Verizon has just rolled out their new unlimited data plan. In previous years, when other major phone-service providers came out with unlimited data plans, Verizon chose to stay limited due to the fact that many customers do not use more than 10 gigabytes of data on their own. Verizon also stated that people always think “bigger is better” when in reality, it isn’t. Now that Verizon has started to offer the unlimited data plan, their sales have increased.
For other companies, this means more competition. The three other major phone service providers in the United States, being Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, have had an unlimited data plan set in place; although, these companies may now tweak their pricing or add more benefits for when you switch to that company’s unlimited data service plan.
There are many nuances to Verizon’s plan. One being that they may throttle your speed if you exceed a certain amount of gigabytes (GB); although, you will still be able to consume data. Verizon also has a hot-spot option where customers will be allowed to use 10GB each month of LTE tethering. After that limit, customers will be dropped down to 3G, which is not a significant drawback as Verizon is still slightly faster with 3G than most of the other 21st century companies. With the unlimited data plan, you cannot apply corporate, employee, student and federal discounts, though Verizon will still offer military and veteran discounts.
Free of charge, customers will still only be able to call within the US and Canada. If you are considering to switch, Verizon has a program that gives you a prepaid card up to $650 when you make the switch. This can then be used towards your bill or international add-ons, which can be purchased if you call or text internationally frequently (not including Canada). Details can be found on the Switch to Verizon Page on their website. Verizon also offers a referral program and rewards program so that you can get what you paid for and a little bit more. Verizon has their own services including a RCS messaging app, a personal cloud, and a stellar account management app, so it might be worthwhile to get those if you do intend on switching.