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