Verizon to double 4G LTE smartphone data cap for limited time

Verizon Wireless is offering new customers who purchase LTE-based smartphones a pretty cool deal on data plans. PCMag.com reports that starting on Tuesday, it will double the amount of monthly data it normally offers subscribers for the same price. This means that the 2 GB plan for $30 will be expanded to 4 GB, the 5 GB plan for $50 will be expanded to 10 GB and the 10 GB cap for $80 will go all the way up to 20 GB. There's no word yet on when this promotion will end.

Verizon currently sells seven smartphones that supports its faster LTE network. The Droid RAZR will join that product library on Friday and the HTC Rezound will be added to that line up on November 14. Later in November Verizon adds yet another LTE supported phone, the Android 4.0 powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

As anyone who has bought an LTE-based smartphone from Verizon has discovered, downloading apps and streaming music and video is much faster than using Verizon's 3G network. Unfortunately, customers who are not grandfathered into the now discontinued unlimited data plans find out quickly that you can reach your monthly data capacity limit pretty quickly with the faster 4G speeds. Offering this new data cap promotion will certainly be a huge comfort for customers who have bought that nice shiny new smartphone.

Hopefully this new deal will stick around for a while and give new customers some piece of mind when they watch that episode of Star Trek on Netflix.

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FFS I'm so ****ed they scammed me out of grandfathering because i had a feature phone for 2 weeks when my Droid went into a lake at the exact time they switched plans... Like really?

Andrew Lyle said,
LTE data is still far too expensive..

Pardon me while I laugh. LTE costs as much as 3G. And if you are like me (the lucky ones), you were grandfathered for unlimitted data as long as you had a data plan before July 7, 2011. So $30 is not expensive at all.

UndergroundWire said,

Pardon me while I laugh. LTE costs as much as 3G. And if you are like me (the lucky ones), you were grandfathered for unlimitted data as long as you had a data plan before July 7, 2011. So $30 is not expensive at all.

yea you really shouldn't be laughing for paying exorbitant data fees.

UndergroundWire said,

Pardon me while I laugh. LTE costs as much as 3G. And if you are like me (the lucky ones), you were grandfathered for unlimitted data as long as you had a data plan before July 7, 2011. So $30 is not expensive at all.

Actually it's not here. LTE is way over priced here in Canada, at least through Rogers. I have 6GB for $30 on 3G, I will be paying more for less bandwidth a month if I switched.

primexx said,

yea you really shouldn't be laughing for paying exorbitant data fees.

I laugh because it has always been $30 for data (3G or LTE).
I laugh is because you can't word your thought correctly.
I laugh because you get what you pay for and Verzion has the best data speeds in the US.
I laugh because if I also tell you that I also signed up for an additional $20 per month for unlimited tethering you would just make fun of me.
I laugh because you are obviously jealous. I mean if someone can afford something don't try to put them down because you obviously can't afford it.
I basically just laugh at you and you naive perspective in things. Go signup for some cheap plan and you get what you pay for.
I'd rather pay more for quality.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Nov 8 2011, 1:02am :

Andrew Lyle said,

Actually it's not here. LTE is way over priced here in Canada, at least through Rogers. I have 6GB for $30 on 3G, I will be paying more for less bandwidth a month if I switched.

This is a Verizon topic. Where does Rogers fit in? Either way, it sucks for you and it sucks if you are a new Verizon customer because those who have been signed up with a Verizon Wireless smartphone plan before July 7, 2011 were automatically grandfathered in for UNLIMITED 3G/4G LTE data.

UndergroundWire said,

I laugh because it has always been $30 for data (3G or LTE).
I laugh is because you can't word your thought correctly.
I laugh because you get what you pay for and Verzion has the best data speeds in the US.
I laugh because if I also tell you that I also signed up for an additional $20 per month for unlimited tethering you would just make fun of me.
I laugh because you are obviously jealous. I mean if someone can afford something don't try to put them down because you obviously can't afford it.
I basically just laugh at you and you naive perspective in things. Go signup for some cheap plan and you get what you pay for.
I'd rather pay more for quality.


And I laugh because you don't know the difference between Canada and the US. We don't have American providers here.

Andrew Lyle said,

And I laugh because you don't know the difference between Canada and the US. We don't have American providers here.

I laugh because you don't know how to read.
I laugh because this is an article on Verizon (AN AMERICAN PROVIDER!!!)

Yeah this is BS...I've not had a smartphone up till now and I didn't sign on to a data plan before so I don't have unlimited. IMO they should either do away with the grandfathering of it all together or keep it at the low end of 4Gigs since it is still a lot there to use. I just don't think its fair that i"ve been a Verizon customer for nearly 10 years and yet I can't get unlimited data like so many others have gotten just cause they jumped on the wagon first.

As for this....it should be available to existing customers also..but you can bet I'll bitch em out when I upgrade to that Razr in a month or so!

sava700 said,
Yeah this is BS...I've not had a smartphone up till now and I didn't sign on to a data plan before so I don't have unlimited. IMO they should either do away with the grandfathering of it all together or keep it at the low end of 4Gigs since it is still a lot there to use. I just don't think its fair that i"ve been a Verizon customer for nearly 10 years and yet I can't get unlimited data like so many others have gotten just cause they jumped on the wagon first.

As for this....it should be available to existing customers also..but you can bet I'll bitch em out when I upgrade to that Razr in a month or so!

That was a thank you to us who were with them. You don't like it, you can always switch to Sprint.

ShapesBlue said,
The SGN isn't as good as they say it will be. I turn My 4G service off constantly because it kills My battery

No but it's "Pure Google" which makes it instantly better than pretty much any other device.

ShapesBlue said,
The SGN isn't as good as they say it will be. I turn My 4G service off constantly because it kills My battery

Of course it does. But what's the point of buying a 4G LTE phone if you have it turned off? Kinda pointless.

SharpGreen said,
I wonder if I'll be able to get my unlimited data when I get an SGN later this month? I hope.

You mean Keep? The answer is yes. As long as you never change the data plan, you are grandfathered in.