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Engadget Hints the ‘All You Can Eat’-Data Party Ends for Verizon Smartphone Owners July 29th

Phillip Dampier July 21, 2010 Internet Overcharging, Verizon, Wireless Broadband No Comments

Verizon hopes to herd its smartphone owners onto limited use data plans

Engadget is speculating Verizon Wireless is planning to end its unlimited data plan for smartphone customers July 29th.  In a brief story published last night, the site claimed it had heard rumors of the impending demise of unlimited at the nation’s largest cell phone company:

We’re hearing that Big Red intends to move to some sort of tiered bucket strategy on July 29. We don’t have details on whether the pricing will be identical to AT&T’s ($25 for 2GB, $15 for 200MB), but we imagine it’ll be within shouting distance if not. Of course, Verizon has been sending this message for a long time — even before AT&T was — so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that this is going down. You might say that Droid Does Caps, eh?

Verizon and AT&T have followed each others’ relentless price increases, tricks and traps for the last few years — forcing customers to accept mandatory service “add-ons” when buying the latest phones, paying higher costs to terminate contracts early, and driving customers onto higher priced service plans bundling services and features many customers do not want.

It therefore comes as no surprise Verizon would follow AT&T’s lead on severely restricting customers’ data use, even though Verizon does not suffer from the level of congestion AT&T has.

We expect Verizon will announce data pricing identical to that offered by AT&T.

However, existing customers can be grandfathered into today’s unlimited plans, so if you think you’ll need unlimited data on Verizon’s network, you have until the end of the month to sign up for a plan should Engadget’s report turn out to be true.

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