Verizon has long hinted at the fact that when they launch LTE service later this year
, they'll be shaking up their wireless data pricing plans significantly. However, they've been mum on exactly what that pricing will be, outside of hinting at their love of the AT&T-style
low cap and high overage model. Engadget's
landed a major scoop with a leaked Verizon Q&A that says the new plans arrive October 28, and break down as such:3G Feature Phones
-- $1.99 pay as you go or $15 monthly access for 150 or 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.3G Smartphones Plans
– $15 monthly access for 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.3G Tablet Plans
– $20 monthly access for 1 GB ($20/1 GB overage), $35 monthly access for 3 GB ($10/ 1 GB overage); $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) and $80 for 10 GB ($10/1G overage).3G Netbooks/Notebooks Built-In Plans
– $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) or $80 monthly access for 10 GB ($10/1 GB overage).MiFi 2200 and Five Spot Mobile
– $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10 /1 GB overage), $80 for 10 GB ($10/1G overage) or as part of a 90-day promotion $35 monthly access for 3 GB ($10/1 GB overage).
Most of the plans are pricey and punitive, as most people expected from Verizon. Like AT&T's pricing plan, Verizon's postpaid pricing plans are designed so most consumers will fall in the middle and will be nudged toward the more expensive option, with a litany of expensive overages should you decide otherwise. Following in wireless industry tradition, "unlimited" may or may not actually mean unlimited.