As I’m sure you’ve heard Verizon announced on Valentine’s Day that they were getting back into the “unlimited data” game with The Verizon Unlimited Plan. There are a ton of websites that have already covered this info at length so I won’t be going into that here, but checkout this article from BGM which covers it nicely. After looking into it and my options, I ended up going with the New Verizon Single Smartphone 5GB—here’s why.
I’ve been on the $40 Unlimited Talk/Text 2GB plan since its inception and, while it served its purpose, 2GB of data is not a lot with all the social apps and streaming services. I have my phone warn me at 1.5GB so I can manage my usage and I do my best not to go over, but the time has come to upgrade.
As I was looking into switching to the $65 Verizon Unlimited Plan ($25/mo more) I also saw the $40 New Verizon Single Smartphone 5GB. For the exact same price I could upgrade to this plan, which also has roll-over data and Safety Mode for free data at a reduced speed when you use up all your existing data. You can also buy additional data in 1GB increments for $15.
One thing I didn’t like about the Unlimited Plan was that you have to pay with your bank account and not a credit card. I use my credit card for everything to generate airline miles so if down the road I really need more than 5GB I will just have to forego the miles in favor of unlimited data.
Making the switch from the 2GB plan to the 5GB plan for the same price was a no brainer, so I went through the steps on the website only to be prompted with a message that I couldn’t complete the process online and I had to call customer support.
I discovered the reason I couldn’t complete the upgrade was because I was enrolled in Verizon One-Bill, a service which combines your Verizon FIOS with your Verizon Wireless. In order to upgrade my plan, I had to first de-enroll from Verizon One-Bill, then upgrade my plan, and finally re-setup auto bill pay as that association stays with the Verizon FIOS bill. Somewhat annoying, but I’m used to nothing being as easy at it should be so I just got on with it.
Here is a link to de-enroll from One-Bill: http://onebill.vz.to/?e4-mVACW_EqOdxcLmpv-FQ.
Once you’ve done that go complete your upgrade to your new plan, setup your auto pay and make sure to turn on Safety Mode.
I hope this info helps in making your upgrade decision.