Verizon expands LTE, plans to axe unlimited data this summer

By on May 19, 2011, 4:13 PM

Verizon has launched its 4G network in nine more markets today, advancing the company's goal of covering 147 US cities with LTE by the end of 2011. With today's rollout, Verizon is now blanketing 55 metropolitan areas with its next-generation mobile broadband and the telecom giant expects to deliver 4G connectivity to its entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.

The latest LTE markets include Mobile and Montgomery (AL); Greater Fairfield and New Haven (CT); Gainesville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee (FL); Fayetteville-Lumberton (NC); as well as Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen (TX). Along with those new additions, the Verizon has expanded existing LTE coverage in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

In related news, Reuters reports that Verizon plans to launch a tiered pricing scheme this summer -- a move that has been rumored since last year. Precise figures and dates haven't been shared yet, but it seems reasonable to expect fees in line with AT&T, which axed its unlimited data plan last June and charges $15/mo for 200MB or $25/mo for 2GB with $10/GB overages.

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo mentioned the possibility of offering family data plans, which would let various devices share a single pool of bandwidth. "I think it's safe to assume that at some point you are going to have mega-plans (for data) and people are going to share that mega-plan based on the number of devices within their family. That's just a logical progression," he said.

Shammo also revealed that Verizon will receive the next iteration of Apple's iPhone at the same time as AT&T, and Verizon's version will also work in as many countries as its competitor's. The executive wouldn't confirm whether the next iPhone will support LTE. Previous reports suggest iPhone 5 is expected to enter mass production in July followed by a September debut.




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Win7Dev said:

I really hope that data prices don't go up any more. It doesn't cost them anything if we use more or less data (assuming your not roaming). It just puts more strain on their network. I think that the top 10% of data users should have to pay more, but not $10/gb for overages. That's way too much for something that technically costs nothing.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Why am I not surprised...Greedy companies. Guess I won't be changing from T-mobile to verzion, i'll choose someone that offers unlimited, thank you very much.

princeton princeton said:

"$25/mo for 2GB"

That's ******* harsh. Even in Canada we get 6GB for $30. And we can tether with it unlike your AT&T data. All on a network that's faster than AT&T.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

For clarity's sake, I thought I'd mention that US subscribers also have a tethering plan -- albeit more expensive and less bandwidth than what Canadians have, apparently. We get 4GB + tethering for $45:

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bchen88c said:

I like the idea of a "family plan" pricing to data. My family has the 700 minute FamilyShare Plan (talk only) right now and we're looking to upgrade to a more modern phone (going from a LG VX9400 and 2 VX8300's) with data. Our bill is $80 right now. If we all got a smartphone with this current unlimited data package, then $30 x 3=$90 more on top of that $80, meaning a $170 phone bill, more than double the current plan As long as the plan isn't too "cheap" (200MB shared for $30, wild example) or equally expensive as several individual packages put together right now, then it is a pretty decent idea.

Guest said:

I foresee a day when the cost of data makes the smartphone a bad investment and people going back to dumb phones.

Guest said:

Cut me off. I don't care. You can take your high speed network and your infrastructure investment and shove it.

princeton princeton said:

Matthew said:

For clarity's sake, I thought I'd mention that US subscribers also have a tethering plan -- albeit more expensive and less bandwidth than what Canadians have, apparently. We get 4GB + tethering for $45:

[link]

Ah I see. Still being ripped off on HSPA, and Verizon unlimited is on CDMA which is garbage.

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

Princeton said:

"$25/mo for 2GB"

That's ****ing harsh. Even in Canada we get 6GB for $30. And we can tether with it unlike your AT&T data. All on a network that's faster than AT&T.

I would like to know what company offers that fantastic deal because I live in Canada too and the best deal i can find is $50 per month for a 500MB plan and $100 per month for a 3GB one...

BlueNoser said:

Please share Princeton,I also live in Canada and can not get or see advertised your mentioned data plan.

Thanks for the info

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Hmm...not switching to AT&T, not switching to Verizon, not staying with T-Mobile.....guess that means i'm going with Sprint come the end of my contract in November, lol

Guest said:

Lionhead's main releases has been the past 3 Fable games, and despite being good games, I've noticed shorter game play, more dumbed down game mechanics, and more "add-ons" that are sold separate from the game via DLC with each release. Also over hype of the games in marketing after the 1st one not been good either.

Make a great game, it sells, make a medicor game, expect medicor sales, make a bad game... well...

Game industry seemed to follow the path of Hollywood. Independent studios with great games, too mega studios with massive budgets (and massive advertising) while increasingly afraid to try anything new. I think there trying to attack the 2nd hand market to compensate for a more serious issue with the game industry.

Add to it all intrusive DRM, activation servers which make the games useless if they ever go out of business or decide to not support older games. Pirate seem to enjoy the games without these restrictions, usually before the game official releases, leaving the actually paying consumer taking the heat.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Uh, oh...someone posted in the wrong story, lol ^^^ (guest, may 19, 10:24)

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

matrix86 said:

Uh, oh...someone posted in the wrong story, lol ^^^ (guest, may 19, 10:24)

LOL how does this happen?

As for THIS story, I already knew this was coming since the last time I was at a verzion wireless store (6 months to a year ago) I asked them about when verzion was going to go 4G and they told me that when they do, the unlimited was going away..

I would like to see a study on bandwigth, to see how much we can currently handle to how much we are really using over different networks and etc.

Guest said:

Funny when they get rid of unlimited plans they always say its to charge the people who use the network more....but they never give the people who don't use the network more much of a deal...whats thats.....save $5.00 for alot less bandwidth.... unless you go over then we will charge you an arm and a leg. Owell I won't use the internet on my phone much then...hope they do it on my home internet too...I will just check my email...to scared to do anything else..>YEAH! That's progress into the future...Sorry netflixs,,,youtube...can't goto your sites anymore...to scared.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Just more reason for me to stick with my "dumb phone", although I was hoping that prices would actually go down in a few years XD. Augh if I have to deal with a data cap for my home internet connection, I'll just make my own internet...and it will STILL be dominated by porn!

Guest said:

Well I have just the "dumb" phones. I have no need for a data plan. I have a android tablet that is wifi that fits in my pocket. There is sooo much free WiFi out there now it actually doesn't pay to have a data plan. As for those that say what if you are out WiFi area? that usually happens in a car.... in that case you are usually looking for restaurants, or the like, so for that you have a GPS... keep that updated with most recent info and you are fine till you find a WiFi spot... :)

Just my 2 cents ;o)

MilwaukeeMike said:

Only took until the 2nd post before someone blamed it on the companies being greedy... not bad.

They cap bandwitdh in order to keep the system running well for everyone. "Make the ones who use more, pay more?' that's exactly what they're doing with overage charges. Why should I pay my $30 a month and have to wait forever for my email to load because you and all your fiends have to stream netflix 24/7?

cmbjive said:

It was always inevitable that the telcos were going to go to usage. That is the only way that they can properly charge for the product. Presenting a product as "unlimited" was always a flawed concept.

princeton princeton said:

Please share Princeton,I also live in Canada and can not get or see advertised your mentioned data plan.

Thanks for the info

I would like to know what company offers that fantastic deal because I live in Canada too and the best deal i can find is $50 per month for a 500MB plan and $100 per month for a 3GB one...

[link]

Sorry I thought I linked to it earlier. Unfortunately the code is no longer in the bell system for CSRs to add. Enjoy paying $70 more for 1/2 the data :P

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