow through your 2GB one MONTH allowance in 17 MINUTES!!! How realistic is that allownace?

Why bother to provide such a big fast pipe if you're going to charge a gazillion dollars to use it?

Makes no sense. LTE is stillborn. Or at least it is not useful beyond 3G. No video calling. No video streaming. Yes you can receive email, just like on 3G or 1xRTT.
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Seeing as Verizon's prices are more expensive that ATT. No I would not call it collusion.

Wonder what you'll say when AT&T ups their prices to match...

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It's not collusion if they didn't communicate with each other in order to raise rates. AT&T has been on tiered for so long I don't think there's any doubt Verizon and AT&T aren't in cahoots with each other.

RIght. Free market where all the choices are the same...
Clearly AT&T should buy T-Mobile to enhance competition.
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As a Canadian I used to be completely jealous of our American neighbors and the cell pricing but that's fading fast. We have it rough on voice plans but more and more that's offset by the data. I pay $30 a month for 6GB which includes tethering at no extra cost. Sickening when you look at how many thousand percent markup it is from the cost of data delivery to what they are charging.

I have the same plan, but it's grandfathered and you can't get it anymore. They are also actively working to get folks like us *off* that plan and replace it with tiered pricing.

I tried to renegotiate my contract last week because it's coming to an end, and they wouldn't change anything without a new three year contract and I could only keep the 6GB data for 30 bucks if I didn't change a *single* thing about the rest of the contract (and the rest of the contract is basically rape and theft).

Change one single thing and you will lose it. Keep paying the full contract (usually 70-80 a month), and you are being screwed. Not really that much better.

Plus in Canada, we all pay 30% more for the phone by reason of the fact that we pay the same price as the US but have to make a three year contract. Also patently unfair.
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They better not cheat us on tethering, with tiered data, tethering should be free. I hope the source got something mixed up when it talked about tethering costing more. If I pay for data then I should be able to use it for what ever I want!
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Holy Sh**, if this is true, time to get a new iPhone ASAP and extend my plan by 2 years.
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post #28 of 79
Well, that seals the deal, no iPhone for me. I'll just stick with my Virgin Mobile smart phone, pay $25 a month for plenty of voice AND unlimited data, and tether when I absolutely need my iPod online.
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I hope this is misinformation. The data prices listed are awful. Currently Verizon offers unlimited data for 30. To make sense, tiered plans need to offer lower cost options for users with more modest data usage. Starting them at 30 is a slap in the face at best

AT&T starts with a 200 MB bracket, so there you have a lower cost option. Verizon will at all likelihood offer something similar.

In Europe, data brackets of 100 MB, 250 MB, 500 MB, 1 GB and unlimited* are common, though naturally not all carriers offer all steps. Unlimited meaning as usual 5 GB. And the carriers tend to move away from overage charges just cutting your speed drastically when you reach your limit or at least put limits on them (like at most $2 per day, eg, at utmost worst $60 per month).

And I have no problems to fit with some restraint into a roughly 200 MB envelope. Just don't do any streaming on 3G and download your podcasts and app updates via WiFi (or iTunes).
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They better not cheat us on tethering, with tiered data, tethering should be free. I hope the source got something mixed up when it talked about tethering costing more. If I pay for data then I should be able to use it for what ever I want!

Verizon has fought countless times against Use of Spectrum rulings.

Tethering will NEVER be free, especially on Big red, or AT&T.
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Why bother to provide such a big fast pipe if you're going to charge a gazillion dollars to use it?

Makes no sense.

Makes lots of sense for the carriers, invest in LTE and earn a gazillion of dollars.
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Why bother to provide such a big fast pipe if you're going to charge a gazillion dollars to use it?

Because people will pay it. Because people are stupid. The telecoms can squeeze a gazillion dollars out of each person.

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Haha, I'm sure glad that I bought a Wifi only iPad. These prices are such a ripoff. $30 for 2 gigs?

That's enough to watch about 1 movie on netflix or download a movie from somewhere. That would be a damn expensive movie. You'd be better off going to a real movie theatre and getting a popcorn and drink for your $30.

be realistic how many users watch movies over 3g?

To me the iPad wi-fi is useless without 3g...I am glad I got the 3g from At&t.

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To me the iPad wi-fi is useless without 3g...I am glad I got the 3g from At&t.

To me, 3G is useless as I have Wi-Fi anywhere I'd be able to use data.

So there's that.

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post #35 of 79
Sounds like you'd be better off just getting VZ Mifi with 5gb/$50 or 10gb/$80, and just WIFI your iphone to that. Do they make a case has an iphone in the front, and a mifi in the back?
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Haha, I'm sure glad that I bought a Wifi only iPad. These prices are such a ripoff. $30 for 2 gigs?

That's enough to watch about 1 movie on netflix or download a movie from somewhere. That would be a damn expensive movie. You'd be better off going to a real movie theatre and getting a popcorn and drink for your $30.

And people wonder why the telco's have to implement data caps. If you really have to watch a TV show, or stream a movie on your phone using your carrier's data plan, who cares why performance for everyone else is impacted?

Ever hear of WiFi? Can't get WiFi poolside at some motel in the middle of hicktown USA? Load movies on your phone before your trip, or just read a regular, analog book will ya? Sheesh!
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Droid life also has this letter Verizon sent to their employees. It's just bullshit http://www.droid-life.com/2011/06/20...ed-data-plans/
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Our legacy data pricing structure was designed to address a somewhat different customer need profile than what we are seeing and can expect in the future.
Consider this. Data usage has more than doubled over the last three years. Consumers and business users alike are doing more and more with their mobile devices. The notion of send and end has migrated to managing multiple aspects of ones lifestyle through mobility. Whether its social media (85%+ of Smartphone users), mobile internet (88%+ of Smartphone users), or email/applications (71%+ of Smartphone users), this usage has one thing in commondramatically increased demand for data and media consumption.
As a result, we are evolving our approach around how we package our data solutions and pricing to our customers. Coming soon, Verizon Wireless will move from our existing pricing format to a structure designed to allow customers to choose the right data solution that best aligns with their needs.

That's just a piece of the article. It's just like saying the unlimited data was a great solution! For the customer! Here's the new one that allows us to rape them! If they try to stick me on this new tiered planning next year when the iPhone 6 or whatever comes out I'll simply take my business elsewhere! The hell with that! Glad I'm grandfathered on the unlimited plan with the iPhone 4 for now!
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OK, I'm in a peculiar situation. My wife has a blackberry through work, so we didn't desperately need a smartphone "right this second" and never got around to getting one. At home we have a "feature" phone (some lame Samsung or another). But the thing is, we pay nothing to use the blackberry, and our private cell is on a legacy program through Verizon, for $29.95 a month - with taxes, that's a final cost of $38.00 give or take 30 cents (300 anytime minutes, 100 text messages). But, I always thought it would be nice to get an iPhone, or simply upgrade to another plan. So Sunday we went to a Verizon store and talked to two different associates. Tell you what - we had a lot of laughs. See, you can't get a plan as cheap as ours nowadays - with ANY phone, they advised us to stick to what we have because we are grandfathered in, and the plan doesn't exist otherwise. And the iPhone? Forget it! No way. Way, way too costly. Sticking with the free blackberry - sure it sucks, getting on the www. is poky, but you know what? It works, and it's free. I also have an iPod Touch 4G, and between that, my sh|tty Samsung feature phone and the blackberry, we're set. All for $38 a month, total.

My next move is to look at other options. What's the deal with Virgin? I heard good things. How's the coverage?
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And people wonder why the telco's have to implement data caps. If you really have to watch a TV show, or stream a movie on your phone using your carrier's data plan, who cares why performance for everyone else is impacted?

Teleco's around the world: You have data caps..but at least we invested in the technology to control your data usage.

US telecos: We're about 6 or 7 years behind the world in tech and haven't bothered to invest in data controlling tech, but we're implementing data caps anyway.
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