Verizon to Stop Unlimited Data Offer to New Subscribers

US wireless giant Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that it will no longer offer its unlimited data plan for new subscribers to give them more control and freedom in choosing their actual data consumption.

Verizon Wireless said it would no longer offer its unlimited data plan for new smartphone clients starting Thursday as the largest wireless carrier in the United States shifts it sight to the fourth-generation network or 4G.

Verizon now joins other US wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, limiting its monthly data usage to about 2 to 10 gigabytes per month subscription plan for new smartphone users.

To date, only Sprint Nextel Corp., the third largest wireless carrier in the US, still offers unlimited data plan.

Brenda Raney, Verizon spokesperson, pointed that by getting rid of the unlimited data plan, users can have more control and choose between two monthly subscription plan and pay for the data that they actually use.

“We want to set the stage for the long term,” Raney said in reaction to questions over the Verizon’s plan to rollout of the faster and more reliable 4G data network.

Starting on Thursday, new Verizon smartphone clients will have to pay $30 for the 2GB data plan, $50 for the 5GB, and $80 for 10GB monthly plan.

“Those who use more than their plan will be charged $10 more for each additional gigabyte consumed,” Raney said.

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