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Verizon's data plans are getting a price hike (and at least 30 percent more data)

By Shawn Knight
Jul 6, 2016
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  1. Verizon on Wednesday announced that it’ll soon be increasing the cost of its wireless data plans by as much as $10 per month. The price hike includes at least 30 percent more data per month as well as a couple of other perks exclusive to higher-tier subscribers.

    Beginning July 7 (tomorrow), Verizon’s smallest data plan, dubbed “S,” will include 2GB of high-speed data at a price of $35, a $5 increase. It’s “M” plan for $50 will now feature 4GB of data while the “L” bundle affords 8GB for $70. The top tier “XL” and “XXL” plans will offer 16GB and 24GB of data for $90 and $100, respectively.

    Verizon simplified its rate plans last summer, adopting a S-XXL structure like you'd find on clothing.

    Also new for Verizon is Carryover Data, a feature that rolls over unused data from one month to the next. Like AT&T’s Rollover Data offering, rolled data will expire at the end of the month it was rolled to versus something like T-Mobile’s plan where rolled over data lasts up to a year.

    Verizon is also introducing Safety Mode which kicks in whenever you’ve used up your monthly data allotment. Safety Mode data is slow – limited to 128kbps – and comes with a $5 fee each month it is used. If you’re on the XL or XXL plans, however, Safety Mode is complementary. If you prefer high-speed data outside of your plan, it’ll cost you $15 per GB.

    Another perk with the two high-end tiers is unlimited calling to Canada and Mexico plus talk, text and data usage while traveling in those countries. Those on lower-tier plans will have to pay $5 a month for calling to those countries and $2 a day while traveling north and south of the border.

    Last but not least, the nation’s largest wireless provider has updated its My Verizon mobile app which provides access to data plans, monthly statements, Verizon’s online store, on-demand support and more.

    The new data plans will be available to both new and existing customers. Those who prefer to stick with their current data plan can opt to be grandfathered in.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,665   +312

    Where do they get these prices from??!? $7.50 per GB and $20 for connection.
     
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    "Where do they get these prices from??!? $7.50 per GB and $20 for connection."

    From the same place they get the idea that data should be sold by amount rather than by speed. Let's imagine that we lived in a logical world where mobile data was available in three tiers. The lowest speed would be enough to watch a low-res video or listen to CD-quality stereo, the middle speed would be fast enough to stream 720p video and high speed would let you watch a 1080p video. (High speed would probably only be available in the bigger cities unless the national carriers started expanding their network footprints - something they haven't done in over a decade.) Obviously, most of us would probably opt for the middle speed, and if we did there would almost never be network congestion...which means the wireless hustlers wouldn't be able to use network congestion as an excuse to never deliver on promised speeds. See how it works? The industry sells you a very limited bucket of bits with no guarantees that you'll be able to use it effectively...and even if you do they will slow you down and blame it on imaginary "congestion" rather than intentional throttling. The fact that AT&T, Verizon and these other jokers can get away with this nonsense shows you that the tens - and sometimes hundreds - of millions they spend lobbying every year is money well spent.
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  4. RedGuard

    RedGuard TS Rookie Posts: 22   +6

    I paid 6 euros and got 10 GB usable for 3 months. Twice.
     
  5. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Booster Posts: 75   +59

    I gave Verizon the biggest fattest middle finger a few years ago and I'm glad I never looked back. They are like a blood sucking vampire leech.
     
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Everything about these prices is awful.
     

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