Verizon launches an unlimited data plan

Verizon announces new unlimited data plan

The Verizon plan costs $80 a month for a single line with unlimited talk, text and data, and $45 a month for each line up to four different lines.

The official reason: Verizon's "fundamental" desire for customers to have more choices, plus network upgrades that now "can manage all the activity customers undertake", explained division president Ronan Dunne.

Will you take advantage of Verizon unlimited data plans? The largest wireless carrier in the United States has likely been feeling the pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint's own unlimited plans.

Verizon had been moving away from unlimited data plans since 2011, arguing that the company could better serve the highest-paying customers by focusing on network quality.

Comparing unlimited data plans can be complicated. For instance, Simple Mobile, which is on T-Mobile's network, offers unlimited date for 60 bucks a month. Like OpenSignal, those tests are also based on tens of millions of real-time, crowd-sourced tests by millions of real customers, not paid consultants, using their own devices where they live, work and play. However, Sprint is also offering a limited promotion of five lines for one year for $90 a month.

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T-Mobile charges $70 for an individual plan and an additional $50 for a second line.

The largest US carrier by subscriber base canceled its previous unlimited option back in 2011, following the lead of AT&T and T-Mobile.

These upgrades are available starting this Friday, February 17, at no extra charge for customers on T-Mobile ONE. In comparison, two lines on Verizon Unlimited will run you $140. The only way to have an unlimited plan with them was to be grandfathered in. Verizon is also offering new customers with older phones the option to buy one of the new smartphones for $5 a month.

Verizon's new plans reward those with more lines. And, after the included 10GB of high-speed data, customers still get unlimited 3G data through the end of the month. Customers who surpass 22GB for the month will witness speed bumps in their connection during busy times to prevent network congestion.

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