Verizon iPhone customers will enjoy the same unlimited data plan Verizon offers all of its smartphone customers, for now. Image: CC Andy on Flickr/Flickr

Verizon announced an unlimited data plan for the iPhone Tuesday. The Verizon iPhone unlimited data plan is designed to take iPhone customers away from AT&T, which offers a tiered data plan. Verizon isn’t saying when the unlimited data plan for iPhone will end, but most industry analysts expect it will.

Verizon iPhone data plan a challenge to AT&T

The Verizon iPhone unlimited data plan is a bold display of confidence in the quality of its network over AT&T. Starting Feb. 10, Verizon becomes the second carrier in the U.S. to offer Apple’s iPhone. Verizon will offer its iPhone customers the same $30 a month unlimited data plan that Verizon customers using other smartphones enjoy. Data-gobbling iPhone users have put a strain on AT&T’s wireless network. Only about 2.5 million AT&T iPhone customers are expected to switch to Verizon next month because of AT&T’s push to renew contracts at a discount that includes high termination costs in the fine print.

iPhone users will pay less with Verizon

As long as the Verizon’s unlimited data plan is in place, Verizon iPhone users are likely to pay less than they would with AT&T. Even though AT&T slashed its cheapest monthly iPhone voice and data plan to $54.99, data usage over the two-gigabyte limit costs $10 per gigabyte. Verizon’s basic voice and unlimited data plan for iPhone costs $69.99 per month. AT&T iPhone customers who exceed two gigabytes of data in a month will be charged at least $64.99. Exceeding two gigabytes of data in a month is easy to do with an iPhone. For example, watching between six and 12 hours (depending on the bit rate) of streaming video on an iPhone uses two gigabytes of data.

Carriers scramble to keep up with smartphones

Wireless carriers are facing challenges in building and maintaining their networks to accommodate smartphone users, who use up to 10 times more data than feature-phone users. Verizon has made changes to make way for the iPhone that include discontinuing its “new every two” phone upgrade for customers who re-enlist and its $15-a-month option for 150 megabytes of data. Sprint may be showing the market what to expect in the future from Verizon iPhone data plans. Instead of offering a tiered data plan like AT&T’s, Sprint is simply raising the price of its unlimited data plan to $80 a month starting in February.


PC World:

PC Magazine:,2817,2375911,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

Post By bryanh (1,420 Posts)


Do you have a fantastic idea related to this article, but just don't have the money you need to start your own company or side-business? Get the loans you need from to help get your new company underway, from the small loan professionals at PersonalMoneyNetwork.

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]

Judge stabbed and deputy shot in Washington courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse

Following a standoff in a Washington state county courtroom Friday, a man reportedly escaped after shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder and stabbing a judge in the neck. The man is still at large. Treachery among the tree farms The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the western Washington town of Montesano, which bills itself […]

Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

Microraptor fossil

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]

Autocorrected message leads to school lockdown

Homage to the Sun

Adjacent schools in Georgia were locked down for two hours Wednesday after a text message reportedly warned of a “gunman” on campus. Later, it was learned that the message was the result of a smartphone autocorrect function, attempting to “fix” the misspelled slang word “gunna.” A series of mixups A series of mixups led to […]