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Update: AT&T, Verizon Wireless Mull Metered Billing

In a conference call this week, executives from AT&T and Verizon Wireless remained cryptic about much-discussed plans for metered wireless data billing in the future.

As long-term evolution technology is launched over the next year or two, it’s assumed that the big carriers will start to abandon unlimited data plans, which won’t be sustainable if they want to make more money. Of course, any talk of this is met quickly with criticism from wireless subscribers who have become used to getting an all-you-can-eat buffet of data.

Both AT&T and Verizon have made it clear over the past couple of months that unlimited plans are likely on their way out; they just haven’t decided – or perhaps they have, but just haven’t released – ideas on how to eliminate them without bringing about rioting in the streets.

During a GSM Association conference call Thursday, Verizon Wireless’ Vice President of network strategy, Tom Sawanobori, said, “It’s worth thinking about something that is usage-based, but nothing has been decided yet,” according to Light Reading.

Kris Rinne, senior vice president of architecture and planning for AT&T, said the issue is “still being looked at” at his company.


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