Verizon Wants To Sell You 300MB Data Plan For Your iPhone for $20 Per Month

Verizon Wants To Sell You 300MB Data Plan For Your iPhone for $20 Per Month

Verizon Wireless introduced a brand new data plan late last week that gives customers 300MB of data for just $20 per month. It’s available to customers in the mid-Atlantic region from August 18 to September 30, but is expected to roll-out permanently by this holiday season. For those who aren’t massive data consumers but would like to get a little bit of browsing for their bucks, it seems to be a great deal.

The new plan is currently available to customers in Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC, and Virginia. According to Mike Maiorana, Verizon’s regional president, the idea behind the plan is to accommodate new users who are adopting smartphones for the first time:

“This is a great introductory plan for customers who have been contemplating moving from a basic phone to a smartphone but were hesitant because of cost. The $20 monthly access promotional plan is an opportunity for customers to learn the many benefits of having a smartphone with email and calendar functions, as well as Internet access and apps, at their fingertips.”

However, according to sources for 9to5 Mac, it’s not just for new smartphone customers. Instead, it has been set up to rival AT&T’s $15 data plan, which provides users with 200MB of data, and will be made permanent by this holiday season. Apparently, Verizon believes an extra $5 for an extra 100MB of data is a sweeter deal than that offered by AT&T.

What do you think of Verizon’s new plan? Would you sign up?

  • Christopher Cobble

    Seriously? If it has a MB the data amount, I wouldn’t pay good money for it. Geez…if Verizon kicks me off my unlimited data for $30 a month, I’ll change carriers. Or drop data altogether…

  • Clinton Verley

    I could see there being a market for this, if only a small one. My mom, for instance, has a smartphone but uses it mostly at home with very little 3G usage on the road. She probably uses 100-200MB per month and would enjoy spending less per month for data she doesn’t need.

  • Clinton Verley

    I could see there being a market for this, if only a small one. My mom, for instance, has a smartphone but uses it mostly at home with very little 3G usage on the road. She probably uses 100-200MB per month and would enjoy spending less per month for data she doesn’t need.

  • sarahadam1716969880

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Teche21

    How is it a great deal? I use to get unlimited data for $20 for my first gen iPhone in 2007. The prices should go down not increase. No carrier should give less than 1GB data for more than $10. 300MB is a joke for $20, it costs carriers less than a $1 for 1GB of data on their network.

  • djgrahamj

    What a crappy deal. I pay $30 for 6GB/month here in Canada and on average we pay some of the highest mobile prices in the world.

  • mudpup

    Many people do not understand / comprehend about data size. I have been explaining that a photo emailed is 1 to 5 mb and a movie is 2 to 4 gb

  • Csaba Daradics

    This is pretty pathetic, seeing that even in Romania I can get 6GB of transfer per month for 20 USD and I’m not charged extra if I go over, only the speed drops. Granted, it’s a big drop (to only 128 kbps), but hey there are no extra charges…

  • sarahadam1716969890

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • FriarNurgle

    Hello, FCC. Where the hell are you? These recent trends in wireless pricing requires your intervention. 

  • gregbraddock

    lol, so you’re on Verizon’s side? 

  • gregbraddock

    this is pretty ridiculous! i used to have the unlimited plan on AT&T as well but right before the iPhone 4 came out, they introduced a 250mb plan and at that point i wasn’t using nearly any data. the iPhone 4 came out and almost immediately i began going over. the sad thing is Chris, if you want a smart phone you HAVE to have a data plan, there’s no way out unfortunately, unless you jailbreak i guess. but they’re raping us pretty good. no lube and no courtesy reach-arounds either. 

  • skellener

    Where’s the $10 for 1GB plan?

  • Yacko

    This would be a great mobile plan in Alice in Wonderland.

  • sarahadam696985

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Althea Hardy

    I just paíd $22.85 for an íPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her her Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Centb.côm

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    The carriers are subsidizing relatively expensive smartphones with upfront cash, so they need to make it up in data fees.  Maybe if more consumers were paying full price up front for their phones, then the carriers could charge less for data.  I’d be willing to buy a $600 smartphone in cash if they cut my data costs way down, but I don’t think most consumers would be happy paying that much in upfront costs.  I doubt that carriers want consumers to pay big money upfront since they’d rather nickel and dime them with data fees.

  • Kayneeezy

    Yeah that’s a great deal considering AT&T gave use UNLIMITED for $30 once upon a time…  (-__-)

  • sarahadam696986

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

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  • sarahadam6969810

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • AshleyRobinson25

    /* I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

  • sarahadam6969820

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/CentBid

  • Bob B

    Then if I go in and pay full price for my phone, I should have $5/unlimited data then, huh? 

    Sadly, that is not the case. I could pay for the phone up front but I’m still stuck with their crappy data plans. It’s just a rip off and price gouging.

  • Esteban Morales

    What’s so hot about this deal? I pay $25 in Guatemala for a 10Gb Data Plan. (3Gb @ Full Speed, 7Gb @ 128Kbps.

  • Esteban Morales

    They’re not subsidizing anything. An iPhone 4 for example retails for $500 AVG on a prepaid plan or as a standalone unlocked device. If you divide the $500 into your 24 month contract you get a $20 monthly fee. Anyone noticed the fees all Carriers charge you for insurance or extended warranty? $20 AVG. Plus all hidden fees included in all data and voice plans. Trust me, if this wasn’t a profitable market, none of this companies would’ve even exist on the first place. The US Market because of its market size is now being dominated by data caps and over the top prices. It’s up to the consumers to demand a better service. 

  • macgizmo

    I recall everyone saying how great it was going to be when Verizon got the iPhone… where are those dolts now? For $5 more you can get 2GB on AT&T – which is already somewhat a hefty price tag.

  • Joshua Douglas

    wait! but currently on Verizon you pay $30 dollars for 2GB of data. If Verizon phases out the GB data plans for a “Cheaper” plan with a quarter of the data when the iPhone 5 rolls that will definitely be a deal breaker.

  • al friede

    see yacko above! lol

  • Nic Foster

    Thank god!!! I was really thinking about jst not getting an iphone this fall because there’s no WAY i could go through 2bgs in one month

  • Brian Moore

    Last time I looked, AT&T had 200MB for $15.00 & 2GB for $25.00 (what I have on my iPhone 4)…
    So $20.00 for 300MB, not so good.
    200mb-300MB, I’d blow threw that in a day or less…

  • Apartment1973

    Well for me it’s a good plan, unless I find something else. I hardly use data, heck I rarely made calls. I don’t mind the 20.00, I would have signed on to AT&T but they charge 20.00 for unlimited text, pic and video.

  • Apartment1973

    Well for me it’s a good plan, unless I find something else. I hardly use data, heck I rarely made calls. I don’t mind the 20.00, I would have signed on to AT&T but they charge 20.00 for unlimited text, pic and video.

  • Kevin D. Scurlock

    yeah, if all you watch is high def.

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