Most users accustomed to unlimited data cringe upon hearing the words "tiered data plans" - but they aren't always bad. As our own David Ruddock pointed out, they don't affect most users - and they might even be cheaper for non-data hogs (aka 97% of customers).

However, in the case of the new tiered data plans Verizon Wireless is rumored to be implementing early next month, there's not much of an argument - they don't add any value whatsoever for VZW subscribers, and their sole raison d'être seems to be raping subscribers' wallets further still. Have a look for yourself:

  • 2GB – $30/month
  • 5GB – $50/month
  • 10GB – $80/month
  • Overages - $10/1GB

No, this isn't a nightmare. The same price you're currently paying for unlimited data ($30) will, if this rumor is to be believed, soon get you just 2GB per month. In fact, the closest thing to limitless data is the 10GB/month plan, which will cost nearly thrice the amount of money you're already handing over to Verizon on a monthly basis.

But it gets worse. Want tethering? Add an additional $20 to one of those three ridiculously expensive fees. For those too lazy to do the math, that means:

  • 4GB – $50/month
  • 7GB – $70/month
  • 12GB – $100/month

The good news? If you're currently serving a contract, your old unlimited plan won't be taken away, but you'll probably have to sign up for one of these new data plans once you upgrade to a new handset (though Kellex isn't completely sure of that). Also, if it's any comfort to owners of LTE devices, you won't have to pay a 4G tax; VZW will allegedly charge 3G and 4G users the same fee.

Again, this is all a (hopefully untrue) rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, now would probably be a good time to purchase a new Verizon phone - waiting may only result in even more outrageously priced data plans.

Source: Droid Life

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Allen

    I am not on contract, but month-to month. Anyone know if I can stay on unlimited for $30, or will I be pushed onto a contract?


    • modplan

      Since you are not on contract, just like you have no obligation to stay with them, they have no obligation to continue offering you that plan.

      Unfortunately, my guess is that you will be automatically enrolled in the 30$ plan when it officially starts.

      • commentguy2010

        wrong, all verizons history they have not just switched customers.

    • Allen

      Ok all thanks. Hopefully I can hold on to what I got. If not, my phone is a Droid X, maybe I will look into something newer.

  • L boogie

    Let the fun begin, not thrilled about vzw's present line-up and all these wild prices in addition to your monthly bill, oh my!!! I guess I'm not paying enough on my monthly bill


    This is what I said last week, lowest tier will be at current $30 and @ 2gb. Way to go Verizon I will never leave Sprint now!

  • Scooterman7

    Yes, switch to Sprint for true unlimited for $30 per month. And LTE is coming.

  • mike pusatera

    guess that's what you get when you get to sell an iPhone, huh

    • RockinEvo

      Couldn't say it better myself

  • Sxeptomaiac

    If true, it will just cement my plans to switch carriers to T-Mobile or Sprint. I've been a customer with Verizon for almost a decade now, and they've given me fewer and fewer reasons to stay with them over they years, and more reasons to switch.

  • Jahf

    Except the rumor of Sprint doing away with unlimited was floating before this rumor got started.

    Want to save on data? Quit using it except where you can get WiFi. The more people who DROP their data plans, at least to the minimum, the cheaper data will become. Or ... in other words ... they only charge what the market supports.


      Sprint will still be cheaper even if they do tier.

      I use wifi @ home all the time but with pandora on my wotk commute, I exceed 2gb every month.

  • jbonics

    Verizon must be trying to get rid of all those customers who actually have a brain.

  • Leo

    With those prices renewing a new contract with be now with T-Mobile or Sprint

    • Hillbilly

      Check out tmobiles plan, it's identical

      • Rizzle G

        T-mobile or should i say T-Maybe is way different and better. Yes you choose between tiered data plans, but after going over X amount of thier fast 4g network(The reason at&t wants to buy them), it just throttles the speed back to the old 3g. no overages and cheaper (200mb-10$, 2gb-20$, 5gb-30$, also tethering n wifi hotspot is 5 $ cheaper as well

  • http://www.micompanions.com rgreene1971

    Oh my lord, I have been wanting a true google phone to come to nexus because I like my verizon service. I may be thinking the reverse now, time to go to sprint or tmobile and get the phone I want.

  • portnoyd

    This is rape.

    Your comment was a bit too short.

  • David Ruddock

    This doesn't jive with what Verizon's CFO said about 2 months ago - the suggestion was a baseline plan offering 3GB - not 2. I call bullshit.

  • drepope100

    @ hillbilly. T-Mobile throttles data after you exceed your plans limit. You will be charged overages if you exceed your limit with Verizon. $10 per gb

  • mgamerz

    Suddenly I don't hate the$ 25 a month at&t charges.

  • SanityKills

    Figures, I just bought a Verizon iPad 2. 'Doesn't really matter though, I guess, since I'll only be using the GPS and tethering through my unlimited, $30, Sprint data plan that I use pretty much constantly.

    Every time I start getting curious about the grass being greener on the other side I hear about AT&T constant call disconnects and AT&T/Verizon data plan value decreases and I'm thankful I'm still on Sprint.

  • Colbyseider

    For all those considering switching to Sprint, be aware that it's only a matter of time before all carriers will have tiered data plans. Sprint will ride the wave of users switching from VZ in the coming months and then slam everyone with a tiered system.

    You're better off carrying a voice only (non-smart) phone and a WiFi only tablet.

    • Dreamcasting

      Where did you find out about Sprint doing this?

      • Colbyseider

        A few months back when ATT was looking at tiered data plans, it was believed that all carriers would eventually be going to tiered data plans. It's really just to make additional money because they cannot prevent people from streaming video services; but if you watch one movie to many, you're in for it.

  • Sadman

    Looks like Verizon is following the way of fossil fuels. Evidently the millions of profit is just not enough. It's time for people to stand up and say "ENOUGH". I don't know about the rest of you but I'm getting tired of these large conglomerates raising their prices to a point of "can't affordability" in this economy. I'm currently locked into the unlimited data plan but in the future on upgrades if this is the way you have to go I will look around for different carriers. I'M TIRED OF THIS CRAP!!!!!!!

    • L boogie

      I agree, bad enough the prices are already on the outrageous then, a less than stellar list of android phones, Apple,and now, even more means of financially screwing the customer base... And I thought wile e. coyote had all the screwball ideas

  • Jaime

    They won't make you switch. That will mean that they've changed the terms of the contract which will allow customers to terminate their contracts early without a fee. However once you renew your contract they will force you to.

  • h8t

    Hope Sprint has good coverage in my area when the raping contract with VZN is up in a yr. Would look into T-Mo if it doesn't get absorb by the other rapist (gAyT&T)

    • jason

      you shouldn't insult gay people by associating them with at&t.

  • Cspen

    I'm staying with Sprint for not only the unlimted data plans but for their service and good selection of phones. Those of you looking to switch Sprint is paying up to $175 to switch but i believe this deal is ending soon. Maybe worth looking into.

  • J

    Question 1.... I know Verizon is considering 3 & 4 G the same price wise... But is it across the board without a doubt the same... In other words, if I grandfather in with my Droid X's data plan, and eventually upgrade to a 4G capable phone... Will I be stuck on 3G only (and possibly risk loosing my grandfather status if I want them to enable 4G access) or is my account enabled to access the 4G network already (just by having a data plan) but its just cause my phone doesn't have a 4G radio I can't actually access it... Make sense?

    Question 2... I'm assuming the answer will fall into the lines of "Your kidding right", but... I read that they were also considering setting up a 1 plan for multiple devices - so rather than your phone, tablet, mifi, etc each having its own plan, they'd all draw from your 2/5/10GB per month pool. If they do something like that, would it be possible to use it on a grandfathered unlimited account? I usually only average 2-300MB/month on my phone, but I'd assume I'd probably use more on a tablet... Being able to have it drink from my bottomless glass of data would be awesome...

  • Ham

    I am assuming that now would be a good time to buy an iPhone 4 and get grandfathered in right before it tiers. I am a very heavy user (netflix without wifi, pandora without wifi, and tethering on long car rides for the other passengers)on data and the minute I get an iPhone, it would be jailbroken mainly for free tethering.

  • http://www.jimblogger.com JimBlogger.com

    Why would you offer unlimited plans to your customers, and then turn around and take that all back and cap them out? Why not just offer tierd l plans to begin with? Cell phone carriers are ripping us off as it is in this Country. Italians get unlimited EvERYTHING for $25 euro a month.