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  • Verizon Hotspot Pricing Revealed: $20 for 2 GB


    Two weeks after they announced the iPhone, the details of Verizon's service offerings for the device are finally becoming clear. After the company's COO spilled the beans earlier today about the unlimited data plan for the device itself, Brenda Raney, the carrier's Executive Director of Corporate Communications told MacWorld that Verizon's Personal Hotspot feature will cost customers an additional $20 on top of the $30 they'll pay for their monthly data plans and come with a 2 GB cap.

    The Verizon-specific tethering feature turns the iPhone into a 3G wireless hotspot for up to five devices. Data used by Personal Hotspot-tethered devices will be on a 2 GB monthly plan separate from the iPhone's unlimited plan. Customers will have to pay $20 for each gigabyte they consume beyond the cap. While the overage fee is twice what AT&T customers have to pay, Verizon customers do get to keep the unlimited plan on their phones separate, while AT&T users have to share the same 2 GB on the DataPro plan.

    Though iOS 4.3 will reportedly make Personal Hotspot a feature for all iPhones, it's not yet known if AT&T or any other carrier will support it. AT&T tethering currently only supports USB or Bluetooth connections, not WiFi.

    Source: MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Hotspot Pricing Revealed: $20 for 2 GB started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 82 Comments
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      I'm sure they'll modify MyWi for Verizon. That developer is fairly on the ball when it comes to these things
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      AT&T is going to reply with:
      You can tether AND talk on your phone at the same time, that is worth the difference.
      Don't get me wrong, I love the competition... But it's no comparison over data+voice
    1. HarlemState's Avatar
      HarlemState -
      Verizon Unlimited DATA is gonna congest the CDMA bandwidth for browsing, so Get ready for a slow experience, when the iphone verizon comes out, watch them have a youtube video comparing the browser speed, and watch how slow verizon is gonna be, im just sayin, at the end of the day, people are gonna go with verizon, but att data will Dominate when it comes to speed, unlimited or not.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      Unlike all the other switching for "speed" I could careless, regardless it'll be faster then Edge. I'm not looking for massive speeds, just enough to stream some music. So the congestion at first won't be that big of a deal for me. Coverage is my top priority at this point.
    1. orozcoj4's Avatar
      orozcoj4 -
      First, people were complaining about AT&T's service so they were crying about a Verizon iPhone. Now, that the Verizon iPhone is a reality, they're complaining about plan prices. The plan prices are AT&Ts and Verizons way of keeping data hungry smart phone users from overloading their networks. Owning an iPhone isn't cheap. Can you hear me now?
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Love the prices from Verizon.
      Back then, AT&T were wolves who haunts for my wallet for 25 dollars per 2GB. NOW WE HAVE VERIZON ;]
    1. evoRC's Avatar
      evoRC -
      Lol 15$ to add an exhange account. What a joke. Almost everyone at my work has their work email on their iPhone. ATT wins at the end of the day.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by z6joker9 View Post
      Okay let me make sure I understand that correctly. If you add an exchange account to your iPhone through the mail app, it will charge you an extra $15? If so, this will affect anyone that uses gmail or google apps and sets their account up via exchange, not to mention tons of business users! I hope I'm misunderstanding
      If I remember right AT&T had or still has a corporate data package that supposedly is needed for corporate e-mail for an extra 15 dollars. When I had the iPhone I just had the $30 unlimited package and my exchange e-mail worked just fine. So maybe they just say you need that who knows. I know right after I got my phone I setup my work account right there and the sales rep acted shocked that it worked without the extra $15 "enterprise plan".

      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I'm sure they'll modify MyWi for Verizon. That developer is fairly on the ball when it comes to these things
      And they will probably charge current users a 10 or 20 upgrade for for MyWi.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      If I remember right AT&T had or still has a corporate data package that supposedly is needed for corporate e-mail for an extra 15 dollars. When I had the iPhone I just had the $30 unlimited package and my exchange e-mail worked just fine. So maybe they just say you need that who knows. I know right after I got my phone I setup my work account right there and the sales rep acted shocked that it worked without the extra $15 "enterprise plan".
      I have my corporate email on my phone, just have to contact your corporate ITT.
      To get corporate INTRANET you need the exchange package.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      I have my corporate email on my phone, just have to contact your corporate ITT.
      To get corporate INTRANET you need the exchange package.
      No you don't need the exchange package, the iPhone has built in VPN so you can connect through that to get "Intranet" sites and regular exchange works just fine on the normal plan. I have an iPad now and I have 2 exchange accounts setup on it now plus the G-Mail and Hotmail exchange setups. I had the same thing on the normal $30 unlimited plan back when I had an iPhone and had no issues at all.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      love my 30$ unlimited data. DATA is my Phone calling(VOIP)/IM/Texing apps
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I'm just gonna stick with mywi
      yea i knew verizon was going to charge for this, what cell company wouldnt

      edit: i meant wouldnt
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      I have to say I am in love with the fact that verizon is getting the iPhone. I see only good for the consumer across the board.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      yea i knew verizon was going to charge for this, what cell company would
      I called it to
    1. ReggieSmith's Avatar
      ReggieSmith -
      Verizon offers their iPhone users unlimited data for $30. This is good! It might prompt AT&T to re-enable this for existing users although none of us know what either carrier will throw at us for data plans for LTE.

      But... If you want to use the personal hotspot, you have to pay $20 for each 2GB? And that you can't use your unlimited data plan for this?

      These isn't going to be helpful in getting users to jump ship from AT&T to Verizon.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by halo204561 View Post
      Yeah but that Personal Hotspot feature, does anyone know if it's optional or mandatory
      I can almost guarantee you it is optional...
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      Waste
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Im about ten days into my billing cycle and im already over 2gb of data, so I think Ill be sticking with at&t and mywi
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Verizon knows about mywi and jailbreaking, I don't know how they plan to track it... Same thing that happened with AT&T will also happen with Verizon, it will end up being a "limited unlimited" plan... 99% of iPhone user will not use more than 3-4GB MAX under normal use, of course normal use meaning not constantly streaming netflix, or tethering illegally.

      EDIT: haha check this out, I honestly do not stream music or video and have only used 2 hrs of tethering of web surfing on laptop.

      Next Bill Cycle: 02/21/2011
      Data (MB): 1789.9 of Unlimited
      Messaging: 310 of Unlimited
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      All unlimited plans have caps somewhere, just dont use an extreme amount of data in a really short amount of time. Ive always used my phone heavily with alot of data usage before installing mywi, I doubt there will be such a large spike in my usage that at&t will cap me.