Verizon Wireless To Offer Their $20, 300MB Per Month Plan Nationwide?

According to unnamed sources cited by 9to5 Google, Verizon Wireless is planning to offer it’s recently-introduced 300MB/month data plan beyond the mid-Atlantic region by the holiday season. Currently, only customers in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina have this option (priced at a tempting $20/month) and it was set to end by September 30th. If the rumor is true, soon all customers will be able to get in on some limited data goodness.

The official reasoning behind the 300MB plans is to ease the pain of moving from a phone that doesn’t require a pricey data plan to a smartphone. Supposedly, once a customer sees how wonderful on-demand Internet access is they’ll pay for more. 9to5′s source points out another reason to offer the plan: it directly competes with AT&T’s lowest data plan, which is 200MB/month for $15. With Verizon’s offering customers get 100 more megabytes for just five more dollars.

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Sticker shock probably does cause some people to hesitate on buying a smartphone. And according to Consumer Reports the average customer uses less than 200MB in a month, anyway. But, if Verizon really wants to make data plans more attractive, maybe they should consider allowing families to share data in a multi-phone plan, just as with minutes.

Plus, for just $10 more you get more than twice as much data (2GB). Perhaps that’s part of the strategy. Reel ‘em in with an attractive price then dangle the 2GB plan… perhaps once users accidentally hit the cap and have to pay $10 for an extra gig?

Verizon Wireless customers, would you switch to this new data plan if you could?

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Bah… I’m on big red, but the data plan sucks for new people.  I’m very tempted to go back to sprint because if I sign a new 2 year deal, then they change my unlimited rate down to 2GB I’d be stuck.

  2. Tony Perez says

    I’m “grandfathered” in under unlimited data which means unlimited 4G data once I upgrade in the upcoming weeks. If this weren’t already the case, I’d go to Spring for at least two years. Although Verizon is the premiere service, they seem to forget they do have competition. They should at least provide aggressive discounts on 4G handsets if they’re going to charge premium pricing for their service. I’ll take my Droid Bionic for $150 please BEFORE I use my $50 loyalty discount. That’ll keep me and my other four handsets (family plan) with VZW.

  3. Anonymous says

    Honestly for that $20 bucks i should at least get  500mbs. Whats wrong with Verizon?

  4. Anonymous says

    Honestly for that $20 bucks i should at least get  500mbs. Whats wrong with Verizon?

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