Americans who want an unlimited smart phone data plan are running out of options.
Although Verizon hasn’t commented on pricing or the exact timing, a report by Droid Life says that starting July 7, a basic 2 GB plan will cost $30 per month, compared to $25 on AT&T. Verizon will reportedly offer more expensive tiers for people who want more data, including 5 GB for $50 per month and 10 GB for $80 per month. Overages will cost $10 per GB, Droid Life reported, and tethering will cost an additional $20 on top of existing tiers while providing an extra 2 GB of use.
The bright side of this, for families at least, is the possibility of shared data plans, which Verizon has teased but not described in detail. Like the shared voice and text plans that many carriers already offer, a family data plan would presumably save money for families who are willing to part with unlimited data and can keep their usage in check.
So what’s a bandwidth-loving smart phone user to do? Besides Sprint, there’s Virgin Mobile, which sells a $150, contract-free Android smartphone with unlimited data starting at $25 per month, with higher price tiers for more voice minutes.