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Verizon Has Secret Data Plans for Heavy Users – Tech Thursday

Are you a heavy data user on your mobile devices? Now when I say heavy, I’m talking about more than 10 Gigabytes a month. That’s the equivalent of downloading 6 or 7 movies from iTunes using Verizon 3G/4G. If you are, then maybe one of these secret data plans from Verizon, is for you. But you have to ask for them specifically.

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It was recently discovered that these plans exist and been confirmed by Verizon. And these plans, with the exception of 2 of them just recently, were never advertised. I never would have thought there were people that would use so much data on mobile devices. But now with share anything, and having multiple family members all using the same pool of data, then I could see these plans being used. Which still makes me dubious of Verizon, or any carrier that offers “shared data” plans. It just seems like a way for the carriers to milk us for even more money!

These plans start at 12GB for $110 a month, then jumps to 14GB for $120 a month, then 16GB for $130 a month, 18GB for $140 a month and for those really heavy users, 20GB for $150 a month. 20 GB is a lot of data. I don’t think I have ever come close to using 20GB in a month ever! But then again, I don’t watch my data usage like Scrooge counts money. Long and short is, if you need more data from Verizon, you can pay more and get it. Personally, I still think these plans will make Verizon a ton of money and do nothing to improve the quality of the service. A cellular carrier version of market derivatives that caused the housing market crash. Not to say that the cellular companies are playing fast and loose, but the way I see it they’re just like the boys on Wall Street, they like to make lots of money and don’t care how they do it.

No word yet on if AT&T is planning on offering heavy data plans like this, but they have said they will be offering shared data plans, but still keeping their current group of data plans too.

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