Rumors abound that Verizon unlimited will shortly be introduced. The plan will “Carryover” data from one month to the next
Verizon wireless employees are discussing some kind of “huge new promo” launching on Friday — July 1 on Reddit” everyone was trying to figure it out. The answer seems to be that Verizon has done a 180 on their adamant denial from last year and is going to start offering some kind of monthly data rollover plan to customers – Verizon Unlimited.
In addition to the rollover data, Verizon is also rumored to be offering an alternative to overage fees: data throttling, in which you can still use your phone and connect to the internet when you’ve hit your data limit, but only very slowly. Customers who opt in to this “safety mode” would be swapped to the worse service when they hit their data cap, instead of paying $15 for each extra gig. Sounds like a fair solution.
Verizon Unlimited taking on T-Mobile and AT&T
If true, Verizon unlimited would be joining rivals T-Mobile and AT&T. Verizon is just shaking up its wireless plans for the summer. Last year, in January, just weeks after AT&T introduced their rollover plans, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo’s said that Verizon would not offer this kind of package because “”We’re (Verizon) a leader, not a follower,”
It’s no coincidence that Verizon may be targeting these areas; rivals AT&T and T-Mobile have rolled out some or all of these features over the last year. The move underscores the competitive environment that even market leader Verizon faces, which has yielded better deals and more perks for consumers.
Verizon unlimited will have a rollover-like feature that allows customers to take unused data with them to the following month – that is supposed to target customers who don’t reach their caps and have left over data they can use the following month. There’s also a “safety mode” that removes overage fees, and some customers will get more access to their plans while in Canada and Mexico.
Verizon unlimited plan will include “Carryover Data,” which according to the diagram will be available to all customers. It’s similar to AT&T’s Rollover plan and T-Mobile’s Data Stash program (AT&T owns the rights to the term “rollover,” which is why T-Mobile uses a different name), which were both announced within a month of each other starting in December 2014.
“Safety mode” eliminates the prospect of an overage fee, and reduces the speed of the service until the end of the month. It’s similar to plans offered by T-Mobile and Sprint, which have previously been touted as “unlimited plans.” It will be a free option to anyone with an XL plan, which offers 12 gigabytes of data for $80 a month, or an XXL plan, which offers 18GB for $100 a month. Customers with smaller plans can pay $5 extra to access “safety mode.”
Likewise, customers on XL or XXL plans will get unlimited calls from the US to Mexico and Canada. They’ll also be able to take the talk, text message and data allowance on their plans and use them while in those two countries at no extra charge. Customers with lower plans can pay an additional fee to access this benefit, but it’s unclear what the fee is.
An image from a Verizon test site going around indicates that all Verizon Wireless customers would be eligible for the rollover data “to the end of the following month,” which contradicts the AT&T style of “use it or lose it” AT&T have a 30-day expiration scheme.