Following suit of almost all carriers, Verizon Wireless is expected to launch it’s new tiered data plans October 28th according to Engadget. The new plans are, not surprisingly, expensive when comparing them to the unlimited plans that were offered not too long ago.
This is for the companies 3G network and includes smartphones and tablets with a smart phone unlimited option available. 4G data pricing will be announced with the launch of the network later this year. Full break down of what’s coming:
- Smartphone owners will choose between $15 for 150MB with $0.10 / MB overage, or $29.99 for unlimited access.
- For tablets there will be be $20, $35, and $50 plans for 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB, all with overage of $10 per gigabyte. There will also be a $80 plan for 10GB with the same overage rate.
- MiFi, FiveSpot, and integrated netbook / notebook modem owners will choose between $50 / 5GB and $80 / 10GB plans. The MiFi and FiveSpot will also have access to the tablet-centric $35 / 3GB plan as part of a 90-day promo. All of these plans have overage priced at 1GB for $10.
- Feature phones will need to choose between $1.99 "pay as you go" $15 for 150MB, or $29.99 for unlimited.
- USB modem pricing remains unchanged at $39.99 for 250MB or $59.99 for 5GB.
As we have seen with other carriers the new prices are definitely a step down for heavy smartphone users and are dreadful for tablet users. Only time will tell the success of these plans, but we did know they were coming backing in July. Looks like unlimited data from national carriers is as good as dead.