leaked document surfaced online showing Verizon's plans to throttle data to its prepaid subscribers. A report made earlier confirms this with Verizon's plans to launch a new service called Always-On Data; which would allow their prepaid subscribers to stay connected at lower speeds even after their LTE data allotment has been used up.
Ever since then, Verizon has confirmed the report and has also rolled out the service to its prepaid customers over the weekend. With this service, prepaid customers can stay connected when you've run out of data for free. It's not the same speed since Always-On Data will give you throttled 2G connection at a speed of 128kbps.
Of course, this speed will not allow you to stream videos from YouTube and may even stretch your patience when you surf the web. But hey, it's free and it's enough to check email. Plus, it'll be enough for you to use some instant messaging services such as Viber, WhatsApp, and iMessage. Postpaid subscribers get to enjoy a similar feature called Safety Mode. However, Big Red has decided to charge them an extra $5/month to enjoy the service.
To enjoy Verizon's Always-On Data service, you'll need to have prepaid service running through them. You may choose from one of the three prepaid plans they offer such as the $30/month Wi-Fi-only plan; $45/month with 3GB of LTE data and mobile hotspot capability; and the $60/month plan with 6GB of LTE data, mobile hotspot, and unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. These plans also include unlimited talk and text in the US as well as unlimited text to Mexico and Canada.
If the 128kbps speed brought about by Always-On data is insufficient, you may choose to get Data Add-On with prices of $5 (500MB for 30 days), $10 (1GB for 90 days), or $20 (3GB for 90 days).
Source: Fierce Wireless