I know what you’re probably thinking: is it April 1st? Have I somehow skipped the rest of February and the entirety of March to arrive on the day where pranks fly? No, I can assure you that it is not. It is, in fact, February 12th, and Verizon has got a big Valentine’s Day present for data-hungry users out there. Verizon has announced that starting tomorrow they will offer Verizon Unlimited— a new unlimited data plan. I’m just as surprised as you are.
In a very Uncarrier-like move, Verizon Wireless president Ronan Dunne took to the company’s YouTube account to announce this new plan. Saying he couldn’t possibly wait until tomorrow when the plan goes live, the video — which you can view above — talks about how since joining the company back in September, Dunne has noticed Verizon’s “obsession with world class connectivity” and their “passion for providing customers with a superior experience.” This was apparently the impetus to create Verizon Unlimited, and not, for example, the legions of customers that have been abandoning ship to carriers that offer unlimited plans.
Verizon has, as Dunne suggests, worked tirelessly (yet quietly) behind the scenes in order to deliver what customers have been asking for, and even he realizes that viewers may be surprised at this announcement. It is somewhat hard to believe that a company who heretofore has been one of the more stingy carriers when it comes to data overages and fees would announce a new unlimited plan. But that’s where we are.
To get started, there are two ways to get Verizon Unlimited:
- $80 for unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphone with paper-free billing and AutoPay.
- $45 per line for four lines with unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphones and tablets with paper-free billing and AutoPay.
The multi-line option obviously sounds like the better deal if you’ve got the family members or devices to handle it. You aren’t just getting unlimited data though, your plan also includes:
- HD video streaming
- Mobile Hotspot (10GB per month)
- Calling and texting to Mexico and Canada
- Up to 500 MB/day of 4G LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada
There are, of course, several caveats to the “unlimited” name:
To ensure a quality experience for all customers, after 22 GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle we may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion. While we don’t expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers.
While it stinks to see any verbiage about data prioritization on an “unlimited” data plan, all of the other carriers “unlimited” plans do something similar. You’re also going to get a lot of data before anything like that happens, most users won’t even touch 22GB per month.
What do you think about Verizon Unlimited? Are you in shock? Surprised? Don’t know what to do with yourself? You aren’t alone. Tell us all about it in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.Source: Verizon