This week has seen rumors flying about Verizon’s tiered data plans and they have everyone in a tizzy. First off, the prices of the tiered data levels have been circulating and have not been confirmed. The only thing that is known for sure is that Verizon customers will be seeing new tiered data plans in early July. According to Verizon’s executive director of corporate communications, Brenda Raney:
“We will move to a more usage based model in July,” Raney said in an e-mail. “We’ll share more later.”
Here are the rumored price points:
- 2GB – $30/month
- 5GB – $50/month
- 10GB – $80/month
Data plans w/ tethering:
- 4GB – $50/month
- 7GB – $70/month
- 12GB – $100/month
There is however some good news for existing Verizon customers that’s been reported over at Droid-Life. Current Verizon customers will be able to keep their unlimited plans as they are still under contract. If Verizon switched everyone’s plans, you would be able to cancel your contract without an ETF (Early Termination Fee). Verizon would loose many customers making such a move, so that’s not surprising.
Here is the surprising part of the whole deal. According to Droid-Life, you’ll be able to keep your unlimited data after upgrading or renewing your contract. Droid-Life’s sources state this is a “forever” deal. This means that if you were a Verizon customer before 7/7/11 (which is also when the free 4G tethering offer ends), the unlimited data plan will be grandfathered and stay as long as you remain a loyal Verizon customer.
Is this too good to be true? Knowing Verizon I would have to say probably yes. Maybe it’s just a one time deal but you should take this with a grain of salt. Stranger things have happened but my hunch says we’ll all be subject to the tiered plans at some point. I guess we’ll have to wait and see when Verizon gives us some “official” news on the subject. [Droid-Life]