The dreaded move by most carriers and ISPs toward tiered data plan offerings continues. The latest rumors we are hearing from one of our close sources at Verizon seems to be confirmed by a number of news sites across the Internet.
Verizon has not exactly been hiding the fact that they have been looking at revamping their pricing scheme. We keep hearing that the new family and tiered data plans will be announced on July 7th. Don’t expect them to be making a big deal about it, but it does appear that these new plans are a big deal.
If you are looking at data only, the plans are said to range from as little as 2GB per month to as much as 10GB per month, with pricing that could range from $30 to $80 per month depending on which tier you select. If you are looking at a data + tethering plan, be prepared for some sticker shock, as the plans are said to start out at 4GB and go all the way to 12GB, with pricing to cost as little as $50 to as much as $100. Basically, if you choose the data + tethering you are basically getting 2GB extra for $20 more.
The news will not sit well with many, especially those that are using a lot of data. If the whispers we hear and what others are writing are correct, it may only be for new customers; but the really frightening thing is that they are said to be looking at it for current customers when then renew their contracts. Current users will have to convert to the new plans at some point. We still think it might be a little early, but we will have to see how this pans out and if whether it will lead to a mass exodus from Verizon or another carrier.