By Stephen Schenck | November 7, 2011 3:44 PM
Considering all the cloud storage and streaming video options available to smartphone users, it shouldn’t be surprising to see us so often singing the praises of unlimited data. That said, not everyone’s going to be a huge bandwidth consumer, and depending on your usage, you might even get by with just a fraction of what another user consumes. In cases like that, tiered data can be a real money-saver. Verizon’s got some new promotions coming up that reshape its data offerings, boosting allowances for some, and introducing a new low-cost plan for light users.
According to leaked internal documents describing the promotion, starting tomorrow, customers who sign up for data plans with 4G smartphones will receive double the standard data allotment. The $30 2GB plan becomes 4GB, and so forth, but these bonuses apply only to 4G-capable phones. Both new and existing customers should be able to sign-on for the new plans. While they’ll supposedly only be around for a limited time, once you sign up, you can keep the double data until you modify your plan. The only real caveat we see is that tethering data isn’t getting doubled as well.
If your data needs are a bit more spartan, Verizon will be introducing a $20 300MB plan. Admittedly, it’s a much worse value than anything else, but if you’re simply not consuming gigabytes of bandwidth, why even bother paying for them? Verizon will apparently offer this plan through January 15, but again, sign up while it’s available and you can keep it indefinitely. Just be careful about overages; exceeding 300MB won’t move you to the $30 2GB (now 4GB) tier, but charge you an extra $20 for another 300MB.