Verizon Dropping Unlimited Data Plan Next Month

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    Verizon will be dropping its unlimited data option, and transitioning to tiered data plans next month, a Verizon spokeswoman told All Things Digital.
    We've known for a while that the unlimited data plan Verizon has offered since it launched the iPhone 4 was likely to disappear this summer.

    One site, DroidLife, claims to have details of the new Verizon plans. The site claims these plans will go into effect July 7.
    For comparison, AT&T's data plans are slightly cheaper:
    AT&T dropped its unlimited data plans last June, just before the iPhone 4 was released, but allowed current unlimited plan subscribers to keep their plans as long as they didn't make any changes. Most notably, unlimited data users can't sign up for a tethering plan to create a portable wi-fi hotspot.

    Article Link: Verizon Dropping Unlimited Data Plan Next Month
     
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    I heard they not going to have those prices my source claims they gonna offer $25/mo for Unlimited or $59.99 for Family Unlimited (shared data) to share among up to 5 devices :)
     
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    jayhawk11

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    You mean that we'll be able to pay more for a slower, less-capable network?

    Sign me up!


    I hate AT&T as much as the next person, but Verizon truly sucks on pricing.
     
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    Do these plans include 4G/LTE data?
     
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    fun173

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    This is ********. Will the plans also take effect for customers who already have unlimited data?
     
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    7o7munoz7o7

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    this is fine with me, as long as they grandfather us unlimited folks in. I use 2x as much data with my iphone on VZW as i did with ATT because i ACTUALLY HAVE SERVICE when i go places....ATT is cheaper because their coverage is crap and their customer service (or lack of) is even worse then their coverage. Do what you do VZW!
     
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    ECUpirate44

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    No, you're grandfathered into unlimited.
     
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    Is this for ALL data, including 4G connections? I was kind of livid at first since I'm looking to switch to Verizon next year when my AT&T contract ends. But then I recalled that there are a few 4G phones on Verizon and that network keeps on growing, so it would make sense to charge a little more.

    I think they're missing out on not having a $15 plan because AT&T has two iPhone customers at that point just because it's that cheap (hi mom, dad). We're talking people who send a few emails and maybe look stuff up on Safari when on the 3G network. Not everybody needs to download a 10GB app over the cellular network. I'm not concerned since my folks are going to stick with AT&T since it doesn't suck where they live, but Verizon might want to listen to me!
     
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    appleguy123

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    This belongs on the front page for maximum bitching capacity!
     
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    WiiDSmoker

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    Of course they are. They all fall likes dominoes.
     
  11. macrumors member

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    I really feel sorry for all the Americans who get absolutely SCREWED with the pricing of their plans.

    The iPhone is the only Apple product that is better value for us europeans than the Americans.
     
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    wordoflife

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    Agreed.
    Well, I'm sticking with AT&T. There's no reason for me to pay Verizon more money for slower data service.
    Haha, Apple needs to make a Virgin Mobile iPhone :p
     
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    Yea these plans don't look all that great. At least when AT&T moved to tiered data they offered an option that was lower than the current unlimited pricing. It looks like Verizon is charging the same price but giving less. The cheaper options might not give you much usage, but they at least give a cheap alternative when you are forced to have a data plan.
     
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    So thankful for Virgin Mobile. $25/month gets me a LG Optimus V with Android 2.2, 300 minutes, unlimited text/data.
     
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    wordoflife

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    I hope Virgin Mobile realizes the business they are getting by offering "unlimited data". I put that in quotes because there's a 5GB soft cap ... but still!
    Honestly, it would be sick if Apple made an iPhone that could run on Virgin.

    Can anyone imagine what Verizon and AT&T's reaction would be??

    This is a very nice article about the price of SMS. I would certainly try to glance at it if you could.
    http://gthing.net/the-true-price-of-sms-messages
    Basically, the price of SMS is dirt cheap. And realistically, it should only cost carriers a couple bucks (no more than $5) to transfer a couple GBs.

    Virgin Mobile knows what they are doing. I wish they had the iPhone. AT&T and Verizon would cry.
     
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    This is what I get for waiting to buy an iPhone 5?
     
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    Gemütlichkeit

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    Why Verizon can't match ATT's 200mb limit is beyond me.

    my total bill for the iphone on ATT is ~$71 thanks to their tiered plans... no way verizon can touch that.
     
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    Dumb Verizon

    This makes me mad. I'm gonna hold out for the iPhone 5 as long as I can, but I'm going to get an iPhone 4 before I get a 5 without unlimited data. Hopefully there's at least a couple of days where the 5 is being sold on VZN with unlimited plans.
     
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    Rodimus Prime

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    I think you can get like a veer (or some other small palm phone) off contract for like 60-70 bucks and you can use that to hold on to an unlimited contract.
     
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    I believe it was a Verizon executive (or maybe just another representative) that stated they were considering family shared data plans. They are not mentioned in the leaked information and don't help individual users, but for families, depending on the pricing, it would be very nice to have a bucket of data to share instead of shelling out $30 per smartphone regardless of usage -- as long as the minimum family plan is closer to $40 than $60.
     
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    Till you upgrade, then you loose the unlimited.
     
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    ECUpirate44

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    Right.
     
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    ten-oak-druid

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    These companies should keep unlimited data plans but make the person using it pay for it instead of everyone else.

    I don't paying for a 10GB plan because I need just a little more than 200MB but have no option in between. Sure if you use 10GB then perhaps the price is good. But the carrier can only provide such a "good price" because so many of us are paying for it and not using much of it at all.

    And then of course there is the text message fee racket they got going on as well. They are all price fixing criminals.
     
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    budfoot

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    I feel sorry for you AT&T and VZW folks. I have unlimited calls/data/texts on Sprint for 99 bucks.
     
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    wow Verizon is screwing over their customers. Not suprised.
     

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