Verizon Intros More Flexible Mix-and-Match Unlimited Plans
Verizon Wireless today overhauled its unlimited postpaid service plans. The company now offers three tiers of unlimited service that each has its own features. All three plans included unlimited talk and text, Verizon Up Rewards, and Canada/Mexico calling and texting. The base plan, called go unlimited, includes unlimited LTE data, DVD-quality video streams (480p), and 600 kbps mobile hotspot service. The beyond unlimited plan bumps high-speed service to 22 GB per month, improves video streaming to HD (720p), and boosts mobile hotspot to 15 GB per month at LTE speeds. The new above unlimited plan lets people use up to 75 GB of high-speed data, carries over HD video streaming, and improves mobile hotspot to 20 GB per month at LTE speeds. The above unlimited plan also adds five travel passes for use when roaming abroad, and 500 GB of Verizon cloud storage. Pricing is where things get interesting, but is why Verizon is calling it a mix-and-match plan. Families can pick a different unlimited plan for each member. A single line costs $75, $85, or $95 for the go unlimited, beyond unlimited, and above unlimited plans, respectively. Adding lines — no matter to which plan — offers a discount. For example, a three-person family could get one line of go unlimited for $50, one line of beyond unlimited at $60, and one line of above unlimited for $70. Adding a fourth family member would drop the per-line prices for these plans to $40, $50, and $60 and the family could select whichever makes the most sense for that person. Families can also add a Hum X, tablet, or jetpack for $20 per month, or a connected smartwatch for $10 per month. Verizon says these prices don't include taxes, fees, or device payments, and require account holders to enroll in autopay. Verizon's new unlimited plans will be available starting June 18.
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