Verizon's Unlimited Data Plans End Today...So What Are You Gonna Do About It?

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We had to giggle when Verizon dropped this one in our inbox.Since today is the day Verizon stops offering unlimited data plans, the company has decided to launch a few new services to help you manage your data usage.

It’s little consolation, though. We’d rather have the option for an unlimited plan than have to worry about monitoring how much data we’re using.

Minor rant: It’s silly that Verizon and other carriers brag about their robust, speedy networks and then charge you based on usage.

Verizon also waited until the day unlimited plans expire to launch the next big Android phone, Motorola’s DROID 3.

Still, if you’re a new Verizon customer, you don’t have much of a choice. Here’s what Big Red is offering, via its press release:

  • #DATA – Customers can check data usage by dialling #DATA and pressing send from Verizon Wireless phones to receive a free text message with the information.
  • My Verizon and My Verizon Mobile – Customers can monitor data usage directly from their handsets via My Verizon Mobile or online through My Verizon.
  • Data Usage Calculator – At, customers can learn about common features and activities that utilise data and determine estimated total monthly data usage using the Data Usage Calculator. It can be found by simply searching for “data usage calculator” on the Verizon Wireless website.
  • Data Usage Widget – Customers with data plans also can download a Data Usage Widget to most Android™ smartphones, BlackBerry® devices and tablets. The widget tracks usage with a quick glance at the phone screen and with one click connects to the customer’s My Verizon Mobile account.

If you’re looking for a way to manage your data usage, click here for some great tips.

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