When a Verizon customer is experiencing hardships because of Covid-19, Verizon will waive late fees and [data-cap] overage charges for 60 days from March 16 to May 13 for customers who let us know they are unable to pay as a result of economic hardship due to the pandemic, and we will not terminate service to those customers. If our customers are experiencing a hardship, they should call our customer service team to discuss their situation and available options.
Verizon Wednesday announced what could be the first “real” mobile 5G service in the US, dubbed " 5G Ultra Wideband ." It’s scheduled to launch April 11 in " select areas " of Chicago and Minneapolis, as a $10 add-on to the carrier's existing unlimited plans; there will be no additional charge for the first three months.
We asked Verizon if customers will have to show any proof that they are unable to pay because of the pandemic, but we didn't get an answer. Mobile-network support options are available at this page, and residential support is here.
Verizon does not impose data caps on its DSL and fiber home Internet services, so overage fees apply only to certain mobile plans with monthly data limits. Some of Verizon's limited plans simply throttle customers' internet speeds after they use up their data, but other Verizon mobile plans charge overage fees of $10 per gigabyte after the customer's limit is reached. Verizon says more than half of its mobile customers have unlimited plans.
Verizon is also adding 15GB of 4G LTE data to customer accounts for no extra charge, which could prevent some people from going over their caps. The extra data can be used from March 25 to April 30 and applies both to regular phone plans and hot spots. Through April 30, Verizon is providing unlimited domestic calling to customers on plans with limited voice minutes and free international calling for consumer wireless and home voice customers to CDC level 3 countries.
AT&T announced a data-cap fee waiver on Sunday, saying, "As of March 13, and for the next 60 days, we will waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice, or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic."
When contacted by Ars, AT&T said customers must contact customer service to get the fees waived. "Customers experiencing hardship can go online to att.com to chat with a rep to request relief," AT&T said. The fee waivers will be available through May 13. Customers will not have to provide proof that they can't pay due to the pandemic, AT&T told Ars.