Word is leaking around the web today that the Verizon tiered data plans the company has warned about are about to become reality. These are not confirmed by the company but the information is pretty detailed and paints an ugly future for smartphone and tablet data consumers. The surprising information is that Verizon is apparently charging the same for 3G and 4G with these new plans.
The plans offer a paid tier of data beginning July 7 that is reportedly priced as follows:
- 5GB: $50
- 10GB: $80
- 4GB: $50
- 7GB: $70
- 12GB: $100
These tethering plans lump regular data caps with tethering consumption for the rates as indicated. Hitting the data cap in any month does not shut down the service, Verizon charges a hefty $10/GB overage fee.
Tablets will get their own data plans with Big Red, with two tiers available for the slates. A 1GB monthly plan will cost $20 while a 2GB plan will be priced at $30. It's a safe bet this excludes the ability to use the tablet for tethering.
The leaked information indicates that existing Verizon customers with unlimited data on their smartphones will be grandfathered in for the duration of their contracts. Any upgrading of equipment has historically been treated as a new contract so those with grandfathered unlimited plans may want to hold on to that older equipment as long as possible.