Last week, sources of ours revealed Verizon’s plan to add a new feature to their prepaid plans called “Always-On Data.” The idea is the same as it is on The Verizon Plan’s new Safety Mode, where customers can go over their allotted data sum at throttled 128Kbps speeds. But there is one added benefit here – it’s included for free and doesn’t require customers to turn it on or off.
Over the weekend, just as our sources said it would, Verizon pushed the new feature live, though they didn’t throw much of a party outside of a blog post. That’s probably because it’s a great feature that doesn’t have the potential to nickel-and-dime customers with overage fees. Instead, it’s just a really nice free add-on that does right by customers who dance near their data limit line each month. Unfair? No more unfair than charging customers $5 on The Verizon Plan for the same benefit. (more…)
Last week, Verizon introduced a bunch of “fireworks” tweaks to their The Verizon Plan that included a feature called Safety Mode. To say that Safety Mode was anything less than an unnecessary scheme to nickel and dime you over overages or tempt you into upgrading your plan to something more than you need is probably not doing the sneakiness of it justice. I say that because the Verizon prepaid plans are about to get the exact same bonus, but it won’t cost prepaid subscribers extra or require them to toggle it on or off to avoid getting hammered with overages.
What am I talking about? On July 17, Verizon is going to introduce a new prepaid feature called “Always-on Data.” What is Always-On Data? It’s throttled unlimited data that kicks in once you hit your prepaid data limit. It doesn’t require you to toggle a Safety Mode on or off and doesn’t cost you an extra $5 per month for snail speeds. Nope, it’s just included, unlike the new similar feature that Big Red deemed worthy of a “fireworks” descriptor last week. (more…)
If for some reason, you were able to avoid Verizon’s $20 price increase on unlimited data plans to this point, be prepared to get hit with the higher price on or shortly after August 21. According to sources of ours, along with a number of readers being notified of the upcoming increase, Verizon is prepping “Phase 3” of Verizon’s plan to increase the price of remaining unlimited data customers to $49.99. (more…)
Back in November, Verizon began raising the price of unlimited data plans from $29.99 per month to $49.99 per month. That $20 hike has or will have happened to almost everyone with an unlimited data plan by the end of August, as far as we can tell, through a three phase process that has almost completed. Many of you took the increase as the final straw to quitting Verizon and are enjoying wireless life elsewhere. But some of you also hung on, accepting the fact that $50 is still probably an OK deal for true, non-throttled unlimited data when compared to other carriers.
When the initial $20 increase arrived, we passed along word of a way to upgrade without losing your unlimited data going forward. Verizon said that as long as you upgraded through a device payment plan, your unlimited data plan was yours to keep. And that’s still true today. (more…)
This morning, Verizon hosted an online-only press event to announce a bunch of new The Verizon Plan options, a redesigned app, and new features, like
Rollover Carryover Data. We reported on all of this news through various stories over the past week, but Verizon has confirmed it all. As we exclusively reported last week, this all goes live tomorrow, July 7.
The details of everything are as follows. (more…)
Last week, thanks to promo pages that surfaced on Verizon’s Testman site, we learned a handful of details about upcoming changes that Big Red would soon introduce. When probed for confirmation, Verizon would only tell us to expect “fireworks” within the next week, but sources of ours confirmed to us days later the full set of changes to expect (which we noted here). Those changes are as follows. (more…)
A little over a year and a half ago, Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo told the world that his company was a “leader” not a “follower” and that they wouldn’t be jumping on the rollover data bandwagon. If the image below, along with a confirmation from a source of ours is to be believed, Shammo may have some explaining to do. By this Friday, Verizon could introduce not only “carryover” data, but a safety mode and free roaming to Canada and Mexico, as well. All of these new features should launch within The Verizon Plan. (more…)
T-Mobile customer with travel plans for Europe this summer? Thanks to the Uncarrier’s new “Summer Unleashed” promo, your trip will now include unlimited high-speed data at no extra cost.
This morning, T-Mobile announced that all Simple Choice customers get “unlimited high-speed data across all of Europe” (except in Andorra), with speeds up to 4G LTE levels. That means no massive roaming bills or never-ending hunts for WiFi hotspots. As T-Mobile puts it, if you are traveling throughout Europe, “your phone just works = exactly like it should.” (more…)