After a lot of waiting, Verizon customers can finally rejoice now that the company has opted to bring back its unlimited data plan. If you, like so many others, are doing backflips over the recent announcement, you may want to consider exactly what Verizon means by “unlimited data.”
At a first look, the Verizon unlimited data plan seems pretty straightforward … for $80 you get unlimited data for a single line which includes talking and texting. Of course, that doesn’t includes the taxes and fees.
Seems crystal clear, right? Well, here’s where things can get a little tricky when you look at the fine print. (Don’t you just HATE it when that happens?)
The Hotspot Limit
When many people think unlimited data, they automatically assume they’ve hit data pay dirt. Unfortunately, unlimited data does NOT mean you can tether all your mobile devices and get free data for everything. There is, in fact, a limit on using your phone as a portable WiFi hotspot.
Verizon allows for 10 GB per month per line of LTE tethering before cutting you back to 3G speeds. And considering many thirty party testers have said that the actual speed may be even higher, the offering does seem fairly reasonable compared to AT&T who doesn’t currently allow customers to use their phone as mobile hotspots at all.
If you’re really racking up the data on your line, Verizon may slow down your service. How much data, you ask? According to the company’s FAQ, the threshold is 22 gigs, which is also reasonable compared to other carriers who are de-prioritizing customers due to network congestion.
Confusing Pricing Structure
At first glance, Verizon’s price listings have led many customers to believe that the unlimited plan actually costs more than the 8GB plan, but in reality, the 8GB plan is $10 more per month. Others have also misinterpreted the pricing structure and think the Verizon unlimited data plan really costs $95 per month. It’s also important to note that the lowest available prices are contingent on the customer using automatic payments.
All in all, with the confusion aside, the Verizon unlimited data plan seems to stack up well against competing plans from the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. For further clarification, it’s best to speak to a Verizon representative directly or check out their FAQ by clicking here.