Next G Mobile, a Verizon MVNO that launched less than a year ago, has made some major changes to their plans. There are four new monthly plans and changes to the included data and data add-on packages on other plans:
- The old $10/250MB data add-on for $40 and higher plans has been replaced with a $20/1GB add-on that can only be used with $50 and higher plans.
- The $60 unlimited talk, messaging and data plan, which used to be advertised as having unlimited data, now has a soft cap, with the first 2 GB of data delivered at 3G speeds followed by unlimited data at an unspecified throttled speed. This is actually an improvement as users have reported that their data was cut off at 2 GB on the old "unlimited data" $60 plan.
- There's a new $70 plan with unlimited voice, text, MMS and web with the first 5GB of data at 3G speeds.
- Another change is that Next G's FAQ page now explicitly prohibits tethering on phone plans.
Update Sep. 11, 2013: The $10, $20 and $30 plans are now available.
Next G has some good things going for it including US based support that in my experience answers quickly and is knowledgeable. There's also no extra charge off network roaming on all plans. The new $10, $20 and $30 plans generally include more minutes and texts than comparably priced plans from other Verizon MVNOs, including Page Plus and Selectel.
But the complete lack of any data or picture messaging on all Next G plans priced at less than $50 limits Next G's appeal and put it at a serious competitive disadvantage. In addition, Next G, unlike most prepaid operators, adds "taxes and fees" averaging 8% to all airtime purchases. Currently, Next G best value plans are its new $10-$30 monthly plans which are a good deal for for moderate users of voice and texts who don't need data or picture messaging.
Here's a table listing all of Next G's plans.
|Plan||Price / Duration 1||Voice Minutes||SMS||MMS||Data|
|Pay As You Go||$10/90 days||5¢||5¢||N/A||N/A|
|$10 Monthly||$10/30 days||300||500||N/A||N/A|
|$20 Monthly||$20/30 days||500||1000||N/A||N/A|
|$30 Monthly||$30/30 days||1200||4000||N/A||N/A|
|$40 Unlimited||$40/30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||N/A||N/A|
|$50 Unlimited||$50/30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 GB 2|
|$60 Unlimited||$60/30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled after 2GB) 2|
|$70 Unlimited||$70/30 days||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled after 5GB) 2|
2 Additional high speed data available at $20 for 1 GB good for 30 days.
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