November 22, 2010
Verizon Changing Pricing?
Verizon Wireless is considering replacing their current pricing strategy with another one when it comes to wireless data connections and a user’s ability to access the internet on his/her phone. Considering Verizon is already working on bringing its network to new speeds (”top speeds” being made available in 38 U.S. cities by the end of this year), this news makes sense.
So what VZW CEO Ivan Seidenberg is suggesting is that users pay for the type of internet speed that they want, so that they don’t get overcharged for what they don’t use, or that they don’t pay a substantial amount for a bad internet connection (when they want more). Right now, this is the concept that is running for the term a “4G” network.
The tiered pricing will come as both a comfort as well as an annoyance to consumers, I think. A lot of people could make the argument, well, shouldn’t everyone just be given the same, fast internet speed that Verizon prides itself on? The counterargument, then, is to say that some users have smartphones or internet-capable phones, but do not use the network. They’d be paying the same amount for a wireless connection that they don’t use, and for data that they’ll never collect.
What do you think about the idea of a tiered pricing plan for a 4G mobile internet?
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am