Verizon’s plan to offer tiered data packages may go into effect this month already, according to internal documents apparently leaked to Engadget.
The good news is that it looks like Verizon will be sticking with a $30 unlimited data plan for smartphones, while also offering a $15 plan that provides 150MB of data and 10 cents per megabyte as an overage charge. For comparison, AT&T offers $25 for 2GB or $15 for 200MB, with an additional $15 for 200 additional megabytes when you go over. There’s no unlimited data plan available from AT&T any more unless you’re grandfathered in.
Verizon will apparently also be offering special data plans for non-smartphone devices.
The recently-reported Verizon MiFi and Apple iPad package will sport 3G packages at $20, $35, and $50 per month for 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB of data, respectively, and $10 per gigabyte in overage fees.
Plans that use Verizon’s MiFi devices for regular notebooks, all FiveSpot devices, and portable computers with built-in Verizon chips will have two plans available; $50 for 5GB or $80 for 8GB, with $10 per gigabyte over.
Standard handsets, also known as feature phones, will have the option of a $15 per month data plan with 150MB or a $30 unlimited plan. You’ll also apparently be able to connect for $1.99 on a “pay-as-you-go” basis, which likely means $1.99 per day each time a connection is established. The currently $9.99 per month plan, which provides 25MB, will cease to exist.
Verizon’s 3G USB modems and PC cards will retain the same pricing—$39.99 for 250MB or $59.99 for 5GB. Its pre-paid 3G data access will remain the same as well—$15 per day for 100MB, $30 per week for 300MB, $50 per month for 1GB, and $80 per month for 5GB.
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