Verizon doubles the megabyte allowance for newly signed 4G smartphone data plans

Verizon doubles the megabyte allowance for newly signed 4G smartphone data plans
The month of November marks 2 years since the original Motorola DROID started Androidmania, and what better way for Verizon to honor the event than treating its customers to an irresistible offer like this one? Starting tomorrow, November 8, anyone who commits to a 4G smartphone data plan with Verizon will receive twice the megabytes that the plan includes. For example, opting in for the $30 2GB per month plan will get you 4GB of data instead.

The promotion applies to any Verizon 4G smartphone, and both new and existing subscribers are eligible for it. Existing Verizon customers should bear in mind that in order to request a data plan change they must either sign up via their My Verizon account or contact customer service for assistance.

With sizzling-hot devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and the HTC Rezound nearing their release, it is pretty certain that a great deal of Verizon subscribers will take advantage of the double data deal. However, Verizon is making it clear that the data promotion will be available for a limited time, so it would probably be a good idea not to hesitate for too long if you find the offer tempting.

source: Verizon

UPDATE: Further information regarding the double data deal from Verizon hit our inbox. Here is what the carrier clarifies:

  • All new customers who purchase a 4G smartphone are eligible for the double data plans
  • Existing customers who have upgraded their service or purchased a 4G smartphone within the last 14 days will be eligible for the double data plans
  • Once a customer has the plan, they keep the plan as long as they are on a 4G smartphone. The limited time promotion applies to how long Verizon will be selling the plan, not how long customers get to use the plans
  • The plans are already available for purchase

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65 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bout time they gave you more for your money instead of just charging you. 30 bux for 2 gigs is insane.

2. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Im wondering how this is going to effect people who have grandfathered 3G/4G data plans? It would be nice to have my 5GB cap increased to 10GB before they start to throttle me down : )

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wonder if you can 'upgrade' to the doubled plan. When they introduced the current 75 MB/$10 plan, I was able to switch from my existing $9.99/25 MB plan and enjoy the extra allowance (for a penny more!).

16. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

They do not throttle you down. They call it the " network optimization" which will only throttle if a website is congested. And this network optimization does not include 4G data plans and NONE OF THE CAP data.

18. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

You may be right but when i had my Incredible in Febuary i went over the 5GB that month and for March and April i noticed a reduction in speed. Same thing has happened to me with my Thunderbolt about 2 months ago i used 8GB of data and i noticed slower speeds for about 3 weeks.

34. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

What the fudge do you guys be doing on these phones?

41. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Lots of youtube and facebook at work but i cut down on my youtube/facebook usage so in never over 5GB anymore. I also switched to only using WiFi at home so its no longer a concern.

42. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I'm sitting at 8 gigs used so far this month still getting 30+ mbps

45. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

13 up

47. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have friends that use Pandora quite a lot at work for music.. they routinely go over the 4-5 gigs of data.

48. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yea its really easy to go over. I usually download torrents along with Netflix.. YouTube.. Pandora and just reading forums and such. Last month I used like 14 gigs or so. And hot spot abuse with my tablet lol

58. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i stream google music a lot. also like the random youtube video and definately all that flash content on web pages i browse. :)

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I have no idea how much data I'll be using, but it only makes sense that if you have a 5-10x faster connection, you can download a lot more in the same amount of time. This also incentivizes the purchase of more expensive 4G phones. A solid business move IMO.

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

I'm so unlimited lol Verizon all day

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Good for you :P Not all of us had the option to upgrade during the unlimited period.

46. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Grandfathered 4g vzw ftw

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Sprint all the way..

43. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Sprint? You mean walk lol ;)

53. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

More like crawl.

55. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Touché lol

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know, that was more than 2 seconds for the comeback rule.. but we'll allow it :)

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

@roldefol - +1 on smart move by VZW. They have the largest LTE footprint, and now they are actually competitive on pricing their data plan. I wonder what Sprint and AT&T are going to do?

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Sprint has unlimited. Still is unbeaten as far as value goes.

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Unless you had Verizon prior to the changes. 4G LTE + Unlim. Data = sexZynessss

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If you are lucky enough to have reception. I borrowed a Sprint phone from a friend of mine while he was on vacation to test out reception in my area. I was sold on Sprint, and my family was on the way to them. The fact I was at 3 - 4 bars of reception outside buildings and dropped to 1 or less, often zero, as soon as I stepped into most structures was really sobering. I live in Central Illinois right by the University, so I am very confused why it is so bad in a huge college town area. I am happy for you arc12. Now tell them to improve their network so we can join you.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Bah, everyone complains about everyone's service. Its all relative to where you live. People Joke about Tmobile, but i get 4 bars of 4G HSPA+ in the dead center of the hospital im doing my clinicals at. I thought I might have to switch carriers because of the big fat thick buildings and all the electronics (hospitals are known to be horrible for cell phones), but I see no reason now since I've tested it around the hospital and get perfect service through out.

39. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If you are lucky enough to have T-Mobile reception... What, me complain??? :-D

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Only if you have service... The company I work for provides 4G Sprint mobile hotspots for free and I didn't even want one I just pay $30/mo to tether off my Thunderbolt. I could be wrong but from my experience (I am at meetings with folks who have them pretty often) the service inside of a building is horrid to say the least. They literally all cluster their hotspots by the window lol

54. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, are you serious bro? Sprint's data speeds are so unbearably slow.

9. coasterfanryan

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 05, 2008

Megabyte?

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