Verizon’s rumored new Unlimited plans will require subscribers to pay for perks they now get for free

That voice Verizon executives hear rushing out from behind them? This is T-Mobile. The nation’s second-largest wireless provider reported 538,000 new postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter. This was over AT&T and Verizon combined. But don’t blame the former because AT&T had 424,000 new subscribers in this all-important category during the first quarter while Verizon lost 127,000 subscribers.
And recently T-Mobile has shaken things up with its new Go5G plans that allow new and existing customers to upgrade to a new phone every two years instead of every three years as is the industry standard these days. But there is some rumbling for each Mobile reports that Verizon, still the leading wireless carrier in the US, will offer new options to subscribers under the name “myPlan.” Options will reportedly include Unlimited Welcome and Unlimited Plus. These will replace all existing Verizon Unlimited plans according to rumors.

Unlimited Plus includes unlimited ultrawide band 5G data

Verizon already has a plan called Unlimited Welcome which is the lowest tier plan available to subscribers. It includes unlimited 5G data, 480p streaming, and a price of $65 per month for a single line. Unlimited Plus will include unlimited 5G ultra-broadband data, 720p streaming, a 30GB hotspot, a 3-year price guarantee, deals on premium devices, and a price of $80 per month for a single line. This price will match the current cost of existing Play More and Do More plans. There will be discounts for multiple lines in one plan.

Now according to rumors, the “myPlan” branding means that subscribers will be able to choose which perks they will get. For example, depending on which Verizon unlimited plan you currently have, you can get the popular Disney+ bundle, Apple Arcade, or Apple Music for free, but, which is a lot, but under “myPlan,” subscribers have to pay $10 a month. For each feature they choose. If Verizon hopes to stay ahead of T-Mobile, that would be a huge mistake. This is the largest movement ever made by the United Nations.

Based On The Leaked Photos, Verizon Wants Its Customers To Pay For Perks Including The Now Free Ones

Now that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in some of these rumored freebies. Verizon says in leaked images that the 100GB of mobile hotspot connection it’s offering for $10 a month will save subscribers $35 a month. But the point of T-Mobile perks is to prevent the subscriber from paying extra for them. The move may not go down with subscribers as well as Verizon thought. For example, paying $10 a month for a Walmart membership will save a Verizon subscriber less than $3 a month after paying an additional $10 a month.

Some of the other perks featured in the leaked promo:
  • Disney+ bundle including hulu, ESPN+, Disney+ – $10.00 per month saving subscribers $4.99 per month.
  • An Apple One bundle including iCloud+, Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Apple Arcade—$10 per month saves subscribers $6.95 per month.
  • Apple Music Family Plan- $10.00 per month saves subscribers $6.99 per month.
  • HBO Max Credit- $10.00 per month saves subscribers $5.00 per month.
  • Smartwatch Data & Safety- $10.00 per month saves subscribers $10.00 per month.
  • 3 days TravelPass- $10.00 per month saving subscribers $20.00 per month.
  • 2TB cloud storage- $10.00 per month saving subscribers $4.99 per month.

Another issue you may not have caught your eye is that while both “myPlan” Unlimited Welcome and Unlimited Plus support 5G, the cheapest plan includes unlimited 5G data while the Unlimited Plus plan supports unlimited 5G Ultra Broadband data. It’s not clear and we should know more soon, but it looks like if you want faster-than-mid-band 5G that’s about 10x faster than LTE, you’ll have to subscribe to the more expensive Unlimited Plus plan.

Verizon can announce the new plans as soon as Monday, May 15th. Existing Unlimited plan subscribers are definitely allowed to keep their existing plans and perks for the time being. But Verizon, once you start forcing existing subscribers out of their existing plans, you might see a mass exit that will make you crave the post-paid phone debacle in the first quarter.

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