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Verizon 4G LTE Unlimited Data Customers Will Have Separate $30 Unlimited Tethering Plan

When we first reported news that Verizon was switching to tiered data, we also confirmed that customers would be allowed to add on tethering for an additional $20.  What we were unsure about though, was how they would treat those of us with 4G LTE devices who remained on unlimited plans – we now know.

All current customers with 4G LTE devices that will be grandfathered in to unlimited data plans will have a separate $30 per month unlimited tethering option starting July 7.  We’ve known for some time now that Verizon extended the free 4G LTE mobile hotspot promo to July 6, but once that day comes and goes, we’ll only have the option to add on an additional $30 plan rather than the $20 2GB tier.

An automatic update will be pushed to the Thunderbolt, Charge, and Revolution on the 6th or 7th to cut off free hotspot capabilities.  If you try to access the service after the update has hit, you will be prompted to purchase the $30 plan.

The $20 2GB tier will be available to new 4G LTE customers that sign up after the 6th.  From our understanding, current 3G smartphone customers will also have the 2GB option.

I will say that while it appears to be expensive, it’s a much better option that the 2GB $20 option.  Power users who love unlimited  data and also love to tether should be happy that they have another unlimited options.

Your thoughts?

Cheers ___ and vzw!

  • Robdollar

    Its expensive, I agree. But if you have a iPhone 5 with unlimited data and its not jailbroken, at least you can tether your Laptop, iPad/Android Tablet or your itouch to it. I have seached hi and low and i can’t find any reliable tethering apps for a iphone thats not jailbroken. I tether my itouch to my iphone 5 and least i have Grooveshark, xFinity App, ( cant watch tv unless on wifi) and other tweeks that i wont mention that most people have on a Jail Broken iDevice. It will get me by till if or when someone releases a JailBreak for 6.0.1 on a iPhone 5

  • Guest

    so you dont have to pay the extra money? its just a option?

  • Mshipman60

    I am a Droid owner. $30 of my monthly bill is to covet internet access charges. Quite high, to be sure, nut the price you pay for mobile internet. There are times. I need to print something or I need to download some updates, I see no reason why o can’t hook my phone to my lap top and do that. . I don’t think that should be extra. Things are getting out of hand cost wise. Why should I pay for internet usage twice. Rip off.

  • Btsgmen

    just root the  phone and get wifi tether

  • Big Red

    Way too greedy… I have Verizon 3G wireless internet and mobile phones; the only real promising internet connection I can get where I live. 4G isn’t even available where I live yet; but it’s available in 2 near-by cities. I’ve been with Verizon since they bought out Alltel and was grandfathered my unlimited plan with them; because it was stipulated in the contract with Alltel when they bought them out. Now, I can’t get a 4G device unless I upgrade and lose my unlimited plan for the Tier plan data package (4gb/$20) and it used to be 2gb/$20. Mind you, I used 23gb per month average on 3G… with my internet capabilities being 15x faster if I upgrade to 4G when I can; you could imagine how much more data our family would use being that the internet will not be as slow. they want to tax $10 for the first gb after the first allowance of 4gb and $5 per gb after. If you do the math it’s the monthly $20 for the 4gb allowance and $10 for the following 1gb and $90 for the remaining 18gb of usage per month. That’s $110 not including the $50-$60 monthly service fee we already pay for 3G. So $160-$170 per month for 15mbps upload mobile internet; because it’s my families primary source of internet and we use it at home 24/7 (Gaming, computer, wifi enabled devices). I don’t know every stipulation concerning overage charges (if there’s a cap on overage charges or not) but still; should I be charged the maximum overage charges every month because my wireless internet serves a different purpose than the average consumer? I want a smartphone, I want 15mbps download, and I want 4G… I’m just not willing to give up my unlimited data package and get taxed so much for it; it’s just not worth it. So, until sprint 4G is available in my area or Verizon offers an unlimited data plan; I’m sticking with 3G :(
    I wish sprint would expand its network to our area to drive competitive pricing and give us an out if we’re unsatisfied with Verizion’s service or pricing.

  • Rwtiedemann

    I AM LEAVING VERIZON this is the last time you bastards screw me!

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  • Helen

    I’m upset that they do not have the unlimited option for 3G customers who have unlimited data.

  • Anon

    What’s next… $5/month to use the camera…plus another buck to use the flash…!!!

    Add $3 for voice activated features…another $1 per winow on the home page and .50/each icon you add…

    Nuthin but damn thieves… I bought the phone AND ALL OF THE SERVICES WITHIN IT…and the unlimited data plan…

    but apparently ownership rights dont mean d*i*c*k anymore….

  • mr.what

    Android can serve as a teather over USB for free, in debug mode. A little less user friendly but it works.

  • Keith Larsen

    Called today  to  check on price for adding tethering plan to my Revolution and was told it would be $ 30.00/ 2GB  per month …

  • droidrev71

    I don’t know but i just talked to Verizon and they told me there isn’t an unlimited hotspot plan for 4g

  • http://twitter.com/revelated ReVeLaTeD

    Some people’s math is flawed.

    Basic data: $30/month for current users
    Hotspot: $30/month for current users
    Forced phone plan: at least $40/month for current users

    That’s $100/month for ONE PHONE.  Way too much, I’m sorry.  It also makes no sense that the Hotspot is unlimited but the phone’s data is not especially since if you left Hotspot on the phone would use that data.  Meaning they COULD keep unlimited and lose nothing.

    I wouldn’t care so much if there were a pay-per-use calling plan with no minimum monthly.  I use the actual phone feature so infrequently that I’d be all over such a plan even at $.50/minute.  Then I’m down to $60 which is more than reasonable for the way I use the phone.

  • Junksecret

    This is a great deal for me, I have a cable modem at home that I pay $50.00 a month for, now I can get rid of it and use my “Charge” as a hotspot, which is as fast as the cable, I don’t mind losing the net when I have a phone call

  • DB in ROCNY

    I have been to 4 VZW stores in the Rochester, NY area (2 in Henrietta (Jefferson Rd for the ROC peeps out there), 1 in Pittsford, and 1 in Greece – NONE of them have any idea what I’m talking about when I mention the $30 unlimited tethering option for 4G phone owners, as I want to flip my dad over to a 4G phone & lock in tethering for when 4G is built out in his town in a few months.

    DL & Engadget need to offer up concrete proof of this before people go rushing out there to make decisions before cutoff tomorrow.  And VZW reps are also telling people that an upgrade to 4G from 3G after 7/7 will result in a new tiered plan, not an upgrade from 3G unlimited to 4G unlimited data plans. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/phillipdampier Phillip Dampier

      I just got off the phone with Verizon myself, and I am getting the same story.  Nobody knows anything about an unlimited tether plan for $30 — today or tomorrow.

  • Jordon182

    Quick question for those that know…if I’m currently paying for unlimited 3g data, when I eventually get a new device that is 4g LTE, will my unlimited plan stay intact?  Or will I end up getting screwed into the new tiered pricing because I wasn’t currently paying for 4g LTE unlimited data?  Thanks in advance. 

    • joelbman

      I’m wondering the same thing.

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  • Youllreachus

    That’s insanity that we have to pay twice for data.  Data is data. It’s like going to buy a bag of flour that’s $5 and they charge you $8 dollars at the counter saying “I’m sorry, it’s $5 dollars if you make bread, but I overheard you say you’re making cake and that’s $8 dollars.”

    • Anonymous

      Yes Data is Data… Bandwidth between mobile and hotspot is entirely different.

  • Crazyjoker2

    I feel like i better use some data to get my moneys worth….

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  • Bugmenot

    This might have to do with them needing to comply with the open 700 Mhz spectrum.

  • Scott

    Wait, so I’m 3G.  Does that mean if I don’t upgrade to a 4G phone by July 7th, then I won’t be able to get unlimited at all in the future?  Gosh this is confusing.

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  • Beth

    Help!  I hope this news about $30 for unlimited tethering on Tbolt 4G is true.  I bought mine and ended my Mimi 2200 after asking several VZW reps if there was any downside.  They each confirmed that I had kept my unlimited data plan but at a cheaper price and I could actually tether more devices with my Tbolt.  Then, I hear about July 7th bringing $20 for 2GB for tethering, although I had the $29.99 unlimited data on the phone.  I’ve also heard of free tethering, then that tethering is not allowed, etc.  My question is, could you share where you got this news ($30 for unlimited tethering for current Tbolt owners)?  I don’t hear it anywhere else online, except where they quote this site, and after three days and HOURS on phone and online with VZW I haven’t heard it and have heard so many different things.  This site seems up-to-date and well-maintained and I’m praying this news is true but ‘d like to know more on its source so I can sleep well tonight.  Thank so much.  (Please excuse if inappropriate – never posted before.)  Thanks again. 

  • Data Lover

    Just spoke to Verizon rep and she said there will be no unlimited data for tethering….. it will be $20 for 2GB

    • Data Lover

      even with Unlimited 4G data plan for your phone….. tethering will be limited

  • Anonymous

    you can kiss my ass verizon. If I have unlimited 4G for 30 bucks.. I ain’t paying you another 30 bucks just to USE the unlimited data that I already payed for in whatever way I like. Wifi tether it is.

  • Guest

    If it’s truly unlimited, and $30 a month, and I were in a 4G area, that’s a truly via replacement to “home” interenet use.  That’s actually a sweet deal.

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