On July 12, 2022, Verizon debuted its new plan called “Welcome Unlimited.” This new plan is mainly aimed at people who want to be on a Verizon unlimited data plan but are on a budget. As of now, this is Verizon’s cheapest unlimited data plan on their post-pay network. If you’re searching for this plan, you’re probably wondering if this is the right plan for you.
Since most cell phone carriers are deceitful when advertising their plans, you probably want to know more about this specific plan from another angle other than what comes out of Verizon’s marketing department. Because of this, I will give you a full explanation of the good and bad things about the new Verizon Welcome Unlimited plan.
What’s good about Verizon Welcome Unlimited
As its name suggests, the most important thing about this plan is that it offers “unlimited” 5G data. Another good thing about this plan is that it’s cheaper than Verizon’s previous cheapest post-paid unlimited data plan, the 5G Start unlimited data plan.
If you switch to this plan, Verizon is currently offering a $240 Verizon gift card per line when you bring your own device to this plan. This promo can be used in up to 4 lines ($960 in gift cards) under the same account.
So in short, you’ll get:
- “Unlimited” 5G data
- $30/line after the fourth line
- $240 Verizon e-gift card
The bad things about Verizon Welcome Unlimited Plan
Now that you know what’s included in Verizon’s new Welcome Unlimited plan, you should know why it is not worth switching to this plan or getting this plan in the first place. Here are a few reasons why Welcome Unlimited is not a good plan for most users:
- No Ultrawide band 5G connectivity
- No Personal Hotspot
- No Entetimaneint perks (Disney+, Hulu, ESPN, etc)
- No Mix & Match
- Throttled (deprioritized) data
- Not fully $30/line
- No 50 percent discount on Verizon 5G Home Internet
- SD (480p) Video Streaming
Here’s what Verizon doesn’t want you to know about the Welcome Unlimited plan:
Verizon Welcome Unlimited: No Ultrawide band 5G
Like the 5G Start Unlimited, the new Welcome Unlimited plan does not offer Verizon 5G Ultrawide band connectivity. Instead, this plan is limited to Verizon 5G Nationwide, the slowest version of 5G.
Does the Welcome Unlimited plan throttle data?
Unfortunately, another thing Verizon does not want you to know about this plan is that you’ll be deprioritized (throttled) in areas with network congestion. This means that if you’re in an area with many Verizon customers on more expensive plans, your data will be slowed to 2G speeds if the nearest tower is congested.
No perks on the Verizon Welcome Unlimited plan
Unlike the other unlimited data plans, this plan does not offer any entertainment perks such as Disney+, Hulu/ESPN+, or Apple Arcade. At least for $5 more with the Start Unlimited plan, you get 5GB of premium data.
The Welcome Unlimited is not $30
In its promotion, Verizon highlights the price of $30 and the word unlimited data many times. This is to get your attention and to make you believe that you can get any amount of line for just $30 with unlimited data. This is not really the truth. The reality is that in order to get each line for just $30, you’ll need to add three more additional lines. You cannot just get one line for $30. On top of that, you’ll need to add auto-pay to get a $5 discount.
Is the Welcome Unlimited plan worth it?
The Welcome Unlimited plan is not worth it. Single and multiple lines users can get a better plan on Visible, a carrier that is owned by Verizon Wireless. This carrier even uses Verizon’s towers and network infrastructure.