Back in July earlier this year, Verizon Wireless announced that it was making changes to its plans, specifically by offering more megabytes per month, but also increasing the pricing of its options. The Big Red also revealed new features, one of which was Safety Mode, a functionality that allowed the wireless carrier to get rid of overage charges, although the connection speeds will be slowed down until the end of any given month.
Safety Mode was useful but Verizon Wireless had only made the feature available free of charge on its XL and XXL plans. That meant that subscribers under other plans had to opt in and pay an additional $5 per month in order to make full use of the new feature, which could have allowed them to enjoy unlimited data at reduced connection speeds after they go beyond their monthly data allotment. Verizon’s reasoning for offering the Safety Mode feature for free for subscribers of XL and XXL plans was because the wireless industry leader felt that those subscribers needed it more compared to those signed up under plans with lesser data allowances. According to Verizon, subscribers on bigger plans that allow them to get multiple lines and share data are more likely to go beyond their monthly data allowances compared to customers on smaller plans.
Thankfully, Verizon Wireless has changed its mind and has now decided that beginning September 6th, it will be making Safety Mode available for free on all sizes of its new mobile plan. The Big Red now joins other mobile operators, namely T-Mobile, Sprint, and even smaller carriers such as Cricket Wireless (a prepaid brand of AT&T’s), in offering unlimited data albeit at reduced connection speeds. Sure, it is slowed down data, but at least one is assured that a data connection is always made available even if you are over your data limit.
The Big Red has also taken the opportunity to announce a new limited time 12 gigabyte plan for $80, which should fit nicely in between its current 8 gigabyte and 16 gigabyte tiers priced at $70 and $90, respectively. If you want to compare that to other carrier offers, know that AT&T has a 10 gigabyte option for $90 a month, with an extra access fee of $20 a month (same as Verizon’s). Meanwhile, T-Mobile now only has one unlimited data option for $70, while Sprint offers 12 gigabytes for $60 a month, plus an access fee ranging from $20 to $45.
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