Last July, I wrote about a rumor that Verizon is abandoning the universal unlimited data plan now enjoyed by their current subscribers. The carrier was supposedly going to implement a tiered model for their data plans.
Well the rumor is true, Verizon announced today that starting October 28, they will be enforcing the new tiered model for mobile data access charges. Smartphone owners will be charged $15 for 150MB with $0.10/MB excess charge, or $29.99 for unlimited monthly data usage.
iPad owners will have to choose plans at $20, $35, $50, and $80 for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB data usage. Apple iPad owners who exceed their monthly quota will be charged an additional $10 per GB.
Notebook and netbook modem users will have the options of choosing $50/5GB or $80/ 8GB plans. Mifi and FiveSpot users will have $35 / 3GB. All of these will be charged another $10 per 1GB of excess data usage.
If you are not a smartphone user and still using feature phone, you can try the $15 for 150MB data plan or just pay $29.99 for unlimited access. 3G USB modem users will have to pay $39.99 for 250MB or $59.99 for 5GB.
Mobile phone users will still be able to enjoy unlimited web surfing at Verizon but iPad, modem, and USB 3G stick users get no unlimited plan option. Do you agree with this new tiered data plan of Verizon or is it unfair?