Official word: Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data - Updated
Verizon iPhone: $30 Unlimited Data - Digits - WSJ
It’s official: Verizon is going to offer iPhone buyers a $30 unlimited data plan. The carrier’s heir apparent and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, told us the news ahead of the company’s meeting with investors.
“I’m not going to shoot myself in the foot,” he said. Not offering an unlimited plan would put up a barrier for customers who might otherwise switch from AT&T, he said. The country’s No. 2 carrier still has millions of subscribers grandfathered into unlimited plans they signed up for before AT&T switched to tiered pricing last summer.
Mr. McAdam certainly doesn’t want to miss out on any sales now. Anticipation Verizon would soon offer the iPhone held back sales over the fourth quarter, he said. Analysts seemed happy with the subscriber growth, but McAdam wasn’t. “It wasn’t what I hoped it would be,” he said.
Update: But you’d better act fast. Speaking later Tuesday morning, Mr. McAdam said the iPhone unlimited plan will be a temporary offer and that the carrier will follow AT&T’s move to tiered pricing in the not too distant future.
Last edited by kch50428; 01-25-2011 at 10:48 AM. Reason: add info
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- 01-25-2011, 10:45 AM #6iPhone Beginner
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Just read on more on this. This plan is only temporary. by the end of the year they will move to a teired data plan like at&t. They are offering this plan now to get at&t customers to move over. It will not matter to us or those who switch cause we will be grandfathered in to the $30 unlimited plan.
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The reason why I ask is that I'm looking to avoid LTE until it's fully deployed and (hopefully, but unlikely) there might be a price drop in the fees. Right now 3G is fine with me for the next 1, 2 yrs. It's far easier and quicker to upgrade a phone than it is to upgrade a network.
- 01-25-2011, 05:18 PM #14
They should have translated that:
"Get the iPhone 4 now and get unlimited data because when the iPhone 5 gets here we are going to start tiered data". That's my thought anyways. I had been planning on moving to Verizon and getting my wife an iPhone 4 and myself a used Droid and then an iPhone 5 in the summertime.
If my line is month to month since I am bringing my own phone will I be able to turn that into a contract and be grandfathered in?
- 01-25-2011, 05:48 PM #15
- 01-25-2011, 05:50 PM #16
And now we know - the personal hot-spot - a $20/month add-on...
Verizon dishes on iPhone hotspot pricing | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
And yes, you can add and remove the feature as needed... so, if you're going on vacation, you can add it for the rest of your current billing cycle (and the next if your vacation spans cycle date) - and take it off again when you're back home - but still, $20/month ain't bad.
- 01-25-2011, 06:41 PM #19
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- 01-25-2011, 08:23 PM #21
Most cases the buttons are precise, and you will need a Verizon iPhone Case and make sure your read the bottom of that article, it says Unlimited Data Plans only going to be offered for a short time and tiered plans are likely to follow suit like ATT did...
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- 01-25-2011, 11:29 PM #23
I'm glad this is still an option and that I can lock it in while its still available. I have no interest in 4G data. I find 3G fast enough. I would assume 4G data plans will be more expensive (like on Sprint). I'm glad I can get unlimited 3G for this price before it becomes tiered. I find it too cumbersome and stressful to monitor my data usage.
- 01-26-2011, 09:32 AM #24
I was planning on holding off on getting one for my wife until June and waiting to see if the iPhone 5 comes to Verizon. Now hearing the unlimited plan will be only offered temporarily, I'm seriously considering getting her one sooner.
I'm still betting that once LTE is available in the iPhone, there will be NO unlimited plan no matter which plan you have currently. Just look at Sprint as they just added $10 to their plan for their 4G phones and Verizon will probably do something similar.
- 01-27-2011, 08:16 AM #25