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Verizon hangs up on unlimited data plans, says hello to tiered service

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(Read caption) Verizon's new service pricing bars new users from signing up for unlimited data plans. Here, a man passes a Verizon Wireless outlet in Washington, D.C.

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Verizon announced today it would stop offering unlimited data plans to new users, and instead serve up a smattering of tiered plans. The announcement – news of which has been bandying around the Web for some time – will not affect most regular to light users. Heavy users, on the other hand, will be forced to pay 10 bucks for every GB they download in excess of their monthly limit.

Some details: Current Verizon unlimited users can continue paying $30 a month for unlimited data for the foreseeable future. New users will have to pay $80 for 10GB a month, $50 for 5GB a month, and $30 for 2GB per month. As Verizon Wireless exec Fran Shammo told PC World earlier this year, the $30 unlimited data plan was designed to be an incentive for new Verizon consumers interested in picking up a Verizon iPhone.

But the Verizon iPhone's been out there for a while, and now Verizon is going tiered, probably for the obvious reason: Tiered plans bring in more cash.

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