June 6, 2011- It has been confirmed by Verizon Wireless that they will replace their plans that had unlimited data usage starting on Thursday with ones with tiered options. A Verizon spokesperson said that consumers could choose from four different data allotments: 75MB $10 per month, 2GB is $30 per month, 5GB is $50 per month and 10GB per month will cost $80.
The cheapest of the options will only be available to those with feature phones. Those that subscribe to webOS, iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Phone 7 will have only the other three options to choose from. Existing customers, as previously expected, will be grandfathered in using the $30 unlimited plan. The overage charges, regardless of the plan, will be $10 per GB.
Verizon is also changing their LTE hot-spot mobile service that is accessible on units like LG Revolution, HTC ThunderBolt and the Droid Charge. Until now the mobile hot spot was free for all customers without restrictions to bandwidth. However starting on Thursday, customers using the feature must pay an extra $30 per month in order to have unlimited access any one adding that option after July 7th pays $20 per month for only 2GB of data.
These changes at Verizon mean there is only one major wireless provider, Sprint, still offering a true unlimited plan to its customers. T-Mobile is close to providing that but if allotted amounts are exceeded then the speed of the data flow is greatly reduced.