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Pricing Info for Tiered Verizon Data Plans Leaked

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WASHINGTON June 23, 2011- The Android Central blog leaked Wednesday what it claims are internal Verizon Wireless documents that show details of tiered data pricing for wireless plans to be released in July.

Verizon Wireless stated last year that it would have to eventually transition away from unlimited data to a tiered system.

Currently both AT&T and T-Mobile offer data plans through a tiered system while Sprint only has a single unlimited data package. The AT&T plans range from $15 to $45 for up to 4GB of data per month. T-Mobile charges between $10 and $60 for up to 10GB.

Verizon  currently offers two data packages, for $10 a month users of feature phones can access up to 75 Megabytes (MB) while smartphone users pay $29.99 for unlimited data.

The new plan would create four tiers, $10 for 75MB, $30 for 2 Gigabytes (GB), $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB.

The new data plans will cover both the 3G and new 4G Long Term Evolution Network (LTE) devices.

The documents claim that current data subscribers will be able to maintain their unlimited plans after the new tiered system takes effect.

 

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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