Starting February 19th, Verizon will begin offering a supposedly unlimited cellphone minute plan for a flat $99 per month. It’s only really a deal, though, if you use more than 1000 minutes per month. More important than the actual value is that a brand-name cellphone carrier is offering a flat-rate unlimited minute plan. Notably, Verizon’s move came on the heels of Sprint’s new CEO suggesting last week that Sprint might be headed in that direction. I predict a flurry of plan-matching by the other carriers. The breakdown of the various new Verizon unlimited plans, inside.
* $99 – Nationwide Unlimited (voice)
* $119 – Nationwide Select Unlimited (voice, SMS, MMS)
* $139 – Nationwide Premium (voice, SMS, MMS, VZNav, VCAST, email)
* $149 – Nationwide Email and Messaging (voice, SMS, MMS, and data)
* $169 – Nationwide Global Email and Messaging (voice, SMS, MMS, and international data)
* $199 – Family plan with two lines, $99 per additional line.
* No longer a 5GB cap on data.
* Switching will not extend your contract.
* 1-2 year contracts available
* Plans include Mobile 2.0 portal access
* No roaming or long-distance charges.
Remember, the plan doesn’t go in effect until 2/19, so if you call before then, the customer service rep won’t be able to discuss it with you.