Verizon Unlimited launches tomorrow; $45 a line for family of four, streaming HD video



If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Starting tomorrow, February 13th, you can sign up for Verizon Unlimited which will offer unlimited data for smartphones and tablets. The price of the service is $80 per line. However, those with four lines will be able to take advantage of the new plan by paying $45 per month (you must agree to auto pay). This is a huge change in direction for the nation's largest carrier, and is no doubt a response to T-Mobile and Sprint's constant advertising of their unlimited plans.

While Verizon's new plan is priced at $5 more per line than T-Mobile for that family of four, it will offer HD (720p) video streaming rather than the DVD (480p) streaming that T-Mobile provides. Of course, you could pay $15 more a month for T-Mobile One Plus to receive unlimited HD day passes for your streaming video, but that would remove T-Mobile's price advantage over Verizon. A connected smartwatch (think the LG Watch Sport, Verizon's own Wear24 or the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier) can be added for just $5 a month.

The new plan also features unlimited mobile hotspot usage, although only the first 10GB is at 4G LTE speeds. After that, you will be connected at 3G speeds. If you are a Verizon customer, this could be the plan that you've wanted regardless of CFO Fran Shammo's comments last year. The executive said back in September that its customers don't need unlimited data. Perhaps Verizon finally realized that the business has changed and that its customers generally want unlimited data. Now, it is up to Verizon customers to show that the carrier did the right thing by signing up for the service.

Anyone using more than 22GB of data in a month could find themselves waiting at the back of the line during periods of heavy traffic. As Verizon says, it "may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion." And the good ol' 5GB, S, M, and L Verizon plans are still available.


source: Verizon

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66 Comments

1. mrcub33

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

This is the plan I've been waiting for thank you T-Mobile for kicking butt and taking names and making Verizon change!!!!

48. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This will also help t-mobile customers because T-mobile will have to either add HD video for everyone or lower the price even more. Competition is great.

54. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

But now since Tmo has Finally poked the bear hard enough, the sleeping giant has awoken to crush Tmo like the bug that they are. be careful what you wish for.... sometimes, many times, too much attention can yield negative results. Hopefully Tmo didn't write a check their ass cant cash

2. Doogie203

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 08, 2016

2017 will be interesting...

3. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Well now decision time, I always said the only way I am leaving prepaid is if they bring back unlimited data.....and now here it is!

4. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

I'm going to wait just long enough to see how this goes.

5. djcody

Posts: 237; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

still is more than 5$ more add taxes and fees, t-mobile with autopay cost 40$ no more no less

25. BGChicago

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Exactly. And those taxes and fees on $180 bill are close to $40. So Verizon offer is technically $50 month per line for 4 lines. PA definitely missed that

44. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

More like $7 for the primary $5 for the add a lines so about $22 on 4 lines. Someone should check to see if this plan qualifies for the corporate discount too. I get a 23% discount so that could more than make sup the difference and get a better network

56. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

ok i called Verizon today the discount does not apply to this plan

64. mrcub33

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I called Big Red, they informed me if you add a military family member as Authorized user & then add military discount code which is 15% off the base plan of $110 which saves $17.50 or after the auto pay discount of $10 then making it $100. The you add the 15% discount which will now save $15 off the base price is the only discount that will work. Let's hope in the future they will bring back corporate discount & let customers set up auto pay with credit card. Because right now if you use a credit cards for auto pay, the $10 discount WILL NOT work.

63. mrcub33

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

No Corporate discount on VZ Unlimited Data plan

65. mrcub33

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The only discount that works as of right now is the military discount. If you have a family member of friend you can trust add them as authorized user on the account and add their military discount for 15% off

34. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But Tmobile is not good for everyone. Like at my house Tmobile has no signal. This is good for Verizon people.

43. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Verizon still allows corporate discounts, I get 23% plus the better network = worth it

50. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They do not allow any discounts on the unlimited plan except for Military and Veteran

57. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

yep learned that today

61. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

My sales rep told me give it until around March. Since they kind've threw this plan out of nowhere

6. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Hmmmm.....interesting, I'm grandfathered in already, but maybe i will switch my wifes plan to this. I will wait to read the fine print.

7. A_Steal

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

This is a huge gain for the cellular community. Verizon has always had the best coverage overall. They just have not had the best plan options. While not the cheapest unlimited plan, it is competitive pricing considering the benefits that come with it. Not only is it on a better network than T-maybe, but you get HD video and hotspot included.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well decision time is at hand.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't trust Verizon. I think I'll stick with what I have for right now.

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Another "UNLIMITED" plan that is "LIMITED" by the terms and conditions.

19. fher182

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

like EVERY SINGLE CARRIER

11. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Sprint and T-Mobile needs another action plan.

12. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Thank you T-Mobile for changing the industry. Now, we need another adjustment on existing plan to beat Verizon even further

13. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Wouldn't this plan technically cost $100 a month for one line, and $260 or $65 a line for four lines, since Verizon (and AT&T) charge you for data and then force you to pay a $20 per line fee just to access the data? So it is technically a good deal more expensive than T-Mobile's family plan.

16. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Good point!

18. fher182

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

omg dumb. is 180 for a line of 4. 100 for the plan. 20 for each line. $180+tax is $196 thats $50 per line is not that they force you to pay 20 per line. is that how it used to be with a different data tier plan. is the same thing tmo does only that they didnt have data tier plans. need extra help or you still dont understand

42. goatah

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I just did a mock up on my account. It's $110 just to sign up for the unlimited plan, then $45 per line for each of four lines. $110 plus $45 x 4 = $110 + $180 = $290. So, it is $290 for 4 unlimited lines. So, it comes out to be $72.50 per line. If you sign up for auto pay, the total cost would drop to $280 or $70 per line. Then add taxes and fees and you'll be over $300.

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