Verizon is about to drop unlimited data plans for its new customers, according to news first reported by All Things Digital. A “usage based model” is expected beginning next month.
In an email to AllThingsD, Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney stated her company would change its data plans, including those for new smartphone customers.
“We will move to a more usage based model in July. We’ll share more later.”
Verizon had been offering a $30-per-month unlimited data plan for its 3G customers, which included those who purchased an iPhone 4. However, it always said this was for a limited time only.
Droid Life, as indicated by AllThingsD, reported on Monday that Verizon would offer the following new plans, beginning July 7:
- 2GB – $30/month
- 5GB – $50/month
- 10GB – $80/month
- Tethering is a $20/month add-on and includes an additional 2GB of data.
- Overages are assessed at $10/GB.
Keep in mind, these rates HAVE NOT been confirmed by Verizon.
Prices would be for new customers only and those currently with an unlimited plan could keep it indefinitely. However, like AT&T did when it dropped unlimited plans last summer, Verizon will not allow existing customers to go back to an unlimited plan if the customer drops it.
So perhaps now is the time to purchase a new iPhone 4 via Verizon. After all, until July you can make a purchase and signup for a lifetime of unlimited data service.
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