Looks like Verizon is cooking something up for next week.
A Reddit user claims to have spotted the image you see below on Verizon’s testman site, which is regularly used to test out new features before they’re rolled out to the public. The image says that “There’s more to the new Verizon Plan” and goes on to describe three features that could be coming soon to Verizon’s current rate plans.
Here’s how the three features break down:
- Carryover Data: This sounds like Verizon’s version of AT&T’s Rollover Data feature, letting you carry over your unused data from one month into the next. The image specifically mentions that your data will carry over “to the end of the next month,” so don’t expect this to be a T-Mobile Data Stash-style feature that’ll let you carry unused data for months.
- Safety Mode: When enabled through the My Verizon app, you’ll be able to continue using data even after your monthly allotment runs out. The catch is that your speeds will be “reduced” until your next billing cycle. Safety Mode will reportedly be included with the XL and XXL (12GB and 18GB) plans, but can be added to the S, M, and L (1GB, 3GB, 6GB) plans for $5 per month.
- Mexico & Canada Service: As its name suggests, you’ll be able to use your talk, text, and data allotments when you’re in Mexico and Canada. You’ll also have unlimited calling from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. This feature will reportedly be included with XL and XXL plans, while customers on S, M, and L plans can pay extra to get it.
So when will all of these features launch? When asked about them, Verizon said that they’re “going to have some fireworks next week.”
These features are already offered by some other U.S. carriers. For example, AT&T and T-Mobile offer data rollover features, and T-Mobile’s Mobile Without Borders lets customers use calling, texting, and data in Mexico and Canada just like they do in the U.S. That’s not really a bad thing, though, because it looks like Verizon customers will be getting some nice new plan features, and it’s always good to see rate plans getting better for consumers.