The New Verizon Unlimited Data Plan is a new unlimited data plan including unlimited talk and text, plus unlimited 4G LTE data with HD video streaming.
If you use more than 22GB of data per line per month, Verizon may de-prioritize your data usage in favor of other customers on the Verizon network.
Bring your own phone or get your new devices with Monthly Device Payments or Full Price. Verizon provides a 0% payment option which allows you to pay off your phone in monthly amounts. It is simply the full price of the phone divided by 24 equal payments. At any time, simply pay out the remaining payments to finish your payment plan. If you voluntarily suspend service plan, you'll still need to make your monthly payments for your phone.
Unlimited calling to/from Mexico and Canada is included, plus up to 500 MB/day of 4G LTE data roaming is also included when traveling to Mexico and Canada for free.
Use your capable smartphones and tablets as Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional cost for 10GB of tethering per month.
Get a 500MB per day limit when traveling overseas for $10 per day.
With The Verizon Plan, the following features are also included:
2-day shipping on all phones and devices orders is now free when you buy any new phone online and activate it on a new line of service. Delivery within the U.S. only, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
Verizon is America’s largest 4G LTE network. Its 4G network is 100% LTE and covers over 97% of Americans.
Verizon LTE Advanced now covers more than 470 cities with 50% faster peak speeds for compatible LTE Advanced devices.
|Plan||Verizon Wireless Unlimited (U) Plan||-||$80.00|
|Minutes||Unlimited National Minutes (+ to/from Canada & Mexico)||-||-|
|Data||Unlimited Data (Top data users (>26GB/mo.) may notice reduced speeds during congestion until next bill cycle. )||-||-|
|Messages||Unlimited (Nationwide & International Text to over 200 countries in the world)||-||-|
|Fees||One-Time Activation Fee||$30.00||-|
|Additional minutes||$0.00 per minute|
|Text messages||$0.00 each|
|Picture messages||$0.00 each|
Verizon Wireless was formed in 2000, as a merger between GTE Wireless and Bell Atlantic. It’s currently the second largest mobile service provider in the US, coming in just behind AT&T with over 98 million subscribers.
Verizon has a proud history of firsts in the US – it was the first US company to launch a wireless high-speed broadband 3G network, and this has extended to being the first to build a large-scale 4G LTE network, which was launched in late 2010.
Since its inception, Verizon has invested more than $80 billion to increase the coverage and capacity of its nationwide network, and it seems to be paying off; it’s widely claimed that the company have the best network in the US. There’s no arguing that Verizon’s network coverage is extensive (and reportedly fast). Its LTE network is undeniably its biggest asset; it’s currently available in over 250 more markets than closest rival AT&T’s 4G offerings and is America’s largest 4G LTE network, being accessible to around 89% of the US population. While AT&T uses combined LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul to layer its ‘4G’ network, Verizon’s 4G LTE outpaces HSPA+ significantly, so may be a favourable option for customers in major metropolitan areas looking to take advantage of their 4G capable devices.
Verizon also have a reputation for great coverage in rural areas, and have roaming agreements with other carriers for the few areas of the US that its network doesn’t reach.
What separates Verizon from the other major carriers in terms of plans, is the introduction of Share Everything Plans as its exclusive contract-based offer. While the company still offers prepaid and pay-as-you-go plans, they’ve switched their post-paid focus to data usage, and have begun to cater to customers, and in particular families, who own multiple devices. Share Everything Plans include unlimited phone calls and texting, and start at $90 per month for one smartphone and 1GB of data. Prices increase based on the number and type of devices included in the plan and the amount of data required. Verizon has provided plan options for people who own several devices (e.g. a smartphone and a tablet) or families looking to pool costs and save money rather than forking out for multiple plans. However, for customers who aren’t big talkers or texters, these plans will offer considerably less value.
Verizon is a CDMA carrier, but does offer dual CDMA/GSM handsets, meaning international coverage is an option if you have a dual phone, and Verizon offer voice and data services in more than 200 destinations globally. However, for frequent travellers, a GSM carrier may prove to be more economical and convenient.
The company also has a good reputation for customer service, although still lags behind T-Mobile’s glowing reviews. Verizon operates more than 1900 retail stores across the country, and has dedicated live chat and telephone support 24/7.
The main downside to Verizon is that the company’s plans are usually a little pricier than those of the other major carriers. However, some customers will feel that this is a worthwhile trade-off in order to access what has been awarded the best network in the US, with extensive coverage and impressive data speeds.