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Verizon iPhone 5: How Far Will You Go For Unlimited Data?

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With the iPhone 5 release date now rumored to be as close as next month with pre-orders kicking off on September 12, many fans who have their contracts up for renewal or those who just want to upgrade no matter what the cost, will be keeping an eye on Apple for the announcement.

Verizon iPhone 5 with unlimited data may cost you a bomb

However things have changed a fair bit since 2011 when the iPhone 4S was announced. While it was still possible to upgrade to the iPhone 4S last year on Verizon and AT&T while still keeping your grandfathered unlimited data plan, things are slightly different now. In particular with Verizon subscribers.

As Verizon explained earlier this year, if you wish to retain your unlimited data plan, you would be required to buy your next phone unsubsidized. If you decided to get it on the cheaper $199 contract option, you would immediately be moved to a tiered data plan.

This is quite the conundrum for those interested in the Verizon iPhone 5, in particular because one of the most expensive smartphones on the market right now to by unsubsidized is in fact iPhones. Buyers could find themselves shelling out anywhere from $700 to $900 for a brand new unlocked Verizon iPhone 5.

So the question is, will you resort to this in order to keep your unlimited data plan? Or will you move to tiered data so as to get your hands on an iPhone 5 for cheap (in the short-term)?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.