Verizon is giving you an extra GB with a new data plan

Verizon has announced that they will be including an extra gigabyte of data to customers who sign up for a new data plan. According to Verizon, you'll need to upgrade your phone or activate a smartphone on a More Everything plan with at least 1GB of data to get these free bits and bytes. This is in addition to the recent announcement of new 2GB single-line plans for $60 monthly that we heard about last week.

Your free gigabyte is recurring, and you'll get it every month for the life of your new contract. While it's not a lot of data, Verizon reminds us that it equals watching two movies, 2,000 visits to the Internet or 10 hours of live NFL games. Not bad for free!

Source: Verizon

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Verizon is giving you an extra GB with a new data plan

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When does it end? 9/18/2014? I am sure it does. Hmm... Maybe I will add that line on a 5c for my daughter after all. Was going to wait and give her either my 5 or my wife's 4s, but maybe...

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No thanks. With my employee discount I get 20 gigs from AT&T with unlimited talk n text. Finally gave up my unlimited plan bc I started to get frustrated my wife's 5c was WAY faster than my 5s due to them throttling ALL unlimited data plans to the hspa speeds or slower, and throttling them to edge speeds after about 4-5 gigs. At least now I can use my phone as a hotspot for my wifi only iPad, and my wife's heavy data usage isn't resulting in $10 a day per gig for the last several days of every month!

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Of course, you get an employee's discount. Not applicable to the rest of us who don't work for one of the Big Four

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Throttling *all* unlimited plans? Att explicitly says they do not do that; I have even received the "you are close to the throttling limit" message once. Do you have some verification of this, as I would be *very* interested.

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Well, that's just great (extreme sarcasm)! I added my mom to my account about two weeks ago, so I guess I miss out!

Try calling customer service. We've been finding Verizon support being much more accommodating lately. Hopefully added pressure from the smaller carriers is finally working to our advantage...

Yup, call customer service. I just did it and they quickly gave me the extra 1GB of data, for 1 year. When we upgrade to new phones in September (fingers crossed) and start a new 2-year contract, they will extend it to 2 years.

So they claim a few years ago that unlimited data was unsustainable, but they have no problem billing people knowingly, rather than shutting off people? Or some magically they can afford to give people extra bandwidth each month? I smell BS...

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When deciding to switch to a smartphone a few years back I waited until Verizon had the iPhone. Signed up with an iPhone 4 and unlimited data. Since then, as we all have found out, their "not changing anything for as long as you stay on this plan" isn't really true. First came no more unlimited data, then it was time to throttle back download speeds, and then no more phone upgrades without ditching your unlimited data plan. All were claimed necessary to survival by the carriers. Why should I have any more faith in this plan or any other plan from Verizon being honored by them?

I dunno, Verizon has been good for us these past 2 years. Two lines, unlimited talk/text, 1GB of data (which is enough for us) for $120, decent service, willingness to quickly add another 1GB of data for free -- I like them better than AT&T.

I guess it seems like a better deal but there is always the catch of having to upgrade your phone first to get it. They had to get something out of it.