Verizon’s New Unlimited Data Plans Come With Restrictions on Online Video Streaming

While Verizon offers unlimited data to its mobile subscribers, a closer look at their service reveals that their plans may not be as good as some users may think. Back in February, the company launched an unlimited data plan for $80 per month. The details of the plan were quite easy to understand. You could use the Internet on your phone to do anything you wanted until you used up 22 GB of mobile data. Past this point, Verizon would throttle your data usage, resulting in lower speeds. The plan also included up to 10 GB of tethering usage per month.

But it looks like their original plan put a lot of strain on the network and cost the company a lot of money. This is why they’ve introduced two different unlimited mobile data plans. A cheaper one called Go Unlimited and one called Beyond Unlimited for $85 per month. Those on the old $80 unlimited data plan were moved to the Go Unlimited service, which now comes with a variety of restrictions that have left many users quite frustrated.

The most important change is limitations on online video. You can’t watch HD videos on your mobile devices anymore, as video is now capped at 480p on smartphones and 720p on tablets. Mobile tethering has been capped at 600 kbps, meaning that you’ll barely be able to download 250 MB of data in an hour.

If you want to watch better quality videos while on the go, you’ll need to upgrade to their Beyond Unlimited plan. It’s similar to their old unlimited data plan, with 22 GB of usage before you get throttled. You also get a slightly bigger allotment of 15 GB for tethering usage. Videos will still be capped, though not as much as with the Go Unlimited service. You’re limited to 720p on your smartphone and 1080p on any other device.

Verizon isn’t the only mobile carrier putting limitations on supposedly unlimited mobile data plans. AT&T also restricts the quality of videos you can watch. T-Mobile limits all online videos to 480p. Only Sprint doesn’t impose limitations on you when you watch videos on YouTube or Netflix, but they do cap your bandwidth when you steam music.