Verizon to launch limited-time $55 plan with 5GB of data on January 24

Big Red has done some usage analysis and concluded that most of its customer base doesn't use more than 5GB of data per month but has to pay extra for data that never gets used. So it cooked up a new plan that may be just right for anyone who has trouble fitting into a 4GB data plan but doesn't end up using over 5GB of data per month.

From January 24, Verizon will offer 5GB of traffic plus unlimited talk and text for $60. That's a $40 promo 5GB plan access fee plus $20 line access fee, and if you pay bills with the carrier's Auto Pay payment program, you'll get a $5 discount and pay $55.

If the 4GB for $50 plan is too little and the $70 8GB plan is too much, the new plan might be the comfortable middle ground you're asking for. There's plenty of time to think about that before Verizon's offer goes live next Tuesday.




1. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Well in EU I get unlimited call, sms and 5Gb for 15€ or 12 on contract LTE. Newer though States phone usage is so expensive.

2. snatchlax17

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Every time PA posts about our US plan pricing one of you schmucks feels the need to express how much better you have it. No one f**king cares how good you have it...tell Canada they're worse than us.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I hardly disagree; you should care and you should always ask for better prices (and you should understand why you pay more or less for a service).

16. snatchlax17

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I do understand why I pay more for my cellular service. However asking for better prices doesn't change the market. There's MVNOs and other services that offer discount service, but you pay for what you get. Just like ya'll aren't locked into providers and can swap phones willy nilly. I understand why Canada pays more. They've asked for better prices as well, and they still pay up the ass, and had longer contracts. I understand this all very well. Cell service in Europe is a much more competitive market.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So the Networks and Prices over there cover entire EU or does it cover a single Country?

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Only one country (just like in US - which is a single country); but the future will bring coverage all over EU, no matter what country one buys the service from.

14. TheGranter

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

Wrong, i can travel from Sweden to norway, over to germany over to swiss and still make calls and use the net, i just have to tell my phoneprovider. Difference is that the data is changed. Anything outside of scandinavia is kinda crappy, sweden has 4g out in nowhere pretty much. Tbh i wonder why we even have data at this point, I hope they release unlimited data service as soon as 5g is released.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My plan offers voice/text and data all over EU, but it's limited to 2k minutes/text and 6 GB of data, while in my country I have unlimited and 17 GB of 4G data (I don't have to tell anyone that I'm going abroad). I get 200 Mbps speeds on the phone (50 Mbps minimum) and I'm not in Scandinavia.

3. patjanter

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

What a laugh in we pay 25 for 20 gb ,hahaha

5. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

T-mobile walmart prepaid- 5gb for $30. Don't settle for getting ripped off by version folks.

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

$30 for cut-rate coverage and you have to buy a phone outright or provide one. Get what you pay for.

10. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Well phone can be any unlocked gsm phone. Doesn't necessarily have to be walmarts crap selection. lte coverage is good in most major cities i've visited. But yeah, check ur coverage area first.

7. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

T-Mobile here in the Netherlands started offering unlimited data: Unlimited data unlimited calls Unlimited texts 35 euros a month 2 year contract or 36 euro a month for 1 year contract. They do limit it to 5gb a day against abuse and after that you need to send a text message to lift the limit and get 1gb extra. You can repeat and do that unlimited times so its really unlimited data. Next day you get your 5gb again.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

These carriers need to be dial back with their gouging.

9. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Cricket: $45 a month; Unlimited Talk/Text and 8 GB of data in USA, Mexico, and Canada. That is with one person but you get big discounts for additional lines so I pay $30 for this plan. Cricket is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T and uses the AT&T network.

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Verizon is a good, overpriced network. However, your device choices are limited by CDMA.

17. snatchlax17

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

This isn't as much of an issue anymore. An iPhone can be brought to any carrier in the US nowadays. The issue isn't as much CDMA but which LTE bands the phone is able to connect to.

18. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1114; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Here in India I pay $11.75 for unlimited calls and text + 8GB 4G data :) But we don`t get any subsidy on phones so we have to buy it unlocked for the full price which is fine I guess considering how cheap the data really is.

19. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Another PhoneArena fail. This plan is available NOW but only IN STORES. It'll be available online on Jan 24.

20. pkufellow

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Population density sets the cost. Think about mid-west US - how many towers are needed to cover all the farmers, and how many (few) farmers are out there. These farmers are charged the same rate as city dwellers. So, my European friends, enjoy your "cozy" flats and "efficient" toy-cars (oh, and healthy bikes). Keep packing more human flesh in smaller cans and your cellphone plan will get cheaper! Don't believe it? Check out the prices in rich Asian counties like Japan, Korean, or better yet - Singapore or Hong Kong!

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