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Verizon Reserves Special Tiers for Big Spenders

If you love your data, Verizon Wireless has more options for you in the form of five bonus data tiers on top of the six it announced with its a Share Everything plans earlier this summer. (See Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All.)

The extra gigabytes will cost you, however, as much as US$150 per month for 20GB of data. These tiers aren't detailed on the carrier's website, but rather offered on an as-needed basis. The plans, first uncovered by CNET, over and above the six choices Verizon lists online include:
  • 12GB for $110/month
  • 14GB for $120/month
  • 16GB for $130/month
  • 18GB for $140/month
  • 20GB for $150/month

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) also announced this week that its shared data plans would go into effect on Aug. 23. The carrier offers a 20GB plan for $200 per month, as well as a 15GB plan for $160. (See AT&T Joins Verizon in the Shared Data Pool.)

Why this matters
The wireless operators are trying to keep their plans as simple as possible, while also offering their customers several options in lieu of unlimited plans. 20GB may seem like a lot of data, but Verizon's plans are shared across 10 devices, which makes hitting that cap more likely. It will be a learning process for consumers to strike a balance between the lowest-cost plan to meet their needs but one that won't rack up the overages.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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