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Cheapo data plan by Verizon gets you 300MB of data for $20 per month

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Cheapo data plan by Verizon gets you 300MB of data for $20 per month
At a time when people are looking for tempting back to school deals everywhere, Verizon is announcing its entry-level data plan aimed at those who wish to give mobile broadband a try. Priced at $20 per month, the offer provides you with 300MB of data, which can be added to a new or an existing voice plan.

There is a catch, however, as Verizon's $20 deal will not be available nationwide, at least not for now. The offer will be available starting August 18 through September 30 and only subscribers in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina can opt in for it. The regional limit might be a way for Verizon to test whether customers will be interested in the plan, and should it reach critical mass, the carrier might decide to roll out the offer across the US.

Yet will people find Verizon's $20 deal tempting? For just $10 more, Verizon subscribers can get 2 gigs of monthly traffic, or nearly 7 times as much data as the cheaper data plan offers. Besides that, T-Mobile is also willing to hook you up to the Internet and will give you 200MB per month for $10, while AT&T's 250MB for $15 offer sounds pretty good as well.

What do you, guys, think of Verizon's $20 data plan? Feel free to share your thoughts with us by dropping a comment below.

source: Verizon Wireless via IntoMobile

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posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:14

1. loadinur (unregistered)

AT&T has a $15 data package with 200mb not 250

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:15

2. loadinur (unregistered)

AT&T has a $15 200mb not 250mb

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:16 4

3. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)

At $10/mo it would be acceptable, but even this it's a complete rip off. I understand that they have limited amounts of bandwidth and need to make money, but the current pricing schemes used by carriers is ridiculous. I just don't see why they don't do a flat $10/GB pay as you go kind of feature.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 16:11 3

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

for 20 bux you can get 5gigs of 4g data from Tmobile with no overages.

300mb ... or 5 gig... which is the better deal? lol

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:18 4

4. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)

The fact that pretty much almost every phone sold by Verizon now "requires" a data plan, you would think they would just do away with data packages and just incorporate it into voice package.....saying you can get a phone for "as little as $39.95/mo" is a lie when you most likely are required to have a $20+ data plan added on.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:44 4

5. Display name: (unregistered)

LOL. That's expensive. For 24$ you get 10gigs of data transfer in Sweden...And for 19$ you get 5gigs. That's pro

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:46 1

6. Display name: (unregistered)

data package* or what you call it LOL

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 04:28

33. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I'm in sweden and i get unlimited data with telenor for only 17 $ a month : )
I guess you are talking about Tre ?

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 09:36

37. Display name: (unregistered)

Yeah LOL.

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 10:25

39. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Are you swedish as well ?
vilken operatör använder du (Which carrier do you use) ?

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:10 2

7. Jymmyjobob (unregistered)

I agree with rwrife it's still to mutch! $10 would get me back in the smart phone market.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:24 1

8. G-Reg (unregistered)

For someone that sells verizon phones, this is awesome. And for the ignorant ones, verizon still has plenty of "basic phones" that dont require data. Just becasue you go into a core store and you dont see any, doesnt mean they dont exist. The market has shifted, accept it.

Im a techi and with what i can show someone on a droid, they are never displeased with it after 2 weeks. With a 10 dollar cheaper plan, i can get more people into them and in no time they will shift to the 2gig after seeing the benifits.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:32 4

9. verizoncustomer (unregistered)

I am a verizon customer and their pricing plans are outrageous. They are the most expensive in the business and their "superior service" is not even close to being worth the premium. When the right phone becomes available to me on another network, I will gladly switch services.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 22:00 2

25. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

the funny thing...is that Verizon is never been the cheapest. its been this way for years but all of a sudden now its a problem. every since the birth of the Everything plan Verizon customers have been makin a stink about the pricing. its a funny coincidence that the two cheapest carriers are the two carriers that are the closest to being bought out or dissolving. t-mobile customers are claiming that HSPA+ is the greatest thing since sliced bread...but really all they are doing is riding it out until the party is over. At&t has made it clear that Verizon is the measuring stick for network coverage by claiming to "catch up" to them. the inevitable merger with At&t probably won't make matters better for those t-mobile customers and most t-mobilers realize that. so the philosophy is "enjoy it while you can".

Sprint is moving things around which i won't say they are prolonging a terrible fate...but they are definitely in a bad situation. if they can recoup from their current state of affairs and stay afloat fine, but at this point their outcome isn't looking too positive. if i had a wireless company and the pressure was to follow another carrier based on cheaper pricing and that company is a sinking ship...i would have to say i would definitely not make them my model. Say what you want about At&t or Verizon for being priced higher than the competition but Sprint & T-Mobile are both testaments to how cheaper doesn't mean more profit or bigger customer base. To mention "superior service" sarcastically about a company who has been rated number one in reliability time and time again doesn't make your statement very credible.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:33 3

10. Former VZW Employee (unregistered)

Sucker punk, the market has not shifted, it is just that data is the only thing that these companies can play around with until some new technology comes along. Data used to be no thing, but when others had unlimited text and even calls, they had to scale back unlimited data and try to get money out of you.

VZW in particular, along with their partner AT&T (that's right), like to force data on you and VZW get's slick and offers phones that require data. Basically any phone that they offer that looks half-way decent they require data! VZW does not take anything off or tries to save you money. VZW is like one of those videogames where you adjust powers and/or features. You take "power" down and speed goes up. VZW is a snake company - and foreign.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 16:13 1

17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

The most outrageous thing he said was that you can have an android phone on only 200mb of data! Download 10 apps and surf the web for 10 mins and your already over that. So then you scam then into getting more expensive plans. Your totally a good rep for verizon!

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 17:51 2

19. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

With Verizon we get robbed. Currently I have a family plan with four lines on it; none being smartphones. We pay somewhere in between $120 - $140 with a 22% discount. So if we upgrade all lines to smartphones and add a $30 data plan then that will double our monthly bill. Also we only get 700 min/month (or something around there) and unlimited text.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 22:50

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

$120/4 lines = $30 per line. How is that getting "robbed"?

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:45 1

11. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

I pay $20/mo for 2GB at T-Mobile.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 15:11 1

13. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)

$.07 per MB.

Highway robbery.


posted on 15 Aug 2011, 15:35 3

14. Tired of bitching consumers (unregistered)

I dont understand how people expect superior service for cheap. Verizon has been constantly rated as the most reliable carrier, best customer service, and has now rolled out the new data standard in LTE faster and more efficiently than any company in the world. And you people expect them to be the same price as T-Mobile? That makes no sense. No one cries about a Mac being more expensive than a pc. Why should a carrier charge less or equal to another carrier( t-mobile and sprint) when they, in general, provide better overall service?

No one forces you to have Verizon or to get a smartphone. You get it because you want or need the product and service. If you want a cheap service, get boost mobile. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 16:17 1

18. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

The point is that they are doing this when they don't need to. They're just doing it because they can. And most of us has had verizon for a long time and been loyal customers but now being screwed with these prices.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 18:55

20. Former VZW Employee (unregistered)

In other words - you buy shut up! If you don't want it - f**k off!

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:58

41. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

@Tired - well said, but unfortunately this is the country we live in. businesses are selfish/greedy & customers are just as selfish/greedy if not more. the diff. between the two is that a business has the balls to be honest about it, but customers will argue you down that they don't share the same mentality. I don't understand people...they expect BMW quality on a KIA dime.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 15:56

15. smart2003 (unregistered)

You aren't paying $20 for 300MB you are paying $10 for 300MB and $10 for subsidizing your smart phone.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 20:30

21. verizoncustomer (unregistered)

What in the world are you talking about?? If you buy a non contract smartphone, you still must pay $20 a month.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 20:46

22. tedkord (Posts: 11604; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I see. So, if I pay full price for the phone, or bring my own phone, I'll only pay $10...? What? No?

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 20:46 1

23. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

should have been $10-15 for 500mb $20 for 1gb and then it would be competitive. $20 for 300mb still seems like a rip off to me

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 21:48

24. stilt12345 (unregistered)

I think this is so stupid I will not be telling my customers about this BS. $20 for only 300mb then when you go over you get charged another $20 for another 300mb totaling 30 for 600. And its 30not for 2gb. The thing I don't understand is that they get everyone all excited about 4gthis speeds and big screens to watch movies and game game game and video chat and such but then take away unlimited to enjoy all that new fast service and charge people more money to venture into the new 4g. If they are going to take away unlimited data they should charge $10 per gb, I would be happy with that, instead off all of there dumb data packages, yeah yeah yeah service isn't free but if that's so then why spoil your customers then restrict or cap them, to me people that are grandfathered with the unlimited data plan will get excited to save $10 a month and drop down to the new $204g 300mb plan and then see that they use to much and want to go back to unlimited then they are trapped into the tiered data plans and can no longer have unlimited cause they dropped it for the $20new 300mb plan. Shame on you verizon I love verizon cause im grandfathered but if I wasn't I would be paying etc and leaving them quick. Smh

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 09:20 1

36. redleg6 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 May 2011)

Go work for Tmobile!

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 22:52

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

This is a nice additional option. VZW is expensive but they're the best. If you can't afford the best you can go T-Mobile. Just like if you can't afford an iPhone you go DROID

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 21:28

43. jake (unregistered)

But I can afford iphone, however, I chose android. I feel today they are superior and you get more bang for your buck. I do own a 1st gen ipod...worked great till the battery no longer holds a charge and i'll be damned if you can't pop the back off and slip in a new battery. I guess apple feels that people who buy their products are just too damn stupid to do something as simple as change the damn battery........................

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 23:17

28. Brewmaster (unregistered)

This is ridiculous, here in Poland I pay 30 PLN, which is less than $10 per month for 2 gigabytes in hspa+, of course, you Americans have got fancier phones and better technologies, such as Verison's LTE (although we do have LTE but not offered by a big carrier) $20 is way too much.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 23:32 3

29. meh (unregistered)

I love it when people come in and always have the holier than thou attitude about any wireless company, if i hear another person act like it's absurd than verizon or at&t, whoever charges this or that, i'll flip. They are companies, with employees they like money. That's not a bad thing. It's the driving force behind our economy. Capitalism. They provide a service, and you pay for it. It's not a difficult concept. Bitch all you want the only reason they can charge what they do is because enough of us pay for it. So if it's such a problem for you, my recommendation would be... don't. But as long as the rest of the country continues to, they have a market, and they sell to it.

If $30 dollars a month is too expensive for you, don't buy a smart phone. I'd love to have a penthouse in NYC and a fully loaded Mustang GT, but I can't afford the payments, so I don't buy them. I don't go into a realtor's office or a car dealership and bitch and moan about it expecting the prices to be lowered just for me. Live within your means and if that irritates you, find a way to make more money.

As for all you whiney people that constantly need to remind these companies of what a "good customer" you've been try to keep it in perspective, you have done NOTHING special. All you've done is hold up your end of an agreement. You signed a legal document saying that in exchange for services, you would pay a certain amount of money. That's literally it. I don't get two free months of rent every year because I pay for the other ten. I pay my end of an agreement. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL. You are paying what you owe. You are literally doing ONLY what is expected.

Shut up, suck it up, accept that companies like to make money, I assume you all like the company you work for to make money, it is how you stay employed. Stop whining and get your heads out of either the clouds, the sand or your ass, wherever they may be currently situated and welcome to the real world.

And for all of you that will say I'm like a CEO of a telecomm, I am an hourly retail associate at an electronics store. I by no means make a high class salary, or really a middle class salary. I'm just smart and not a bitch.

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 03:11

32. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

The problem here is that the US operators are greedy.
You get 300 MB for 20 $ month.
In sweden i get unlimited data for 17 $ month, and that is with 3 mbps, if i want 10 mbps i only have to pay 25 $.
Welcome to the real world yourself : )

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 01:14

30. Derrin (unregistered)

That's definitely not cheap. Here in South Africa for about the same we get 1Gb. And on contracts it gets cheaper like 10Gb's for the same price.

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 03:05

31. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

This pricing is just crazy in the US.
Here in sweden i get unlimited data for 17 $ a month.
And i get 3 MBps data speeds.
If i want 10 Mbps speeds, it costs about 25 $

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 06:56

34. MIKE 222 (unregistered)


posted on 16 Aug 2011, 08:59

35. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I don't understand why Verizon can't offer a more affordable, competitive data plan, especially for 3G smartphones. I get that unlimited plans are going away, but why not a simple scale like:

$10 for 100 MB
$15 for 500 MB
$20 for 1 GB
$30 for 2 GB
$50 for 5 GB

That way you always get a better value by paying for the next level up, but you're not forced to pay for service you don't use.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:02

42. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

and even with that setup people will bitch about it...

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 10:04

38. really (unregistered)

yeah the data is expensive, but if consumers wanted to pay extra for their devices and not sign contracts the whole game would change. however that is not the culture in the US, everyone wants a free phone which requires a contract. now when a smartphone like say the droid 3 is sold at full retail, its right now about 500 bucks or so, the customer can not sign a contract and verizon isnt losing on the equipment cost. if everyone would do that the pricing would change because the ability to switch carriers would be easier, causing more competition for carries and ultimately lower prices for services. the problem is no one in the US is prepared to do that. until that happens their will always be an advantage for the carrier because your required to maintain service so you can pay verizon back the money they lost on the equipment and once that happens then they profit. if you want to change the system get everyone to start buyin phones at full retail.

it wont happen because if a customer is paying the same monthly fee and could have gotten a subsidized cost on their phone they will. contract based wireless service with different style networks is what has caused the higher cost of data in the US. deal with it, its not going anywhere...

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 21:38

44. jake (unregistered)

ya I agree, is prob. some of the reason Boost and Virgin has unlimited data for a cheaper price, you do have to buy the phone outright.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 12:07

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