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Verizon Tweaks Plans, Adding True Unlimited + More Hotspot Data

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Jan 5, 2022, 10:30 AM   by Rich Brome
updated Jan 5, 2022, 7:20 PM

Verizon has made a handful of changes to its unlimited plans, giving some customers a better value. The basic structure and pricing remain unchanged, but some plans now come with more data. Specifically, the top-end "Get More" plan now comes with truly unlimited full-speed 5G data, which Verizon calls "premium network access". Previously, full-speed 5G data was capped at 50 GB for all plans. (The 50 GB cap remains for the mid-range "Play More" and "Do More" plans.) This change to the top-end plan brings Verizon in line with the competition, which already offer plans with truly unlimited high-speed data. The top-end plan also now includes one TravelPass day per month, offering unlimited talk, text, and data in more than 185 countries for 24 hours. The top three plans also include more high-speed hotspot data than before. "Play More" and "Do More" now include 25 GB (up from 15 GB), while "Get More" now includes 50 GB (up from 30 GB). The "Start" plan remains unchanged; although it has no data cap, there is also no access to 5G Ultra Wideband (faster C Band and mmWave networks), and non-priority network access means data may be slower than for other users when the network is busy. Previously, Verizon also offered a cheaper "Just Kids" plan with unlimited throttled (speed-capped) data. Verizon has confirmed to Phone Scoop that the Just Kids plan is no longer available, although users already on the plan will be able to keep it. To differentiate the updated plans from the old, Verizon has dropped the word "Unlimited" from the actual plan names and added "5G", so "Play More Unlimited" is now "5G Play More", etc. The plan changes coincide with Verizon announcing this month's launch of 5G in the new C Band frequencies, which will mean up to 10x faster speeds for many customers. This new band counts as "Ultra Wideband" with Verizon, meaning access is included with the three "More" plans, but not the "Start" plan.

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