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?