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Verizon Unlimited data plans: Everything you need to know

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In the U.S., there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at Verizon to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Verizon Unlimited plan details

Verizon used to have a single unlimited plan, but it has since expanded that to two, offering various levels of value depending on customer need.

Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is the cheaper of the unlimited plans, aimed at users that don't necessarily need the fastest performance at all times or high-quality video streaming.

  • One line: $75/month
  • Two lines: $65 per line/month
  • Three lines: $50 per line/month
  • Four or more lines lines: $40 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Go Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) when the network is congested. Verizon may choose to throttle at any time of the billing cycle, which is unlike most other unlimited plans that only do so after a certain amount of data is used.

On Go Unlimited, all video streaming is capped at 480p on phones and 720p on tablets. And while the Go Unlimited plans offer unlimited mobile hotspot (tethering), the speed is capped at 600kbps, which is likely too slow for most people do anything other than browse the web — slowly.

Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is basically Verizon's original unlimited plan with some slight tweaks.

  • One line: $85/month
  • Two lines: $80 per line/month
  • Three lines: $60 per line/month
  • Four or more lines: $50 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Beyond Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) at times of network congestion if you exceed 22GB in a billing cycle (customers that sign up on a two-year contract get 25GB per month before throttling).

Video streaming is capped at 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets. Mobile hotspot use is unlimited, with 15GB of LTE data in each billing cycle. Laptops or other devices used through the hotspot have a 1080p hard cap for streaming video.

Business Unlimited

Verizon is also rolling out an unlimited business plan for companies with four or more lines. Pricing is generally the same per line as the Beyond Unlimited with some minor changes.

Verizon Unlimited plan add-ons

Verizon's Beyond Unlimited plan lets you call, text and use data inside Canada and Mexico back to the U.S. at no additional charge, and call to those countries from within the States as well. Data use is capped at 500MB per day in each country, after which it is throttled to 2G speeds. The company does keep an eye on how much data you're using, though: if more than 50% of your data in a given month comes from outside the U.S., Verizon will slow down your speeds and holds the right to cut off service.

If you need other international services, Verizon has you covered.

  • The free International Messaging add-on lets you send text messages to over 200 countries and multimedia messages to over 100 countries
  • The Unlimited Together - North America add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 230 locations for $5 per month
  • The Unlimited Together - world add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 180 locations for $15 per month
  • A daily Travel Pass gives you unlimited data and calling when you're in one of over 100 countries for $10 per day
  • A monthly Travel Pass gives you discounted calling and messaging rates as well as a data allotment based on your needs (prices vary, see Verizon's International Travel page (opens in new tab)
  • Cruise ship rates are $2.99 per minute for voice calls and $0.50 per message sent / $0.05 per message received for texting.

Verizon also has a program that gives you a prepaid card of up to $650 in value for a trade in if you switch from another network. The details are on the Switch to Verizon page (opens in new tab) of its website. It also has a referral program and a rewards program that can put money back in your pockets.

If you're both a Verizon Wireless and Verizon Fios subscriber, you can use the Fios Mobile App to watch your shows from home without using your data.

It also offers a wide range of its own services for Android and iOS devices, including an RCS messaging app, a personal, cloud and an excellent account management app. You can find those on their respective app stores.

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Updated August 23, 2017: This article has been updated to reflect major changes made to Verizon's unlimited plans.

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12 Comments
  • You forgot to mention that you get none of this without signing up for Auto-pay.  Which I would never do.
  • May I ask why? I have quite a few things on autopay, for the points. And I get notifications on my phone anytime there is a charge. Just curious.
  • Because Auto-pay takes the payment process out of the hands of the consumer and into the pockets of the company. I have timed payments set up through my own bank account which I can turn on or off at will, any time, without having to worry about changing any TOS. With auto-pay through a company, that company has direct access to your bank account or credit card and changing away from that payment type may result in changes to your service and extra fees. Also, with company direct auto-pay, it never stops. If you change service and forget to cancel the auto-pay on top of the actual service, or if you die, the withdrawls keep occuring.  With some companies, auto-pay is also sometimes very difficult to have stopped.
  • And Verizon charges approximately 15.00 in surcharges and other fees, because 0.50 to a person is change, but times 140 million lines and fat cat execs get 70 million to wipe their assets with. Greediest company in America. And Verizon's pure disdain and sabotage of Microsoft products (Kin, and basically all windows Phones) on their network mean I won't switch from T-Mobile in my area.
  • Verizon said yesterday that they will be throttling all video streaming on their unlimited plans. Hope people enjoy streaming Netflix on 2G.
  • Moron, do a little reading... Are you happy Mr Troll ?
  • Dropping the video stream quality, not throttling the data speed. Your reading comprehension must be rather poor. T-Mobile has been dropping video quality since last year, yet T-mobile loyalists are quit to defend them against Verizon for doing the same thing. Lol
  • Xfinity has the best mobile plan avilable right now.  If you have Xfinity in your area you owe it to yourself to check it out.  btw, Xfinity uses Verizon's network.
  • Screw Verizon... No more loyal to them any more. They WERE a flagship carrier now they are just like every other carrier.  I've been with them for over 15 years but, if I see any affect on my video performance (I do have the $85 plan) on my youtube videos or anything else, I will start shopping around. If I am going to get video cut down, I might as well safe a buck or 2...and GSM phones have more options...
  • T-mobile and AT&T do it, you gonna go to Sprint because your video quality is limited on a tiny screen where it's not even noticeable without holding it to your face?
  • The worst part about these new plans, on the Unlimited they introduced this year, it was $100 plus $20/line. 10 lines could be had for $300. On the new plans it is $40 or $50 per line. I use Hotspot, I have a 7 line plan. I pay $240, new plan would be $350 for the SAME features. Talk about price increase, this will no doubt effect the number of new customers they get.
  • That's really expensive IMHO.
    I live in Sweden and I pay approximately $93 a month for 5 mobile lines, one data connection and one mobile home phone (mobile with our previously fixed line number ). For that I get unlimited, unthrottled data in Sweden, free calls and texting in all EU/EES countries and 100Gb of data a month to use in all other European/ EES countries.