Verizon splits its unlimited data plan into 3 new ones with more caveats and restrictions


Verizon Wireless has just announced that it is splitting its current unlimited data plan into three new plans: Go Unlimited (starting at $75 for one line), Beyond Unlimited (prices start from $85 for 1 line), and Business Unlimited.

Verizon introduced its original Unlimited plans back in February, and it was a plan with simple and straightforward conditions, but these new plans bring us back to more complicated rules, fine print details and caveats.

“These plans give you the best unlimited choices, but you also get what only Verizon can give you: the best network, the best rewards program, the best way to manage your plan with the My Verizon app and the best selection of phones and devices,” the company wrote in its press release. However, contrary to the unlimited choice that it promises, Verizon has limited video streaming to only 480p on its Go Unlimited plan.

The new plans will be effective nearly right away, starting on August 23rd. Customers that are currently signed up for a plan can keep it, but even for them some conditions will change.

With no further ado, here are the new plans:

Go Unlimited

480p video streaming on phones, data could be throttled at ALL times

  • 1 line: $75/month
  • 2 lines: $65 per line/month
  • 3 lines: $50 per line/month
  • 4 lines+: $40 per line/month
*Paper-free billing and AutoPay must be enabled for these prices, otherwise you pay $5 more/month.

The new "Go Unlimited" Verizon plan comes with unlimited 4G LTE data, but - and that's one big but - you could be throttled into reduced speeds if the network is congested. This applies at all times, and you no longer have the promise for full speeds until you hit a certain limit like 10GB or 15GB: it could happen at all times. The usual unlimited minutes and texts are includes, and you get 480p video streaming on smartphones and 720p HD video streaming on tablets (no way to get higher resolutions). The new plan also includes unlimited mobile hotspot, but the speed is limited to just 600kbps at maximum.

Beyond Unlimited

720p video streaming on phones, data throttled after 22GB limit

  • 1 line: $85/month
  • 2 lines: $80 per line/month
  • 3 lines: $60 per line/month
  • 4 lines+: $50 per line/month
*Paper-free billing and AutoPay must be enabled for these prices, otherwise you pay $5 more/month.

With Verizon's new "Beyond Unlimited", you get 4G LTE data at full speed guaranteed for the first 22GB in a billing cycle, and data could be throttled after you hit that limit. If you sign up for a 2-year contract and a purchase a new device, Verizon ups the limit to 25GB. Unlimited talk and text are included here as well. With this plan, you get better quality, HD video streaming on smartphones (up to 720p) and 1080p Full HD video on tablets. Again, unlimited mobile hotspot is included, but with less draconian conditions: you get up to 15GB of LTE data for tethering, and if you tether your laptop to your phone, video is limited to 1080p. In addition to that, you also get free calling, texting, and data in Mexico and Canada.

In conclusion, let us also remind you that Verizon Wireless consistently ranks number one in terms of coverage. While the big four carriers are pretty close in terms of urban coverage, it is the rural coverage that really differs and where Verizon leads the rest. Different studies also give different measurements to the network quality with a recent OpenSignal study handing the crown to T-Mobile, but others still claiming that in terms of overall quality - things like dropped calls, etc - Verizon is at the top.

source: Verizon Wireless

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43 Comments

43. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

hey, at least Verizon is up front about this... T-Mobile was under fire not too long ago for not disclosing it to their customers. Truly, its FCC Net Neutrality. Every wireless provider does it. Seems like Verizon is at least being more generous with the limitations the government has imposed on all wireless providers..

41. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

And I'm sitting here on unlimited, 7 lines for $240/month from Verizon. So glad I won't be forced to switch to these, I use over 100Gb/month on my phone.

42. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Looking at their website, switching would make my bill $350/month, and I would gain Canada/Mexico calling and my hotspot would go from 10gb high speed to 15gb....but I already used more than 50gb of hotspot/month at a speed I find acceptable. Really glad I don't need to switch plans, or I wouldn't hesitate to leave Verizon.

37. Pukwudgie

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

omg ... happy I have Sprint who doesn't do any of these horrible things

34. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Just called as these plans will roll out tomorrow. They are removing the line access fees... The cost for the 480p plan for 2 iPhone's will cost me: $65 + $65 + $40.38 (1st iphone 7 Plus 256) + $40.38 (2nd iphone 7 Plus 256) - $27.08 (1st promo credit) - $27.08 (2nd promo credit) = $156.60+tax Just disappointed... For Xfinity Mobile on a per gig basis I would pay $12/gb + $12/gb + $40.38 +$40.38 = $104.76 starting base price. I could curb my data behavior down to less than 2gb per month and use wifi 98% of the time. This is the cheapest solution for any carrier around. This includes nothing out of pocket. I can keep my bill under $130/mo.

38. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So if you can stay under 2GB a month you could do Verizons 2GB Plan? 35 + 20 + 20 = 75 + 80.76 = 150.76 - 54.16 = $96.60 Then you turn on Safety Mode and after the 2GB you can get unlimited throttled Data

24. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

meanwhile India got Reliance jio that offers unlimited calls, text messages and 1GB/day at around 5.5$/month

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Where do I sign up? lol, that's an amazing deal, Maybe some day the States will have something similar to it.

31. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

1GB a day at 3G speeds ;)

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I honestly don't care about speeds, If I have network connectivity and I pay pennies for it, I'm all good. The issue I have with Verizon is paying $75 (Just for data) a month and them still throttling my speed.

22. PhoneGuy414

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 20, 2017

I guess my decision to go prepaid with an unlocked device was the best way to go... Got the Walmart special. $70 a month with a total of 12GB data. All I need since I'm not a data hog... First world problems I guess... Honestly I love my service... Don't think I'll be going to device payment again anytime soon... Very happy with my G5+ on VZW!

21. Duncdawg26

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

What about the 3rd plan, the business plan? What are the details on that? I NEED to know what the details are on that one

30. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

$45 per line

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I'm done with Verizon! I've been with them for more than 15 years. I'm convinced that Xfinity Mobile is the way to go! I have the 7 Plus 256 and will reach 50% of the handset. I may just pay it off and sell on eBay. Xfinity has the best deal right now as they are tied to VZ's towers. They have 720p streams for $45/mo up to 20gb for LTE. Verizon has put me over the edge beyond the tipping point...I'm done!

18. kevv2288

Posts: 324; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

This is B.S, so you can't stream anything over 720p on Verizon's network anymore on smartphones. I guess you could on their tiered plans still but what's the point cuz you're gonna use up all the data right away. I don't get the point of all these carriers boasting about their network speeds when they all throttle your bandwidth now for streaming. Verizon gonna release 5g network soon and going to limit your video to 480p still? It's laughable

15. mbp432

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I'm still grandfathered in, lol!

16. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

So you think. Your video just got "managed."

28. KParks23

Posts: 750; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Updated reports say my grandfathered data won't be managed

14. fyah_king unregistered

Enjoying my T-Mobile plan with military discount.:)

10. azuleyez

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

...................

9. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

I knew I should have kept my grandfathered unlimited plan. This was so predictable.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And people talk bad about ATT. My ATT plan is way better and cheaper then these.

7. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

WOW what an AMAZING deal only $75 for a throttled unlimited deal LMAO Verizon gtfo.

6. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I think these plans are terrible. Pricing is a little better but the plans themselves suck.

32. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Pricing is actually worse than the original Unlimited Plan unless you have less than 4 Lines and don't mind having 3G Hotspot and Tablets.

5. Acdc1a

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The pricing is better, but this new plan sucks! I want to see John Legere respond.

11. thxultra

Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

T-mobile also limits streaming quality on their base unlimited plan. Verizon's we can throttle you at anytime though does suck. T-Mobile has been much less aggressive with pricing though lately. They now charge upgrade fees with their JUMP on Demand plan and are going to require down payments on leased phones (this is a joke). They also no longer offer limited data plans which were good for some users. In my opinion comcast is the one being most disruptive now. Will be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

12. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah I tried to get a limited data plan with them 2 months ago and there wasn't an option. I was really disappointed that they choose to drop that.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Xfinity Mobile is more expensive than VZW and ATT. Also, Comcast is using Verizon's network. I almost considered moving 4 lines back to VZW, but I remember they don't support Samsung applications and I don't need their BS if I am paying more. But I'm tired of T-Mobile now and never going back to Sprint. AT&T has never been on my list, but may check them out and of the month. On T, I've been gettign slammed with phone calls from advertisers, I've never given my number too. Then T wants to charge me to change the number. That's BS. I've never paid to have a number changed with any carrier.

25. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What apps doesn't Verizon support?

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