Verizon Prepping Family Data Plans for Mid-Year Launch
Verizon Wireless expects to offer family data plans by the middle of the year. Verizon CTO Fran Shammo, speaking at an investor conference, said that the company has been researching shared data plans for a year and is taking its time to make sure it figures out the right way to approach it. Shammo said it is "a very complex equation because we have to make sure that it's good for Verizon and it's also good for our customer. It's important to realize that the day we launch this account billing, everybody won't be migrating to the account billing day one. This is going to be a long-term migration into where we want to get data plan sharing, but this will be more of a 4G play." Shammo didn't specifically say if the data plans would require LTE 4G devices, not did he share any details regarding pricing. Shared data plans will allow multiple devices to pool the same bucket of monthly data usage.
Verizon's Sponsored Video Content Goes Live This Week
Verizon Wireless customers will be able to watch go90 video content for free beginning this week, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Verizon first said it would zero-rate the go90 video content early last month thanks to support from its FreeBee Data 360 sponsored data service.
Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future
Verizon Wireless will not follow AT&T and T-Mobile's data rollover programs with one of its own. "We're a leader, not a follower," said Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.
Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month
Verizon Wireless confirmed plans to disconnect select customers who consume more than 100 GB of mobile data per month. Verizon is specifically targeting customers who have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans and are taking advantage to use extreme amounts of data.
Verizon Brings Back 2 GB Data Promo
Verizon Wireless has resurrected its bonus LTE data program for people who subscribe to its XL and XXL plans. For a limited time, customers who upgrade or activate a new phone with a device payment will receive a 2 GB data bonus per month "for life." The 2 GB of bonus data is available to each line on a plan up to 10 lines.
Verizon Turns On 'Always-On Data' for Prepaid Subs
Verizon Wireless added a feature called Always-On Data to its prepaid plans that will keep customers connected even if they use up all their LTE data. In short, people who subscribe to Verizon's prepaid smartphone plans will have access to an unlimited amount of free 2G surfing at 128Kbps once they've consumed their plan's LTE data bucket.