WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

Summary:Even if Verizon Wireless announces the availability of the iPhone within its network tomorrow, it's still last year's iPhone 4. So what's a good way to attract consumers? Unlimited data plans.

Even if Verizon Wireless announces the availability of the iPhone within its network tomorrow, it's still last year's iPhone 4. So what's a good way to attract consumers? Unlimited data plans.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Verizon will "will offer unlimited data-use plans when it starts selling the iPhone around the end of this month." That's according to "a person familiar with the matter." If it weren't the WSJ quoting such an anonymous, covered-up source, I wouldn't believe it at all.

Offering unlimited data is not a surprising move on Verizon's part. However, who knows how long such a plan will last if Verizon's networks become as crowded and annoying as AT&T's networks, mainly thanks to heavy smartphone (iPhone) usage in metropolitan areas such as New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

For reference, AT&T's smartphone data plans start at $15 per month for 200MB and jumps to $25 for 2GB per month. If you're not streaming videos and uploading photos to Facebook constantly, the 200MB really serves just fine.

In all honesty, the only way I'll really be surprised tomorrow is if Verizon trots out the iPhone 4 in white. That thing is the stuff of make believe.

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Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Verizon

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