Verizon’s Unlimited Service

by Colin Berkshire

Verizon is aggressively pushing its new unlimited data service. I am a verizon customer and they call me about once a month offering to move me up to their unlimited service. I haven’t bitten.

Verizon’s unlimited service would mean a $20 higher monthly subscription fee for me. (I have their 16 GB plan.)

Do you get an employee discount because you work for a national company or are affiliated with a university? Then, wait, their unlimited plan would mean about a $40 higher monthly subscription for you. You see, you don’t get your 15% to 18% employee/affiliate discount with the Verizon Unlimited plan. So there is a 15% to 18% bump up in your rates that they DONT tell you about. (Really, they should warn customers that switching to the unlimited plan will negate their employee discounts.)

As an extra bonus for Verizon unlimited customers, tethering data speeds are reduced to 600 kbps after 10 GB. This means that watching movies in decent quality on your laptop isn’t going to happen. (This restriction doesn’t apply on the non-unlimited plans.)

Because “complicated is better” Verizon has numerous additional complicated rules that only apply to the Verizon Unlimited plan, such as: “If more than 50% of your talk, text or data usage in a 60-day period is in Canada or Mexico, use of those services in those countries may be removed or limited.”

Oh, and then there is the $5 or $10 additional monthly fee if you want a printed bill.

If you travel internationally, remember that you are capped at 512 MB per day while overseas, even though you are paying the $10 per day TravelPass. So, don’t expect to be watching any movies like you could with the non-unlimited plan. (The non-unlimited plans let you use your full data allowance while overseas.)

Sheesh. The complexity of cell phone service is as bad as health insurance.