Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
The rumours were true: Verizon’s unlimited data plan is gone. It’s been replaced by the dreaded tiered data plans that Gizmodo and Droid Life reported on last month.
Beginning July 7, tomorrow, Verizon will be selling data plans at the following prices:
For each additional gigabyte used over their plan allowance, Verizon subscribers will pay $10.
Verizon customers with an unlimited data plan prior to July 7 will be able to keep it - even if they upgrade their phone. This should comfort many existing Verizon subscribers.
The mobile hotspot rumours were true as well. Turning your phone or tablet into a mobile hotspot will set you back $20 per month and get you an extra 2 GB of data, a plus for tablet users who currently only get 1 GB of data.
Verizon’s Brenda Raney, executive director of corporate communications, confirmed these new prices to FierceWireless yesterday.
Back in June, Raney characterized the changes as “minor” to CNN. Somehow, I don’t think Verizon subscribers would agree. To take a plan from $30 for unlimited data to $30 for 2 GB seems pretty drastic.
But Verizon still has a leg up on major competitor AT&T. Currently, AT&T charges $15 a month for 200 MB of data and $25 per month for 2 GB, and then an additional $10 per gig over the 2 GB limit. With AT&T, 5 GB of data usage would cost $55; 10 GB would cost $105.
But for those that haven’t jumped on Verizon’s unlimited data plan train yet, your sole hope remains Sprint. As of tomorrow, they will be the only major national carrier still feeding the unlimited data plan appetite.