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Tech Report: Verizon Introduces New Global Data Plan

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Verizon Wireless is offering a new global data plan for U.S. customers which will include 100 MB of data for $25 a month.

The plan will allow customers to access email and browse the Web while traveling outside the United States in 120 countries and destinations around the world.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said that while the plan is better than what the company previously offered, 100 MB is not very much data and can be used up pretty quickly.

Customers interested in the plan must have a domestic data package and international eligibility, which requires minimum payment history. Those who require more than 100 MB of data will receive notification via a text message when an additional 100 MB for $25 will be available for them.

Magid said that part of his concern is that because it is such a small amount of data, customers have to be aware that they could accumulate a rather large bill if they are not careful. He said that when he travels internationally, he actually shuts off data completely and only accesses it if he is on Wi-Fi.

Customers traveling to countries not covered under the data plan but within Verizon Wireless global coverage areas will be charged a pay per use rate of two cents per KB.

You can hear Larry Magid’s Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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