Verizon’s 5G upgrade imposes new hotspot data limits on older phone plans

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Verizon says launch of 5G on its C-band spectrum on January 19 will bring fast wireless speeds to 100 million people in the United States, far exceeding the limited geographic reach of its millimeter-wave spectrum that offers even faster 5G speeds. But there is a downside for people who currently have unlimited 5G hotspot data on the millimeter wave network: a monthly data cap on hotspot usage.

For the “Beyond the limitless“The Verizon smartphone plan that has been around for a few years, customers currently have 15GB of hotspot data at 4G LTE speeds and unlimited“ 5G Ultra Wideband ”hotspot data. Going forward , C-band and millimeter-wave spectrum will both be included in what Verizon calls Ultra Wideband, and Verizon will no longer provide unlimited ultra-broadband access point data to those who currently have it, and will face the challenge of it. Access point data slowdowns after using it.

In practice, this may not be a big change for many people as Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave spectrum has such limited geographic availability to begin with, and unlimited access point data. alone applies to the use of this spectrum. But it’s always good to be aware of changes, given how complicated Verizon’s service plans tend to be, and it may be a good idea for some people to upgrade to newer plans with point limits. 25 GB or 50 GB access.

3 Mbps speeds once hotspot limit is reached

Verizon today confirmed the new access point limit of 15 GB on the Beyond Unlimited plan in Ars. “Beyond Unlimited has 15 GB of premium mobile hotspot. Once this allowance is used, these customers will receive unlimited mobile hotspot data speeds of 3Mbps 5G Ultra Wideband and 600kbps 5G Nationwide / 4G LTE, ”a Verizon spokesperson told us. Verizon’s “5G Nationwide / 4G LTE” includes 5G deployments on spectrum previously used for 4G and any other spectrum in addition to millimeter waves and C-band. To achieve access point speeds of 3 Mbps after using 15gb, you will need to be in a C band or millimeter wave area.

Beyond Unlimited is not the only plan affected by the change of hotspot. For any other affected plan, Verizon told us that “people on a plan with an ultra-broadband 5G mobile hotspot will switch to an allowance based on their plan.” So, whatever limit you have for using 4G hotspots, will soon apply to all uses of 4G and 5G hotspots combined, without any separate unlimited allowance for using millimeter wave hotspots.

Verizon promises speeds of 90-170 Mbps

Verizon said its C-band rollout this month will reach over 100 million people in more than 1,700 U.S. cities while delivering “typical download speeds of 90-170 Mbps, with higher speeds and peaks. above 1 Gbps in some areas ”and“ Typical download speeds of 15 –30 Mbps, with maximum download speeds above 100 Mbps. ”

The C-band spectrum deployed this year is between 3.7 GHz and 3.8 GHz, and operators plan to use the rest of their C-band frequencies (3.8 GHz to 3.98 GHz) in 2023. Verizon and AT&T have delayed their deployments by six weeks. due to a dispute with the Federal Aviation Administration, and C-band deployment will be restricted near major airports for six months.

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