Verizon CFO: Tiered Data Not Looming for 3G, Still A Possibility for LTE


Rumors often come and go, and most of the ones that get debunked are never to return to the conversation canvases of those who enjoy discussing them. One longstanding rumor in the smartphone arena – Verizon’s supposed plans to move to a tiered data system ala AT&T – has come up time and time again and is always hammered back into the ground until someone else decides to spark it back up.


This time, Verizon’s CFO John Killian reinforces their company’s continued success with the model they’ve been running (at least for the 3G side of things) and states they’re in no rush to change business as usual (after it was suggested they could be moving to tiered data before the end of the month).

So our business is continuing to perform extremely well. You have not seen us rush out to make any kind of a change. We will continue to monitor the situation, of course, and look at opportunities that will say what is the best equation for us to drive long-term shareholder value, and we will be very focused on that. I cannot say enough, though, about the opportunity we see ahead given where we are today with smart phone penetration.

Sounds great… until you’re one of the patrons excited about Verizon’s first LTE-enabled handset that should be making its way to the carrier before the first quarter of 2011 is finished (with LTE rollouts beginning before the end of 2010). Verizon has yet to make a decision on how they’ll price their LTE offering and suggests that a tiered model is still in strong contention.

We have indicated in the past, as we move to an LTE world and LTE pricing, we will probably look very hard at tiered pricing, and that continues to be our thinking right now. So more to come on that. By the way, I should say that all of our efforts, all of our plans on getting LTE launched in the fourth quarter are on schedule.

Not entirely surprising, but at least we know for sure. It still doesn’t give us a solid idea of what their final decision will be once the butter is on the bread, but it gives us the opportunity to brace for (and will get many of you prepared to embrace) the inevitable changes that comes along with the next generation of Big Red’s coverage map.

[via Droid-Life]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I feel that this makes 0 sense. LTE if I’m not mistaken can handle more data- cheaper than 3G. Why are we being punished? This sucks.

  2. First post. Lol

  3. “and look at opportunities that will say what is the best equation for us to drive long-term shareholder value.” See, customers are NEVER the focus of a business like this. This of course is not exactly true. what he means is short term shareholder value.

    I would think that basic business sense says, treating customers well creates loyalty and increases the customer base providing for long term sustainability. This increases shareholder value. However, this is long term. Switching to a tiered system for the new technology will piss off customers, deteriorate loyalty and reinforce the notion that we are all getting screwed–but it will increase short term income and thereby shareholder value. There’s the rub.

  4. I’m actually all for a tier system as long as there is still an unlimitted data option in the 30-40 dollar range. I know A LOT of people that will not buy an android phone becuase they won’t pay $30/month for data. But if they only had to pay $15/month for 1 GB, they would (I actually have some neighbors that switched to AT&T and got the new iPhone because they could get the cheaper data plan).

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