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Verizon will add an extra 15GB to phone plans for free

2020-03-24 17:07 by
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Verizon has announced that it is automatically adding 15GB of high-speed data to wireless plans during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Various Verizon plans will see the data allotment apply to their accounts in different ways. Unlimited customers will get additional LTE hotspot data, while prepaid or postpaid customers on a set data plan will simply receive an additional 15GB of cellular data.

In addition to existing customers, new customers will also be able to take advantage of this additional data from March 25 through April 30.

Along with the additional data, Verizon says it is also waiving all overage and late fees, and will offer two months of free internet and voice service for members of its "Lifeline" discount program.

"We understand the hardships that many of our customers are facing, and we're doing our part to ensure they have broadband internet connectivity during this unprecedented time," said Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne. "With so many Americans working and learning remotely from home, having access to reliable and affordable internet is more important than ever before."

Earlier this month—a day after well over a dozen U.S. senators called on telecoms companies to suspend fees and data caps in response to the pandemic—FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which saw dozens of telecoms companies commit to waived late fees, increased access to wi-fi hotspots, and keeping service in place for those who are unable to immediately pay their bills due to financial burdens imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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