Verizon will be following AT&T's footsteps and ending the $30 a month, unlimited data plan for iPhone, according to CFO Fran Shammo. At a Morgan Stanley conference in San Francisco today, Shammo said that the unlimited data plan is "not a long-term solution". Verizon may discontinue the plan as soon as this summer.
If you're not one of the thousands and thousands of world citizens that have subscribed to the idea that you need a smartphone to function normally in society, you undoubtedly have you reasons. Cost is of course prohibitive, and some people just don't see the need (weird!), but I'd wager to guess one of the most giant reasons people do not seek to further their understanding of this new handheld device world is the fact that they're confused about data costs. Verizon today seeks to change your mind with an easy-to-read fact sheet.
Verizon is telling you now to UNLEASH the iPad while AT&T merely notes that it is Now Available at select stores. Prices for the pad itself are very similar, with 16GB at $629.99, 32GB at $729.99, and 64GB at $829.99 (although on each of these, AT&T seems to be 99 cents cheaper here.) After that though, there's some big differences to be seen, like the fact that AT&T's is selling iPad Wifi + 3G models while Verizon is offering Wifi-only paired with their MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot.
Even as prepaid plans get better, it's the post-paid and contract-based plans that seem to get all of the attention. But, as prepaid plans look better and better, especially with their unlimited offerings in one capacity or another, it's no surprise that T-Mobile would be aiming to "evolve" the mobile data plans for prepaid customers, by bringing them new plans that include voice and text messaging, as well as options for those who need mobile data plans.
Prepaid services have been around for awhile, but for the longest time they were never good enough to catch the attention of the average consumer. After all, there's a lot hanging on that contract-free plan. You not only miss out on minutes, but it used to be that you didn't even get the same reception as the customers who signed a contract. Furthermore, you had to buy the phone out-right, without that discounted price tag. Well, while you still have to buy the phone out-right, prepaid plans have certainly become more popular, and Verizon has just made it even more attractive with the announcement that unlimited prepaid plans are now available. Oh, and you can use a Droid X, too.
All Americans have to do to see that we pay out the nose for data in the US is check our mobile data bill. Wired has put together a nice little chart that puts the fleecing of Americans by AT&T when it comes to data in the harsh light of reality.
As carriers all around the world start removing unlimited data plans from their plans, some carriers still have other plans. T-Mobile started to throttle data users back from high percentages, and it looks like Sprint is about ready to start doing the same thing. Of course, this comes on the heels of the recently launched Android-based device, and the wireless carrier's first 4G handset, the EVO 4G.
Verizon have announced a new set of prepaid data plans that the carrier is hoping will lure in some occasional mobile users currently turned-off by the contract offerings. As of November 16th, the Verizon Wireless USB760 modem will be available with a $15 daily access rate (with a 75MB allowance); alternatively the carrier is offering weekly or monthly rates.
And it's going to cost a pretty penny. While the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 is already available for the same price, there were a few people out there who were hoping that HTC's Touch Pro 2 would see at least somewhat of a price drop, once it reached the Now Network. Either way, we're sure someone out there is still clamoring for this thing, and thankfully September 8 seems to be the day of days, so to speak.
So, we had some good news from AT&T a bit ago, but it looks like AT&T wants to basically undercut any good forthcomings they may have. At least, that's how we imagine many people are going to see this. If you have a smartphone on AT&T already, then this probalby won't mean much to you at the moment; but if you plan on upgrading, or even getting onto AT&T for the first time and plan on getting a smartphone, then it's looking like you'll be spending a bit more money.