Beiginning on September 8th, Verizon will begin to ennforce a new data plan requirement for non smartphone devices with QWERTY keyboards, HTML browsers and EVDO Rev. A access that launch on or after the date.
The first handset to launch under the above criteria will be the previously covered Samsung Rogue which features the above four criteria in order to force the new series of data plans for the above handset type.
The future phones released under the above specifications will no longer be allowed to be sold without a data plan, with the only options allowed on the new devices being the new $9.99 per month for 25MB and $19.99 per month for 75 MB data plans along with the standard Nationwide Connect/Premium data plans.
Because of the new data plan structure, the venerable V CAST VPak data plan for all phones will be grandfathed for current customers, with Verizon eliminating unlimited device data access, while allowing unlimited bandwidth for video streaming and the ESPN MVP application.