Verizon Confirms it Will Ditch Unlimited Data Plans Starting July 7

So good news, and bad news, depending on what service provider you have. For some time now we’ve known that Verizon was going to get rid of their unlimited data plan. What we didn’t know, until today, is that it will ditch unlimited data plan starting July 7, 2011.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, it depends, if you are an existing customer of Verizon, you have nothing to worry about. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said that Existing customers who upgrade on or after July 7 will be able to upgrade to another smartphone and keep their unlimited smartphone data plan. So if you are already a member of the Verizon network, like my self… this is awesome news… we were grandfathered in.

Now, if you are NOT a member of the Verizon network, then things might be a little bit different for you. If you decide to make the switch to Verizon, the new customers will have to choose from one the following options: $10 for 75MB (only available for feature phones), $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB or $80 for 10 GB. They will also have an overage charge of $10 per GB ONLY IF you buy the $30 for 2GB, deal. So it’s still not to bad, on any given month I use about 2 GB of data, so even if I was going to be charged for this plan, I would not see to much of a drastic change in my bill.

Another big change that’s coming to Verizon that will affect both NEW members and Existing members is the ability to use LTE Mobile Hotspot that comes with the ThunderBolt or Droid Charge. The fee to use the LTE Hotspot is going to be $30 for unlimited Data OR $20 for 2GB of data. I guess now that I’m part of the new grandfather deal I can say, “back in my day, we were able to use that for free… oh how the times have changed”

So remember, EXISTING customers, you are okay your bill will not change unless you use the LTE Hotspot. But, if you don’t, there is no need to flood the lines looking for questions about the change… unless you want to hold for 50 minutes.

Via: Fierce Wireless