That's what it should have been to begin with. Or even just lower cost.
No one is going to pay business-device smartphone fees for a feature phone that can post to your Facebook account.
Behind the scenes at Verizon, this must have been argued very loudly, and some people slapped for their original greed/idiocy, to see this coming back in this [corrected] plan now.
I don't recall bad reviews of the devices for what they were - just "this isn't WP7, so why would you pay the same rates as a full-blown WP7 device?"