Verizon kisses unlimited data plans goodbye

Verizon kisses unlimited data plans goodbye

Summary: Verizon Wireless has confirmed that unlimited data plans for new smartphone customers will be withdrawn on July 7 and replaced with a tiered plan.

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Verizon Wireless has confirmed that unlimited data plans for new smartphone customers will be withdrawn on July 7 and replaced with a tiered plan.

Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed to FierceWireless that the unlimited plans were on the way out. The tiered monthly plans will be as follows:

  • $30 - 2 GB
  • $50 - 5 GB
  • $80 - 10 GB

On top of this there will be a $20 monthly charge for those wanting to tether devices to a smartphone, and an overage charge of $10 per GB. Feature phone users will be able to pay $10 for 75MB.

Note: 100MB equals about 10 minutes of standard definition YouTube video or 200 'typical' web pages.

Existing customers, along with those who upgrade on or after July 7 will be able keep their unlimited smartphone data plan.

Topic: Verizon

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  • I just ditched Verizon for VM

    I've been a Verizon customer for six years, and I just dropped them for Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk $25 a month plan. If I need the extra 900 anytime minutes, I'll spring for the $40 a month plan. It will be nice to have a single price each month, inclusive of taxes that gives me unlimited 3G and texting. In another year or so, Windows Phone will come to VM, and 4G will be more cost competitive.
    jjworleyeoe
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      ALL cell companies are money hungry dirt bags.<br>Data is data. double charge for TXT which is DATA, for Voice which is DATA and because u tether a device? same DATA.
      bspurloc
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @bspurloc I will stay with Sprint thank you. They have great plans and phones. Unlimited data, texting and unlimited calls to mobiles, doesn't matter who they are with.
        betsmeier
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @bspurloc Look @ Sprint. They bill sort of like that, with everything included. Their service is great and their prices are more than fair for what your getting.
        Jimster480
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      Yet another short-term profit for a long-term loss.

      The wireless companies force us to buy SO MUCH CRAP these days: You MUST have a data plan for most phones, you have to buy crazy rate plans, and if you want to PREVENT your kids from using over the plan rates, you need to pay ANOTHER fee ...

      I've recently thought about switching to pre-paid. It would probably cut my bill in half. If this trend continues and my bill gets north of $200/month, again, I will ... I'm so tired of the hidden fees and increases.
      zaq.hack
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @zaq.hack I have a pre-paid AT&T - The options are $50/month for unlimited data/text/nationwide talk or you can choose, $2/day of usage unlimited or down to 10 cents per minute talk, 20 cents per text.
        KathyG_NC
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @zaq.hack
        I use a smaller company called Boost, I pay $55 a month for unlimited everything for my blackberry. If I had a regular phone it would be $45 a month. They are run on Sprints towers and I never have to worry about my bill being a shock. Pre-paid isnt a bad thing anymore! My friends have Sprint and ATT and pay 2-3 times what I do and pay 2-3 times more. I say check into what else is in your area.
        tamsiam
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      @jjworleyeoe I've been using VM beyond talk since it was offered and have been very pleased. I too have the 25 a month plan as I don't do a lot of voice but I do a good deal of text and surfing. My hubby just got the android phone and 25 a month plan and LOVES it..... I got burnt early on with ATT and the crackberry so anything with a 2 year contract ain't happening.
      rfearns
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      @jjworleyeoe and refearns
      Which VM Beyond Talk phone did you go with? I moved from Tracfone to the LG Rumour Touch and am disappointed with the menu system and internet access. Haven't decided between the Samsung Intercept or LG Optimus V.
      wildwood
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      Verizon, AT&T and Sprint just don't get it. I have an unlimited plan that was $99mo with tax $118mo after I traded in my HTC Hero for a 4G EVO that ding me for another $20 so my bill is over $130.00. I THOUGHT THAT CAME WITH WIRELESS HOTSPOT AS ADVERTISED IN THEIR TV ADS...BUT NOOOO...THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER $20...W...T...F?!<br>Just waiting for Boost, MetroPCS or Virgin to offer an unlimited service I can UNLOCK or ROOT my HTC EVO to and use 4G, Wireless or tethered to laptop.... then... I'M OUTTA HERE!!! Screw Sprint...and the other bullies.
      SocratesMentor
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @SocratesMentor
        Why is your Sprint bill so high? Do you have the 900+ anytime minutes? I have a Samsung Epic 4G with unlimited texting, data, and mobile-to-mobile with 450 anytime minutes for calls to and from landlines; and my total bill comes to $90 per month. It's the 69.99 plan with the additional $10 for 4G, then the rest is in misc. taxes (including a local city tax of ~7%!). I don't have the wireless hotspot feature, so that charge is NOT on my bill. 4G service is available in nearby cities so I can take advantage of that speed. I just don't get why your Sprint bill is $40 higher. Did I miss something?
        thealias38
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      Well I guess thats what they mean in your contract small print when the say "pricing and terms may change without notice"
      WTF WAS THE PURPOSE OF SIGNING A CONTRACT!!??
      Oh yeah...so they can screw you, but you not them...HOW SMART DOES THAT MAKE US HUH?! bbbaaaa bbbaa bbbaaaa (can't help it)
      "Verizon Wireless has confirmed that unlimited data plans for new smartphone customers will be withdrawn on July 7"
      SocratesMentor
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        reported as spam!? I guess the same people that wrote the US Patriot Act are now working at Verizon... and ZDNET?! :O
        SocratesMentor
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @SocratesMentor if you are in contract, you still have the same plan. This will not change terms for existing customers who already have unlimited data. Not that I like the plan and pricing, but get your rant right. Also, a user reported your post as spam, not zdnet, likely due to it being a dead wrong rant
        kevinrs1
      • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

        @SocratesMentor If they change the contract, you can quit them without a penalty. This doesn't seem to be well known, but it's true.

        Of course, they ought to be held to the contract, with no option to change. And according to the rumor mill (since I haven't actually heard from Verizon on this), they are not forcing the new contract pricing on existing customers, even if you upgrade your smartphone.

        Which would be good for them. I probably will upgrade my Droid 1 in the next few months. That won't be on Verizon if I don't have my current unlimited plan for $30 extra per month. I like Verizon coverage, particularly at my home... I'm in 26 acres of mostly-forest, so I'm never going to get good links on T-Mobile or Sprint (they don't have the 850MHz slots that Verizon and AT&T have, they're on 1900MHz or so. AT&T is worse on 3G, since they need both 850MHz and 1900MHz for that... the higher frequencies don't do well through foliage or buildings).

        Then again, for the additional cost Verizon's new plan would cost me, I could put in a rooftop antenna and repeater for Sprint or T-Mobile....
        Hazydave
  • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

    I think this article does not take into consideration the heavy data useage that is coming down the pipe, when you are streaming hd video over 4g to your amoled screen via youtube or netflix, or doing video chat via skype or facetime, or use a new bandwidth intensive application over 4g on these phones that are no longer phones...then you will see what that really means to your bottom line.

    As someone who manages an account with 200 lines on verizon i have seen some crazy things and some crazy charges (remember the guy that did'nt remove his tether when he downloaded a movie, he thought he was downloading over wifi, and was hit with a 20k charge? yeah i see stuff like that fairly regularly.)
    ploco@...
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      @ploco@... Not paying MORE for phone than my computer.<br>I use more WiFi than any other since it is more cost efficient.<br>If you ever payed 600.00 for one of your dumb kids useage fees.. you WILL learn fast
      davisthediver@...
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      @ploco@...

      The guy that didn't remove his tether when he downloaded a movies and thought he was doing it over wifi will hopefully pay more attention and not just assume.

      Consumer error and I am sure the guy thinks it is unfair too him but he would thinking like a self-centered person.

      Take responsibility for your actions and learn from them and stop finding blame in others for your mistakes.
      Undrcvr SpecLst
  • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

    What your going to see with this is exactly what happened when cell phones only had limited accounts. You get your bill and wondering in astonishment how you rated a $600 bill. And believe me this is their plan. If enough people drop their a** it will make them reconsider their decision.
    p0keman
    • RE: Verizon kisses goodbye to unlimited data plans

      @p0keman

      I can definately see your point p0keman. I used to have Alltel and when my son went to his Marine MOS in Oklahoma, I signed up for a national plan. The customer service rep told me she would do me a favor since my son was military and have the change effective immediately. The next day, we started calling each other and of course, he called his friends here in Alabama. She did put us on the national plan, but there was another thing she forgot to change. The roaming charges resulted in a $2000.00 cellphone bill for a half month of calls. It took a lot of angry calls to customer service and a horrible wait over a weekend but we got the charges dropped down to the expected $125.00 bill I was expecting. The moment my contract was up, I switched companies. All I can say about cellphones is "Buyer Beware" is a concept you need to adhere to when it comes to cell phone companies. This data usage change is quite scary.
      shortredneck@...