Beginning July 7, Verizon Wireless’ current data buckets will have their sizes and prices altered to reflect what the carrier said is the new reality of consumers using more data. According to the carrier, average customer data usage has spiked from about 1 GB per month in April 2013, to 2.7 GB per month this past April.
As such, data buckets will indeed swell to previously reported sizes and costs, with the carrier’s “small” data bucket set to double to 2 GB for an extra $5 per month; the “medium” plan will grow from 3 GB to 4 GB and from $45 to $50; the “large” plan increases from 6 GB to 8 GB and in price from $60 to $70; the “extra large” plan from 12 GB to 16 GB and a $10 price increase to $90; and the “extra, extra large” plan from 18 GB to 24 GB with a price surge from $100 to $110.
The data buckets will continue to have a separate per-device charge for lines accessing the shared data, which is currently at $20 for smartphones, $10 for tablets or mobile hot spots and $5 for “connected devices.”
Verizon Wireless is attempting to alter the message around its move earlier this week to alter pricing and data allotment on its My Verizon rate plans.
In a follow-up to the rate plan changes announced July 6, Verizon Wireless released a statement on July 7 attempting to clarify what it deemed news reports “incorrectly reporting this as a ‘price hike,’ which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The carrier laid out a half-dozen “myths” it claims have misrepresented the price adjustments, with its own “reality,” which also look to tackle social media-based barbs thrown at the carrier from its rivals.
The first myth tackled involved claims of a price increase, with the carrier noting the reduction on per-gigabyte pricing to back its reality of the move not being a price increase. Customers are still paying more per month on the new plans than the old plans even if they are getting more data.
Verizon Wireless then goes on to tackle the myth that it was copying rivals with its “Carryover” feature that allows customers to keep unused data for up to one month and its “Safety Mode” feature that looks to curb overage charges. To this, the carrier seems to dodge the tenants of the myth by deftly claiming: “No other wireless company can offer the entire package. We bring together options customers tell us they want, in a new plan with incredible value – and a new My Verizon app that puts you in control – all on the best network.”
Verizon wireless is that unlimited data is bad. Then why did they offer it before? The only reason is they can not bill for the data, if they could charge for overages or higher data plans then it would be okay to use as much data as you want.
My bill is around $70 on my old plan with unlimited data but on the new plans I would pay $250 a month. Verizon would not complain but I am using the same amount of data just paying more.
Verizon slows my MiFi hotspot when I stream movies from certain sites not all only the ones. That would only mean they are monitoring my usage, another reason this Net Neutrality is a big issue with me. I buy my equipment at full retail or used so I can keep my plans, I will never change unless forced too.