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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Att might make some adjustments
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      i think i have seen the same post that you are talking about and it made me wonder if he is just messing with us because i dont know what the hell he is doing stream that much info for, or that the cap is a myth
      I can run Slingbox for 8 hours and hit nearly 2 GB on an iPad. I know 1 netflix movie uses about 500mb.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by PorthosPirate View Post
      I just got an iSpot from Clear. $25/mo, 6MB Down, No Usage Cap. 8 Devices. Saved on the iPad (WiFi Only) and don't need to worry about tethering caps. Says it only works with iPhone & iPad but does just fine with my MBP too.

      Who would want to tether more than 1 device on CDMA... oh and when you're on the road and your boss calls (disconnecting your hotspot) and says "I just sent this super important eMail......"
      iSpot is 4G only, and has been discontinued. Clear currently has no compelling deals.
    1. sman113's Avatar
      sman113 -
      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
      This is a deal breaker if true.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by sman113 View Post
      This is a deal breaker if true.
      I find that very hard to believe, read one of my posts in this thread, AT&T does the same thing but my exchange worked fine for me and I never had any extra $15 charge.
    1. M3mph1s's Avatar
      M3mph1s -
      I use a TON of data. I'm grandfathered with unlimited. My school's wifi blocks a lot of stuff, including torrents. I tether to do my school work (online modules for 11 hours a day) and I'm almost always torrenting a movie or three at the same time..
      I can't check my data using online right now, but the phone shows 3GB sent and 18GB recieved and I've had it only a couple months. I don't think I'll be switching. :]
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      Ok so, Verizon basically cloned AT&T's plans and pricing, and yet they dont offer rollover. BRILLIANT!! this will surely have iPhone users dumping AT&T and flocking to Verizon!!! Morons....

      I guess I wont be switching afterall, dammit... I HATE AT&T!!!
    1. FireMedic92's Avatar
      FireMedic92 -
      Maybe I'm missing something here and ive seen this question before with no good answer so please correct me if this is the case; WHY do these cell companies charge for TETHERING on all plans instead of just the unlimited ones? On those, they getcha by data over-usage anyhow. Isn't that double-billing?
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic92 View Post
      Maybe I'm missing something here and ive seen this question before with no good answer so please correct me if this is the case; WHY do these cell companies charge for TETHERING on all plans instead of just the unlimited ones? On those, they getcha by data over-usage anyhow. Isn't that double-billing?
      Not exactly... The unlimited data package is for the iPhone/smart phone ITSELF. They are providing data service for the PHONE not a laptop etc... Their cellular data isn't meant for so much usage which is why they offer tethering plans or pc Internet devices data plans.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by PorthosPirate View Post
      Who would want to tether more than 1 device on CDMA... oh and when you're on the road and your boss calls (disconnecting your hotspot) and says "I just sent this super important eMail......"
      That's not how it works. The call coming in does not disconnect the data. Only when you answer it is when data is switched for voice. So you can finish real quick sending whatever then answer a call or just let it go to voicemail.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      How will Verizon know if you are tethering?
      They won't be able to prove it but they are not stupid.

      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      What if you JB and use MyWi
      This Verizon Data Plan does not make sense, Unlimited Data but 2gb tether? Why?
      Because the tethering option should not be used as a substitute for an Internet provider.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Att might make some adjustments
      AT&T is now letting people who previously had the unlimited data get it back if they had switched to the lower tiers of data pricing. No such luck for the newer subscribers though as they are stuck with the lower cap.
    1. halo204561's Avatar
      halo204561 -
      Where did you hear this because I just went onto my account from AT&T and I have no such option available and I switched down to the lower data plan from the unlimited plan
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by halo204561 View Post
      Where did you hear this because I just went onto my account from AT&T and I have no such option available and I switched down to the lower data plan from the unlimited plan
      It is all over the net. Call them.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Exactly. Hush hush! Lol
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      AT&T is now letting people who previously had the unlimited data get it back if they had switched to the lower tiers of data pricing. No such luck for the newer subscribers though as they are stuck with the lower cap.
      I saw the news too. Awesome
    1. GoldenTequila's Avatar
      GoldenTequila -
      I agree MyWi is a better option, but for some people it screws up the battery. I had to uninstall it because no matter what I did (tried all suggested so-called fixes), my phone was running down on battery like crazy. Once I removed the app, everything worked fine.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      That's odd how apps affect users in different ways. Mywi works great for me.
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      It is all over the net. Call them.
      I just did, man. no luck.

      I have 3 lines in my family plan. 2 of them (mine included) are still on the unlimited data plan, the last line is not. However, the customer service rep. told me that it might be available soon.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It will be back. The war has begun and we will reap the benefits.