Verizon set to drop unlimited data plans for smartphones

Four new Verizon Wireless monthly data plans, starting at $10 for 75MB, will be launched Thursday

As expected, Verizon Wireless will end unlimited smartphone data plans. On July 7, Verizon will start offering four data plans that are priced from $10 for 75MB per month. The other plans are priced at $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10 GB, according to published reports, including one from Fierce Wireless.

Users going over the limits of their plan will be charged $10 per extra 1GB. But the reports say existing customers with unlimited data usage will be able to keep them.

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AT&T moved to a tiered pricing model for data plans last year. It charges $15 for 200 MB per month, and $25 for 2 GB per month. T-Mobile USA offers "unlimited" data but in practice caps it by throttling transmission speeds of users that go over a specified amount. Sprint is the only large carrier that doesn't have usage-based smartphone data plans.

A separate report in Droid Life said Verizon will also begin charging $30 for unlimited LTE mobile hotspot usage on smartphones like the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge, also starting on July 7. New customers will be charged $20 for an extra 2GB of data used in a mobile hotspot.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com. Read more about mobile and wireless in Computerworld's Mobile and Wireless Topic Center.

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