Verizon rolls out 'Always-On Data' to prepaid customers

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Late last week, reports suggested that Verizon's unlimited throttled data service was to be extended to prepaid customers. Now official, it allows those who've gorged through their set data allowance some continued, albeit crippled connectivity. Big Red's postpaid packages were recently furnished with a similar feature known as Safety Mode, though the carrier's decision to charge $5 to some subscribers—i.e. those paying less for their monthly services—left a sour taste in a few mouths. 

The switch for the Verizon's prepaid contingency was officially turned on yesterday, so if you fall in this category, your device will now stay connected even if you've spent your data quota. Verizon won't charge you five bucks for the feature, which, somewhat quizzically, is known as Always-On Data rather than Safety Mode. Once you're out of data you'll still be able to connect via cellular, though you'll only get 2G speeds at 128 kbps. 

Watching YouTube clips without some serious buffering time will be out of the question, and even surfing the web may require some tweaking your browser settings to keep images and other bandwidth hogs to a minimum. With that said, the feature is incredibly useful for instant messaging services like WhatsApp, iMessage and Viber. Even at 2G speed, text-based correspondence should transfer with little fanfare. Images and other fodder may take a little while, but hey, it's better than being cut off entirely. 


Or is it? In today's culture of lightning-quick data speeds, the 2G coping mechanism may well have users tearing their hair out. Conveniently, this may heighten the lure of the data add-on, which costs $5 (500 MB, good for 30 days), $10 (1 GB, 90 days) or $20 (3 GB, 90 days). From this side of the coin, Verizon's apparent generosity actually looks a shrewd money-spinner—the frustration of 2G may push a user to pay where previously, they'd resigned themselves to scrambling for Wi-Fi hotspots. 

All things considered, does Verizon prepaid appeal to you more now thanks to Always On data? Also, Verizon prepaid customers specifically—are you happy with this update? 

Be sure to share your comments with us below. 

source: Verizon via PhoneScoop

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23 Comments

1. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

The always on is a bonus, but I switched to prepaid 2 years ago and cut my bill with Verizon in half and will ontinue with prepaid but not because of the "always on"....

2. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

RIP OFF!!!!! Even t mobile give you unlimited 3G speeds if you exceed your data free not 2G!!! Like VZW pay more get less

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Problem with T-mobile is even if you haven't exceeded your data allotment, you're often in 2G/edge territory (forget about 3G, that's a fantasy) due to T-mobiles horrible data coverage.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1373; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Do you have Tmobile to know first hand it's horrible? I'm not arguing that Verizon doesn't have the most coverage (because its most likely true - and don't get hung up on "most likely"), but how much more coverage does Verizon have than TMobile in areas where it REALLY matters? If youre out in Idaho where the average population density is less than 20 people per square mile, then fine, maybe Verizon will be a better choice. But if you are in an average area, im sure you will abrely notice a difference if anything. Then, if you travel to one of these low populace areas you can use the money you saved on tmobile to buy a prepaid plan from verizon for the duration of your trip.

6. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

All networks have dead zones no network is perfect not even VZW!! Where I live in a city filled area near the ocean VZW sucks!! T mobile i work in Los Angeles no issues driving to work from Huntington Beach when I had VZW I had dropped calls

8. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I agree, I only keep Verizon because I travel a lot and they have the best coverage, but I can also say that their coverage in my opinion isn't as good as it was a few years ago, and they have plenty of dead zones. In the next year or so when I find I dont travel so much I am definately going to look at T-Mobile.

9. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Thank you sprissy you couldn't had said it better +1 for you

10. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I have AT&T and I did try my Note 5 on T-mobile, I left my iPhone on AT&T. I live in lower Fairfield county, CT. I work in Manhattan, and when I had T-mobile, once I hit the Bronx/Westchester county border, data coverage plummeted to 2G/edge.

13. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Where it really matters? In my home area, where it really matters for me, T-Mobile is less than useless. Their LTE speed here is the same as Verizon's 3G speed, and about half the amount of coverage. Arguing that T-Mobile offers the best this and the best that means absolutely diddly squat to those that need better coverage and speed. Sure, they doubled their coverage, so where I had zero T-Mobile coverage I now have 1 bar of garbage speed.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah that is a problem and if you have it then you are stupid for not checking the coverage maps before picking your carrier. I have Tmo and get 4G lte everywhere(actually there is one area but no carrier gets a signal there) I go and I get the 3G speeds when I exceed my limit. I should also point out that I live in a rural area.

18. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

WTF! Does USA still have 2G?

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Unfortunately yes.

23. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

305 million pops covered with LTE and growing. It's very rare to get Edge service anymore.

19. kevv2288

Posts: 289; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Tmobile limits you to 128kps the same speed as vzw which is 2g speeds

5. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ctdog - What year are you living in? All of TMobile coverage has been upgraded to LTE. You clearly don't have them or used them. Deviceguy - TMobile doesn't throttle you to "3G" speeds, they give you "2G-like speeds" over their HSPA or LTE network (depending on device you're using) and because BingeOn video services as well as Music Freedom are white listed data, those services are not counted in usage thus you're more likely to be able to view or listen to them anytime. This is a huge win for data usage leaving more of your data to be used for other things before you would ever hit that throttle cap.

7. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I have unlimited 4G LTE some don't on t mobile, Verizon is like Apple two greedy companies so what year do you live in 1916??

11. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Interesting, but what happens to this when Verizon shuts down their 2G service in a couple years?

12. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Ya what happens to that i saw a article on PA that VZW is supposed to stop that very soon great post there problem solver15... Ya problems solved alright!! +1

14. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

It's 4g throttled to 2g speeds. You're not using the 2g network.

16. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Ah that's correct I remember that now, thanks

20. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

17. ullokey

Posts: 177; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

We had this in Germany for like forever and now they are moving in the other direction here :(

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Only ones getting slam/vice here, are postpaid customers as usual. Always have to play for everything a la carte. Go prepaid, or to a MVNO like PagePlus.

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