Verizon Wireless to Offer $15 Data Plan

Verizon Wireless plans to introduce a less expensive, but restricted, data plan for smartphone customers next week, according to a person familiar with the matter, in a move that follows AT&T Inc.’s own capped offerings.

The nation’s largest wireless carrier by subscribers will offer a $15 monthly plan that gives customers 150 megabytes of data. Customers who exceed the monthly limit will be charged extra. But unlike AT&T, Verizon Wireless will continue to offer its unlimited data plan for $29.99 a month.

The new $15 plan will be available on Oct. 28 for new customers, and requires a two-year contract. Existing customers have the option of moving to the less expensive option, or keeping their current plan. The pricing change was first reported by technology blog Engadget.
The move is part of a broader shift by carriers to change how they charge customers for the use of Internet, email and music downloads through their cellphones.

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