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Apple Store reveals Verizon iPhone plan pricing

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Following last night’s design changes, Apple’s online store has posted full details of the plans and options available to Verizon iPhone customers. Mac Rumors reports that beyond the two-year contract, new individual customers will need to choose from voice packages that include a $39.99/mo. plan for 450 minutes, $59.99 for 900 minutes, or the Nationwide Unlimited plan for $69.99. Family SharePlans begin at $69.99 for 700 minutes, moving up to $89.99 for 1400 minutes, $99.99 for 2000 minutes, or $119.99 for unlimited. Data pricing is currently locked at $30/mo. for unlimited data, and as previously revealed, the Personal Hotspot feature will include an extra 2GB of data specifically for that feature for an extra $20 a month. Finally, users will be able to choose between 250 text messages for $5, 500 messages for $10, or unlimited texts for $20; family plan customers will have both the $5 and $10 options, as well as a 5000 messages for $20 option, or unlimited for $30.

Using the above figures, this means the minimum monthly cost for an individual iPhone user on Verizon will be $69.99 without text messaging or the Personal Hotspot feature, and $129.99 for a pair of iPhone users sharing a family plan, with the same limitations. Spread over two years, the total individual cost will be $1,879.75, including the cost of a 16GB iPhone 4 but not counting any additional taxes or fees, and assuming that the customer does not use text messaging or the Personal Hotspot feature. For a pair of iPhone users sharing a family plan, the total cost increases to $3,519.74 over two years, again including the cost of two 16GB handsets but not including the cost of any additional fees, taxes, or features.

Update: Apple appears to have removed the relevant pages from its website.

Update x2: As of February 2, Verizon has officially announced its plans, confirming the prior figures from Apple’s website.

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Comments

1

I like the fact that Verizon is maintaining, at least for now, an unlimited data plan for the iPhone, though I would have liked to have seen a small data plan for users like the one AT&T offers.

The personal hotspot feature is also nice, especially since users get an additional 2 GB of data dedicated to hotspot use. Frankly, I think AT&T’s tethering charge is a ripoff since you’re only using the same bucket of minutes you’re already paying for (assuming you’re not grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited service).

Posted by cxc273 on January 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

2

I think the vast majority of iPhone users would be better served by cheaper, tiered data plans.  Only a small percentage of users would exceed 2 GB monthly.  (I used to think I was Mr. Big Data User but in over 3 years, I have never exceeded 600 MB in any given month.  Most months I’m under 200 MB.)  Anyway, maybe this will entice the heaviest data users away from AT&T.

Posted by Dyvim on January 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

3

Agree with #1 that AT&T’s tethering charge is a rip-off since you don’t get any additional data for your money (and since it’s not available to unlimited users).  Verizon’s solution is smart- since it is limited to 2 GB of data via tethering, there’s no problem offering it to unlimited data customers.  Here’s hoping that AT&T follows suit (including 2GB in the $20 tethering plan and supporting Mobile HotSpot) or better yet (though I doubt it) tries to 1-up Verizon to entice iPhone users to stay.

Posted by Dyvim on January 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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I am one of those people who use data, sometime more than 3GB a month. I have been on AT&T since 1999 and I think it is ridiculous that if I want tethering I have to change my data plan to only 2GB a month and attempt to share that with a laptop…. not happening.

Posted by Ian D. on January 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

5

One of the reasons I like my current carrier (Sprint) is that they don’t have these separate texting plans for smartphones. However, for anyone making the jump to Verizon for the iPhone, I have one thing to say:

Google Voice.

Free texting. Boom. That alone makes anything Verizon has to say about text plans moot. And is also one reason I’m giving very heavy ocnsideration to making the jump over to Verizon for an iPhone in the next few months. Assuming Sprint doesn’t score their own iPhone by then, of course…

Posted by Daniel S. on January 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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