By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal

BOSTON (CBS) – Starting Thursday, Verizon is going to start capping the amount of data new customers can download on their smart phones.

New customers will now have to figure out how many e-mails they send and how many web pages they look at every month from their phones because Verizon is ditching the option for unlimited data plans.

Customers who pay $30 a month will now get 2 gigabytes of data. That’s enough to send 1,000 emails, look at 100 web pages, and listen to 20 hours of music, among other things, according to the Boston Globe.

The plans moves up in increments from there, and if a customer uses more data than they’re supposed to, Verizon will charge a $10 penalty for every extra gigabyte.

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports

This means that a lot of people might start trying to spend a bit less time surfing the web on their smart phones, or at the very least, think twice about spending hours on YouTube.

Now that so many Americans have smart phones and are using so much Internet data, unlimited data plans will most likely be a thing of the past soon.

Last year AT&T, the country’s largest cell phone carrier, stopped offering unlimited data plans.

T-Mobile still has unlimited data, but for heavy users the company slows down the data.

Comments (7)
  1. Natasha says:

    That’s a shame and a disgrace!

  2. MJ says:

    I don’t have a smartphone, despite being a “gadget” and “high-tech” person. Even before this move, I have felt that they are too expensive to buy and to have a monthly plan on. I was thinking about getting an iPhone anyway, because they are cool, but now that this trend is starting, I definitely won’t. i will continue to use my phone to call and text people, and my Macintosh to email people and browse the web. The internet can wait until I get home. Smartphones are very cool, but not worth the cost unless you’re using them for business. That’s just my opinion, please feel free to disagree, maybe some people find them worth the cost.

  3. david says:

    Its a great way for the phone companies to make more money. Even though this just applies to new customers, it will be a matter of time before people who upgrade their phones will lose their “unlimited” status.
    The existing customers will complain at first but will pay like lemmings to get their smart phone internet fix…..

  4. MJ says:

    I agree, David. Phase 1 is creating new accounts without the option of unlimited plans. Phase 2 will be to terminate those plans for existing customers.

    I am a person who loves gadgets and technology, but it’s just too expensive to have a smartphone, when I pay so little to have a regular phone/plan on Verizon. I love my email and the internet, but it can wait until I get home, as much as I think having it on a phone is cool.

    I hope people smarten up and ditch the smartphones for regular cell phones, which are now limited in selection because everyone has a smartphone now – except me.

  5. emom says:

    Is verizon going to give us details on what the plans will be, how much it will cost , this is crazy… I only use my cell for talking texting to select few and facebook.. No other function at all nor other internet reasons, nor emails,,,, no need for all that on the go… IT CAN SO WAIT…… I love verizon BUT Nthis is going to test my limits

  6. guest says:

    If everybody stuck together, and dumped the damn service, they all would think twice.

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