By Stephen Schenck | March 16, 2011 6:21 PM
We’ve been wondering for some time what effect the inevitable landing of the Thunderbolt would have on Verizon’s data plan structure. The carrier has been talking about going back to tiered data, but for the time being still offers unlimited service. The introduction of LTE smartphones doesn’t seem like it will be immediately changing that any, as leaked pricing info shows a $30 unlimited LTE option as the primary plan.
Along with that plan, new Thunderbolt owners will get free mobile hotspot access up through the middle of May; want to keep using it past the 15th, and Verizon will start with the customary nickle-and-diming prevalent among tethering plans. The leaked documents don’t reveal just what Verizon will charge for LTE hotspot use.
If you’ve got the money to spend and are picking up an off-contract Thunderbolt, you’ll have the option to go with a 5GB data-only plan for $50 a month. Verizon really seems like it doesn’t want to sell this plan, as the documents reveal the hoops interested users will be forced to jump through, signing on for initial voice service and then obligated to call back afterwards to modify their accounts.
Don’t expect these figures to last for long; Verizon is likely keeping its unlimited data option around to stir-up interest in LTE smartphones, but limited tiered plans are on the horizon for mid-summer.
Source: Android Central