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Tuesday Recap: Verizon Quarterly Loss, Steve Jobs Plane, Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day

Virgin America Steve Jobs planeSo yeah, Apple still has the moxie to rake in the big bucks, as you’ve no doubt heard from Cupertino’s fiscal first quarter results earlier today. We can’t help but think that this bubble has to burst eventually, but hey, it’s a wild ride while it lasts, right? Unfortunately for U.S. carrier partner Verizon Wireless, the quarterly financials weren’t quite as rosy. Ready to find out more? Then read on and discover all the news that’s fit to print for this Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Verizon Blames Quarterly Loss on Pensions, Subsidy Costs

We all know that Apple just clocked in another record quarter with 37.04 million iPhones sold — and according to Bloomberg, 4.3 million of those were activated last quarter on Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, the Big Red carrier’s news wasn’t all rosy, with total smartphone sales of 7.7 million — about 1.5 million shy of analyst projections. Despite total sales of .4 billion (a 7.7 percent increase over last year), Verizon as a whole lost .02 billion last quarter compared to its .64 billion profit a year ago, which the company blamed on handset subsidies paid out to wireless customers.

Inside Apple: The Secret Packaging Room

Fortune writer Adam Lashinsky’s book Inside Apple hits stores tomorrow, and much like Walter Isaacson’s official bio on Steve Jobs, nuggets of information have been leaking out in the last week or so in advance of the release. According to NetworkWorld, one such detail outlined in the book examines a room in Apple’s headquarters dedicated to product packaging — a secret area “only accessible to a select few with the requisite security badges” for the purpose of testing boxes. “To fully grasp how seriously Apple executives sweat the small stuff, consider this: For months, a packaging designer was holed up in this room performing the most mundane of tasks — opening boxes,” Lashinsky reveals. The attention to detail even extends to the unboxing experience as well. “One after another, the designer created and tested an endless series of arrows, colors, and tapes for a tiny tab designed to show the consumer where to pull back the invisible, full-bleed sticker adhered to the top of the clear iPod box,” Lashinsky writes. “Getting it just right was this particular designer’s obsession. What’s more, it wasn’t just about one box. The tabs were placed so that when Apple’s factory packed multiple boxes for shipping to retail stores, there was a natural negative space between the boxes that protected and preserved the tab.” Shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s owned an Apple product…

Readdle Serves Up PDF Expert 3.2 for iPad with Full Text Search

It’s no secret that the iPad makes a great vehicle for reading and even editing PDF files, which is why developer Readdle continues to innovate with their PDF Expert for iPad. The company just pushed out a new version 3.2 update, adding full text search across your entire PDF library — no more simply searching by file name, the complete text of every PDF document inside the app is available to you. PDF Expert 3.2 also adds a new sorting panel for reordering files based on Name, Date or Modified Date, along with support for the Tab and Arrow keys on Bluetooth keyboards while filling out PDF forms for lightning-quick text entry. Last but not least, the update introduces a new Eraser tool for your handwriting, located in the Pens toolbar. PDF Expert 3.2 is available now from the App Store for only .99, and is a free update for previous owners.

Virgin America Christens Plane with Famous Steve Jobs Quote

The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left us with many memorable quotes, but somewhere near the top of that list resides “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” According to Cnet, the expression now has a new lease on life, with the words emblazoned on the side of a new Airbus A320 aircraft as part of the Virgin America fleet (photo above, if you don’t mind squinting).“”The ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ aircraft name was actually submitted as a tribute to Mr. Jobs by one of our employees in an internal plane naming competition,” Virgin America spokesperson Abby Lunardini explained to CNET on Monday.“”The idea behind Virgin America was to reinvent the travel experience by thinking differently about design and service–we are known for the tech-forward amenities we offer onboard.” Considering Virgin’s presence in Silicon Valley and the company’s “fleet-wide Wi-Fi with touchscreen entertainment and power outlets at every seat,” we think Jobs would approve.

iStoryTime Hearts “Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day”

Ready to introduce your child to the forthcoming Valentine’s Day in a special way? zuuka’s iStoryTime line has just published a new title together with HarperCollins Children’s Books entitled Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day. Available as a .99 universal app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, the title is also making its debut on the Amazon Appstore for the Kindle Fire as well as Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color and Nook Tablet devices. The story follows that loveable puppy Biscuit as he delivers “sweet puppy love” to his special friends, including Daisy, Puddles, Grandma and Grandpa. “Biscuit has been a family classic for almost two decades and for good reason as the lovable yellow puppy teaches children life lessons such as how important it is to give rather than receive,” said Woody Sears, founder of zuuka. “We’re very excited to add another Biscuit book to the iStoryTime library and look forward to many more.” The app includes fully animated Read to Me and Read to Myself modes, memory and puzzle games as well as a sticker and coloring book, all wrapped up neatly in a 110MB app that’s available for download from the App Store today.

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Thursday Recap: iPhone 4S Crowds in China, Verizon Going All In with 4G LTE

iPhone 4S crowd in ChinaThe International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn’t officially close its doors until tomorrow, but most of the buzz and excitement has already waned and life is getting back to normal for many. Over in China, the exact opposite is happening, with thousands having lined up outside Apple retail stores to grab the iPhone 4S, which went on sale at midnight local time there. In case you missed your daily dose of tech news today, read on to find out what else is making news for this Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Snapseed Now Available in Mac App Store

iOS developers are increasingly moving their software offerings back to the Mac platform, thanks to the attractive lure of the Mac App Store. The most recent developer to take the plunge is Nik Software, creators of the mobile photo editing app that garnered praise as Apple’s “App of the Year” for 2011. As reported just a few days ago, Snapseed has just landed in the Mac App Store with a modest .99 price tag. Much like the iOS edition, Snapseed for Mac makes it easy to make basic adjustments or even creative enhancements to your JPEG, TIFF or RAW image files and takes full advantage of OS X Lion where available (Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher is required). The company pushed out a new YouTube video to show how easy it is to incorporate Snapseed into your life, and for fans of the iOS app, the Mac edition is probably a no-brainer.

CES 2012: The Neat Company Announces Mobile Initiative

The Neat Company hit Las Vegas this year as part of Showstoppers @ CES, announcing their forthcoming NeatCloud and NeatMobile products. This spring, Neat will release version 5 of their digital filing software for the Mac, which will accompany the new mobile offerings aimed at putting your documents, receipts and business cards into the cloud. NeatCloud is described as a customized cloud-based information ecosystem which “provides backup and automatically syncs with Neat’s software to provide users with seamless, unfettered access to their information.” The cloud initiative works hand-in-hand with NeatMobile, which makes use of a camera-equipped iOS or Android device for capturing and storing information to Neat software. Both products will carry a subscription pricing model, but exactly how much they’ll cost remains a mystery for now.

Huge Crowds Greet iPhone 4S Launch in China

It’s Friday the 13th in China, and that means the iPhone 4S is ready for the masses! According to MacRumors, each of Apple’s five retail stores saw “huge lines for the iPhone 4S,” with hundreds lined up more than 12 hours before the doors opened (see photo above for one such throng). Carrier China Unicom started selling the handset online at 12:01am local time, where the iPhone 4S was offered free of charge with certain contracts. Of course, some of those in line are likely planning to buy the unlocked model so they can resell it again later at a higher price as Apple and China Unicom’s stock is depleted. The more things change, the more they stay the same…

CES 2012: All Future Verizon Smartphone Will Include 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless made a pretty good splash at this year’s CES show, but they saved their most interesting news for the lull as the show winds down. According to Cnet, “nearly every smartphone, wireless hotspot, tablet and netbook that Verizon offers will come with LTE guns a-blazing” — as in 4G LTE, which the company has been rapidly expanding over the last year. The report claims that 4G LTE is a “hard requirement” moving forward, which leads to the obvious question: Does that mean Apple is getting into the 4G LTE game this year? There have been rumors that the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 models presumably coming in 2012 will come packing Verizon’s LTE antenna, and this announcement seems to slyly confirm this. The report does note one exception to the rule: handsets with push-to-talk, which is currently only available through the company’s existing CDMA 3G network.

Skype 5.5 Beta for Mac Released

The Skype Garage blog today announced the immediate availability of a version 5.5 beta for Mac, which is more specifically listed as version 5.5.0.2069. The new build brings an improved call user interface, changes to the way incoming video calls are accepted (you’ll now have the option to accept video calls as audio-only) and improvements in quality and stability. The beta also squashes a bug which caused the dial pad to randomly pop up when you least expected it as well. Nothing earth-shattering, but bug fixes and improvements are always welcome. Mac users can download the new 5.5 beta from the Skype website.

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Thursday Recap: Twin iPads at Macworld, Verizon Payment Fee, Kindle Holiday

SwingHolderCrazy Apple rumor season is in full swing, with Taiwan’s DigiTimes proposing that Cupertino will unveil a pair of new iPads at next month’s Macworld/iWorld show in San Francisco. That’s… just… crazy! But hey, we’re happy to be proven wrong, especially if it puts a swanky new iPad in our hands that much earlier in the year. While we’re all waiting to see if this rumor comes to fruition, why not dig into the rest the tech news for this next to last news recap on Thursday, December 29, 2011?

Crazy Talk: Apple Introducing Two iPads at Macworld in January

Taiwan-based tech news site DigiTimes has a bit of a checkered history with Apple rumors, but their crazy train has completely gone off the rails with a new report claiming that not one but two next-generation iPads will debut in January in the unlikeliest of places: The Macworld/iWorld expo being held in San Francisco on January 26. As you may recall, Apple pulled out of the Macworld Expo after their January, 2009 keynote, claiming the event didn’t sync with their product release schedule and that they would be better served by hosting their own events throughout the year. DigiTimes cites sources at Apple’s supply chain partners to support its claims, who also reveal “the iPad 2 will be competing directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire in the price-sensitive market segment, while the new models will focus on the mid-range and high-end segments respectively.” That last part doesn’t sound totally bonkers to us, but the Macworld/iWorld connection makes this report fishy overall.

Update: Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop has done some inquiring with his solid contacts at Apple, and he’s gone on record as totally debunking the DigiTimes report and even going a step further by squashing any hopes of new iPads at CES as well.

Verizon Socking Customers with Fee When Paying Online

Now here’s something that ought to unite iPhone and Android handset lovers alike: According to DroidLife, Verizon Wireless plans to start charging its customers for every payment made online or via telephone as of January 15, 2012. Big Red is calling it a “convenience fee” that’s necessary for the carrier to “continue to support these bill payment options,” but it smells pretty rotten to us. For their part, Verizon is encouraging customers to pay by electronic check or via AutoPay to avoid this tax — er, “convenience fee.” The question now is, how fast will other carriers jump on board with their own ludicrous fee…?

Amazon’s Kindle Has “Best Holiday Ever”

Amazon.com has announced that 2011 was the Kindle’s best holiday ever, with sales of one million devices per week throughout December. Needless to say, the 9 Kindle Fire ranks in first place, with the Kindle Touch second and the plain vanilla Kindle bringing up the rear in third place. Amazon calls the Kindle Fire “the number one best-selling, most gifted and most wished for product across the millions of items available on Amazon.com since its introduction 13 weeks ago.” Kindle e-books were also a hot item this holiday season, with gifting up 175 percent between Black Friday and Christmas Day when compared to the same period last year. Last but not least, Christmas Day racked up “the biggest day ever for Kindle book downloads,” topping off a very merry Christmas for the company indeed.

Apple Patent Points to Facial Recognition for iOS

While Google is already touting the advantages of facial recognition with its new Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, AppleInsider is reporting that a new patent application entitled “Low Threshold Face Recognition” points to Apple incorporating something similar in the near future. The patent is described as “a low-computation solution for quickly and accurately recognizing a user,” offering “a simple way for multiple users to share a single device.” The patent is dated June, 2009 but if and when Apple might incorporate the technology is anyone’s guess.

SwingHolder Floor Stand Makes iPad Use Hands-Free

The iPad is an amazing invention, but not so much for people with disabilities that prevent them from actually holding it in their hands. It was exactly such a dilemma that prompted Stand for Stuff founder and CEO Marty Springer to invent the SwingHolder, a 9 versatile floor stand that makes using an iPad a mostly hands-free experience. After jerry-rigging a prototype for his wife out of Plexiglas, a jigsaw and an old microphone stand, Springer decided to make the SwingHolder a business, and the results are now ready for ordering. The steel grey and black floor unit stands 58 inches at full height, but is adjustable all the way down to five inches off the ground. A 21-inch arm extends the iPad, which is tucked away in a rubberized grip case and can be rotated 360 degrees for most any use. SwingHolder is made from powder-coated steel tubing and 50 percent recycled ABS plastic and soft rubber, made exclusively in the United States. Orders for the SwingHolder are now being taken on the company’s website with free ground shipping in the lower 48 states and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for trouble-free returns if you’re not completely satisfied.

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Law & Apple: Verizon Backs Samsung and the USPTO Denies Apple Its Patent

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As Apple continues to battle Samsung across the globe in 21 different patent lawsuits, Verizon decides to join the fight here in the United States. Things should get really interesting.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the intellectual property spectrum, Apple was denied a trademark its been vying for since the iPhone was launched in 2007.

Apple vs. Samsung, Now Backed by Verizon

Verizon filed a “friend of the court” brief with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in an effort to deny Apple’s request that it bans the sale of the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. 

Verizon argued that the injunction requested by Cupertino would hurt the consumer because it “would hinder Verizon Wireless in developing and deploying its next generation high-speed LTE [fourth-generation] network, the job growth dependant [sic] on that network, and will undercut key public policy goals, including expansion of American’s [sic] access to broadband networks and faster communication with emergency personnel.”

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Join me, and together, we can rule with the Galaxy! 

Wireless carriers generally remain neutral when intellectual property disputes arise between hardware manufacturers. However, by backing Samsung, Verizon is stacking its chips with Google and Android. Verizon was always a key player in establishing Android as a smartphone OS, and partnered with Google on a controversial proposal to redefine “net neutrality”. And now, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Google has treated Verizon very well for their efforts, which is no wonder why Big Red has its priorities on maintaining that special bond.

But on the flip side, Apple and Verizon seemed to have forged a solid working partnership this past spring when Verizon (finally) launched the iPhone. With a purportedly new iPhone about to be announced, and the ongoing rumor of a 4G-capable iPhone next year, Verizon figures to be a key partner for Apple. It remains to be seen what impact this move by Verizon will bear on that relationship.

Apple vs. USPTO

Apple again tried and was again denied in its pursuit to trademark the term Multi-Touch. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office handed down the decision, which should effectively end Cupertino’s quest to corner the market on a term that is now so widely used.

Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the same day that the iPhone was introduced. However, that initial application was denied by the USPTO, which resulted in Apple going to the Appeal Board. The board has now upheld the initial decision, and refused to grant the trademark.

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Apple: U can’t touch this. USPTO: Yes, U can.

Touch screens and Multi-Touch devices certainly existed prior to the iPhone, but Apple’s argument hinged the very defensible position that the market changed drastically when the first iPhone waslaunched. The board, however, decided that the term “multi-touch” has taken on generic meaning, being used by a wide variety of publications to describe the touchscreen technology on Android phones, tablets, and notebooks. Specifically, the board noted that the term not only identifies the technology, but also describes how a user of the goods operates the device” and “MULTI-TOUCH indeed is highly descriptive of a feature of the identified goods.”

Ownership of the term Multi-Touch may have been a boon for Apple marketing, but this was always and uphill fight for Cupertino that got harder the further away we got from the initial iPhone launch.

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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Verizon Q2 Results Are In, 2.3 Million More iPhones Activated

Verizon iPhoneRemember the good old days when we’d all speculate about how the then-mythical Verizon iPhone would pretty much bury poor old AT&T? That hasn’t come to pass six months after Big Red got their hands on Apple’s iconic handset, and they’re selling less units than their once-doomed rival as well.

Verizon Wireless has announced their Q2 2011 financial results on the heels of rival AT&T on Thursday. While their overall growth is better (2.8 percent versus AT&T’s 2.2 percent) with revenues of .5 billion, the carrier isn’t pushing quite as many iPhones out the door as their rival, activating 2.3 million iPhone 4 units in the last three months compared to 3.6 million for Ma Bell.

That amounts to essentially flat growth for Verizon’s iPhone, having activated 2.2 million of the handsets in the quarter prior. Some could argue that AT&T has the upper hand thanks to the previous-generation iPhone 3GS, which has recently been practically given away by the carrier for a mere with two-year contract — but there’s no hard evidence to support that the 3GS is capable of selling 1.3 million units in the last quarter, more than two years after its introduction.

In addition to their quarterly earnings report, Verizon also issued a separate statement to announce that CEO Ivan Sandberg will be stepping down from his post on August 1, replaced by COO Lowell McAdam. According to 9to5Mac, Sandberg will retain his position as chairman of the board and the move is “part of Verizon’s CEO succession process under way since 2010.”

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Well That’s A Bummer: Verizon Claims LTE Phones “Probably” Incompatible with AT&T

Verizon 4G LTEAs anyone whose jumped from AT&T to Verizon (or vice versa) already knows, GSM and CDMA handsets aren’t compatible with each other. Everything we’ve heard about LTE seemed to indicate that would be a thing of the past, but now Verizon Wireless is going on the record claiming that won’t be the case after all.

PCMag.com is reporting that Verizon Wireless customers still won’t be able to unlock their handset and jump over to rival AT&T when their LTE network launches — or vice versa. Despite using SIM cards like other GSM devices, Verizon’s LTE network will remain incompatible.

According to Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney, their handsets will not “be compatible on other LTE networks in the U.S.” because “the phones will be on different frequencies.”

Both Verizon and AT&T are running their LTE networks in the 700MHz band, but the trouble comes with exactly where that spectrum lies. In the case of Verizon, their network is “mostly in 746-787MHz, while AT&T’s will be primarily in 704-746MHz.” There is a small amount of overlap in an area called “lower B block,” but the website claims it’s “not much.”

For AT&T’s part, it’s unknown at this time if any of their devices may possibly roam on Verizon’s LTE network, since the company has yet to roll out any such handsets. For now, this could rule out a single iPhone capable of running LTE on both carriers, although Apple isn’t expected to adopt the high-speed technology until 2012 at the earliest anyway.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping either carrier from implementing handsets that use each others’ bandwidth spectrum — but apparently, Verizon is simply choosing not to. This means the two biggest U.S. carriers in the United States will likely remain incompatible with each for the foreseeable future, just when we thought LTE might finally unite them.

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Report: One Third of iPhone 4 User Traffic Coming From Verizon

Verizon iPhone 4Verizon has steadily increased iPhone 4 customers and captured one-third of the market, according to a report from Localyitcs. Even after grabbing 20 percent of the market when Verizon launched the iPhone in February, many analysts were disappointed with Big Red’s early performance. The launch-day lines were not as long as they were when AT&T launched iPhone 4, so the assumption was people preferred AT&T. However, after looking at roughly six months of data, it appears Verizon has done quite well and has advanced significantly, despite an eight month head start by AT&T.

Localytics tracks usage and other stat for mobile app companies including the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Skype, and Kayak. Based in Boston, MA, they claim to be represented on over 70 million iPhone handsets worldwide, which is kind of a lot. Using that base, they tally up market share by looking at data on a seven day period leading up the first of the monty. With this methodology, by July 1, 32 percent of all iPhone 4 users traffic was coming from Verizon.

The fact that Verizon continued to offer unlimited data plans (until today) may have helped drive their growth, or it could be attributed to a large segment of the population that lives in areas better served by Verizon cellular service. Either way, assuming both Verizon and AT&T will be on the starting line together when iPhone 5 (or 4S, or whatever) comes out, it will be the first time they both launch a new iPhone at the same time. Let the games begin!

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Verizon iPhone 4 May Be About To Get $50 Cheaper

Verizon iPhone price drop rumorSure, now may not be the best time to get an iPhone 4 with rumors that Apple is ready to start manufacturing the next model for release in September, but that won’t stop the carriers from trying to entice you anyway — such as Verizon Wireless, who may be dropping the existing model by nearly soon.

9to5Mac is reporting that the 16GB iPhone 4 may soon get a nice little price drop, at least on Verizon Wireless. According to VZBuzz, a leaked image appears to show a forthcoming Verizon web-only discount on many popular models, and tucked away in the lower left corner is none other than the 16GB iPhone 4 for only 0.99.

“Perhaps the iPhone 4 is your phone of choice so how about a possible sale price of 0.99 which is an unheard of price break courtesy of Big Red,” the report reveals. “Apple is known for their fair pricing model which usually only providers retailers with a window of around or so to discount devices. A .99 price break is almost to good to be true.”

Of course, as 9to5Mac points out, Walmart offered an even better deal on the iPhone 4 last month for only 7, so that lends some credence to the Verizon rumor. After all, with Apple reportedly having placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units to ship in September, it’s time to start clearing the shelves for the next model anyway…

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Verizon Wireless Predicted to Report Drop in iPhone Sales

Verizon Wireless storeWith the second quarter of 2011 now just a memory, analysts are already looking ahead to the financial results anticipated by many tech companies. Among them are Verizon Wireless, who is predicted to show a drop in iPhone 4 sales ahead of the presumed September launch of the next model.

Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that Verizon Wireless is expected to show a drop in iPhone 4 sales for the second quarter of 2011 which ended June 30. According to an analyst from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the company is not expected to match the previous quarter’s sales, which included the February 3 launch of the device on the largest U.S. carrier.

“iPhone sales will likely be a touch below the 2.2 million” that Verizon sold in the first quarter, claims Goldman Sachs analyst Jason Armstrong in a research note on Thursday. Due to the mid-quarter launch of the device on Verizon’s network, that number was already lower than many anticipated for the first quarter.

Armstrong made the announcement on the heels of a meeting with investor relations executives from Verizon Communications Inc., the parent company for the wireless division co-owned with Vodafone, but the company declined to comment. While Verizon hasn’t announced a date for their second-quarter financials as yet, Apple will be revealing theirs on July 19.

The analyst also announced that sales of Verizon’s other smartphones, including the company’s first 4G LTE handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, were “above the carrier’s expectations.”

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Verizon Tiered Pricing Coming in July

verizonIt was bound to happen sooner or later.  Now it looks like Verizon will indeed be following suit with AT&T, and will begin offering tiered data plans next month, which will replace unlimited data.

Droid Life reported
today that Verizon will start to offer three data plan options to customers on July 7: 2GB for a month, a 5GB offer for a month, and then a 10GB plan for a month.

If you’re hoping to tether your device, expect to cough up an additional per a month, but on the flip side, you’ll also get an extra 2GB of data.  If a customer happens to go over their allotted plan, then overages will be billed at a rate of for each extra gigabyte of data.  Tablet users can expect to see their 1GB for a month plan get swapped with a new 3GB for a month offering instead.

Similar to AT&T’s move, existing customers will be grandfathered into their current plan and shouldn’t see any ramifications from the new rate plans.  Current subscribers will have the option to upgrade to a new handset without being forced to give up their current plans.

Verizon representative Brenda Raney had advised AllThingsD that Verizon “will move to a more usage-based model in July,” and that the company would “share more later.”

What do you think about the move readers?  Love it?  Hate it?  Don’t care?  Feel free to leave your thoughts below!

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