WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans for iPhone
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.
| January 10, 2011; 9:58 AM ET
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