Verizon’s New Rate Plans Offer More Data, Add Safety Mode, Carryover Data, and More

BY Evan Selleck

Published 6 Jul 2016

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Verizon has decided to shake things up when it comes to its rate plans, offering more data for more money every month, and a few new features for good measure.

The Big Red carrier has officially announced some new rate plans, as far as data and pricing go, while keeping the simplified naming scheme for the plan options. You can see how the new plans stack up with the previous options below, as offered by Verizon’s official announcement:

  • Small: Now $35/month for 2 GB (was $30/month for 1GB)
  • Medium: Now $50/month for 4 GB (was $45/month for 3GB)
  • Large: Now $70/month for 8 GB (was $60/month for 6GB)
  • X-Large: Now $90/month for 16 GB (was $80/month for 12GB)
  • XX-Large: Now $110/month for 24 GB (was $100/month for 18GB)

It should be noted that there are still access fees attached to these updated rate plans. Subscribers will pay $20 per month for a smartphone to connect to the network while attached to a plan, and $10 per month for a mobile hotspot or tablet. It’s $5 per month for a connected device, including smartwatches.

The other big addition to the plans? New features attached, such as Carryover Data, Safety Mode, and more:

  • Carryover Data: Keep your unused data for another month without losing the data you’ve purchased. Carryover data automatically rolls your unused data for one month into the next. And that includes any additional data you purchased that month. Data expires at the end of the next monthly bill cycle.
  • Safety Mode: Overages are over. Used all your data allotment for the month? We’ve got your back with the new Safety Mode capability. If you’re on the XL or XXL data size, you can choose to add Safety Mode for free; S-M-L size customers pay $5 per month if they choose to add Safety Mode. Switch on Safety Mode within your new My Verizon app, and once you’ve hit your data limit we’ll move your data from 4G LTE to 128 kbps speeds – and you won’t pay anything for that data you use over your plan size. The slower speeds in Safety Mode apply to all your data usage until you upgrade your plan, buy more data through Data Boost, or until the end of the month, when you start over with your new allotment of 4G LTE data.
  • Data Boost: Get back to full, 4G LTE speed or add more data whenever you want – either way it’s your choice right there in the new My Verizon app. It costs just $15 for each GB of additional data.
  • International calling and roaming for Mexico and Canada: On Verizon Plan XL and larger sizes, get unlimited talk and text from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada and also enjoy your data plan, along with unlimited talk and text, when visiting Mexico and Canada. If you’re on the new Verizon Plan in sizes S, M or L, pay just $5 per line per month for calls from the U.S. To roam with your data and unlimited talk and text in Canada or Mexico, you’ll use Verizon’s TravelPass feature for $2 per day per line.

Verizon’s also offering a new My Verizon app, which will offer a “My Feed” for users to check out their data usage, account information, and billing.

The new rate plans, along with the new My Verizon app, will be available beginning July 7.

[via Verizon Wireless]