Verizon’s Unlimited Data Plan Service Goes Live Today
Verizon recently announced that it will start re-offering an unlimited data plan to its customers starting February 13. Unlimited data on Verizon will cost $80 for one line (paper-free billing and AutoPay) and $45 per line for four lines with unlimited data.
Verizon offers HD (720p) video streaming and 10GB of LTE speeds when customers use their phones as a mobile Internet hotspot. The video streaming quality is higher than for T-Mobile’s unlimited plan, launched in August last year.
T-Mobile offered customers with T-Mobile One unlimited plans the option to pay $15 add-on in order to stream videos with a quality higher than 480p. This caused some complaints from customers, which is why Verizon came with a better offer, but for 10$ more than on T-Mobile.
Verizon’s unlimited plan is more expensive than on Sprint, which offers unlimited data for $60 per month, while AT&T’s plan starts at $100 per month, with an included subscription to the carrier’s DirecTV and U-verse services.
LTE speed switches to 2GB after 22GB of used data
Verizon’s latest plan also offers unlimited calling and texting to Canada and Mexico, aside from 500 MB per day of LTE data in those countries. Customers would have to get a TravelPass for $10 per day (500 MB/day limit; 2G speeds after that) while overseas.
In addition, after 22GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle, Verizon may prioritize usage behind other customers in case of network congestion. Verizon still offers the 5GB, S, M and L Verizon plans for customers who aren’t interested in the unlimited data plan.
Verizon’s unlimited plan comes after CFO Fran Shammo said last year that the company’s customers don’t need unlimited data. Since then, other carriers have heavily promoted their unlimited data plans, which convinced Verizon that consumers are indeed interested in such an offering.
“We’ve built our network so we can manage all the activity customers undertake. Everything we’ve done is to provide the best experience on the best network – and we’ve built it for the future, not just for today,” said Ronan Dunne, president Verizon Wireless.