Verizon Unlimited Plan

I don’t know about your family but in mine, gigabytes of data on my cellular data plan are like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. I only plan on consuming 1 or 2 of them but before I know it, the whole package is gone.

A few years ago, I was satisfied with 8 GB/month. Then I went to 10 GB. Then to 16 GB. And even with carryover data, it still isn’t enough. I am constantly getting warnings near the end of the month that I am about to use up my data allowance.

My kids are the biggest culprits. They use their iPhones all day long during school (yeah, yeah, wait until you’re a parent of a kid with a smartphone). And even though the school has free Wi-Fi, they block most everything kids want to do on their smartphone (ahem, Snapchat) so the smart kids just turn off their Wi-Fi and start gobbling up those Thin Mint cookies known as gigabytes of data.

Verizon unlimited data is back!

To say I was pleased at the recent Verizon announcement of a new unlimited data plan is the understatement of the year (so far). In fact, I already switched over. It was easy, I just went to the Verizon website, logged into my account, clicked manage plan and selected the new unlimited plan.

The best part? Because I was already on the XL plan (which as far as I can tell no longer exists) and I’m enrolled in AutoPay, the change in base fees for my plan only went up by $4.02/month.

The difference between my Verizon XL plan and the new Verizon Unlimited Plan

The details

If you’re considering the Verizon Unlimited Plan yourself, here’s a quick summary of how the new plan works, straight from a recent Verizon press release:

Verizon Unlimited comes in two options:

$80 for unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphone with paper-free billing and AutoPay.

$45 per line for four lines with unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphones and tablets with paper-free billing and AutoPay.

On all Verizon Unlimited plans you get our fast LTE speeds. To ensure a quality experience for all customers, after 22 GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle we may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion. While we don’t expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers. If you’re on Verizon Unlimited, you’ll have the same coverage and reliability as everybody else.

You can add a connected smart watch, GizmoPal, or other connected device for just $5 each month. Get TravelPass for $10 per day (500 MB/day limit; 2G speeds after that) while overseas. Mobile Hotspot with 10 GB of 4G LTE data is included at no charge (after 10 GB you’ll get 3G data speeds).

Will keep you updated on that 22 GB “cap”

You may have noticed in those details that, similar to other carriers, Verizon has stated that unlimited data is truly only uninhibited for the first 22 GB of data consumed in a given month. After that your data usage may be prioritized behind other customers. In other words, Verizon may offer your friend the next Thin Mint cookie before you get yours.

Personally, I don’t see this happening very often but since this is a new plan for me, I will be sure to report back here on noobie.com if it becomes an issue.

Now, if I could just find a way to get unlimited Thin Mint cookies.

Patric Welch

Patric Welch founded Noobie, Inc. in 2006 to help others effectively choose and use technologies to enhance their work and lives. The catchy company name earned Welch the name of Mr. Noobie®, but, in reality, Welch is an experienced and professional techie. Unlike most techies, Welch evaluates emerging technologies from a noobie’s perspective and provides technology education for all skill levels in a friendly, non-threatening way.
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