Days after the rumors
began circulating all over the Internet, Verizon Wireless today updated its
offerings by including plans with unlimited anytime minutes nationwide for a
In addition to the limited minute plans the cellular provider has offered,
Verizon is now ready to offer three new tiers: Basic, Select and Premium.
The Basic Plan offers unlimited anytime minutes on a single line for $99.99 and
features Verizon's Mobile Web 2.0 Internet browsing feature. The Basic Plan
also covers roaming and long distance at no additional charge beyond the plan
rate but Verizon does charge $1.99 per MB for data services.
The Select Plan offers the same deal as the Basic Plan but also include
unlimited text messaging between anyone in the US no matter the cellular
network. The Select Plan is priced at $119.99 monthly with the same $1.99 per
MB fee for data.
The Premium Plan includes all of the services within the Basic and Select
Plans, the unlimited anytime minutes and text messaging, but also adds V Cast
VPak, VZ Navigator and Mobile email services to the mix for a monthly plan rate
of $139.99 before taxes and fees. Under the Premium Plan, Verizon also includes
unlimited data access.
Additionally, each new unlimited anytime minute plan has a matching Family
SharePlan with a price schedule designed around the features included. The
Family SharePlan is priced at $199.98 for the first two lines under the Basic
Plan package, $229.98 under the Select Plan package, and $269.98 under the
Premium Plan package with each additional line costing an additional $99.99 per
month (or $119.99 for additions under the Premium Plan).
A maximum of five lines can be included in Family SharePlan
plans and it seems there is no real discount in signing up to these plans as
opposed to subscribing to individual lines for each family member except maybe
some breaks on the handful of fees consumers love to pay.
Those who opt for the Basic Plan but want the additional features such as a
limited messaging plan and/or V Cast will have to spring for the add-on options
during the order process.
With the launch of this plan, Verizon Wireless is not the first to offer such
plans but it is the only service to offer unlimited anytime minute-based plans
at the moment.