No More Verizon Unlimited Data Plans - New York, June 28, 2011:
On July 7, 2011, Verizon will no longer offer Unlimited Data Plans. After the July seventh date, new subscribers will be charged on usage like an ATT Data Plan. The unlimited mobile data plan will soon be a thing of the past as almost all carriers no longer offer unlimited data plans. Sprint will be one of the only carriers to still promote their unlimited data plans.
If you prefer Verizon over other carriers, there still is time to sign up with an unlimited mobile data plan. If you already have a Verizon unlimited data plan there is no need to worry since Verizon is only referring to new subscribers. Verizon usage plans for 2GB may be priced at a monthly fee of $30 competing with ATT Data Plan of $25. If you do miss out on an unlimited data plan, you can still find one at either T-Mobile or Virgin Mobile.
What is the mobile multimedia junkie to do once the unlimited data plan ceases to exist? Hang on to your mobile data plan if you currently have one. Unlimited Data Plans, unlike an ATT Data Plan, promote the health of streaming entertainment. Once data usage plans are the norm, mobile multimedia streaming use will see a decline. Its popularity will wane and websites like YouTube will cease to exist - well not really, but a shift of viewing video on your smartphone when away from your PC will no longer be a reflex.
Shame to see that pay per gigabyte plans have begun to replace unlimited data plans at a time when 4G has just emerged and is being consumed by smartphone users. Is the smartphone world ready to take hit with tiered plans? Is the increase of smartphone sales related to unlimited data plans? Will the smartphone continue to thrive or will we return to the dual screen flip style phone with external dedicated music playback keys trend?