Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan Is Now Three Bad Unlimited Plans

Nettie James
August 24, 2017

It's still a step backwards for many customers, though, and the throttling at all tiers means you'll still have to hunt for WiFi to get the best possible quality. Anything identified as a video will not be given more than 10Mbps worth of bandwidth. The company has had to deal with less money coming in from fees charged when customers go over data limits, as unlimited plans don't have those fees. Verizon indicated then that "we deliver whatever the content provider gives us".

Verizon notes that their network is not actually manipulating the video data traveling across their infrastructure.

These announced changes affect legacy plans, too, which is where the below poll comes into place.

The third of the three new plans is the Business Unlimited plan.

In February, Verizon released a new unlimited data, talk and text plan for $80. Streaming is limited to 480p on smartphones and 720p on tablets.

Reuters reported that Verizon's new cheaper plan is aimed at casual smartphone users versus customers who want to stream a lot of video. The higher video quality of 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets will be available on Verizon's "Beyond Unlimited" plan, which is $85 a month for a smartphone connection and another $20 for a tablet.

Verizon claims that there is no such difference between 720p on phone and 1080p on a tablet. There's also 720p video streaming (1080p for tablets), unlimited talk, text and data in the USA and roaming in Mexico and Canada. Go Unlimited is the name of the first plan, while Beyond Unlimited is the name of the second. The cheaper unlimited plan won't have data, texts or calls in Mexico and Canada included. The 480p limit also applies to prepaid plans. Also notable, higher resolution videos like 4K videos will not be available at all on the Verizon network.

We now know why Verizon Wireless was tinkering with throttling video a few weeks ago.

No matter which plan you select, there is no way to enable 1080p streaming on a smartphone with Verizon's revised unlimited plans.

Mobile hotspot speeds are limited to a meager 600kbps. That move was apparently prompted by continued pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint who have offered unlimited plans for a while now.

There is no doubt over the fact that Verizon Communications' unlimited data plans have always heated up the wireless industry.

And of course, Verizon is trying to spin this as being a good thing for customers. By introducing an unlimited "light" plan we believe it will be better able to target segments which TMUS and S are going after. There is no 22GB threshold to cross here - if Verizon's network is congested, you're at risk of getting slowed down.

Other carriers have been launching aggressive promotions in recent months.

T-Mobile added 786,000 postpaid phone subscribers while AT&T said it lost 89,000, narrowing its loss from 180,000 in the year-earlier-period.

Full pricing and availability of services can be found on Verizon's website.

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