Verizon to hike prices, introduce carryover data and ‘safety mode’ to avoid overage fees

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NEW YORK — If you’re a Verizon customer, expect to pay a little more for your phone bill soon. But at least you’ll get some more data for streaming Netflix and checking Facebook.

According to CNET, the nation’s largest wireless carrier’s plans will go up $5 to 10 a month, depending on the plan. Plans will see data bumps between 1 gigabyte and 6 gigabytes.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • “S” plan is $35 a month for 2GB (originally $30 for 1GB)
  • “M” is $50 a month for 4GB (originally $45 for 3GB)
  • “L” is $70 a month for 8GB (originally $60 for 6GB)
  • “XL” is $90 a month for 16GB (originally $80 for 12GB)
  • “XXL” is $110 a month for 24GB (originally $100 for 18GB)

Verizon is expected to unveil “carryover data,” a rollover plan that allows customers to keep unused data from one month to the next.

Another anticipated change is called “safety mode,” something that will protect customers from overage fees. Instead of getting socked with a fee for using too much data, customers would see their data connection slowed until the end of the billing cycle.

CNET reports that existing customers won’t be forced to change to the new plans but will instead get to opt in if they choose. Verizon is expected to unveil the new plans during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

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