Right around the time that it announced it would carry the Apple iPhone, Verizon announced that, like the other official iPhone provider AT&T, it would limit the monthly bandwidth on all new accounts.
That change will come on Thursday, July 7, according to what a Verizon spokeswoman recently told FierceWireless.
What does this mean to you? Well, if you want an iPhone, Android, or any other phone that can stream music — and don’t want to worry about busting your monthly limit due to listening to streaming radio, unlimited music services, the music in your storage locker, and so on — you have only until Wednesday (tomorrow) to sign up for a Verizon Wireless account.
Starting on Thursday, the company will reportedly charge $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, or $80 for 10GB of wireless data per month. Here’s how much music that gets you, assuming that the files are encoded at 128 Kbps — and that you use your phone for nothing else:
- 2GB: a little over an hour per day
- 5GB: a little over three hours per day
- 10GB: a little over six hours per day
Again, that’s how much music you can stream if you never check your email, use Facebook, or do anything else with your phone’s wireless data connection.
If you manage to pick up a Verizon phone before Thursday, however, you’ll be grandfathered in to the company’s unlimited plan, meaning that it will apply to your future phones as well. This is a major advantage, because even if you’re not in danger of hitting that limit, you don’t even want to know that it’s there; otherwise those Pandora stations and MOG on-demand streams won’t sound quite as sweet.
(Image of Verizon’s wireless coverage map courtesy of VerizonWireless.com)