How to Choose the Best Mobile Plan After Verizon's Latest Changes

How to Choose the Best Mobile Plan After Verizon's Latest Changes

Verizon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but these changes are slated to go into effect starting tomorrow, according to the reports.

Verizon's one unlimited data plan is no more.

Getty Images  Tomohiro Ohsumi
Getty Images Tomohiro Ohsumi

The "Beyond Unlimited" $85 plan also includes "unlimited" tethering, but after using 15 GB of data your connection is throttled from 4G LTE speeds down to 600 Kbps (that's somewhere in the 2G to very early 3G connection speed range). There will be no significant difference in quality on a smartphone or tablet when video is shown at higher resolutions (than 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets). The first, called Go Unlimited, starts at $75 for a single line and will get you what the company calls "DVD-quality streaming", which means 480p on smartphones and 720p on tablets. Here we see the 22GB threshold for throttling return, and in a pleasant turn, you'll get 15GB of 4G LTE hotspot data before you're slowed down. The new plan also includes unlimited mobile hotspot, but the speed is limited to just 600kbps at maximum. On tablets with cellular data support, users will be able to stream video in full 1080p. Instead, it will set a bandwidth limit that video applications will have to adjust to.

Today Verizon Wireless announced that it is splitting up its simple unlimited data plan and opting to offer two plans instead.

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But they're more than just names and prices. At the time, Verizon stated, "We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network.The test was across the board, and did not target any individual applications". You can spring for the business or Beyond plans to get LTE speeds, but only for the first 10GB or 15GB, respectively. Because most video is not yet offered in 4K, and most devices can not yet support 4K - conditions that are both changing rapidly, with new phones and new shows hitting the market every year.

What's unfortunate about these plans is that smartphone customers can no longer watch a video in high-definition (HD). Charging customers who want high-resolution video can help Verizon Communications make more money off the unlimited plans.

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For one thing, Verizon's not picking and choosing among providers; Netflix and YouTube, say, are subject to the same limitations, as are any other current or future video providers.

What do you think about Verizon's decision to throttle video streaming? Rivals AT&T and T-Mobile already have a similar tiered offering.

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Now, that's just speculation, because it's surprisingly hard to get good data on mobile networks, thanks to the massive size, complexity, and difficulty of testing. However, current chairman Ajit Pai is looking to roll back the regulators involvement and scale down net neutrality rules, meaning Verizon is less likely to face intervention.

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