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Verizon CFO on World-Mode iPhone, Demise Of Unlimited Data


Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has done it again. After making remarks about a dual-mode iPhone during a Q1 2011 earnings call in April, he just reiterated the claim at the Reuters Global Technology Summit about an iPhone that would work on both CDMA and GSM networks. Shammo, saying Big Red’s version will be able to work anywhere the AT&T handset will, also suggested that the device would launch on both carriers at the same time.

But that’s not all. The company has indicated before that its unlimited data plans weren’t permanent, and the exec confirmed to Reuters that they will indeed be going away in the not-too-distant future. The new tiered pricing scheme that will replace them is expected to be similar to those offered by competitor AT&T. (250MB for $15/month, 2GB for $25/month.)

The big question on some people’s minds have to do with 4G/LTE and if the next iPhone will support it. It’s not looking too likely at this point, and Shammo had no clarification on this issue. In fact, he said it’s a bigger deal to Apple than to Verizon. But not every carrier feels that way. Apparently China Mobile came to an agreement with Apple for 4G on its handsets, so who knows what the future could bring.

iPhone hopefuls, if there’s no iPhone carrier offering unlimited data anymore, will it change your plans? And would a new world-mode handset make up for the lack of a 4G/LTE version in the U.S.? Share your opinion below.

[via iLounge, PC Magazine, ZDNet]

Adriana Lee

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