Verizon Wireless has finally confirmed that it will offerwith a $20 “personal hotspot” WiFi tethering plan similar to what it currently offers its existing smartphone subscribers.
A report by MacWorld confirmed the mobile hotspot details with Verizon’s executive director of corporate communications, Brenda Raney.
Verizon’s mobile hotspot plan allows users, for an extra $20 option on top of their data plan, to share their mobile 3G service with up to five WiFi devices (such as an, , MacBook, or any other WiFi device).
Thetethering plan has its own 2GB monthly cap, according to the report, with each additional gigabyte costing another $20. Previous Verizon tethering plans cost $30 but delivered 5GB of data, in addition to the user’s data plan. That means the unlimited plan with tethering will cost a total of $50, with 2GB for tethering and unlimited use of mobile data.
AT&T’s $20 tethering plan currently only supports USB or Bluetooth tethering to a single device at once, and rather than offering a separate data pool, the plan counts use against the user’s plan. That means the 2GB data plan with tethering costs $45 total, but still only offers 2GB of data per month.
Verizon earlier announced that its new CDMA4 would only be offered with an unlimited data plan costing $30, with no option for a limited use data plan as the company now allows its current smartphone users to choose.
In the future, Verizon says it will phase out the unlimited data plan, following AT&T toward tiered service plans. It has not detailed when it will do this, nor how much it will charge.
AT&T also announced earlier this month that it would be simplifying its texting plans to two options: 1000 messages for $10, or unlimited texts for $20.