At this point, it seems inevitable that all four major carriers will eventually move to tiered data pricing, we just don't know when each company will make the switch. Today we can add another name to the list of carriers using tiered data, as Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg has told investors that Big Red will be moving to tiered pricing in the next four to six months. However, it's not clear if Mr. Seidenberg means that only Verizon's 4G data will be tiered or if 3G data is affected, as well. We do know that they won't be copying AT&T's tiered offerings, as Ivan said that his company isn't sure that they "agree yet with how [AT&T] valued the data." Mr. Seidenberg also touched on the mythical Verizon iPhone, saying that his carrier would love to offer the device, but that he doesn't feel like they've earned it. He also said that he hopes Apple will come around eventually, hinting that Verizon's upcoming LTE network may be just the thing to seal the deal between the two companies.
We've heard several rumors in the past stating that Verizon will be moving to tiered data at some point in the future, but it seems that most of the information pointed toward LTE data being offered in tiers, not the regular 3G data that we've come to know and love. As for the Verizon iPhone, it, too, seems inevitable, especially considering how many AT&T customers have admitted that they'd be willing to switch to VZW if an iPhone was made available on that network. Many still believe that Mr. Seidenberg will use his CES 2011 keynote speech to announce a Verizon-compatible iPhone, and while I'm still not completely sold on the idea, it would make for a killer opening to one of the biggest events in the tech industry.