Verizon launches 4 new unlimited plans with a surprise discount

New Verizon unlimited plans are cheaper.

Angela Lang / CNET

As the 5G network continues to expand its reach, unlimited Verizon plans receive an update. On Friday, August 2, the largest US operator announced that it will eliminate its current Go, Above and Beyond unlimited plans, which will be replaced by these four new plans: Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited . All will be available starting Monday, August 5.

The four plans offer a discount of US $ 5 compared to their current equivalents. The Start plan, which will replace the Go plan, has an initial price of US $ 70 for one line; Play More and Do More (which replace Above, as intermediate plans) have an initial price of US $ 90. The Go, Above and Beyond plan cost US $ 75, US $ 85 and US $ 95, respectively. You can see the full price breakdown here.

The discount of US $ 5 is transferred according to the number of lines that you add to your account, so an account with four GO lines, which will be paying a total of US $ 160 per month, will cost US $ 140 when transferring to the plan Start, this assuming that payments are made through AutoPay. Taxes and fees in all plans are not included.

This price reduction is a surprising turn, since wireless service providers tend to be very discreet when it comes to prices and discounts, especially when everyone is waiting for the final approval of the fusin between T-Mobile and Sprint. For now, on Thursday, August 1, Verizon published its second-quarter results in which they saw subscriber growth higher than expected.

The new package of plans has an additional option, which is good for consumers but it can also cause confusion. Customers should now carefully review what is the plan that best suits their needs. As with previous Verizon plans, it is possible to mix and match services, according to the needs of each line in the account. For example, you can have two Start plans, one Play More and one Get More within the same account.

Having access to the 5G network has an additional cost of US $ 10 per month in each plan. However, Verizon has a limited promotion that eliminates the additional fee within its Play More, Do More and Get More plans.

There is currently no set expiration date for the "limited time offer," but according to Angie Klein, vice president of marketing at Verizon, he told CNET that those who take advantage of this promotion and buy a 5G device can maintain network access. No additional charges.

In addition, Verizon is also adding new discounts for accounts that have five or more lines in the new plans, so it offers an additional US $ 5 discount on the discount that will already apply to the first four lines. For example, an account with five lines in the Start plan will cost US $ 150 under the new plan structure, this in comparison to the US $ 200 that would have to be paid if the five lines were in the Go plan.

While prices are more competitive, Verizon remains an operator with less accessible prices than some of its rivals. With an initial price of US $ 70 for a single line with unlimited data, the Verizon Star plan matches the cheapest AT&T plan. However, it is still $ 10 more expensive than the more affordable T-Mobile and Sprint plans.

The same happens when we compare the intermediate plans of different companies, with Verizon matching the price of the high-end plan with a single line of AT&T (AT&T only has two versions of its Unlimited plan) while it is US $ 10 more expensive than the plans T-Mobile and Sprint intermediates.

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Verizon also adjusts the services of each plan.

The basic Start plan does not include the option to hotspot, while the current Go s plan includes it although at a limited speed of 600 Kbps, which is equivalent to the 3G network. The 5G network is now accessible with the cheapest plan but has an additional cost of US $ 10 per line (keep in mind that it is necessary to have a phone compatible with the 5G network). This makes it a better option to choose a more advanced plan such as the Do More or Play More where additional functions are obtained.

Features such as unlimited 4G LTE data, a six-month trial of Apple Music, 480p video transmission, as well as unlimited calls and text messages in the United States, Mexico and Canada remain the same as in the Start plan. However, unlimited data will decrease its speed when the network is congested, for example in a very populated area such as a stadium or a shopping center.

For the intermediate plans, Verizon made a division between the Play More and Do More plans. Both have the same price and have the mobile connection point service with unlimited access of 15GB per month of 4G LTE data, as well as call calls and unlimited text messages in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The difference between plans is linked to their names, since the Play More plan is entertainment-oriented, since it offers 25GB per month of 4G LTE data and video transmission in 720p HD. It also includes a subscription to Apple Music.

While the Do More plan focuses on productivity, so it offers 50GB per month of 4G LTE data, a 50 percent discount when adding a tablet or Verizon Jetpack device in an unlimited plan. However, video streaming is limited to a 480p resolution and does not include a subscription to Apple Music, but a six-month trial.

Now, the most expensive plan, Get More, replaces the Above option and combines functions of the Do More and Play More plans. This plan offers 75GB per month of 4G LTE data before reaching its limit and losing speed. It also offers up to 30GB per month of 4G LTE data, HD transmission at 720p, an Apple music subscription and 50% discount when adding a tablet or a Jetpack mobile hotspot.

Like the other Verizon plans, Get More also includes call calls and unlimited text messages in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Do More and Get More plans also include 500GB of Verizon cloud storage.

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