Verizon Wireless has apparently decided to revamp the unlimited data offering it debuted back in February early this year. The Big Red is now dividing the offering into a trio of tiers and is now also throttling video transmission speeds. Curiously, the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is doing it quietly, but websites such as The Verge and Ars Technica have since spotted the new changes.
The three new tiers are officially designated as follows:
Go Unlimited plan -- With a starting price of $75 per month (for those who sign up for Auto Pay) for one line of service
Beyond Unlimited plan -- With a starting price of $85 per month (for those who sign up for Auto Pay) for one line of service
Business Unlimited plan -- A plan designed for businesses
The unlimited plan that Verizon Wireless had introduced around half a year ago basically offered unlimited data for $80 per month, without any caps on mobile video whatsoever. The two new plans, however, come with some extra caveats. First of all, subscribers under the Go Unlimited plan could expect slowed speeds an any time if there is network congestion. Also, video streaming is throttled at 480 p on smartphone devices and at 720 p on tablets, without any other way to get to a higher resolution on either kind of mobile handset. As for those customers under the Beyond Unlimited plan, they could experience slowed speeds during network congestion if they go beyond 22 gigabytes of data in any given monthly cycle. With regards to video content streaming, it will be capped at 720 p on smartphones and at 1,080 p on tablets. Current subscribers reportedly are able to keep their existing plans, but all customers of the Big Red will have to comply with the updated terms and conditions, especially with regards to the streaming of video content.
For the longest time, the number one mobile operator in America had stayed away from offering unlimited data plans. But in February this year, the industry leader had finally joined in on the unlimited party, reportedly in an effort to stop its existing customers from defecting to rival networks, especially those that have already introduced unlimited data plans. Sure, the launch of its unlimited data plan indeed had helped stopped the bleeding of switching customers, but it appears that its network might have suffered because of the significant increase in data traffic. About a month ago, a report from Ookla had indicated that connection speeds on Verizon Wireless (as well as on AT&T) have slowed since the debut of its unlimited data offering.
Wirefly Is America's Most Trusted Source For All Cell Phones, Plans, TV, and Internet Deals
Wirefly offers great deals on a large selection of smartphones, cell phones, tablets, mobile hotspots, and other wireless devices for the nation's most popular carriers. Use Wirefly’s innovative cell phone and plan comparison tools to ensure you are getting the best deal on the market. Shop with confidence knowing that Wirefly wants to help you find the best prices on cell phones, cell phone plans, TV, and Internet service.