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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 (opens in new tab)

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I cannot believe how stingy this company is.
  • Stingy?? Welcome to America where you pay more for the best. Capitalism baby!! Besides, go back to your T-Mobile cave anyways... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon is quickly losing that title of "best". The network is degrading at an alarming rate.
  • Who is emerging as having better service? Not talking customers or plans here either Posted via the Android Central App
  • See State of US LTE Q1 report by Open signal to see the most reliable network, and the fastest network. Right now Verizon only holds the title of biggest, and even that may change in the near future. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't know. I do know that they need to add bandwidth and equipment or we will find out. If you put a gun to my head I would say that ATT would fill the gap pretty well
  • I could do at&t but definitely not sprint, and though T-Mobile has INCREDIBLE plans, not them either... Yet. I have had the $60 Verizon plan for months before it went "public" and it fits my needs for now. I always have service, because after all, it is the best by a good margin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint is pretty good Posted via Android Central App
  • I have great Sprint service as well but it isnt like that everywere
  • It's been 10 years since I had sprint. I remember never knowing how much my bill would be lmao. I've been very, very happy with Verizon, though I know many people here hate them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same I love Verizons coverage Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • Sprint has great coverage in the Midwest, almost as good as Verizon. In MO IL KS it goes 1.V 2.S 3.A 4.T for coverage and 1.A 2.V 3.S 4.T for data speeds
  • Sorry. Verizon might get a signal almost anywhere, their internet service is shit. Their 3G network is pretty much unusable.. Might as well be edge. My service has been way better on T-Mobile even though there have been very few times where I didn't get a signal. ATT probably had the best combo of service and speeds. Posted via Android Central App
  • You said it your self it fits your needs, but your needs may not be enough for everyone, so t mobile is the best in terms of value and their network keeps on getting better and better every day of the week.
  • Agreed. Just was in Tampa this last week and service was not as exceptional as in New England for the family. Really weird...full bars at 4G, and couldn't send texts... lasted a few hours then cleared up. Like the tower was full.
  • "degrading at an alarming rate"... are you on drugs? Verizon by far has the superior network. I hope you are enjoying your Sprint Sparky (or whatever they call it) service in the 6 cities it is available in Posted via Android Central App
  • He's not being biased, he's absolutely right. Their bandwidth is super clogged in most areas. Posted via Android Central App
  • That is true. I remember when I got my thunderbolt I would regularly see 30-40 mbps. Now I see 4-8. In St Louis I see much faster on tmobile. Same in Columbus, though in between st Louis and Columbus is a different story, where t-mobile sucks. (except Indianapolis and Terre haute). I really noticed the drop shortly after the iPhone with lte. Network just is over saturated. They even admit this.
  • In Houston it is hard to stay on 4G and if you go to 3G your phone barely will load a Web page. This all seemed to start this year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have Sprint. Works fine for me Posted via Android Central App
  • Now leave the city you were born in and see how it works
  • I travel from Harrisburg, PA to Upper and lower NJ, to baltimore to DC. No issues anywhere with Sprint speeds (mostly LTE) T mobile cannot say that
  • Yes, Tmobile most definitely can in those areas you've mentioned. Very well. Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg is another story, but even Verizon is very spotty on the turnpike between the two. I really like the idea of an ongoing "coverage" thread where people can post speedtests or screen shots of cell signal over a period and/or detail carrier coverages in specific areas. Especially with Tmobile and Sprint coming a long way over the last few years. It would be a lot more useful than these yes it does/no it doesn't comments :)
  • Pittsburgh to Harrisburg is bad on every carrier (in my experience as well) but when comparing Sprint to Tmobile in the area that I defined, Sprint is much better all the way around than T-Mo, both in coverage and in speeds. I have done side by side with the two (not identical phones, but same OEM/SoC as far as I know) and Sprint is the better of the two. I cannot say that I was without coverage with T-Mo, but it was not at the same level as Sprint, lots of 2G
  • Compared to how they were just 5 years ago I would call it a pretty rapid decline.
  • Another fine mess you have gotten yourself into? /S lol
  • Sometimes I am pretty sure that is all I do around here ...even when I make neutral
  • Agreed, they need to do something fast. I'm tired of only getting speeds of 40Mbps and constantly having 4 bars in areas where my friends are dropping calls...Stupid degrading network...smdh at your pathetically degrading hatred of Verizon
  • See my comment above. Posted via Android Central App
  • Saw it. I'm not impressed.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I do not hate on Verizon at all. I think they are horribly overpriced but they had great service and customer is heading the wrong direction though
  • You pay more to get the best, which IMHO, Verizon is. And for me, they're horribly underpriced. Unlimited data and texts and I don't know how many minutes cuz i rarely use minutes anyway and I only pay about $40 a month. So I'm gonna go ahead and disagree with you.
  • IF it works for you then great, same with me with Sprint and my bill is considerably cheaper for the same service you get.
  • Your bill is considerably cheaper than $40 a month for unlimited data and texts?
  • you are not comparing apples to apples. Current Sprint plans are considerably cheaper than current Verizon plans
  • I'm comparing the plan that I'm currently on. I'm not sure what else I should be comparing since that's what my experience is. I don't really like to speak for others' experiences.
  • Can you do us a favor! go to Verizon website and look for a rate plan that is 40 dollar unlimited everything?
  • You mean your on your parents' plan and they only make you pay for your data and your share of the texting plan? Because there's no way to get a data and texting plan on Verizon without a voice plan unless you're legally dear, in which case I'd still rather not be in your position.
  • You can't say customer service is declining if you don't even subscribe to them. I just got ANY phone in the store for free (not even at the "upgrade price"... FREE) and it was eight months before my contact was up. I'm not any VIP either... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who said that I do not have to deal with them? I deal with Sprint personally but the other carriers professionally. Except ATT, for some reason we do not have any of their stuff around.
  • I don't use T-Mobile.
  • I agree with Moon above me that they are indeed stingy, however I am happy to see they are finally trying to do SOMETHING different for their customers and try to improve their prices and promotions. I'm excited to see what Sprint has in store tomorrow though.
  • Cool some news worthy stuff tomorrow to feast on!
  • They released some of the details today if you didn't see, it's the next article posted. Posted via Android Central App
  • Cool thanks. Just got off a flight and catching up
  • Rage, rage, rage, Verizon! Verizon comes into my bedroom at night and takes my money. Now they want to give me free stuff?! Rage, rage, rage! Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL
  • Screw that we all need to fight for is unlimited data. This is nothing!
  • Unlimited Data is dead. Even Sprint and T-Mobile have started throttling highest use customers. Verizon and AT&T started the same way. They will both be phasing out unlimited data within 2 years
  • I dunno guys, 2000 visits to the Internet sounds pretty good! Posted from my Nexus 5, behind seven proxies
  • you'll clog the tubes
  • Some of us visit this site 2000 times a day!
  • Me Posted via Android Central App
  • yep, guilty
  • Maybe in addition to that free GB they'll add an exemption for AC, like Tmo does for music ;) Posted via Android Central App
  • + 1gb!
  • All of this because T-Mobile, but not a nought still. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My first thought as well. The big guns are feeling the pinch. I really wish tmo had better service in the not so populated areas around me.
  • good luck getting this deal from Verizon. I just spent 2 hours on the phone with them they have no idea... oh and then they'll try to tell you that you need a contract to get this price.... ultimately I think I got it, but we'll see... she said it might not stay on my account and I won't know until the next period cycle.. this crap is ridiculous
  • Its as easy as sign a new contract, either a new line of service or an upgrade. The verizon rep doesn't do anything, system will automatically apply it. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's the part I hate too. I had to educate the rep on how because I have 10GB more everything plan, that my off contract lines (2 out of 4) are only $15/month access. She had no 1 months refund for both lines.
  • I watched one football game on NFL mobile through Verizon when I was with them, and it was just over 1GB... No way is it 10hrs, or, 3.3 games... Posted via Android Central App
  • * 240p optimal viewing resolution for advertised data usage. Hi-Definition incurs additional data consumption. Score overlays and/or audio available for additional fee. See your local authorized VZW retailer for details.
  • +1 and LOL on what you said!! I watched "part" of the Stanley Cup Playoffs an received a data warning. Added 1 GB, and got another warning!!
  • 8 months ago I thought we in the UK were hard done by on data costs conpared to mega users in the US. $60 for that little sounds awful. What happened? Posted via Android Central App
  • Check out MetroPCS' s 60 unlimited LTE PLAN on the fastest LTE in the nation, I think that's exactly why Tmobile I doing so well, after taking many of their uncarrier cues from Metro and merging with Metro during its most successful phase :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Metro LOL... In the office whenever we get a garbled up call that disconnects we all say ugh flucking Metro Piece of Sh!t.. Then we place bets to see if they really had Metro and 8/10 times they did lol... (Have to do something to pass the time on those long boring office days).
    Personally, I wish Sprint will get better service, I was happy for a decade with them. Then I grew up, traveled a lot, got pissed when Verizon was the only one that worked after a hurricane and I was stranded in another state with no communications, and switched to Verizon as it was the only one that worked wherever I went (no matter what it seems).. I had Netflix streaming for my daughter driving across three states and it never hiccuped !! When other services can get to that level, then they'll be comparable.. Of course most people never their state it seems, so they're happy with what they have (like I was).
  • There is an old saying that if you keep people in perpetual hunger... they will appreciate the tiny scraps of food that are thrown at them. This is kind of like how wireless carriers are treating their customers.
  • This Posted via Android Central App
  • people will always find something to complain about... Posted via Android Central App
  • Big deal. This isn't the stone age anymore. No excuse for not offering unlimited data. Posted via Android Central App
  • While unlimited data would be nice, there are many people who abuse it. Plus, If you offered this level of service and could not provide/support it, you will get complaints. Other than the $$$ being made on data (lets face it, people are not going over their minute or text allotment as much), where else is the carrier going to make $$$?
  • I use, on average, 15 GBs of data per month. I don't get the point of having all this "network reliability" if you have to meter your usage down to the kilobyte. I'm on T-Mobile and while it's coverage isn't great nationwide, it's fine here in my city and most other cities I've visited. I may not get great coverage in rural areas but thats not a big deal (for me). I've had Verizon and got great coverage in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, but how often do I visit such areas or need such coverage as a city slicker? If you live in a metro area, I dont see the need to the Verizon tax. In the sticks, VZW may make more sense. Posted via Android Central App
  • Man I'm glad I'm holding onto unlimited with VZW, this is better than nothing but not by much. Used 115gb last month for $24. Posted via Android Central App
  • I can't fathom using 115... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I should correct it, that's $48/month including my hotspot charge. I couldn't fathom it either until I realized Verizon LTE was 4x faster than my cable internet so I use it for everything. Most of the 115gb was downloading PC games. Posted via Android Central App
  • You, sir are very lucky. I would love that Posted via the Android Central App
  • On average I use 350+ gb per month on my wifi....last month I used 490 gb Posted via Android Central App
  • For "free", ha! You funny Jerry. Even with unlimited data, I can't wait until T-Mobile steps up to match Big Red's coverage and I can gtfo. Especially after reading your article regarding TMo with a G3 the other day. Alas, it would seem that Carly has yet to drive her pink motorcycle to South Carolina. One can hope.
  • I wonder if they'll take their word back at the next board meeting.
  • I once had Nextel/Sprint. It was awful. I have had Verizon for about 6 years now. Never have a problem with coverage. I also just upgraded to the S5. It's on the new xlte network. I now have coverage for bandwidth in spots I did not normally have with my S4. I think their prices are a little high but their coverage is awesome. I guess some would say I'm a fan boy. But I'm a local truck driver for a big ltl company, some of my run takes me into the woods and I have coverage 99.5% of the time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wouldn't survive if I didn't have unlimited data since I don't have WiFi at home. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So what's the difference between this plan and the $60 plan? Looks like for 90 bucks you get 3 GB of data or 60 bucks you get 2 GB? Am I missing something? (Talking about a single line here, no family plan)
  • 1GB. Pinch me. I must be dreaming...
  • My question, If you have say 4 lines, can you just get 4 of these plans (and apply discounts), vs being steered into Everything More "Share" plans that are more expensive? :)
  • Unless they have changed things then no. Not unless each was its own account.
  • I wonder why they changed their policy that allowed you to upgrade 6 months early to now you have to go your full 2 years? Seems like the more often people were getting new phones the better for Verizon.
  • 2GB, that's cute.