The days of unlimited data for the iPhone and other smartphones on Verizon are soon coming to an end. Website Android Central got hold of some leaked training documents detailing Verizon’s new plans due to go in effect on July 7. The new smartphone data plans start at $30 for 2 GB a month, with a $10-per-gigabyte overage charge. The next cheapest plan is $50 for 5 GB per month, then $80 for 10 GB per month.
There is good news for current Verizon iPhone owners with an unlimited data plan: it will stay unlimited even after the changes go into effect. New customers buying a smartphone until July 7 can also keep their unlimited plans afterward. Current customers who want to upgrade to a new phone in the future will keep their locked-in unlimited plans.
Of course, this means anyone waiting for the iPhone 5 now faces a difficult choice. Purchase the iPhone 4 now and lock in the unlimited data plan, or wait for the updated hardware and suffer the cap on data? It’s important to note that the iPhone is not specifically mentioned in any of the documentation, so that July 7 date may not apply to it. But if you just have to have an unlimited plan, it may not be worth the gamble.