If you’re a Verizon smartphone user without an unlimited plan, now would be the time to go out and get one. Starting July 7, Verizon will be replacing their unlimited smartphone data plans with three-tiered pricing plans. Those who got an unlimited plan before then will get to keep it.
An Industry Trend
Following AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon is the latest carrier to hop on the bandwagon and abandon unlimited data plans. Instead of providing unlimited plans, the top carriers now charge users based on how much data they plan to transfer. Verizon customers will have three options: 2GB for $30 per month, 5GB for $50 per month, and 10GB for $80. In addition, users will have to pay a $10 fee for every GB of data they overrun. Only existing members with unlimited plans will be unaffected by the change.
With the days of carefree data usage fading quickly, it’s a good idea to start keeping an eye on your use. Before choosing a plan, get an idea of how much data you actually transfer in a month. This way, you won’t be paying extra for space you don’t need or suffering monthly overage charges for going over your plan. There are many apps available that track wireless data usage, and some even shut off your 3G network when you’ve reached your cap. Carriers also provide the option of online log-ins to track your monthly use.
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