Verizon has announced that they will begin offering a new $20/300MB data plan option for subscribers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for any 3G or LTE smartphones. The plan is promotional, and will only be offered from Aug. 18 through Sep. 30. Nobody likes the idea of tiered data plans, but for many the biggest issue was that there was no option that saved money, even though the new plans were described as such. It appears that Verizon is considering a low cost, low use option for those that need one. Personally, I think it was held off just long enough to make me eat my own words, but I've been known to wear a tinfoil hat from time to time. Well played, Verizon!
In all seriousness, it's a great idea to offer a cheaper plan for those transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone, or those that use Wifi all day. With this plan, users will have 300MB a month, and if they go over they automatically are billed for another 300MB at the same $20 rate. While not for everybody, it's great to see another option. The full press release is after the break.
- #DATA – Customers can check data usage by dialing #DATA and pressing send from Verizon Wireless phones to receive a free text message with the information.
- My Verizon and My Verizon Mobile – Customers can monitor data usage directly from their handsets via My Verizon Mobile or online through My Verizon.
- Data Usage Widget – Customers with data plans also can download a Data Usage Widget to most Android™ smartphones and BlackBerry® devices. The widget tracks usage with a quick glance at the phone screen and with one click connects to the customer's My Verizon Mobile account.
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