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Verizon Introduces $80 Unlimited Data Plan With 10GB of 4G LTE Tethering

Verizon today introduced its first unlimited data plan since 2011. Verizon Unlimited, which includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data, will cost $80 per month for a single smartphone or tablet, or $45 per month for four lines. The plan will be available to new and existing customers starting Monday.

Verizon on Monday confirmed that $80 per month for a single line includes its $20 line access charge. It also confirmed that two lines cost $70 each per month, and three lines cost $54 each per month. Electronic billing with AutoPay is required. Taxes and any device payments if applicable are extra.

Verizon Unlimited includes 10GB of 4G LTE tethering per month, with tethering reduced to 3G speeds after the 10GB of usage. The plan includes full HD video streaming, unlike T-Mobile and Sprint's optimized plans that stream video at 480p, and AT&T's opt-out Stream Saver mode that likewise reduces video quality.

The plan also includes calling and texting to Mexico and Canada, and up to 500MB per day of 4G LTE roaming in those countries.

In line with rivals AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, Verizon may de-prioritize customers who exceed 22GB of data usage in a billing cycle in the event of network congestion, so its definition of "unlimited" will be debated. However, Verizon said customers should not expect this de-prioritization to happen often.

Verizon said customers can add a smartwatch or other connected device for an extra $5 per month. TravelPass, offering customers 500MB per day of 4G LTE data while traveling outside of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, reduced to 2G speeds thereafter, is available for an extra $10 per day.

Verizon becomes the last of the "Big Four" U.S. carriers to (again) offer unlimited data. AT&T's unlimited data plan starts at $150 per month when you factor in the minimum cost of a required AT&T U-verse or DirecTV subscription, while T-Mobile ONE starts at $70 per month and Sprint Unlimited starts at $50 per month.

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1 week ago
Remember to thank T-Mobile on your way to Verizon. :p
Rating: 12 Votes
1 week ago
De prioritise is a lovely euphemism. As in, I'm not ignoring my ex girlfriends calls i have just de prioritised them
Rating: 11 Votes
1 week ago
Just had to double check the calendar to make sure it's not April Fool's Day.

At first I thought it meant it was $80 for unlimited data, but then saw it includes talk and text as well. So by my understanding, for me being on a solo plan I could get unlimited talk text and data for JUST $80 a month? That hardly seems true. What's the catch?
Rating: 11 Votes
1 week ago
TIL that a checkmark means there's a footnote.

Verizon Unlimited includes 10GB of 4G LTE tethering per month, with data reduced to 3G speeds after the 10GB of usage.
Rating: 11 Votes
1 week ago

Taxes fees and you'll be reduced to 3G speeds after 10GB of usage

You might want to try re-reading the article. The 10GB is for tethering only. Regular data spedd is exactly like Tmobile. After 22gb you might get deprioritised. Tmobile doesn't even give you LTE tether speeds without an extra fee. Seems the tables they are a turning.
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago
Hmmm this could make me dump AT&T
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago

Meanwhile, in Denmark...

I'm paying $17 a month for:
- Unlimited calls
- Unlimited SMS/MMS
- Unlimited data
- Some other stuff I never use

'Sup, America?

Why does this always have to come up? What does this have to do with anything? How much does your gas cost or all kinds of other things that are cheaper in US? How much larger of a network do US carriers have to create, maintain, and upgrade compared to Denmark? What's the pint of any of this? "'Sup" indeed.
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago
Competition at its finest.

In the end, consumers win.
Rating: 9 Votes
1 week ago
Gotta thank Obama and his Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department for this. Their decision to block the T-Mobile-AT&T merger led directly to the sequence of events and the competition that bring us here today. Unfortunately the process of treating cable and landline companies in a similar way is now being blocked by Trump's FCC, so we're not going to see a similar effect on our cable and DSL service unless the wireless companies can really put 5G on a level playing field with landline service--or unless Google Fiber gets a lot more ambitious, or unless state legislatures stop being bought by the phone companies and start letting a lot more cities and towns develop their own municipal broadband.

With VZ and T-Mobile now with serious, workable plans and with Sprint at least trying on a bit of flim-flam at a very low price, will AT&T stop trying to hawk satellite TV subscriptions and start doing a serious plan of their own?
Rating: 8 Votes
1 week ago
is AT&T the only company that hasn't brought it back?

Also interesting comcast is going limited while the carriers are slowly going back to unlimited
Rating: 7 Votes

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