Verizon Announces New Unlimited Data Plan For Prepaid Customers

26 April 2017, 6:52 am EDT By Andrew Norman Tech Times
Verizon launched its unlimited data plan for prepaid customers on April 25. The plan from the network operator is priced at $80 per month, including unlimited calling and texting.  ( David Ramos | Getty Images )

Unlimited data plans for smartphones and tablets are highly sought after as consumers like to use the internet without having to worry about any caps. To ensure maximum customer satisfaction, on April 25, Verizon introduced an unlimited data plan for its prepaid consumers.

However, Verizon's unlimited data plan is also not entirely unlimited in the sense that after a certain amount of data has been used, the speed will be throttled.

Verizon Unlimited Data Plan: Any Caveats?

The new plan is limited to prepaid customers and is priced at $80 per month. It includes free voice calling nationally, as well as to Mexico and Canada. The plan would also allow users free messaging to over 200 international markets.

"This plan is all about giving our prepaid customers more choice. With data plans from as little as 2 GB to unlimited data, we've got a plan that fits your needs," Tami Erwin, Executive Vice President of operations for Verizon shared.

The data is unlimited but as is the case with most unlimited plans, comes with some caveats. The $80 plan limits video streaming to just 480p, which means that customers will not be able to watch videos in HD if they subscribe to this plan. The same limitation is also imposed on the T-Mobile unlimited plan where the 480p is the cap for all video streams.

Another major hindrance to the Verizon unlimited data plan is that it does not allow mobile hotspots or tethering. This means that only a single device can use an unlimited data connection at a given time. The carrier also mentioned that it "may prioritize your data behind other customers during times/places of network congestion."

Other Plans For Prepaid Customers

Apart from the unlimited data plan for prepaid consumers, Verizon also introduced some other limited data plans for customers a few months ago. The carrier offers 5 GB of data for $50 a month and 10 GB of data for $70. A 3 GB plan is also available for $45, while the 6 GB plan bears a monthly price of $60. Verizon also has a basic free calling and texting plan for just $30 per month.

The unlimited data plan for prepaid consumers comes few days after it was reported that Verizon lost around 307,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2017. It remains to be seen whether the company can manage to win back some of those subscribers with this new plan, or whether the lack of HD video streaming and mobile hotspot becomes a deal breaker.

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