We’ve seen quite a few wireless carriers institute policies wherein new activated smartphones are required to sign up for some sort of wireless data plan too. This makes sense, I suppose, for the iPhones and BlackBerry devices of the world. Verizon is taking this concept several steps further by forcing non-smartphones to get data plans too.
You would have to sign up for a potentially pricey wireless data option for your older Motorola RAZR just yet, but they are looking to force data plans on anyone with an “enhanced multimedia phone.” What does this mean? Well, it points toward the “feature phones” in their lineup that aren’t technically smartphones.
You could look at something like the LG enV Touch, for example, that comes with smartphone-like features without having a true smartphone platform. More specifically, Verizon is eyeing any handset with a QWERTY keyboard, high-speed EVDO Rev.A, and a true HTML web browser.
If you are looking to pick up one of these kinds of phones, Verizon will get you to choose between a $10 a month plan for 25MB of data or a $20 a month plan for 75MB. This does away with the cheaper “unlimited web surfing” type options that usually accompanied these so-called feature dumbphones.
The policy goes in place for all phones launching as of September 8th of this year.