Verizon is planning to bring back unlimited data.
As from Monday, Verizon customers will be able to get unlimited data with talks and texts included at $80.
The company confirmed that its new introductory plan will not exclude up to 10 GB of mobile hotspot usage, calling and sending text messages to Mexico and Canada. In addition, it will allow its customers to enjoy other services such as streaming unlimited HD video, as it thumbs its nose at T-Mobile’s controversial exercise of reducing video quality among its unlimited data customers, reports Gizmodo.
Although “fast LTE speeds” is one of the promises provided in the new Verizon’s plan, those customers who uses a lot of data may suffer. “After a customer uses data of 22GB on a line during a billing cycle, it may prioritize users behind other customers in the event of network congestion,” said the company spokesperson. This is said to be a standard practice by all network companies that offer unlimited data plans.
Verizon eliminated its version of unlimited data plan in 2011 for the first time, following decisions of similar kind made by other major wireless carriers.
But most network providers have been steadily reviewing such plans.
After introducing a new “safety mode plan for the first time summer, Verizon overhauled its data-usage plans. Technically, this enabled customers to access unlimited data, though they were subjected to slow internet access speed after going over their allotted data.
Similarly, in December, AT&T also overage fees for their customers. Just like Verizon, AT&T also subjected their customers to slow speed on reaching their data limit on their plans. Earlier last year, this company came back with unlimited plans which is only allocated to homes with both AT&T wireless phone service, DirecTV or U-Verse TV.
Meanwhile, competitors Sprint and T-Mobile made their own bids with the aim of attracting customers who are after “unlimited data” plans.
While the competition does still undercut it on price, Verizon’s plan delivers high definition video and lets you use your smartphone as a wireless hotspot for up to 10GB of data at no additional charge.
T-Mobile and Sprint limit their mobile video streams to a lower resolution, though both carriers allow for users to purchase the ability to stream in HD.