After years of moving away from unlimited data plans, the wireless industry has done an about-face. iPhone owners now have several unlimited options from major carriers including AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Data plans with no hard limit have proliferated over the past year, as carriers fight tooth and nail for data-hungry smartphone subscribers. Here are some highlights of the latest and greatest unlimited data plans for iPhone.
Paying two hundred bucks for a new iPhone on a two-year contract is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Verizon has jumped on the bandwagon with carriers like T-Mobile, offering new data plans and eliminating subsidies for new customers. The change effectively separates the cost of hardware from data pricing and line connection charges.
This week Verizon launched new data plans along with reduced pricing on select plans for a limited time. There are now 12 shared data amounts to choose from, starting at 500 MB and going up to 20 GB. According to Re/code, the move was associated with a graphic depicting the move as a price cut.
Company representatives have downplayed calling the revised plans a discount, instead framing the plans as delivering additional data for the same cost. In any case, the battle for mobile subscribers has escalated with T-Mobile and Sprint challenging the largest carriers in the market to lower data plan pricing and add features. AT&T recently launched Rollover Data, responding to T-Mobile's Data Stash.
Verizon Wireless customers with devices running iOS 8 can now get data plan usage statistics right in the Notification Center. The latest version of My Verizon Mobile, available free on the App Store, provides a data usage widget. Once the widget is added, current data usage for the billing period is displayed when Notification Center is invoked.
My Verizon Mobile already provides many functions for iPhone and iPad users looking to pay their bill, check voice calling and text message statistics, and manage features on their accounts. Getting the data meter is as simple as updating the app to version 3.13.4 or later, and then adding the widget to Notification Center.
Click here for more information on how to add widgets to Notification Center.
As expected, retailers and mobile carriers are reducing the price of the latest generation Apple products in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 6 and second-generation iPad Air. Walmart got the ball rolling by permanently slashing the price of the iPhone 5c to $29, and the iPhone 5s to $99, and now Verizon Wireless is following suit.
Verizon customers can nab the 16GB iPhone 5c for only $99 when agreeing to a new two-year contract. The 50% off deal is available now available through VerizonWireless.com. This of course means you will be stuck with the iPhone 5s after the new iPhone 6 model is released in a few months.