Verizon to roll out tiered wireless data plans

Verizon will follow the lead of competitor AT&T by introducing its own version of tiered pricing for wireless plans, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The announcement comes as the next wave of fourth-generation wireless devices is growing in popularity and consumers are increasingly using smartphones to connect to the Web, adding to the demands on carriers' networks. Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg said his firm would likely roll out the new pricing over the next six months.

"We didn't need to be first on tiered pricing," Seidenberg said at an investor conference on Thursday. "We're not sure we agree yet with how they [AT&T] valued the data."

He said Verizon would love to carry the Apple iPhone on its 4G networks bu declined to speculate on when the phone would be available to Verizon subscribers.

"At some point, Apple will get with the program," he said.

Seidenberg also spoke out against the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband access as a telecom service, calling it a bad idea. Verizon released a joint proposal with Google earlier this summer for open Internet regulations; that proposal has attracted a great deal of criticism from net neutrality advocates but appears to have become the new baseline for negotiations between stakeholders, industry and the FCC.