Verizon Ending Unlimited DataCategory: Mobile
Posted: July 7, 2011 09:01AM
Earlier this week, Verizon announced the end of its unlimited data plan would come today, July 7, leaving Sprint as the last of the big four carriers with an unlimited data option. This news isn’t particularly surprising, as the telecom company first announced it was doing away with unlimited data in March, and follows the trend that AT&T and T-Mobile have set.
On to the costs: Verizon’s entry point for data is now 2GB for $30 per month, previously what the unlimited plan cost. They also have 5 and 10 GB tiers, for $50 and $80 per month respectively. Customers who use feature phones (not smartphones) with Internet capability can choose a 75MB plan for $10 per month. Users who go over their plan limits will be charged $10 per GB used.
A few extra tidbits to note: Verizon customers who had the unlimited plan before July 7th will be grandfathered in, and allowed to keep their data plan, as was the case with AT&T. Also, Verizon will send you text alerts once you have reached 50%, 75%, 90%, and 100% of your data usage, which is a good gesture, considering it’s more difficult for the average consumer to quantify data usage than minutes used.