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Verizon Announces New 250MB Data Plan for Only $20 per Month, For Those Who Never Use Any Data

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In an effort to make it cheaper than ever to get onto Verizon’s network, Big Red has announced a new tier in its data plan package. Aimed at users who will not be using the “smart” portion of their smartphone, this new tier offers 250MB of data for the low price of $20 per month. 

With this new measly amount of data, your monthly Verizon bill would only be $60; $40 for the smartphone line and $20 for the 250MB of data. If you have someone in your family who only uses their phone for calling and texting, this might be a good plan, but 250MB is barely anything as far as data goes. To help you realize how much data 250MB is, I compiled a list of popular apps that you could download:

  • Download the Grand Theft Auto 5 iFruit app once (241 MB)
  • Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Go! (~250 MB)
  • The Sims 3 (102 MB)
  • Plants vs. Zombies (92 MB)

As you can see, 250MB is not a lot of data. It looks even worse when you compare against T-Mobile, where $60 will get you unlimited data, throttled after a certain amount, on its network.

Anyone taking Verizon up on this offer?

Via: The Verge
  • lordverizon

    You people do understand that this is on the share everything plan. You can essentially get unlimited talk and trxt witha basic phone for 50. Or 60 with a smartphone. You dolts amaze me.

    • frhow

      lol what!? Even at $60 a month for a smartphone with only 250mb of data is still way too much and dumb phones for $50 is definitely too much compared to other options from MVNO providers as well as other carriers including AT&T which is just sad. Nothing you can say will justify Verizon pricing strategy.

  • Big e

    What a great deal, said no one EVER

  • flosserelli

    “Aimed at users who will not be using the “smart” portion of their smartphone”

    No joke. Anyone that uses Google Now and/or Google Services for more than a week will blow through 250 MB like Charlie Sheen on cocaine.

  • Adam Truelove

    A friend of mine has a $15/month 250MB plan on AT&T. He basically has to keep from using his smartphone like a smartphone so as not to go over his limit. Seems kind of dumb to me.

  • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

    I can get 2GB for $30…. This is a waste

  • morpheus282

    So a 250MB plan is $20 and a 2GB plan is $30… or basically 1/8 the data for 2/3 of the cost. As a 4G tablet owner who mainly used WiFi (which is why I cancelled the line at the end of the contract) and very seldom broke half a gig on my usage, I have to say that this plan can bite my shiny metal @$$. If they charged $10 a month I might consider it, $5 a month I’d go for it just to have that extra little bit of connectivity if I needed it. This is just rediculous.

  • DZNK

    I feel like DL should allow cussing in the comments of this article. This is ridiculous. T-Mobile is giving 200MB free just for buying a tablet through them. These clowns are charging $20 for 250mb you kidding me verizon

  • kareem goddard

    If you don’t like the plan then relax it’s not meant for you.

    • Adrynalyne

      So if nobody likes any Verizon plan, then Verizon is not for them.

      Sounds reasonable.

      • kareem goddard

        Pretty much if you don’t like them then don’t buy their service, and if you don’t have a choice then too bad.

        • Adrynalyne

          Then too bad? What kind of douchey comment is that?

    • Wolfpack93

      “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
      Corollary: “If Verizon introduces a crappy data plan and no one buys it, does it cost anything?”

    • Ian

      So… I shouldn’t express my opinion in the comments if I don’t agree?

      • kareem goddard

        No not at all I’m just saying for the people making a fuss clearly this plan wasn’t made for you so what are you mad for.

  • calum wilper

    doesn’t verizon charge $10 for every GB over the allotted amount in your plan? so…. dafuq?

  • Diablo81588

    Although this is a terrible deal, it would probably be good for my dad. He pays 30 a month for 2 gigs and literally turns his data off and never uses the internet on his phone. Just likes the phone but couldn’t care less about the data plan.

  • Hothfox

    Remember when they had unlimited data plans for only $10 more per month ($30)?

    • M3D1T8R

      Yep, that’s progress for you from Verizon. As actual data costs continue to decrease, they (and ATT) continually charge more for less. I will give up my $30 unlimited when they pry it from my cold dead hands. But hopefully by then T-Mo or someone else will be a viable option where I live.

      • Tony Allen

        I’m on that exact same boat with you.

  • Kyle Miller

    “FUVZW!” – Ex 8 yr VZW Customer

  • Jordan B.

    I get what you’re saying, but those are bad examples. I’d never want to pay for more data just so I could download a 100+mb game. Wifi is too easily accessible for that kind of thing. I use my phone a lot, but I’m also mostly on wifi at home or other businesses and I clear 300mb in a month maybe 3-4x a year.

  • Quint

    Because Verizon doesn’t want to create a plan that blocks data. They have billing codes to block data on feature phones and a lifetime ago, data blocking was an option for smartphones. Every phone has a kill switch for data, so why can’t VZW just block data, if desired. Or allow pay per use data, and leave it up to consumers to learn their devices. LOL

    • thelolotov

      Yep. They don’t want to have to get rid of low-hanging fruit, they’d rather dangle it in front of everyone all day.

  • PhilD41

    Does anyone else feel like this is just insulting? I feel sorry for any and all potential customers they trap in this. Seriously, if you want to offer a 250MB plan go for it, but don’t price it over $5. At let at that price I would be willing to opt for this as a wifi device only plan… which they don’t allow at all currently.

  • Fahad Beg

    you can get 5gb with tmobile $30 plan

  • Daniel

    This is a huge rip off, for $10 you get 2GB, which is already fairly-limiting…so glad I’m holding onto unlimited data, because this tiered data is B.S.

  • jmich

    How long ago was infinite 4g data only $9.95 more a month? Nothing to see here…Please move along.

  • AndrewScottRox

    What is this? Data for ANTS?!

    • Adrynalyne
    • JoshGroff

      It’s about how much I use of my T-Mobile 500MB plan, then again I have a good 50+GB on Wi-Fi.

    • JonathonFlores

      Remember when minutes were expensive and then thrown out in favor of texting and nownow, of coursecourse, data is gold. We need something new to come a long to make us not give a sh*t about data….like WiFi sharing… Like Fon. Every one should get on that.

      • master94

        Sounds promising but privacy worriers wont join in

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  • Finite

    250MB is so little… But what’s really sad is this is how Verizon responds to T-Mobiles initiatives. Switching to T-mobile tomorrow and never looking back.

    • nate

      Its funny that people are quick to switch carriers when they dont get what they want. When that company finds a way to screw you you will be back at big red and they will take you back with open arms. Grass not greener on the other side. You guys will learn one day, there is a reason why verizon has the most customers. …..good luck at tmo .

      • Finite

        It’s not that people (myself) are leaving from not getting something out of Verizon, like a child not getting a toy from their parents, its a pattern of Verizon not treating their customers well. Although Verizon does have the best coverage, that can’t be argued, they are holding it over their customers heads in order to get away with other things. When myself and the rest of my family switch, we are saving about 70 dollars a month, getting more data, and the only sacrifice we’re making is less 4G areas. So in this scenario its not just not getting something from Verizon, its leaving a company that doesn’t reward loyalty (customers for 15 years), and going to someone who is putting the interests of their customers higher and making it cheaper. But thank you! Have fun with Verizon, I assume you’re there. I’m going to get a Nexus 5 with the money I’m saving.

        • n900mixalot

          They treat me very well but this plan is bullsh*t.

        • michael arazan

          Also Verizon is just making up every B S idea they can to over charge customers for nothing. They keep making up their own rules at any time, they need to be heavily regulated instead of getting away with all the B S they pull. Verizon also paid 0% in 2012 for taxes and 0% for 3 years before that, while they raked in $130 Billion while NOT creating jobs. And people wonder why the Gov’ is in debt.

      • Brian Barcus

        Switching to T-Mobile has been the best phone related decision I’ve made since dumping my Windows phone for the original Motorola Droid. Back before Legere started making T-Mobile more competitive and customer focused it would have been harder to justify the change. Today, living in an area with great T-Mobile coverage, made the change a smart move. And if T-Mobile ever turns bad I can leave them far easier than I left Verizon since I have no contract.

        • Finite

          That’s the biggest reason T-Mobile is getting so many people really. The easiest switch is the one with the least commitment. If they had all these cheap plans and other Uncarrier things, but still had contracts, far fewer people would switch.

      • angel maldonado

        You like to be f…k hard by VZ dont you?

  • MotoRulz

    The short and long answer is NO!!!

  • http://mvndaai.com/ Jason Mavandi

    What a rip off. I think the most important reason for data is Navigation, and I don’t know if that would work.

    • Amesh

      Well you could navigate to the Mcdonald’s down the road. Once a month.

  • joejoe5709

    I was hoping for a very small data plan for my parents, but this is such a terrible deal. A few days of Pandora or a few YouTube videos would eat this up.

    • hkklife

      “Fair” pricing would be 250MB for free, $5 for 500MB, $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, and $30 for 4GB.

      Isn’t it funny how 6-7 years ago you could buy a smartphone without mandatory data on VZW. Then they made mandatory unlimited data a requirement and the casual users bitched. Then they went to tiered plans and are gradually lowering the minimum requirements in order to get every senior citizen and kid off of a dumb phone and into a smartphone. Now the power users are bitching. All people really want are dumb pipe providers but that’s never going to happen.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    2gb of data costs $30
    This 250mb data costs $20
    Proportionally, this new plan should only cost like $3….heck even free…

    • jdon285

      And their marketing department thinks this is a great idea for business. Really they may as well add a banner to their website “Look Here Stupid!!”

      • michael arazan

        I’m surprised they don’t offer a tier to pay to not use their network.

    • gmoney

      The $30/2gb plan is for nationwide plans. Verizon doesn’t offer those to new customers anymore.. Share everything is the only option for new customers. 2gb data would be $60, 1gb for $50, 500mb for $40, and the new plan for $20. Plus $40 just for the smartphone access.

      • T4rd

        Pretty sure the $30/2GB plan is still available for single-line accounts. There’s no share-everything plan if you’re the only person/device on the plan. I added my mom about this time last year to my account that has two other lines on unlimited data (still) and they put her on the $30/2GB plan. I may move her to this 250 MB plan since I never see her top 100 MBs usage in a month on her iPhone.

        • gmoney

          Yes you right in that you can add a new line to an exisiting nationwide family plan and get the $30/2gb package. You are not a new customer. And yes there actually IS share everything for single lines, at the pricing I listed above. I was a verizon CSR for 3 years, quit on November. This new plan is just to entice single line new customers to get a smartphone.

          • T4rd

            Ahh, alrighty, thanks for the clarification.

        • Tim242

          For new customers, it is a shared plan. $40 for the smartphone, plus the data plan.

          • T4rd

            Yeah, Gmoney clarified that for me. Thanks. Now I’m seeing if I can still move my mom’s line to this 250MB plan.

          • gmoney

            Id be shocked if they are compatible but worth a shot. Just make sure you verify whatever they tell you by checking online… The store and outsource reps mess plans up regularly. If they tell you they can do it I would be very skeptical because the 250mb lines up with Verizon’s plans to get more people on expensive tiered data.

          • gmoney

            I’d be very skeptical if someone tells you that you can switch her yo that whole keeping your unlimited plans on your other lines. If someone tells you that, be sure to verify changes online afterward. Store reps and outsource reps regularly misinform customers and put them on the wrong plans.

          • Ryanuest

            Verizon Wireless doesn’t outsource reps

  • William Kister

    If you have access to Wi-fi it wouldn’t be to bad if you are smart about it.

    • Chris

      wifi isn’t everywhere unless you spend all day at starbucks or mcdonalds

      • William Kister

        I agree it wouldn’t work for me and I like to use data when I am out and about.

  • Michigan Guy

    “I really needed this” said no one that ever read this blog…

    • Jonathan Williams

      Go Blue!

      • Michael Nash

        Go Gators!

    • Eric Boston

      go bucks

  • Jacob Lewis

    or stop being cheapskates and give anything less than 1GB for free.

    • JBartcaps

      Exactly, I honestly use more than 250MB sitting on the toilet. This amount of data is a joke.

      • sonicyoof

        This comment is made better when imagined in the voice of Ron Swanson.

      • morpheus282

        That must be one significant “download” you’re taking care of.

  • Mordecaidrake

    This is insulting $20 for 250mb, glad I keep clinging onto my unlimited data.

  • punkroyale

    “For Those Who Never Use Any Data” LMAO

  • Kenny Woodard

    T-Mobile is probably literally rolling on the floor laughing right now. Verizon is a complete joke. AT&T isn’t far behind. If I didn’t still have my unlimited data, I’d have a different carrier. These companies have created money hungry monopolies over the cell phone business. You can’t afford to buy phones outright, so you’re stuck paying 5x what your phone and data is actually worth over 2 years.. I can’t wait until TMo gains some ground and demand that Verizon and ATT come off of their golden thrones.

  • HerbieDerb

    $20?! WHAT A BAAAGAN!

  • DrDroid

    Wow! Even a better way for Verizon to make easy money! Little network used and still have to pay for a phone!

  • Morris

    Even if I wanted to take it $20 for 250MB is very expensive when you can get 2GB for $30

    • gmoney

      Those are different plans… They don’t offer that $30 plan to new customers and it doesn’t work with the new plans. See my comment below for more..

  • Neil Fujiwara

    Bad form big red. Tmo is giving away this a mount of data for tablets for free

  • Amesh

    I guess this would be okay for someone who uses wifi almost exclusively. Seems like kind of a joke to me though.

  • Bryan Burch

    wait, wut?

  • JSo

    I guess there are some people that would probably make use of this offer. But that really is a pathetic amount of data allowance. I have been grandfathered in to the unlimited data plan at Verizon which has been nice. But come Thursday, I will be switching to T-mobile. I hope I dont notice any real difference.

    • cornflahkes

      Hope you are selling the unlimited account. That way someone else could keep it going and aggravating them ;)

    • Kilam Daha

      I’d love to take over your unlimited data line!

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Want to toss me that Verizon unlimited line? :)

    • xformulax

      I made the switch… T-mobile is insufferable! Don’t do it!

  • David Tyler

    Just can’t believe the other day you could get unlimited data for only $30 on Verizon. This plan totally stinks.

  • Detonation

    It’s actually not that hard to get by on 250MB if you have frequent access to Wifi (home, work, school). The only time you’d need data is while you’re on the go and you likely won’t be downloading apps or streaming anything. But if that’s the case you might as well just get a dumb phone and something like an ipod touch.

    • ERIFNOMI

      Why would you be unlikely to stream music while on the go? When the hell else does one stream music?

      • Sherman

        I only stream music at home.
        Over wifi.
        Usually using my Chromecast.

        • ERIFNOMI

          I stream at home too, but on my computer. But if I’m streaming on my phone, I’m not home.

    • JBartcaps

      Right but, it’s $20 for 250MB. Maybe if they priced it at $5

  • WAldenIV

    I might do this to save $100 over the last 10 months of my contract with Big Red. I use almost no data. I’m strongly considering T-Mo when my contract is up.

    • TankRizzo
      • WAldenIV

        See my reply to Franz.

    • Franz

      Why wait? T-Mobile will pay for your ETF and even phone. Whether you do it now or 10 months later, it will cost you $0 to switch over.

      • WAldenIV

        I have to pay for the phones, which won’t save me any money. I’d rather wait and bring my own phone (Moto X or perhaps X2 at that time) to the table.

    • John Legere

      Move now. T Mobile will pay your ETF.

      • WAldenIV

        Doesn’t save me money when I have to buy two new phones.

        • John Legere

          You’re spending more with your contract than 2 new phones.

          • WAldenIV

            Not over the next 10 months.

          • John Legere

            Lol, you must not know how contracts work. Good luck.

          • WAldenIV

            And you must not understand basic math.

          • John Legere

            That’s you, buddy.

          • WAldenIV

            $80/mo for two phone plan plus $60/mo for two new devices = $140/mo. with T-Mo. Current VZW plan for two phones = $140/mo. If I buy phones outright at T-Mo they aren’t subsidized. Then I have to outlay $1400. They don’t allow every phone on the new “we’ll play your ETFs” program. They only include the high-end phones and the details of the plan require you to trade in your current phone and buy new ones. I also get to lay in the weeds for 10 months and see if VZW offers anything compelling between now and then to prevent customer loss.

          • John Legere

            When you Subsidize your phone with Verizon, you’re still paying for it til your contract ends. When you pay off the phone at Tmobile. They lower the bill.

          • WAldenIV

            I wish you really were John Legere because you might understand the details and the economics.

          • Adrynalyne

            Not everyone lives from contract to contract. For those who do not, Tmobile ends up being cheaper.

            Right?

          • WAldenIV

            If you can bring your own phone to the table, I believe that T-Mobile is cheaper, yes.

  • TankRizzo

    it’s like they’re just waving it in our faces now.

    Gee, Verizon, you said you gave us shared data because people asked for it. How about those of us asking for (or just to KEEP) our unlimited plans??? Jerks.

    • n900mixalot

      Unlimited data will be back when they realize how many people they’re losing. I can’t wait!

  • michael centeno

    Verizon can shove it up their greedy A** H***

    • michael arazan

      Trust Me, They Are and Lovin It

  • Franz

    In my opinion Verizon is no longer a relevant company in the eyes of *educated* consumers. The ones who know there are ways to get on AT&T Data (LTE/HSPA+) which covers just as much ground as Verizon does (Straight Talk).

    Until Verizon gets off it’s high-horse and offers LTE on prepaid, it will lose the battle.

    • Rodeojones000

      I disagree. Until other carriers can compete with Verizon regarding coverage in rural areas they will not only remain relevant but the best option (or perhaps the only option) for many.

    • n900mixalot

      The uneducated consumers where I am don’t have a choice. At&t coverage is okay he but Verizon has LTE everywhere. And T – Mobile is non existent. So … yeah. No.

  • Jesse

    Still switching to somw thing cheaper

  • Jason Peters

    So glad I dumped Verizon.

  • jb

    At $10/month, it would seem like a good value proposition for those who are frequently on WiFi and/or people considering upgrading from a feature phone but don’t believe they’ll use it much (my parents would be a good example). At $20, it’s a bit ridiculous.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    It’s funny how Verizon makes my ISP’s bandwidth pricing actually seem like a good deal.

  • John Legere

    LOL

    I guess it’s good for people with WiFi, or bieber teens who text all day

  • yodatom10

    what is that 6 picture messages…and a dozen google searches… Not worth the money there gonna get ya on overages