Verizon Unveils Pricing Plans For iPhone

As Verizon prepares to start taking iPhone pre-orders from existing customers, the company has finally unveiled its full slate of pricing plans for the coveted smartphone.

For now, the only available data option is the $30/month unlimited e-mail and web plan. The cheapest option for phone service $40 for a basic voice plan including 450 minutes per month. Verizon’s Nationwide Text & Talk plan with unlimited texts will run you $60 a month.

Our siblings over at Consumer Reports have confirmed that Verizon will make available a la carte text plans starting at $5/month for 250 texts. Additionally, CR writes that the data plan price for corporate e-mail customers will be $45.

For an additional $20 per month, Verizon will let users turn their iPhones into Verizon hotspots. This is an option that has never been made available to AT&T subscribers.

As for the hardware, existing Verizon customers will have choose between paying $200 for a 16GB iPhone 4 or $300 for the 32GB version. Of course, buying either phone requires a two-year commitment to Verizon.

While Verizon hasn’t announced specific plans for tiered data plans, it did confirm to the Wall Street Journal last week that it would be rolling out such packages after the iPhone’s launch.

Verizon will begin taking pre-orders, from existing Verizon subscribers only, on its website starting at 3 a.m. ET tonight. The device goes on sale everywhere else on Feb. 10.

Meanwhile, AT&T is getting in its last-minute dig at Verizon, blasting out an e-mail to existing customers with the subject “Feel free to make a call while reading this e-mail,” a poke at the inability for Verizon’s system to handle data and phone signals at the same time.

Verizon’s iPhone fees likely to be higher for many than AT&T’s [Consumer Reports]

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