Verizon boosting data allowances, other options for customers

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Verizon hatched its latest scheme to win customers in the mobile service battle Thursday, boosting data allowances, storage and messaging ability, and offering a discount for some plans.

Data: The biggest increases will be seen at the lower end of data plan offerings, said Verizon spokeswomen Debi Lewis. Some customers could see a doubling of their data allowance.

Storage: Each customer will now get 25 gigabytes of cloud storage. Previously, such storage costs $2.99 a month.

Messaging: Unlimited international messaging, including pictures and video.

Discounts: Customers with the “Edge” plan, which allows faster upgrades but requires paying the full price of the phone — will be eligible for a monthly discount of up to $20.

All the upgrades are free of charge. Existing Verizon customers will automatically receive them as of Thursday. Customers who don’t want the upgrades will, as always, be able to select new, cheaper plans, said Lewis.

Verizon also announced upgrades to its network that should allow for faster connections.

Verizon’s move is just the latest among mobile phone carries that have been battling it out on the price front, since phone offerings and the network quality are now relatively similar among all carriers.

AT&T recently cut the prices of its family smart phone plans, while Sprint announced a “framily” plan that lets people share a package even if they don’t live together. T-Mobile, the No. 3 carrier, has eliminated contracts, cut rates and increased upgrade frequency.

4 comments

    • JustMe

      I once had a contract with Sprint but I didn’t wait..Paid the penalty just to be rid of them..Nextel was a good service til Sprint got involved..Of the four companys I’ve been with, Sprints the lowest of the low..

  • daniel

    Verizon really screwed themselves by changing their upgrade policy……. I will be dumping them as soon as my contract is up……. While all the other carriers are allowing for sooner phone upgrades….. Verizon chose to extend their’s. ……. a lot of upset customers because of this…. I understand locking down your customers from your competitors. ….but this policy change will only drive them away…..can’t wait til my contract is up………

  • Beau

    I don’t know who you guys got doing your marketing and advertising but this is not a answer or comparison to what the other phone carriers are doing. This is a slap in the face to Verizon customers. I mean the launch of ATT allowing 4 people with 10 gs of data unlimited talk and text for 140$ a month is awesome. We pay now with 3 phones on Verizon and8 gs of data 268$ a month… Ok it’s good service and that is probably the only reason I stay but you have to respond much better then this. Come on Verizon I got a few months left on my contract make me stay with you guys cause right now I’m not too happy.

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