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Today Verizon Switches To A Metered Schemes For Smartphone Data

Posted By maxim On July 7, 2011 @ 10:47 am In All,Other | No Comments

verizon [1]After weeks of rumors [2] going around the leading wireless provider is set to meter its smartphone [3] data. That means that Verizon customers will become unable to take advantage of unlimited data plans on the company's network. The spokeswoman of Verizon Brenda Raney said to FierceWireless [4] that the new pricing scheme will be effective as of this Thursday, July 7.

New smartphone customers will have choice from one of four options: $10 for 75MB per month, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB. There will be an overage charge of $10 per GB of data. AT&T [5] Mobility charges $15 per month for 200MB and $25 per month for 2GB.

Those who have already signed a contract with Verizon and will upgrade on or after July 7 will be eligible to proceed with their unlimited smartphone data scheme, like in AT&T. This Verizon’s actions weren’t surprising: the company's main competitor AT&T has also changed its data plan to usage-based model, which will be effective as of June 7. Besides that, rumors have it that the carrier plans to lower prices for iPhone 4 [6] to $150.

Monthly payments are quite different in two companies, so you can easily compare their offerings. But it seems that Verizon’s data transfer costs more than in AT&T. For example, AT&T offers 200MB for $50, while Verizon offers 75MB for just $5 less. Two gigabytes cost $25 with AT&T and $30 with Verizon. But unlike AT&T, Verizon makes available 10GB offering. In addition, AT&T charges more for overage: $15 for overage up to 200MB comparing to Verizon’s $10 for 1GB of overage.

Both companies stated that they are going to consider rolling out shared data plans for a few devices, the idea that was already implemented by other [7] international carriers. According to those plans, customers can use a shared data allotment on multiple devices such as iPad and iPhone.

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