Unlimited mobile data has officially come full circle. Just a few years after wireless companies began dropping their unlimited data plans, all of the major players now offer such plans again. Today, Verizon Wireless began offering both new and existing customers the option of choosing an unlimited data plan.
Verizon Wireless now offers unlimited talk, text and data on an individual smartphone for $80 per month with paper-free billing and autopay. You can also choose a four-line family plan with unlimited talk, texts and data costing $180 per month ($45 per line), also with paper-free billing and autopay.
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It’s important to note that in order to get these prices, you need to sign up for online billing, meaning you won’t receive a paper bill in the mail. You also need to enable autopay. Verizon Wireless still offers its other plans with limited data buckets, and current customers don’t need to switch plans unless they want to.
In addition to the new unlimited plans, Verizon has some pretty sweet deals going on.
For example, you can get up to $750 credit toward a new phone when you switch and trade in on select phones. New device payment activation and phone number transfer are required, with coupon code: VZWDEAL. The offer includes popular smartphones such as the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 and Moto Z Droid.
The Fine Print
Be sure to read the fine print before signing up for a new Verizon account or changing your plan. Note that you’ll give up any existing employer or educational discounts if you sign up for the new unlimited plan. Military and veteran discounts seem to remain intact.
Also, to get the $80 price, which includes a $5 auto-pay discount, you must pay using an automatic checking account draft or debit card. Credit card auto-pay won’t knock the $5 off your bill.
The $80 includes the line access fee, normally about $20 per line. It does not include taxes and fees, which could bring your monthly nut closer to $90.
Verizon also reserves the right to slow down your data if you use more than 22 GB a month – a pretty sizable amount.