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Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

Well, we knew it was coming. Did you honestly think Big Red would bundle your 3G and 4G into one big, happy family? Neither did we. An anonymous Engadget tipster snapped a picture of Verizon's latest data plans - probably set to be released in time for the iPhone 4. Check it out:

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Droid-Life posted a helpful companion image of the old pricing for comparison's sake:

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Notice the 150MB smartphone plan has vanished, along with an increased base data cap for feature phones. This is likely meant to simplify things for upcoming 4G devices and new iPhone 4 adopters - Verizon doesn't want to have more than one 3G smartphone plan confusing customers, they'll leave that to the more profitable 4G tiers.

What can you can expect as far as 4G pricing on Verizon? Data caps, for one. It has long been known that Verizon is planning to officially move into tiered smartphone data plans. With the HTC Thunderbolt not too far off on the horizon, Verizon's new 4G pricing schemes will probably be making their way into a blurrycam shot sooner rather than later.

We just hope the prices aren't as jaw-dropping as the speeds.

Engadget, Droid-Life

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Nobody

    I'm quite sure that this is not accurate unless they managed to silently change contracts on me lately:

    currently there’s a fine print 5GB cap for "unlimited" 3G

    • David Ruddock

      Sorry, that is incorrect, that cap is for wireless broadband. Fixed.

  • chris

    this doesnt say anything about 4g pricing its all speculation. They could still keep unlimited and add that to where it says 3g and feature phones they never had a 4g phone so hence the reason it didnt say 4g before

    • David Ruddock

      Chris, the point is that if they're updating the pricing model, they would probably very specifically label the smartphone $29.99 plan as a 3G data plan.
      They label it as a 3G smartphone plan (aka iPhone 4, earlier Android handsets), as in, only for 3G smartphones.

      If they intended to include 4G phones, they would have removed the "3G" designation altogether and just called it "Unlimited Smartphone Data" ala Sprint or T-Mobile.

      It's certainly possible VZW could go with something like Sprint's 4G $10-a-month premium, but given everything Verizon has said about tiered data in the last year, I honestly say with confidence that is probably not going to happen.

  • 1lumpsum

    3G unlimited(really the only plan you can use with an android phone) is decreasing in price! Awesome! Was $30, now $29.99! That's all this "leak" shows.

  • Jason Delkson

    Regardless of the data plan, I'm glad the iPhone is coming to Verizon. Android needs some healthy competition. If it weren't for the exclusive contract, currently in place, Apple would have taken the number one spot in smartphone market share a long time ago.

    I'm getting the t-shirt that proves it, too. 24/7 http://bit.ly/gBANOO

  • http://www.mobilerepeatershop.com/ mobile repeater

    It does not seems good news for the users who uses these plans. The 4G plans from Verizon are not so cheap. After Verizon discontinued these 3G plans, users might be forced to paid more money on 4G plans.