By now, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is adding extra data charges for new users, and that’s something of a surprise.
The company’s latest price increase comes in a few areas: For new users of its mobile hotspot service, Verizon is doubling the $10 per month data plan.
For existing customers, the plan is $20 per month.
For users who have already used the service, the new price is $30 per month for unlimited data and $40 per month as a 2GB data plan, or $45 per month and $60 per month respectively.
For a family of four, the plans go from $100 per month to $160 per month, or from $160 to $200 per month if you use the family plan, and $210 per month with a 3GB plan.
The new data plans for new and existing users are $10 more per month than the $20 rate for existing customers.
But why does Verizon suddenly raise prices for existing users?
Verizon isn’t the only wireless carrier that’s raising rates for its customers, but it’s the first to do so on the mobile hotspots of its own devices.
Verizon Wireless launched its unlimited mobile hotsper service in 2016, and it’s been a hit for the carrier, especially with new users.
The price of the plan was set at $10 for existing Verizon Wireless customers and $20 for new customers.
The plan was $10 less for existing subscribers and $30 more for new subscribers.
Now, the company is bumping up the rate for new Verizon Wireless users by $10 to $20, and the rate is $50 for unlimited users and $100 for unlimited customers.
For the unlimited plans, Verizon has increased the number of hotspots you can have at once by two, and for the unlimited plan, it has added a new hotspot for every three existing customers in your family.
The increase comes on top of a $1 per hotspot increase for all existing users, with Verizon also adding a new 3G hotspot.
Verizon is offering the new hotspots for $10 each and for $20 if you add a third device, which Verizon says “allows more users to be connected to the hotspots simultaneously, reducing the impact of a slow network on your mobile experience.”
While the price increase may seem steep, it’s a relatively small amount for the extra data it takes to get the hotspot and the additional speed.
For example, a 2.5GHz hotspot on a Verizon SIM costs $5 and Verizon’s LTE hotspots, on Verizon’s unlimited plans for the same plan, cost $30 each.
If you add more devices to Verizon’s hotspots in your household, the price of each hotspot goes up as well.
The extra data costs Verizon $3 more per device.
The cost of using a Verizon hotspot is even higher if you have two devices.
With one of the devices, Verizon will charge $3 per hotsphere, while with the other device, Verizon charges $1.75 per hotspoke.
The other price increases are for both of Verizon’s mobile hotsphers, as well as for the $1 a minute and $10 a minute hotspot rates.
There are some caveats to the prices for both the unlimited and 3G mobile hotsplots, however.
While Verizon has made it possible to add additional devices to its mobile plans, users will need to pay for the additional data on the same hotspot or the mobile plan.
Verizon says it will also require customers to sign up for the hotspheres individually, but the company has also noted that customers with no data plans or no data can still join the hotspers.
Also, Verizon says that its hotspots will be free for new, existing and new family subscribers until at least October 2019, at which point it will charge them a monthly fee.
While the company does not provide any specific numbers on how many of its new users have signed up for their data, Verizon did say that it has “over 300,000 existing unlimited customers who are now paying for a $10 data plan.”
The company said it plans to continue to add more hotspots and has already announced plans to add two more hotspets to the unlimited data plans.
The carrier did note that it would continue to charge for the data on its mobile phone plans, which include unlimited calls and text, and voice and data usage.
The wireless carrier’s unlimited plan is also available to customers who pay for data through the Verizon Next service, and this plan is priced at $15 per month per line for unlimited voice, $15 for unlimited texts, and at $25 per line per line each for unlimited mobile calls.
Verizon also offers a 2G plan for $15 a month per voice line and $25 for unlimited text.
Both the 2G and 3GP mobile hotspers are available to current Verizon Wireless Unlimited customers, so they can still use the hotsper if they have a plan that includes