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Want Unlimited Data for Your Verizon iPhone? Better Hurry.

The days of getting an unlimited data plan with the Verizon iPhone are clearly numbered.

According to reports, Verizon Communications’ CFO Fran Shammo said on Tuesday that the option could become unavailable as soon as summer.

“We will probably do that in the mid-summer time frame,” Shammo said during a Morgan Stanley investor conference, according to Reuters.

A Verizon Wireless representative was not immediately available for comment. However, Verizon has always said the $30-per-month unlimited option was a limited-time offer as the carrier moves toward tiered-data pricing.

AT&T initially offered unlimited data for the iPhone, but dropped the plan in favor of tiered pricing. Those with the unlimited plan were allowed to keep it, however. It is not clear whether Verizon will extend the same option to its customers.

Shammo also hinted that a second Verizon iPhone could come this year in answering a question on how the Apple phone affects profit margins.

“There could be some (margin) lumpiness when you launch the phone,” the CFO said, again according to Reuters. “If there happens to be a new one that comes out, that quarter might not look so good (either).”

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus