Verizon Wireless will soon start offering its smartphone customers who don’t use much data the option to sign up for a less expensive service plan, according to information leaking out of this carrier.
Verizon customers who get a smartphone are currently required to sign up for an unlimited data plan that costs $30 a month.
Under a new pricing policy that will supposedly go into effect on Friday, October 28, subscribers will have the option to drop down to a plan that gets them 150 MB of data transfers per month for $15. Those who run over this amount will have to pay an additional $15 for each 150 MB block they use.
The $30 unlimited data plan will remain, and it will be up to current customers to decide if they want to switch to the cheaper plan.
Up Against the Competition
Verizon’s new tiered data structure will benefit those who don’t transfer much data over cellular-wireless networks, while not penalizing those who use more.
It stands in contrast to a plan AT&T put in place earlier this year, in which this carrier dropped its unlimited data plan for new customers. Instead, AT&T offers customers two choices: $25 a month for 2 GB of data ($10 extra for each additional 1 GB) or $15 for 200 MB ($15 extra for each additional 200 MB).
The smaller rivals Sprint and T-Mobile still have unlimited data plans.
However, customers should be aware that plans that carriers call “unlimited” aren’t in fact unlimited. They are generally capped at 5 GB per month, though that doesn’t always mean the user is cut off at that amount. T-Mobile, for example, will reduce the speed at which the device can exchange data after the 5 GB mark is reached.
Verizon’s new plan will allegedly have a different pricing structure for tablets. According to a document that leaked out of this carrier, tablet users will have to pay more, as there will be no unlimited data plan for this type of device.
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and similar models will have to pay:
- $20 for 1 GB ($20 extra for each additional 1 GB)
- $35 for 3 GB ($10 extra for each additional 1 GB)
- $50 for 5 GB ($10 extra for each additional 1 GB)
- $80 for 10 GB ($10 extra for each additional 1 GB)