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New Verizon plan offers 30 percent more data

Engadget Engadget 6/07/2016 Cherlynn Low
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Looks like the rumors were (mostly) true. Verizon is adding 30 percent more data to its existing tiers and new features that let you roll over your unused data to the next month and activate a Safety Mode. The carrier has also redesigned its mobile app to make it easier for customers to shop, manage data and pay bills.

It's not yet clear if you'll have to re-sign up for the plans or if existing customers will automatically get the new limits. The "S" plan now offers 2GB (originally 1GB), "M" now gives 4GB instead of 3GB, "L" offers 8GB instead of 6GB, "XL" has 16GB instead of 12GB and "XXL" gets 24GB instead of 18GB.

You'll get to carry over the unused gigs over to the next month, not a year like T-Mobile allows with its Data Stash, and Verizon's exec explained that this makes managing your bandwidth easier.

A new Safety Mode feature, which you'll have to activate via the new My Verizon app, ensures you don't incur overages by dropping your data speeds to 3G when you hit your limit instead of charging you for going over. The XL and XXL plans get Safety Mode for free, while S, M and L users have to pay $5 to get the new feature.

Don't like all these changes? Existing customers can keep their old plans, but they won't get all the new features.


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