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.