WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

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.

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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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  • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

    Good.
    james347
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      If I were a shareholder in Apple, this is good news. As a shareholder and customer of Verizon this is very bad news. I see a price war on the horizon. I also see a good network becoming slammed with kids downloading to facebook and sending bandwidth breaking picture/video messages. This is not a good thing for Verizon.
      ryork272
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @ryork272
        Welcome to the att price rape game. Get ready to lube up. LOL!

        Im on att but I have a legacy account (mMode) as as long as I dont change anything on my account I pay $99 for unlimited everything... Well except MMS as they shut that server down 2yrs ago. no problem though as I used email for pictures anyway.
        Free Webapps
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      Unlimited data is uselsss; because if you use it (an unlimited amount) then you can't use your phone as a <duh> phone. Until VZW has a voice AND data capability, or gives you a discount for calls you CAN'T make when doing data, then there will be something to talk about.

      Concerning an impact to the network: Look back, for 10 years running, Verizon has been trying to get you to use more and more data. Do I really need to youtube from my device? Seems like VZW wants that and messaging. It is their cash cow, don't let them fool you... they have been planning this all along.

      They are modeling after Taiwan... sms, data, pictures, video... following a plan, nothing random or unexpected at all. dw
      zdnet@...
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @zdnet@... "Unlimited data is uselsss; because if you use it (an unlimited amount) then you can't use your phone as a phone. "

        ==================
        That might be so with some phones, but the work around for CDMA is the Skype app, with which you could talk and still have access to other data functions, as long as the iphone VZ gets is capable of multitasking.
        Darr247
  • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

    BFD! Let's see the price before you make a big deal out of it.

    Is it just me or does $15 for 200 MB sound ridiculously overpriced?
    Al_nyc
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @Al_nyc yes it does
      ryanlee05
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @Al_nyc

      yes it totally is overpriced...F- Verizon.
      prm510
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @prm510
        The overpriced 200MB thing was AT&T.
        L2R
        evilkillerwhale@...
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @prm510

        AT&T: $15 for 200mb, $25 for 2 gb.
        VZW : $15 for 150mb, $29.99 for unlimited.

        Are they ALL overpriced, I think we can agree on that. But VZW is a bargain for unlimited compared to AT&T that doesn't even offer it.
        trybble1
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @prm510
        I'm no fan of Verizon, but the over priced data plan was from AT&T, so perhaps you should say F-AT&T.
        msux
  • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

    I really don't know just how much "data" is used when
    browsing the net. I know that on the regular web its real
    ez to burn through many megs of data because of all the
    link to ads that load themselves. I think that if you can
    start off with "unlimited", monitor your actual usage, and downgrade afterward it might be OK.

    Personally, I still have a "dumb" phone as I'd rather not spend hundred more on data plans I don't really need.
    richard233
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @richard233 I have been happy with my (grand fathered) unlimited data plans, all three of them ... on my 2 Android phones (and 1 Air Card), which makes it easy to burn data - and to see how much you are using. The flexibility and mobility is great, if only they would do IPv6.

      Now on to LTE, where IIUC I must have metered access - blech. (It kills me that they up the throughput by an order of magnitude and then meter the amount used.)
      trejrco_z
  • on usage

    I have verizon, just signed up to use a smart phone and bought 150MB of data for $15.00, so AT&T's 200MB for $15 sounds pretty good. So far, I am pretty far under the 150MB, but I'm pretty careful with it and am a casual user of the "smart" features at best.
    tomwnichols
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @tomwnichols
      It's $30 for unlimited on all Verizon plans, though...
      evilkillerwhale@...
      • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

        @evilkillerwhale@... if you can get a decent speed out of the connection, fast enough to replace DSL, then the price would be ok since you could use it at home to connect your computer. Otherwise is is way overpriced.
        Al_nyc
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @tomwnichols
      I am presently with Verizon, what they don't tell you is that their "Unlimited" plan is capped at 5 gig and if you go over you get charged per megabyte. You can't trust what they they say.
      rusty@...
  • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

    "If you?re not streaming videos and uploading photos to Facebook constantly, the 200MB really serves just fine."

    200Mb/month suffices - where do you live on? ASCII Graphics planet ?
    neilpost
    • RE: WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans with iPhone 4

      @neilpost Agreed; even if I make an effort to D/L podcasts over WiFi and try to limit my usage I clear that hurdle.

      Given that I have unlimited data plans and therefore don't carefully restrict how useful my phone is, I often hit well over 5GB ... Listen, Pandora, Kindle, Audible, Dolphin, and Dropbox - as well as custom ROMs and app updates) are probably the biggest data hogs (and, therefore, the most useful apps :) ).
      trejrco_z
  • iPhone 4.5

    NFC and LTE...in White!
    Gr8Music