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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Verizon ending unlimited data plans July 7

Verizon will grandfather in existing unlimited plans. (Amy Sancetta - AP)
Verizon confirmed that it will switch from unlimited data plans to a tiered data plan system, starting Thursday.

Customers who already have unlimited plans will be grandfathered in, though it’s not clear what will happen when those subscribers renew their plans, The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang reported.

The new plans will offer 2GB of data for $30 per month, 5GB for $50 and 10 GB for $80.

Feature phone customers can have 75 MB of data for $10 per month.

The change is sure to be unpopular with customers, if the comments on other reports have been any indication, but Verizon spokeswoman Melanie Ortel told Ideas@Innovations that 95 percent of Verizon customers use less than 2 gigabytes per month. The company will also include an automatic alert system to notify users as they approach the 50, 75, 90, 100 and 110 percent usage points in their plan, and provide tools to monitor data use.

Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told The Post that Verizon will also begin charging $30 for unlimited mobile wireless hot spots, which were previously free.

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