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Posted at 9:58 AM ET, 01/10/2011

WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans for iPhone

By Hayley Tsukayama

The Wall Street Journal has reported that unnamed sources close to the situation say Verizon will be offering unlimited data plans to its customers when it begins selling Apple's iPhone at the end of this month. AT&T has had exclusive rights to carry the iPhone since its 2007 release, and offers tiered data plans to its customers after scrapping its own unlimited plans in June. If the news about the unlimited data plans is true, it shows Verizon is confident that improvements it has made to its network can handle new iPhone customers.

While Verizon has not officially confirmed that the iPhone will be available to its customers, it's been an open secret for months and The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Bloomberg have all cited sources at Verizon "familiar with plans" who have confirmed Verizon's press event tomorrow will mark the iPhone's launch on the company's network.

As the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, market analysts expect anywhere from 9 million to 12 million users to snap up iPhones on Verizon's network, particularly if the company can tap new users in addition to any who may want to jump ship from AT&T.

An AT&T spokesman sent a statement to Business Insider mocking Verizon for its rumored decision and its CDMA network:


After we wrote about Verizon's plan to offer unlimited data plans, AT&T PR boss Larry Solomon reached out with a statement: "The iPhone is built for speed, but that's not what you get with a CDMA phone. I'm not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane."

9 to 5 Mac and Endgadget are also reporting that they have confirmed with their own sources that Apple will drop its 10 percent restocking fee starting Tuesday, and speculate the change is to give customers who have just bought AT&T iPhones the chance to change their minds.

Check back with Faster Forward tomorrow for Rob's full report on the Verizon announcement.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 10, 2011; 9:58 AM ET
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Comments

No matter what network the iPhone is on it is going to suck.

http://AppleHaters.blogspot.com

Posted by: fakedude1 | January 10, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

No matter what network the iPhone is on it is going to suck.

http://AppleHaters.blogspot.com

Posted by: fakedude1 | January 10, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hayley,
"...mocking Verizon for it's rumored decision ..."

It should be "ITS"!!!! PLEASE FIX THIS!!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 10, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a longtime Verizon user who has been waiting for the iPhone since last year, when the possibility was announced. Tried to upgrade to Android but its battery life was so bad and the interface so unsatisfactory to me and was so heavy and cumbersome that I returned it after a week. AT&T network is non-existent in my home in Los Gatos. All my friends using AT&T iPhone make calls outside their homes or offices in this area. Many will switch to Verizon immediately the moment it is available.
I am a user of iPod Touch so the learning process will be nil. I intend to access broadband mainly via WiFi where available, so the "speed factor" is irrelevant. With Skype, I will make free long distance calls from Japan and Korea where I travel frequently. I only hope that a 64Gb version is available to transfer my music, video and photo library.

Posted by: chilango8 | January 10, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

chilango8 has the right approach. Every one I know with an iPhone loves the devices, and hates AT&T's coverage. I know several who will move to VZW.
I do not own an iPhone, but use iPod touch daily for everything EXCEPT phone calls. I live in an area where free wifi is prevalent and readily available. So I can't surf the web while driving, poor me. . .but it makes the roads safer, right? I carry a plain flip phone for calls because that is the ONLY reason I have a cell phone. . .for CALLS when they're necessary (and occasional texting). I also carry the iPod touch for any web interfacing. Yes it means I have to carry two devices, but the only time it's even a minor a hassle is if I'm at a beach, a pool or some other vacation spot, or out running. But I don't care to be that "connected" in those situations.
Face it, as humans, sometimes we're just not in a position to be reachable, but when I do have my flip phone with me, I want it to actually work and that's what Verizon provides. . .peach of mind when I need it.
So, for me, iPhone on Verizon makes total sense for many people, Apple haters aside. It's just that it might make more sense for people who actually care about the phone-factor of it, as opposed to the gadgetry-factor. Regardless, it's a good move for all tech consumers, regardless of which side of the fence they reside.

Posted by: Smears | January 11, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

chilango8 has the right approach. Every one I know with an iPhone loves the devices, and hates AT&T's coverage. I know several who will move to VZW.
I do not own an iPhone, but use iPod touch daily for everything EXCEPT phone calls. I live in an area where free wifi is prevalent and readily available. So I can't surf the web while driving, poor me. . .but it makes the roads safer, right? I carry a plain flip phone for calls because that is the ONLY reason I have a cell phone. . .for CALLS when they're necessary (and occasional texting). I also carry the iPod touch for any web interfacing. Yes it means I have to carry two devices, but the only time it's even a minor a hassle is if I'm at a beach, a pool or some other vacation spot, or out running. But I don't care to be that "connected" in those situations.
Face it, as humans, sometimes we're just not in a position to be reachable, but when I do have my flip phone with me, I want it to actually work and that's what Verizon provides. . .peace of mind when I need it.
So, for me, iPhone on Verizon makes total sense for many people, Apple haters aside. It's just that it might make more sense for people who actually care about the phone-factor of it, as opposed to the gadgetry-factor. Regardless, it's a good move for all tech consumers, regardless of which side of the fence they reside.

Posted by: Smears | January 11, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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