After months of scoffing at the thought, Verizon is seems ready to concede that unlimited data is really making a comeback in the wireless industry. The company started offering its customers the Verizon Unlimited plan, which is designed to compete with the similar offerings from each of Verizon’s three national competitors.
Verizon follows in the footsteps of T-Mobile and Sprint, which both offer various ‘unlimited’ plans. Both the smaller companies have been nipping at the heels of the big dogs, Verizon and AT&T, and it is interesting to see Verizon, which has a reputation for being the most reliable carrier—but also the most expensive—finally re-enter the unlimited waters.
The plan will cost $80 for an individual line or $45 for each line on a four-line family plan. Those prices are described as ‘introductory’ and require both paperless billing and AutoPay to be enabled. Customers get full LTE speeds until they reach 22GB of usage, after which they will be subject to reduced data speeds and de-prioritization.
The unlimited plan also allows customers to extend their phone’s data connection to a laptop or other device for up to 10GB of high-speed data; after 10GB, the mobile hotspot connection gets slowed to 3G speeds. Travelers to Canada and Mexico will also get 500 MB of 4G LTE per day during their visits. Verizon offers an unlimited HD video streaming with its plan.
It’s the most expensive unlimited plan out of the four top national carriers.
Unlimited data plans are also offered by T-Mobile and Sprint — but do not come with HD video streaming.
T-Mobile’s unlimited plan comes at $70 per month per line or $160 for four lines, and includes unlimited data, talk and text.
Sprint offers the same service at $50 per month per line or five lines at $90 per month. Both carriers include taxes and fees in their charges.
AT&T does not offer unlimited data to its wireless customers.