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Verizon Prepaid Customers Can Now Enjoy Always-On Data Service

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A few days ago, a 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

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  1. Does this apply to Verizon MVNOs as well?

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    1. I think this only applies to Verizon Prepaid. All other MVNO's are operated independently and have their own plans and features.

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    2. I doubt PagePlus will be giving everybody unlimited data.

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    3. No, Verizon adding unlimited throttled data doesn't by itself change anything at MVNOs. It does put pressure on the MVNOs to do the same but that may not be economically feasible unless the MVNO's can renegotiate their contracts with Verizon.

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    4. Page Plus already has throttled data. After the 4G lte allotment, it drops to 2G speed.

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  2. Just say Unlimited data like everybody else!!!!

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  3. Verizon Postpaid charges the the extra $5 dollars for Safety Mode on their S M L Verizon Plans, everything above no charge.

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  4. now i see why Rok Mobile drop their unlimited data because Verizon was changing their plans and most likely made Rok mobile change theirs

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    1. Galaxy, I don't really think Verizon had anything to do with their decision to discontinue aside from maybe Verizon raising data prices? Any company that advertises "unlimited" anything ought to be careful because some people will actually use as much as they can to get their money's worth. Especially with Rok which started offering 256kbps data after the first 5GB at high speed.
      Unfortunately, I think some customers overuse of the unlimited feature made that plan not profitable for Rok anymore.

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  5. Good for Verizon Prepaid customers I guess but I wonder how this may or may not affect other MVNO's with Verizon prepaid customers using more data at throttled speeds. Will Verizon put extra limits on other MVNO's including Tracfone?

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  6. Wow they thought this is huge deal for VZ prepaid customer HAHAHAHA NO.

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  7. Thats me! Thats me! Im a prepaid Verizon customer!

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  8. I just read about this on another site, and it said that the throttled speed will still be on LTE and will not primarily use the older 3G or 2G systems. (I can't remember where I read it.)

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    1. That's how throttling typically works. LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than 2G and 3G so the carriers want to keep as much traffic on it as possible.

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  9. $30/wifi only also comes with unlimited data(128kbs)? looks good if so.

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    1. No, the $30 plan has no data whatsoever.

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    2. I wish they would word it as "no data" instead of wifi only. Its as if its sounded like a hotspot.

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  10. If you're using enough LTE data to get throttled, then throttled data won't be good enough anyway.

    So...it's nothing.

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    1. Not necessarily--especially if you run out a day or two before renewal.

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  11. John: Yes, selling a plan by telling people it features WiFi data is like selling a car and saying it has pistons in it.

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    1. It seems more like selling a car and advertising tow capability, when you mean it can be towed.

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  12. Page Plus throttles to 64kbps. What can you do with that speed? Is it even useful for anything other than email?

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  13. "But hey, it's free" does not comport with "However, Big Red has decided to charge them an extra $5/month to enjoy the service."

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    1. Always on data is free for prepaid customers.
      It's $5 extra for postpaid subscribers as stated in the post.

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  14. So AT&T postpaid reintroduces unlimited high-speed data plans and Verizon responds by charging their postpaid customers $5 extra for slow data. How does Verizon hold on to their customers?

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  15. "AT&T postpaid reintroduces unlimited high-speed data plans"

    Are they really unlimited high-speed? The unlimited plans are not throttled?
    That would be a great deal if AT&T is doing that, I may have to consider them.

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