Beginning on Thursday, January 25th, the number one mobile operator in America will be allowing subscribers of its Go Unlimited plans to make phone calls as well as send text messages to Canada and Mexico, plus be able to enjoy access to data when traveling to those two countries.
For those not in the know, Verizon Wireless currently has a couple of unlimited options (actually three if you count the Business Unlimited plan, more on this later) -- the more pricey Beyond Unlimited plan, which comes with a price of $50 per month for four lines of service each, and the less expensive Go Unlimited plan, which costs $40 per month for four lines each. The Beyond Unlimited option already features call and text capabilities to Canada and Mexico. By next week, the Go Unlimited option will include those countries. According to Verizon, the inclusion of Canada and Mexico will apply to both current and new subscribers of the carrier’s Go Unlimited plans.
Before, if customers wanted service in Canada or Mexico, they had to be a Beyond Unlimited subscriber, or had to get a TravelPass, which costs $5 per day in either of those two countries.
However, those who plan to visit either Canada or Mexico soon can do well to remember that when they get access to 4G LTE data in any of those two countries, their connection speeds will be slowed down to 2G after going beyond the 500 megabyte limit per day. Also, it should be mentioned that even if voice call minutes and text messaging are unlimited, there might be certain circumstances wherein the Big Red may be compelled to do some policing. What kind of circumstances exactly? An example is when over fifty percent of a user’s voice call minutes, text messages, and data consumption in a two month period is in Canada or Mexico. If that happens, Verizon Wireless will likely throttle or maybe even suspend the Canada or Mexico inclusion from the customer’s plan.
It was back in August of last year when the biggest wireless service provider in the country had decided to overhaul (albeit quietly) the unlimited data plan it introduced about six months earlier. Verizon had basically split its unlimited data offering into three new tiers -- Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Business Unlimited (which is geared for enterprises). The original unlimited plan that debuted last February was priced at $80 per month, but with no caps on mobile video.
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