Verizon Confirms Larger, 'Hidden' Shared Data Plans
'Who would need 20GB?' Asks Verizon
A few weeks ago several users informed me
that while Verizon's original shared data plan press release and announcement
only listed bandwidth pools up to 10 GB, the company was actually offering bigger allotments to users who called in or started digging through the website while ordering.
In addition to the base plans
, users can also order data pools of 12 GB ($110), 14 GB ($120), 16 GB ($130), 18 GB ($140), and 20 GB ($150). Several users have told us there's even a 30 GB plan for $200 if you really want it. Computerworld
this week noticed the "hidden" offers
, and got Verizon to explain their reasoning for not advertising them more clearly. The telco tells ComputerWorld
it was to keep things simple for consumers, and because they didn't think many people would be interested in 20 GB of LTE data:
The Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, Brenda Raney, said the carrier has been offering the higher tiers of data to customers since June, mainly through customer service via phone or in its stores. The upper tiers were not posted with the original six tiers on the Verizon web site in order to keep the program simple and because "the majority of customers use under 2GB a month," Raney said. "Who would need 20GB?"
AT&T's shared data plans
also go up to 20 GB, though with AT&T you'll pay $200 a month for that allotment. Both AT&T and Verizon now charge $15 for each additional gigabyte.