Overage fees are the worst, especially when you don’t see them coming. Here’s how to avoid paying overage fees, or at least how to pay as little as possible for using extra data.
Like most carriers nowadays, Verizon’s More Everything plans come with a limited amount of data per month, and the more you pay, the more data that you have to play around with. However, you’re probably like most users and want to pay as little as possible on your monthly bill, so you probably only have a few gigabytes to play around with. While you are saving money, it also means that you have to be careful not to go over your monthly data allotment, as you could be charged with overage fees.
Verizon charges $15 per 1GB for overage fees. This means that if you normally have 3GB of monthly data and you go over that, Verizon will add on 1GB for that month for $15, so you now have 4GB for the month, although you’re paying a lot more for it. If you were to go over 4GB, Verizon would add another 1GB for another $15. Before you know it, you racked up $30 in overage fees for the month. Yikes!
Luckily, there are ways that you can avoid paying overage fees on Verizon, or at least methods to pay less than $15 per 1GB if you do happen to go over your monthly data allowance. Here’s how you can avoid going over your data limit and what you can do if you do go over the edge.
Watch Your Data Usage
The best way to prevent yourself from going over your monthly data allowance is to keep a close and constant eye on your data usage every month. Thanks to a new iOS 8 widget, that’s easier than ever.
Normally, Verizon customers were able to look up their data usage by opening up the Verizon app on their devices (and they still can), but a new iOS 8 widget allows users to quickly check their data usage without even opening up the app in the first place.
Verizon recently updated its iPhone app with a cool new feature that allows you to quickly check your data usage with a simple swipe down of the Notification Center. There are a handful of cool widgets in iOS 8 that you can add to your device’s Notification Center, but Verizon’s new widget is perhaps the most useful one we’ve come across so far.
In order to get the widget, you’ll need to download the My Verizon Mobile app onto your iPhone. It’s a free app and is available in the iTunes App Store.
After you download the app, open it up and you’ll be asked to sign into your Verizon account. Once you’re in, you’ll be able to access your Verizon account and see how much data you’re using, but we’ll want to see that info without even opening up the app.
After you download the Verizon app and log in to your Verizon account, you can now enable the Verizon iOS 8 widget in your iPhone’s Notification Center. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up your iPhone’s Notification Center. Tap on the Today tab at the top if you aren’t already there. Toward the bottom, tap on the Edit button. Scroll down until you see My Verizon Data in the list and tap on the green plus icon next to it.
That item will now be moved up toward the top, and from there you can rearrange the order by tapping and holding on the icon to the right and dragging it up or down in the list. Tap on Done in the upper-right corner to finish up.
The Verizon iOS 8 widget will now appear in the Notification Center and will quickly show you your monthly data usage. You can tap on the widget itself to automatically open the Verizon app if you want more details about your data usage. Otherwise, the widget just shows you how much data you’ve used compared to how much data you have allotted for the month.
Prepare Ahead of Time
If you think you’re going to go over your data allowance for the month, you can actually temporarily boost your data plan just for the month to avoid having to pay more-expensive overage fees.
For example, most of the tiers in Verizon’s More Everything plans are separated by $10 per month, so by simply bumping up to the next tier just for the month will save you $5, since overage fees start at $15.
To do this, simply log into your Verizon account at VerizonWireless.com and you’ll be taken to your account page. On the left-hand sidebar there will be several links that you can click. Find the one that says Change Minutes, Text or Data and click on it.
You’ll be taken to a page where you can change your data plan. Simply bump it up to the next tier to avoid paying overage fees for that month. Then, you can bump it back down to where you had it before when you move on to the next month.
Don’t Sweat it Too Much
In the end, don’t get too bent out of shape if you happen to go over your data allowance. If you forgot to temporarily bump up your data plan, you’ll only paying $5 more than if you were to remember to do it.
Of course, if you do go over and pay the overage fees, that should give you enough of a wake-up call so that you know not to go over the cap again, so don’t get too overwhelmed when you discover that you used way more than your monthly data allowance. You can always bump up your plan for just $10 more per month, or simply tone down your data usage by hopping on WiFi more often.