Starting on July 7th 2011 Verizon Wireless will be limiting 3g and 4g Internet usage by switching to a tiered plan. Users can choose from three data packages; 2 gigs for $30 per month, 5 gigs for $50 per month, or 10 gigs for $80 per month. Users who go over the limits on their data package will be charged an additional $10 per gigabyte.
Some sources hint that Verizon’s motive for offering the unlimited data plans to their customers was to seem more appealing to AT&T customers due to the fact that AT&T switched to tiered data plans earlier last year. Verizon needed to make the switch before the release of the Iphone 5. With Verizon getting rid of their unlimited data plans that leaves only Sprint and T-Mobile who have yet to switch, which may seem appealing to disgruntled Verizon customers, but with T-Mobile’s planned merge with AT&T Sprint will likely switch to a tiered plan sometime this year.
The typical unlimited data plan for Verizon smart phones is around $30 per month, the same price as their new 2 gigabyte data plan. The Verizon customers who will be hit hardest are those who use their cell phones for business, including E-mailing and downloading large attachments. This is due to the fact that the largest plan Verizon will offer is $50 more expensive than the unlimited data plans most users have currently.