05-20-2011, 12:30 PM #1Verizon Wireless may end unlimited data plans this summer
Verizon Wireless may end unlimited data plans this summer
The Verizon iPhone launched with a unlimited data plan, but that all-you-can-eat option may be disappearing this summer. During the Reuters Global Summit, Verizon chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo hinted that the carrier's unlimited data plans would be replaced by a mega-data plan.
These new data plans would offer data in the same way a family share plan handles voice minutes. A subscriber would buy a tiered data plan whose GB allotment could be shared by multiple devices. Shammo did not mention pricing or even when these mega-plans would roll out. He said these plans were "a logical progression" for the carrier. Such a plan would make sense for someone with a Verizon iPhone and a 3G iPad, as long as the pricing is kept in check.
No worries if you are already on an unlimited data plan, you will be able to keep your plan as long as you keep your iPhone. If you switch to another phone or buy a new phone, then you will have to upgrade to these new plans.
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05-23-2011, 11:37 AM #2
For my needs a shared data plan across all devices would be welcomed. I have phones that can do data but don't just because of the added cost. I will be anxious to see how all of this pans out.13" rMBP 256gb | Mac Mini | 24" ACD | 128GB Verizon iPhone 7 Plus | 128GB iPad Pro LTE | 16GB iPad mini 2 | Gen 7 Nano | Gen 4 iPod Touch | TV1 | TV3 | TV4 | Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray
05-23-2011, 11:42 AM #3
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This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Verizon stated when they first released the iPhone with the unlimited plan that it was a promotional plan and would be going away.
05-23-2011, 04:42 PM #4
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But I would like to have two iPhones, each with a $15 data plan. My wife has been eyeing up my iPhone for the past few weeks lately and I know that she'd jump on it if it wouldn't spike up our bill by another $30... and since I use less than 1GB on average, the threshold wouldn't have to be too high.Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
05-23-2011, 04:49 PM #5
Yes, something would be needed to notify the users. I like on the iPad that AT&T sends a push notification that less than x% is remaining for the current billing period. My wife and I usually use less than a gig a month on our iPhones, and the MiFi only gets a gig or so. I would love to see a 5 to 10gig plan spread across all devices and that would allow my son with his Env touch to get data too.13" rMBP 256gb | Mac Mini | 24" ACD | 128GB Verizon iPhone 7 Plus | 128GB iPad Pro LTE | 16GB iPad mini 2 | Gen 7 Nano | Gen 4 iPod Touch | TV1 | TV3 | TV4 | Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray
05-23-2011, 07:27 PM #6
Data will follow the same trajectory as voice plans . . . we all started out with "pay as you go" voice plans that are now essentially "all you can eat" with some upper limits. Ultimately, each carrier will provide a data plan usable by any device you have up to some limit for a flat rate. As hard as each is trying to avoid being a commodity provider, the fact is that bandwidth is a commodity and the market will drive it there over the long run (despite momentary fluctuations that will cause all manner of hyperventilating in the short run).
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