Sprint the last of major U.S. carriers to offer unlimited data plans
By Corey A. Washington –
Hungry for data? Well, if so, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. won’t be offering any handouts after July 7.
Verizon Wireless is bidding its unlimited data plans adieu, replacing those plans with tiered data plans, capping usage. Like the current unlimited data plans, such plans will start at $30 for 2 GB of data. Other plans include $50 for 5 GB, and $80 for 10 GB. Customers who exceed their data caps will be charged $10 for each additional GB of data.
The change applies to new customers or existing customers who want to upgrade their phone to one that requires a data plan.
Verizon is the third of the big four to scrap unlimited data plans in favor of data caps. AT&T reigned in on its unlimited data plans last year, followed by T-Mobile which lowers data speeds for customers who go over their data plans. Sprint hasn’t announced any plans to follow suit, but the carrier has not committed to always offering unlimited data plans.
It’s a shame to see Verizon throw out the unlimited data plans. The wireless carrier has racked up three impressive 4G phones this year, with more on the way before 2011 closes. The shining opportunity for new customers to let those bad boys loose on Verizon’s lightening-fast LTE network grows dim by the minute, unless of course you’re willing to pay the price.
Before you scoff at Verizon for being the latest to shut out new customers who don’t want to feel constrained by limited data plans, AT&T, which was the first to implement capped data plans, has said a whopping 90 percent of their customers never go over their capped data plans.
Still, perhaps you are a power user like some, or you feel the data limitations might get expensive because of overage charges. There's still time to run to Verizon and sign up. Verizon will honor its unlimited data plans for customers who sign up before July 7. If you still need time, there’s always Sprint, which still offers unlimited data plans to new customers.
Corey Washington is a contributing writer covering technology for Black Voice News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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