Verizon has introduced a pay-as-you-go unlimited data offering to have you covered for the moments when you need to use gigabytes of data for a short period of time. Called PopData, the bolt-on service is meant to help consumers avoid the extra per-gigabyte cost once they go over their limit.
Overage fees can be extremely cumbersome, especially when you’ve consumed a large amount of data that far exceeded your capped monthly plan. Through PopData, Verizon now lets consumers wallow in unlimited 4G LTE data in short bursts.
Specifically, you can get 30 minutes of uncapped data for $2 and 60 minutes for $3 without touching your data bucket. It’s a decent offering given how much data you can consume within that period. For travelers who don’t need much data most of the time but might have to use a large amount of it in certain moments, PopData offers a great way to cut costs.
However, PopData won’t be available in the event of network congestion. The service is available on Android, iPhone and iPad devices, though it doesn’t apply to tethering and mobile hotspots.
While Verizon has yet to make an official announcement of the service, PopData seems to be live now in the My Verizon app. When your session begins, a timer will start counting down to show how much time you’ve got left. Also, make sure that you’re on a stable 4G LTE network when you use PopData, as the session will carry on even though you slow down to a 3G speed.