By Stephen Schenck | June 22, 2011 6:53 PM
Yesterday we got a peek at what might be happening to data plans on Verizon, with rumors of three new tiered options and no more unlimited service. We were still missing some details, like what would become of the unlimited plans for existing customers after the switch. Now a leaked Verizon document outlines the whole shebang and, though it has its downsides, it may not be the worst move the carrier ever made.
The base prices we heard yesterday look to be accurate. Those were:
$30 for 2GB
$50 for 5GB
$80 for 10GB
There’s also a $10 / 75MB plan for the most casual data consumer, but that’s not available for smartphones. These rates apply to both 3G and LTE data, which is nice, and there’s a $10 / GB overage fee. The only thing really missing would be an even lower tier for smartphones, since the vast majority of users won’t even come close to hitting that 2GB mark. $15 / 1GB would be perfect for many users (and a great way for Verizon to make a whole lot less money – we’re not surprised to see it absent).
The really good news is that you can keep your existing unlimited plan, EVEN when you upgrade your phone in the future. Unless you add a new line to your account, it shouldn’t be going away anytime soon.
These new rates go into effect on July 7. If you want that grandfathered $30 unlimited plan, you’d better act fast.
Source: Android Central