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Verizon announced today that it’s going to offer iPhone 4 buyers a $30 unlimited data plan. But it may not last.
Verizon’s competitor for iPhone, AT&T, has a system that charges customers based on their data use. While AT&T grandfathered an unlimited data option for customers who signed up prior to June 2010, newer customers must choose between plans that cost $15 per month for 250 megabytes of data, $25 for 2 gigabytes, and $10 for each gigabyte over the 2 GB limit.
AT&T’s cheapest available monthly iPhone voice plus data plan is $54.99, less than the $69.99 Verizon charges. But if a Verizon user downloads 2.1 GB of data on their iPhones, they’ll pay $69.99. On AT&T, they’d pay $74.99.
Which is the better deal, of course, depends on your data usage. You can check your bills to see how much data you typically use monthly, but if you watch a lot of movies on your iPhone, you’re probably brushing up against the limits. Depending on the bitrate you select, 2 GB of data will allow you to watch from 6 -12 hours of Netflix movies.
But this deal won’t last forever. While making the announcement about the plan today, a Verizon spokesperson indicated that the unlimited data plan is temporary and the company will move toward a tiered pricing structure like AT&T’s in the “not too distant future.”
If you’d like to switch from AT&T to Verizon with no out-of-pocket cost, be sure to check out our recent article How to Switch Your iPhone From AT&T to Verizon… for Free!