Well, we knew this was coming at some point but unfortunately it’s finally here– the true beginning of the end of unlimited data. Starting this Thursday, July 7th, Verizon will stop offering its current smartphone data plans of $30 a month for unlimited data and instead switch to what’s known as tiered data plans. Tiered data plans are certain amounts of data a month with different amounts being offered for different prices (this is what AT&T started last year with its $15 a month for 250 MB or $25 a month for 2 GB data plans).
The new Verizon plans will be: $30 a month for 2 GB (good for a lot of email, BBM and web browsing/Facebook checking and some video watching and video chatting), $50 a month for 5 GB (good for a lot of video watching and video chatting), and $80 a month for 10 GB. Yeah, it’s nowhere near as good of a deal as the current $30 for unlimited (if you go over your limit for example, you’re looking at $10 for each additional GB), and we do wish Verizon added a cheaper plan for those who don’t use the internet as much from their phones (like what AT&T does with it’s $15 a month for 250 MB)– but what can ya do.
So what does this mean to you, dear reader with a Verizon smartphone? Well, don’t freak out about this just yet– Verizon has also confirmed that those new data plans are for new accounts only and anyone who currently has an unlimited $30 data plan can keep that plan even after you upgrade and regardless of if you have a 3G or 4G phone. In terms of upgrading from a feature phone that doesn’t already have a data plan, Verizon hasn’t officially said if you could get an older unlimited plan (as like a sort of loyalty thing), but if we had to guess you’re gonna have to get one of those new tiered ones.
In short, if you were thinking of switching to Verizon (or upgrading to a smartphone), we recommend you do it really soon.
More info at Fierce Wireless