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Verizon expected to hike prices on plans, but offer more data

Verizon expected to hike prices on plans, but offer more data

I use it not because of price or local coverage. The carrier reported 2 million net additions in the calendar second quarter, marking the 12th consecutive quarter of 1 million or more net customer additions.

Verizon is also introducing Safety Mode which kicks in whenever you've used up your monthly data allotment.

Now that Verizon has also added more data to the plans, it shows just how much users are becoming hungrier for data.

Call it the Un-Carrier effect: numerous features mimic similar perks rolled out by rivals T-Mobile, as well as AT&T; and Sprint, over the past few years.

Rollover data is something the company previous year proudly declared it wouldn't be offering. Now you'll use your phone to control your wireless experience itself. Verizon says that the throttled speeds will be limited to 128kbps until the next billing cycle, which is significantly slower than the carrier's standard LTE service.

The plan changes will add at least another gigabyte of data to each tier. That's the same as an overage, but it makes sense when you realize what Safety Mode really is.

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At that speed, "you can stay connected and take care of some things-access the Web, respond to email". Verizon claims this will help you avoid overage fees. While the X-Large (XL) plan increases in price from $80 per month to $90 and sees its data allowance increasing from 12GB to 16GB.

Safety Mode will be available for free to customers with an XL or XXL plan. That increase brings the data allotment for Small data subscribers to 2GB per month from 1GB.

Existing customers won't see any price increases, but if you want the new, larger data pools, you'll have to make the jump to the new plans.

Word on the street leading up to today suggested Verizon Wireless would be shaking up its rate plans, and it turns out that that is indeed the case. You can check out Big Red's new rate plans for consumers and for businesses by clicking on the slideshow below. Each plan includes unlimited talk and text, but requires an additional $20 per month access fee for each line of service in addition to any device payments.

This new app also, of course, includes a "Shop" section where the user is invited to "browse, buy, and customize the latest devices". This new app includes several features, including "The Feed" full of data updates, account, and bill information in one place.

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