Rumour: Verizon Tiered Data Plans Start Oct 28

We've known for a while that Verizon's tiered data pricing was coming soon, but now we've got a supposed date when you can kiss the unlimited data buffet goodbye: October 28. But all's not lost for smartphone owners.

According to Engadget, there will still a $US30/month unlimited plan for smartphone owners, with an option to downgrade to $US15 for 150MB/month, with a $US0.10/MB overage charge.

Where you start getting squeezed? Tablets. In addition to $US20/1GB, $US35/3GB and $US50/5GB plans, there will be a hefty $US80/10GB option for slate owners, all with overage charges of $US10/1GB.

Additionally, MiFi and FiveSpot customers connecting via laptop will have to choose between $US50/5GB and $US80/8GB plans. Feature phone buyers can choose between a $US2 "pay as you go" plan, $US15/50MB and $US30 for unlimited data.

All in all, it's not nearly as bad as it could have been, especially if you're a smartphone owner. But it bears keeping in mind that these plans are for 3G only, and Verizon's long pointed at 4G as when they'll really get into limited data plans. [Engadget]