Verizon to charge $20/mo. for iPhone personal hotspot

After finally confirming its rumored $30 per month unlimited iPhone data plan, Verizon Wireless said that it will charge $20 per month for its personal hotspot feature.

After finally confirming its rumored $30 per month unlimited iPhone data plan, Verizon Wireless said that it will charge $20 per month for its personal hotspot feature (in addition to its required voice and data plans, that is).

As expected, the Verizon personal hotspot will be capped at 2GB per month with each additional gigabyte costing $20. No surprises there.

By comparison, the AT&T iPhone data plan costs $15/mo. for 200MB or $25/mo. for 2GB and it doesn't offer personal hotspot. AT&T does offer a USB tethering option for $20/month, but you have to give up your unlimited data plan to get it. Yes you read that right.

With personal hotspot and unlimited data the Verizon iPhone poses a serious threat to the AT&T model -- all other things being equal. If the customer doesn't have good AT&T coverage in their area, AT&T has no shot.

AT&T will undoubtedly respond to Verizon's one-two punch (three if you count the network), but it remains to be seen how.

Why would a new iPhone subscriber to go with AT&T over Verizon anyway? Am I missing something?

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