Verizon Prepaid Increases Data, Optimizes Video Streaming On All Plans, Offers $100 Credit to Switchers
Verizon Wireless announced new improvements on prepaid service plans. Starting tomorrow, June 6, 2017, carrier will add more data to most of its plans and will limit video streaming to 480p on all plans. In addition, it will start offering a $100 credit to customers who port their number to Verizon prepaid service. Verizon Prepaid increases data on $40 plan, from 2 GB to 3 GB, and on $50 plan from 5 GB to 7 GB. At the same time, carrier lowers the cost of the $70/10 GB data plan to $60 per month. The $80 unlimited plan remains unchanged.
New Verizon Prepaid Plans
Now that Verizon Prepaid increases data on most plans and lowers the cost of $70 plan, their prepaid plan offerings will look like this:
- $40 smartphone plan – unlimited talk, text and data with first 3 GB at high speed (was 2 GB)
- $50 smartphone plan – unlimited talk, text and data with first 7 GB at high speed (was 5 GB)
- $60 smartphone plan – unlimited talk, text and data with first 10 GB at high speed (was $70)
- $80 smartphone plan – unlimited talk, text and high speed data
However, unlike now when video streaming is limited to 480p only on $80 plan, from tomorrow all plans will stream video at lower resolution. And that’s not all. On time of network congestion, prepaid customers will be deprioritized over postpaid customers.
What stays unchanged is that on all plans users can use their data for hotspot. Unused data roll over to the next 30 days. When high speed data allotment is used up during a month, Verizon throttles data speeds to around 128Kbps until the next billing cycle. Also plans come with unlimited text to over 200 countries and unlimited talk to Mexico and Canada.
Optimized Video Streaming On Other Prepaid Providers
Optimized video streaming is a new trend that all prepaid customers are including lately to their offerings. It started with T-Mobile and Binge On that offered it as a free feature that hasn’t used up user’s data except with some low cost prepaid plans. Most of other providers were not that generous; they have simply limited video streaming at DVD quality without an option to switch it off. Some of them, however, as Boost Mobile, at least have allowed purchasing HD video streaming for additional cost.
Now truly unlimited plans with high speed data are rarity. MetroPCS and Cricket (LTE limited to 8Mbps) still offer unlimited high speed data but they also offer alternative to lower streaming resolution and save data with Data Maximizer and Stream More features, respectively. This is nice as users can choose how to use data they have paid for; to save data or to use them to watch high definition videos if or when they want.
A $100 Credit to Switchers Promotion
Verizon is offering a $100 credit to those who port their number to Verizon and sign in to one of their prepaid service plans. They must switch from a provider that’s not Verizon related and will receive credit after second payment. Also the offer is available in Verizon stores only for a limited time.
Source: Verizon Wireless