Verizon has expanded its unlimited plans to five, with the carrier reinstating a $10 per month fee for 5G service on its lowest cost Start Unlimited tier.
The three more expensive – Get More, Do More, and Play more – cost between $80 and $90 for one line, and each still waive a $10 per month fee for 5G access for a limited time.
Verizon was the first carrier to place $10 monthly price tag on 5G service, but in April decided to waive the charge for a limited time as its network expanded and technical kinks were worked out.
The carrier hasn’t disclosed just how long the ‘limited time’ lasts, but it appears to be over for those on the Start Unlimited plan, which costs about $70 per month for one line.
In its three higher-cost unlimited plans, Verizon says 5G access comes as a $10/month “value” and customers will see the premium charge on their bill, plus a credit each month. You can check out the full details of the plans here.
When Verizon introduced its latest 5G device, the Inseego MiFi M1000 hotspot, the price of data plans on the device were about $10 more when 5G service was included.
At the time Verizon said it would charge $30 per month for 50GB of 5G data and 15GB of 4G LTE data on the 5G MiFi hotspot, with connected device-only plans starting at $85 per month. Both rates are $10 more than what Verizon charges just for 4G LTE service.
Businesses with a $45 per month Unlimited plan get 5G service with 35GB of “blended 4G/5G service” for an additional $15 per month on the 5G MiFi mobile hotspot.
With its newly introduced options for unlimited plans, Verizon said 5G data is truly unlimited. For 4G LTE, depending what plan consumers have, they get high-speed data for the first 25GB to 75GB, and then speeds are slowed during times of congestion.
Families or those with multiple lines can also mix and match Verizon’s unlimited plans to select different plans depending on each person.
“Breaking customers free of the one-size-fits-all family plan was just the beginning; now we’re taking it a step further by giving more flexibility with plans that were designed to fit individual needs,” said Angie Klein, vice president of marketing at Verizon, in a statement.
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In late July, Verizon expanded its 5G Ultra Wideband network to select parts of four more cities including Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis. Those cities join Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Providence, and St. Paul. The carrier has plans to cover limited areas of 30 cities with its 5G service by year-end.
In other Verizon news, the carrier recently started implementing a 60-day phone locking policy on newly purchased phones. This means customers can’t use their phone on a different provider’s network for about two months, a move Verizon said will help combat handset-related fraud.