Verizon COO Lowell McAdam told the Wall Street Journal that the Verizon iPhone will be available with a $30-per-month unlimited 3G data plan.
“I’m not going to shoot myself in the foot,” said McAdam.
In early June of last year, AT&T dropped its $30-per-month unlimited 3G data plan in favor of a $25-per-month plan capped at two gigabytes of data transfer, plus $10 per gigabyte in overage charges. The company also began offering a $15-per-month data plan that allowed for 200 megabytes of data usage, with $15 per additional 200 megabytes in overage charges.
Verizon currently offers two smartphone data plans, too. The unlimited plan costs $30 per month and there’s a $15-per-month plan that includes 150 megabytes of data, with $15 per additional 150 megabytes in overage charges. However, the company said on its recent earnings call that it’s nixing the $15 plan at the end of this month.
The two carriers have the exact same monthly voice plans: $40 for 450 minutes, $60 for 900 minutes, and $70 for unlimited minutes.
Monthly text messaging plans on Verizon run $5, $10, or $20 for 250, 500, or 5000 text messages, respectively. Monthly text messaging plans on AT&T run $10 or $20 for 1000 or unlimited text messages, respectively.
So the cheapest monthly plan that includes voice, data and text messaging would cost $75 on Verizon or $65 on AT&T, and you’d get more data on Verizon but more text messages on AT&T.
The most expensive plan that includes voice, data and text messaging would cost $120 on Verizon or $115 on AT&T and, again, you’d get more data on Verizon but more text messages on AT&T—though 5000 text messages on Verizon should hopefully be plenty for most people.
UPDATE: The $30 unlimited data plan that Verizon’s offering apparently won’t last forever, as McAdam later outlined that the company “will follow AT&T’s move to tiered pricing in the not too distant future,” according to the Journal.
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