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

1. bucky

Posts: 3783; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

how can a provider limit the stream quality?

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The same way every single other provider limits stream quality.

17. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

By slowing your bandwidth?

27. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

"Beyond Unlimited" but limits every possible thing they can hahaha WTF!

35. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It is so unlimited that it is limited. It boggles the mind.

39. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Providers know what you are doing, they can treat different types of traffic differently. This is a good example of why we need net neutrality, so all traffic is treated the same. But some idiots out there believe no government regulations will breed more competition and lower prices, the opposite has been occurring since the push to repeal net neutrality.

2. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Fu€k Verizon

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And to think that I was contemplating going back to them... blah, forget that!

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

HAAAAAAA! The unlimited plan is affecting "the network". Reduce the unlimited plans. B-)

4. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow this sounds much worse..

5. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

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

11. thxultra

Posts: 457; 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: 2280; 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?

26. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Xfinity mobile cost savings depend on the number of phones on your plan. For me we only have two lines so would actually be the cheapest. Also for families with some people that don't use lots of data and others that want unlimited you can mix and match. They are too new though to know how reliable they will be. I don't think they support handing off from wifi to LTE for calls for one. Also not sure how long their prices will last.

40. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's because you are technically buying them, they just let you trade it in and buy a new phone instead of paying off the balance. I knew it would only be a matter of time, people jumping flagships several times a year is expensive for T-Mobile, they don't get back nearly what they spend on a phone and end up with something that can't be sold again.

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: 1060; 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.

7. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

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

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

9. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

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

10. azuleyez

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

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

14. fyah_king unregistered

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

15. mbp432

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I'm still grandfathered in, lol!

16. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

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

28. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Updated reports say my grandfathered data won't be managed

18. kevv2288

Posts: 295; 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

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; 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!

21. Duncdawg26

Posts: 174; 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

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