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Once upon a time, Verizon offered customers a truly unlimited data plan. Then they stopped.
Verizon last allowed consumers to sign up for truly unlimited data plans way back in 2011. But they have continued to grandfather them in, allowing customers who keep the plans to continue utilizing them.
Some corporate accounts still have the ability to keep and create new unlimited data lines for their employees - and some rent those lines out (usually against Verizon's terms of service.)
Verizon no longer offers these plans directly, and the only way new customers could obtain them was by purchasing someone else's plan and assuming liability (through a process called Assumption of Liability, or AOL), or renting a plan.
Over the years Verizon has been shutting down these plans - especially those 'spawned' in ways that are against their terms of service. And Verizon officially changed their policy in 2014 to no longer allow transferring legit plans to new owners.
We've not heard of any successful traditional AOLs on owned legacy unlimited plans in quite some time, and are now considering that method likely gone. There are some rental vendors left after some very aggressive rounds of terminations, which we anticipate will continue.
We keep a guide to these unicorn plans updated with any info we find as we constantly track this market, here:
Plan Policies & Perks:
- Carrier Networks Used: Verizon
- Carrier Relation: Direct
- Plan Types Available: Phone
- Device Types Permitted: Phone (officially), hotspots are often used - with caution.
- Device Purchase Required: N/A
- Mobile Hotspot Use: All data. Under the terms of their acquisition of the 700mHz spectrum, Verizon can not restrict mobile hotspot use on these plans. They offer an option to add on the MHS feature to smartphones (for an extra fee), or you can just put the SIM card in a data only device at no charge (such as a mobile hotspot).
- Throttling: None
- Network Management: None
- International Roaming: No international roaming can be used or added to this plan.
- Domestic Roaming: Yes - full
- Plan Period: Monthly postpaid
- Data Roll Over: N/A
- Overage Charges: No
- Streaming: Auto-capped at 720p, but this can be disabled.
- Unlimited: These plans really are unlimited. Although, there is speculation that using between 700 and 1000 GB of data will get you on Verizon's radar
Potential Alternatives to Consider:
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This plan is no longer available.
The alternate way to obtaining an unlimited Verizon data plan is by renting one from a data broker. There are still a few rental brokers kicking around who haven't been shut down yet.
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