Verizon Wireless confirmed the rumores today saying that Thursday, July 7 it will no longer offer an unlimited data plan for smartphones, announced Verizon's spokeswoman Brenda Raney.
New smartphone customers will choose from one of four options:
- $10 for 75 MB/month
- $30 for 2 GB/month
- $50 for 5 GB/month
- $80 for 10 GB/month
Data over the limits will be charged at $10/GB.
The current unlimited data plan costs $30/month, so if you don't use more than 2GB your situation is essentially unchanged.
The report also says that if you currently have an unlimited data plan you can keep it by upgrading to another smartphone.
There will also be changes to the LTE mobile hotspot service, which is currently free for 4G/LTE subscribers. Starting July 7 existing customers will be billed $30/month for unlimited hotspot service. New customers will be charged $20 for an extra 2 GB of data to be used for mobile hotspot service or any other data service.
AT&T has also switched to a usage-based model which went into effect from June 7. The carrier is also rumored to lower prices for iPhone 4 to $150. "AT&T charges $15/month for 200 MB and $25/month for 2 GB. T-Mobile charges $10/month for 200MB, $20/month for 2GB, $30/month for 5GB and $60/month for 10GB."