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Verizon doubles 4G data caps on phones for a limited time

November 8, 2011 |  8:47 am

Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon

Verizon Wireless is doubling the caps on its 4G LTE users' data plans at no additional cost in a limited-time promotion that began Tuesday.

The promotion applies only to Verizon's 4G smartphones, and not other products such as tablets, USB air cards or mobile hot spots, said Ken Muche, a spokesman for the wireless carrier, in an emailed statement.

"For example, a customer who purchases the 2-gigabyte plan for $30, will receive 4-gigabytes for $30," Muche said. "The double data plans are available for new and existing customers." Existing customers must request the change via customer service or through their online My Verizon accounts, he said.

Verizon currently offers three different monthly data plans for its 4G smartphones: 2 gigabytes for $30, 5 gigabytes for $50 and 10 gigabytes for $80.

With the doubled data promotion, users could use up to 4 gigabytes for $30 per month, 10 gigabytes for $50 and 20 gigabytes for $80. The promotion follows Verizon's elimination of its unlimited data plans and moving to usage-based plans in July.

Once new and existing users are set up on the doubled data allotments, they will keep that higher data cap as long as they have a 4G smartphone through Verzion, even when it comes time to renew their data plan, Muche said.

As far as the limited-time part of the deal goes: "Limited time refers to our selling it, not customers using it," Muche said, noting that Verizon hasn't yet specified an end-date for the promotion and it would likely be offered through the holiday shopping season.

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Photo: A Motorola Droid Bionic displays the Groupon smartphone app on its Google Android Gingerbread software. Credit: Rick Wilking / Reuters

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