If you will think back a few short months ago when AT&T announced they were dropping the unlimited data plan and implementing a tiered plan for smart phones there was outrage. The unlimited plan was was totally killed off but if your were smart enough to keep it on your plan you still enjoy the unlimited data for $29.99 a month whereas new customers have the choice of 250MB per month for $15 or 2GB a month for $25.

verizon-vs-attWell the cell phone world has been awaiting the Verizon tiered plan and it seems as if that time will be Oct. 28,. There will be new plans not only for smart phones but also tablets and any other device that connects to the network.

Verizon details all the plans below:

  • Smart phone owners will choose between $15 for 150MB with $0.10 / MB overage, or $29.99 for unlimited access.
  • There will be $20, $35, and $50 tablet plans for 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB, respectively, all with overage of $10 per gigabyte. There will also be a $80 plan for 10GB with the same overage rate.
  • Integrated netbook modem owners will choose between $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB plans. All of these plans have overage priced at 1GB for $10.

Non-Smart phone owners will choose between $1.99 “pay as you go” (Verizon has yet to detail what this will entail but I would guess it’s $1.99 a day on days that you use data), $15 for 150MB, or $29.99 for unlimited. As you notice the $9.99 for 25MB option will no longer be available.

Keep in mind all these data rates will be for 3G service only and when Verizon rolls out 4G services you can expect higher data rates for those speeds.

The biggest difference between the Verizon strategy and the AT&T pricing plan is that unlike AT&T, Verizon will not totally eliminated the unlimited plan. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this price war as it may force AT&T to bring back the unlimited plan. especially if Verizon lands the iPhone as has been rumored for the beginning of 2011.

Would you jump to the Verizon iPhone just to get the unlimited data plan or is the 2GB offered by AT&T enough to get fill your data needs?