Verizon spokespeople have begun officially confirming the details that leaked out last month about their company’s tiered data plans that will go into effect in a few days. This is part of the carrier’s phasing out its unlimited data plan.
Starting on Wednesday, Verizon will stop offering new smartphone customers the option of getting an unlimited data plan. Instead, they will have three options: 2GB a month of data transfers for $30, 5GB of transfers for $50, or 10GB for $80. Going over the allowance will result in a fee of $10 per gigabyte.
Those who already have a $30 a month unlimited data plan will be able to keep it. They will even be able to upgrade to a new smartphone without having to switch.
Those who use Verizon’s mobile hotspot service (for sharing their smartphone’s Internet-connection with other computers) can stay with with their unlimited plan, which will cost an additional $30. New customers won’t have the option of an unlimited hotspot plan, just one that will get them an additional 2GB a month of data transfers for $20.
Unlimited = Limited
Verizon subscribers who have an “unlimited” plan should keep in mind that it has has a limit. Several months ago, the carrier instituted a soft cap on how much data its subscribers can transfer each month. The top 5% of data users on the Wireless Network can have their bandwidth slowed down for not only the remainder of the current billing cycle, but also the following one.
T-Mobile also has a soft cap on its unlimited data plan, and it customers who transfer over 5GB of data in a single month have their service slowed down for the remainder of their current billing cycle.
AT&T was the first carrier in the U.S. to scrap its unlimited data plan. It offers a choice of two tiered data plans: one costs $25 a month and provides 2GB of transfers. The second gets the user 200MB of data transfers in a month for $15.
Sprint is the sole remaining U.S. carrier to offer a truly unlimited Wireless Data plan. Subscribers are free to exchange as much data as they wish over Sprint’s 3G or 4G networks.