Verizon Forcing Data Plans for Smarter Feature Phones

I guess the end of summer means "ramp up the data charges" for carriers, since Verizon's about force anyone with an "enhanced multimedia phone"—basically, phones with a QWERTY keyboard, EVDO Rev. A and HTML browser—to pick their (mandatory) choice between a $10/month plan with 25MB or $20/month for 75MB. It starts for all phones launching on or after Sept. 8. [BGR]


Gin and Panic

Awaiting all the posters who claimed AT&T were Satan in corporate form to jump in and defend this as a "smart move" for Verizon.

(Not really, but there seems to be a lot of T hate for things that aren't exclusive to the new Ma Bell.)