Friday, May 08, 2009

Will MiFi plans become Verizon's new EVDO mobile broadband options?

UPDATE: 05/14/09 -- as suspected, Verizon has updated their mobile broadband plans.

We noted earlier that Verizon's MiFi 2200 press release included information about data plan options... but that the plans were different than current data plans.

Here's what was included in the MiFi press release yesterday:
  • $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
  • $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage
Compare that to what was available as recently as a few minutes ago:

In case you aren't seeing the difference, the $39.99/mo plan increases the allowed monthly usage from a ridiculous 50MB to a larger (but still paltry) 250MB, and reduced the overage charge from 25cents/MB to 10cents/MB.

In addition to the changes on the lower cost plan, the overage charge for the $59.99/mo plan that allows for 5GB of data per month has dropped from 25cents/MB all the way down to 5cents/MB -- which is exactly what rival Sprint has been charging ever since they started data plan overage charges in November, 2008.

The question we're pondering -- are the plans from yesterday's press release going to be "MiFi specific"? ... or are they going to be the plans made available to all mobile broadband devices like the current USB760 when the MiFi 2200 launches?

You can see the press release at:

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