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February 18, 2011
I have one of the last few original Verizon Unlimited Data Plans. I use my smart phone a LOT and I also use it to tether to my laptop. I have used it for years to tether to my laptop via PDA Net
I happened to call Verizon today and was offered their new Unlimited Data, Text and Call plan for a $60 monthly savings.
I was told I could use the new Data plan for a mobile hot spot for up to 10 separate devices. So it looks like I could still tether to my laptop, plus my husband would also be use his netbook while I was on my laptop.
The benefit is of course the $60 monthly savings but I’m afraid to give up my old unlimited data plan because I know I would never get it back. I feel I must be missing something?
At this point I can’t see any reason not to go with the new cheaper plan that has more features?
Anything I am missing?
We are in the same boat – we have the old grandfathered unlimited plan from Verizon. We will not switch to the new plan – at least not yet.
Here is the fine print directly from Verizon’s site: (click to enlarge)
So, the “gotcha” is that they throttle to 3G speeds after you have used the hotspot feature – or tethering with PDANet – for 10GB worth. If you can live with 3G speeds, then you’re fine. I’m not ready to do that yet
We highly recommend researching this topic with the folks at RVMobileInternet.com – they keep up, test and communicate with users of all the various plans. Here’s one of their pages on unlimited data plans.