The Visible mobile carrier, which is owned by Verizon and runs off Verizon's network made quite the impression a while ago when it offered an unlimited data plan for $40 per month.
On Thursday, Visible rolled out its new "Party Pay" plan that lets you add up to four lines in a single plan with unlimited data. The more people in the plan (up to four people), the less each person pays.
- Groups of two pay $35 per line.
- Groups of three pay $30 per line.
- And groups of four pay $25 per line.
The only caveat here is that your data speeds might be capped at any time when the network is congested. That's different than other major carrier plans, where data speeds are typically capped after a user has used a certain amount of data in a given month. On Verizon, for example, unlimited data users aren't speed-capped until they reach 22 GB of data in that month.
When the network isn't congested, data speeds are typical and aren't dependent on how much data you've used in a given month.
One of the best things about the new Party Pay plan is that each person is responsible for their share of the bill. This eliminates the need for a single person to manage the plan.
If someone in the "party" doesn't pay their bill on time, the "party" is bumped to a smaller tier. So, if you're in a party of four paying $25 per month, and one of the party members doesn't pay on time, the party will be bumped down to 3-person tier in which each member pays $30 per month. The late party member can pay their bill, and the party can return to a 4-person party.
To note, Visible works with WiFi calling on iPhones and most Android phones. You can check if your phone, or the phone you want, is compatible with Visible's network on the carrier's site.
You can also use your phone as a hotspot for unlimited data, but the hotspot speeds are capped at 5 megabits per second.
It's a great sounding plan on paper. Before officially endorsing it though, I'll have to test out Visible's caveat about capping data speeds during times of network congestion to see how it affects a typical day's usage.