It appears that the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is cooking up something really major -- at least, according to an image from a Verizon Wireless test website that The Consumerist spotted. The image suggests that the Big Red is planning to offer a rollover type of service that lets mobile users make use of unconsumed data with them to the succeeding month.
Dubbed “Carryover Data,” Verizon Wireless’ upcoming rollover plan will be made available to all customers. This offer is quite similar to past services from other wireless carriers, most especially AT&T’s Rollover plan and T-Mobile’s Data Stash program, which were both introduced more than a year ago. Some may remember that Fran Shammo, the chief financial officer of Verizon, remarked in 2015 that the carrier had no plans of offering a rollover plan, but it seems that the Big Red has had a change of heart.
Moreover, the carrier is going to debut a sort of safety mode in which overage fees are eliminated, but the connection speed of the service is reduced until the end of a given month. T-Mobile and Sprint actually have existing plans that work similarly. The safety mode is given as a free option to subscribers under an XL plan, which comes with 12 gigabytes of data at $80 a month, or an XXL plan, which features 18 gigabytes of data at $100 a month. As for those customers under smaller plans, they can choose to pay an additional $5 a month in order to enjoy safety mode.
Finally, selected subscribers, specifically those under XL or XXL plans, will enjoy better access to their mobile plans while traveling to Mexico and Canada. On top of that, they will be able to make use of the voice calls, text messaging, and data allotments on their plans while in Mexico and Canada at no additional fee. Those under lower plans can elect to pay an extra fee to add this perk to their plans.
Interestingly, a spokesperson from Verizon Wireless has declined to directly address the image, only remarking that, yup, the carrier is going to reveal something big a few days from now. Looking at the bigger picture, it is pretty understandable why Verizon Wireless would do something like this. Rival carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile aggressively deployed similar services over the last twelve months, and it may be high time for the Big Red to come and join in on the fun. This latest development also serves to remind everybody of how competitive the wireless industry has become, and even somebody as mighty as the number one carrier is compelled to launch new features in order to remain competitive.
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