Unless the entire internet and print media are wrong, we're just over 12 hours away from the Verizon iPhoneannouncement, yet many questions remain about unlimited data, tethering, mobile hotspot, simultaneous voice and data, and international roaming.
Will any of these be supported by a Verizon iPhone? Some of them? None of them? Let's take a look.
Now that we all just pretty take it for granted that the Verizon iPhone will be announced tomorrow and ship around the end of the month we can start sweating the details like -- will Verizon's network be able to handle the AT&T-crushing load and will they still offer unlimited data plans. According to "a person familiar with the matter" (probably not Steve Jobs, right?), the Wall Street Journal says the answer to both questions is "yes":
In a move designed to match Verizon's recent price drop, AT&T has announced a new $100 unlimited voice/data plan for iPhone users, though it doesn't cover SMS which is still an extra $20 for unlimited. Here's the relevant passage from the presser:
The Wall Street Journal has an article up today saying the iPhone uses more data than your average smartphone and suggesting:
In the short term, carriers should abandon unlimited data pricing plans. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless already charge extra for heavy users with wirelessly connected laptops. They will have to contemplate similar strategies for smartphone users.