Verizon’s tiered data plans reaffirmed by leak

By on June 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM.

Verizon’s tiered data plans reaffirmed by leak

Verizon Wireless has stated on multiple occasions that it will move to usage-based smartphone data plans next month, but the carrier has been tight lipped when it comes to sharing the details surrounding the new plans. Following a report on Monday that claimed to detail Verizon Wireless’ upcoming tiered plans, they have now been reaffirmed by a new leak. Android Central claims to have received internal documents showcasing the changes, and pricing lines up exactly with earlier reports:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 4GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $50/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 7GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $70/month
  • 10GB – $80/month
  • 12GB with tethering/mobile hotspot – $100/month

The new documents also confirm that existing smartphone customers with unlimited data plans will be able to keep those plans after the changeover date, which is said to be July 7th. Hit the break for an email on the new plans reportedly sent by Verizon Wireless to retail partners. More →

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Verizon Wireless to intro tiered data plans on July 7th according to rumor [updated]

By on June 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Verizon Wireless to intro tiered data plans on July 7th according to rumor [updated]

Verizon Wireless will finally be shifting to the usage-based data plan structure we all knew was coming. Android enthusiast blog Droid Life on Monday reports that future Verizon subscribers will no longer have an unlimited smartphone data option starting July 7th. Instead, they will be forced to choose one of three tiered data options: 2GB for $30 per month, 5GB for $50 per month or 10GB for $80 per month. Those looking for tethering will have to add $20 to each of those plans, which works out to 4GB for $50 per month, 7GB for $70 per month or 12GB for $100 per month. Overages on any plan will run $10 per gigabyte. According to the report, Verizon will charge the same rates for 3G and 4G LTE data plans, so subscribers interested in newer 4G smartphones will not have to worry about paying a premium for data, as they might elsewhere — which is a good thing, considering these plans are already a bit pricey. Current Verizon customers will not be forced to switch to a new plan. BGR contacted Verizon for comment and while the company would not confirm the new plans or exact timing, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson did have this to say: “As we have stated previously, Verizon Wireless is making some minor changes to data plans including those for new smartphone customers. We will move to a more usage based model in July.”

UPDATE: Droid Life has also obtained an internal letter purportedly being sent by regional VPs that confirms usage-based pricing will be the same for 3G and 4G service. The letter can be found through the second read link below. More →

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Verizon to offer family data plans; move to tiered data pricing for all customers this summer

By on May 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM.

Verizon to offer family data plans; move to tiered data pricing for all customers this summer

In a report today, Reuters noted that Verizon Wireless’ cellular data offerings are in for a major overhaul. “Verizon Wireless plans to kick off pricing changes this summer by eliminating smartphone plans that allow unlimited Web access for a flat fee,” reads the article. “It will replace them with tiered pricing that forces heavy data users to pay more for mobile data.” The report goes on to paraphrase Verizon Communications’ CFO, Fran Shammo, who explained that “after this change, which forces heavy data users to pay more, the company will look to soften the blow by offering more options such as family plans for data services.” Currently, Verizon Wireless smartphone users with family plans are required to pay $29.99 per line for cellular data. Non-family-plan smartphone customers can purchase unlimited mobile data (with a 5GB allowance) for the same monthly price. More →

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Sprint revamping data plans for mobile broadband, embedded devices?

By on May 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM.

Sprint revamping data plans for mobile broadband, embedded devices?

According to Brief Mobile, Sprint may be revamping its mobile broadband data pricing schema. The report indicates that Sprint mobile broadband devices, including embedded devices like tablets, may get several additional data options starting May 8th. The company will offer a 3GB monthly data bucket for $34.99, a 5GB data bucket for $49.99 and a 10GB data bucket for $79.99. Currently, Sprint offers a 5GB monthly data plan for $59.99 per month — available to both embedded and mobile broadband devices — and a 2GB tablet-only data plan for $29.99 per month; both plans include unlimited 4G connectivity. Sprint declined to comment on the report when contacted by BGR. More →

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Verizon Wireless will move to tiered data plans this summer

By on March 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

Verizon Wireless will move to tiered data plans this summer

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this afternoon, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told investors that Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans in the near future. The plans, which could roll out as early as this summer, may be based on consumption, speed, or a combination of the two. “We are still working on the models,” said Mr. Shammo. The CFO mentioned that Verizon Wireless consciously decided against a tiered data option with the recently launched iPhone 4, noting that the company did not want to dissuade any potential buyers. When asked about the unlimited $30 data plan currently being offered for smartphones, Mr. Shammo quipped, “Everyone knows that isn’t long-term. We will move to tiered pricing in the mid-summer time frame.” What do you think Big Red customers? Sound off in the comments. More →

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Verizon Wireless introducing tiered data pricing in the next 4 to 6 months

By on September 23, 2010 at 11:15 AM.

Verizon Wireless introducing tiered data pricing in the next 4 to 6 months

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon Wireless plans to introduce tiered data pricing in the coming months. “Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said the company’s wireless arm expects to introduce its own form of tiered pricing, possibly over the next four to six months,” writes the WSJ. The report doesn’t specify whether Mr. Seidenberg was speaking solely about the company’s new, 4G, LTE network that is due to launch before the end of this year. The CEO went on to say — thankfully — that his company does not agree with how rival AT&T is valuing their data; referring to the tiered data plans instituted by Ma’ Bell several months ago. More on this story as it develops. More →

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Rumor: Verizon Wireless switching to tiered data plans later this month?

By on July 21, 2010 at 7:42 AM.

Rumor: Verizon Wireless switching to tiered data plans later this month?

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Engadget is reporting that Verizon Wireless may switch to tiered smartphone data plans — similar to AT&T — starting on July 29th. The blog cites the same source who is prognosticating an August 12th release of the DROID 2 (along with some sort of Star Wars limited edition version with R2-D2 on the back). No details on pricing, data caps, or terms were listed in the report. We don’t have to stretch our minds very far to imagine this happening, but let us hope this piece of intel retains its rumor status well past the 29th. We’ve reached out to Verizon for comment and will update if we hear back. Thoughts? More →

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Verizon Wireless to drop unlimited data plan, offer tiered pricing for LTE?

By on June 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM.

Verizon Wireless to drop unlimited data plan, offer tiered pricing for LTE?

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Verizon Wireless brass continue to drop hints that the advent of the carrier’s 4G LTE network will foster a change to the structure of its data plans. Speaking with Bloomberg, Verizon Wireless CFO, John Killian stated that, “We [Verizon Wireless] will probably need to change the design of our pricing where it will not be totally unlimited, flat rate”. Killian’s comment suggests that Big Red will adopt AT&T-like pricing, with tiered plans, for the customer’s convenience; the unlimited data plan will be removed from the pricing model. Anyone’s enthusiasm for LTE a bit dampened by this comment, or did you already assume that tiered pricing was inevitable? More →

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