Verizon is officially raising prices for its cellular service, though existing customers can stay on their current plans if they prefer. The move also increases the monthly data allowance for each plan and adds several new features, but you may have to pay extra for some of them.
As expected, thanks to an earlier report from CNET, monthly costs are going up by $5 for the new S and M plans. That brings them to $35 and $50 per month, respectively. The S plan will also jump to 2GB of data while the M plan will offer 4GB of data moving forward.
If you’re interested in one of Verizon’s more expensive plans, you’ll pay an additional $10 over the previous offerings. That pushes the L plan to $70 for 8GB of data per month, XL to $90 for 16GB of data per month, and XXL to $110 for 24GB of data per month. You can see the new prices in the gallery up top, along with Verizon’s old plans for reference.
The update introduces “Carryover Data,” which is Verizon’s version of similar rollover plans from competing carriers. It comes free with the new plans, but Big Red is limiting data to just one month of rolling over. It disappears if you haven’t used it by then.
There’s also “Safety Mode” that throttles you down to 128kbps once you hit your data limits so you don’t have to pay extra that month. The feature is free for XL and XXL plans, but everyone else will have to pay $5 per month for it. If you’d rather spend a little extra for full-speed service you can pay $15 for a Data Boost and get an extra 1GB of data.
Finally, Verizon is offering XL and XXL customers unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada along with the option to use their phone in those countries without paying roaming charges. S, M and L subscribers will have to pay $5 per month for unlimited calls to those countries and $2 per day for service while visiting.
All these new settings will be accessible via the revamped My Verizon app, which also offers customer support and the option to buy new devices. The upgraded plans will be available on July 7 (tomorrow) for new and current customers. If you’re already on Verizon you can stick with your old plan, but it might be worth paying a little more for some extra data.