Verizon is now the leading US carrier when it comes to 4G LTE coverage. Recent expansion to more than 20 regions allowed them to gain this lead. Although AT&T is doing the same thing, they are moving too slow to pick up Verizon’s pace. Sprint and T-Mobile are far behind these two networks. Today, Verizon detailed an updated international data plan intended for travelers. The best part is, it will only cost you $25. The new and more cost-friendly plan will be available beginning April 23.
Here’s the bad part: Verizon is placing a 100MB cap on their international data plan. This means you can only consume that much data. If you monitor your data using third-party applications, you know that 100MB isn’t much and certainly not enough for a full day of Facebook, Twitter, and internet browsing – not that you’d need any of those on a vacation. You can, however, use 100MB to check emails every and update your status – just remember to turn off auto-sync and notifications to avoid reaching the limit sooner than you wanted. If 100MB simply won’t do, an additional 100MB will be added to your account each time you reach the limit. And you will be charged an additional $25 for that. Verizon will send you a text whenever 100MB is added into your account so you’d know your limits.
Since Verizon’s offer is an international plan, traveling to countries outside the US won’t be a deal breaker. As a matter of fact, you can take advantage of it in 130 countries located in Canada, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. You need to be an established Verizon customer before you can avail it though. You’ll be checked for an existing domestic data package and a payment history.
If you want to find out more about Verizon’s new data plan, check out VerizonWireless.com/global for details. Verizon’s current plans cost $30 for 50MB, $75 for 150MB, and $125 for 300MB. These plans are just too expensive for everyone’s taste. By dropping it to $20 for every 100MB, users get 33 percent savings compared to Verizon’s existing international data plans. If ever you do travel to a non-US country not covered by Verizon, charging will be on a Pay Per Use basis which is 2 cents for every KB.