Bye, unlimited data plans from Verizon. Tiered plans and LTE hotspot fees confirmed to start July 7 [Updated]

Summary:RIP Verizon unlimited data plans and free smartphone tethering for new customers starting July 7. New pricing details confirmed for tiered data plans and LTE mobile hotspot charges.

It's confirmed: Verizon's unlimited data plans will no longer be available to new customers starting July 7, as Ricardo reported last month.

The new tired pricing initially revealed by AndroidCentral is spot on (a more updated chart is above), as Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney just confirmed to FierceWireless what Verizon's capped, monthly data plans will look like after Thursday:

  • $30 for 2 GB per month
  • $50 for 5 GB per month
  • $80 for 10 GB per month
  • Overage charge: $10 per GB of data over the monthly limit.
  • [Update:] $10 for 75 MB per month for feature phones owners only, as told to ThisIsMyNext by Phil from FierceWireless.

Here's some good news for existing Verizon customers: those with the soon-to-be-extinct unlimited data plans don't need to rush out to get a new phone the next two days. Raney wants you to know your plan be will carried over to your next phone no matter if you upgrade "on or after July 7," according to FierceWireless, but who knows how long this olive branch will be extended?
DroidLife is reporting that Verizon is putting an end to free and unlimited tethering on smartphones like the HTC ThunderBold and Samsung Droid Charge, also starting this Thursday. According to Raney, using smartphones as LTE mobile hotspots will cost:
  • Existing LTE mobile hotspot users: $30 per month for unlimited tethering
  • New customers: $20 for an extra 2 GB of data to be used for mobile hotspot service or any other data service (on top of an existing data plan)

Put simply, if you've been meaning to get a smartphone with Verizon, sign on the dotted line no later than July 6. Current Verizon customers should enjoy their unlimited data plans while they last because they ain't coming back, that's for sure.

Topics: Verizon, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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