Verizon Unlimited plans bundle 5G, but won’t allow 1080p streaming over LTE

Verizon Unlimited plans bundle 5G, but won’t allow 1080p streaming over LTE

Verizon Unlimited plans bundle 5G, but won’t allow 1080p streaming over LTE

The new plans are dubbed Start Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, and Get More Unlimited. Apple Music is also included for six months. 4G streaming is available in 480p DVD quality. As most 4G LTE customers know, 4G LTE "unlimited" plans aren't actually unlimited. Like Get More Unlimited, there's a $5 price cut, so it starts at $70 for one line.

Announced on Friday, the new plans take effect on August 5; customers can keep their current rate plan if they'd like or switch to the new stuff via the My Verizon app. Similarly, with 4G LTE hotspots, speeds are slowed after monthly usage of 15GB-30GB, depending on the plan.

Verizon is now offering 5G services in four of its new unlimited plans: Start Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited. The other $80 plan, Do More, has most of the same features except that video streaming is downgraded back to 480p and Apple Music is only free for 6 months. All of these are $5 cheaper than the plans they replace, though discounts stack as you add more lines on an account, with the lowest possible cost per line being $30, $40 or $50 across those tiers for five or more devices. However, understanding the difference between these two mid-level plans is easier said than done.

The Play More unlimited streaming plan includes 720p 4 G streaming, 4K 5G streaming, and an Apple Music subscription. Both the plans offer 15GB of mobile hotspot data post which the speeds will be throttled to 600 Kbps. It starts at $50 as a second line and falls to $25 for five or more lines. Verizon is also waiving the $10/month fee to use 5G on most of the plans. As the cheapest, most basic offering, Start Unlimited does grant "unlimited" data, though it appears to be very much limited by speed.

The new selection of plans aims to give you the freedom to mix and match to find what best suits your family's needs and budget. Yup, you read that right.

Verizon has (rather confusingly) offered three different types of "unlimited" data plans for the past two years, but today, the carrier is looking to clear up that confusion by replacing them with four unlimited plans. It's oddly charming in its own way, and worth trying if you're curious.

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