With the addition of tiered data plans on Verizon they thought it should be clear on how to monitor your usage. Starting this week smartphone users will receive text messages free of charge that indicate when you have reached 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, and 110% of data usage of your allowance on their network. You may also suppress the alerts for 50% and 75% if you want from your MyVerizon account page.
Verizon customers can also type #DATA from their phone and press send and you will receive a text message indicating current data usage on the network. Verizon also has a data usage calculator available at Verizonwireless.com for use as well. More information in the press release below:
[spoiler]VERIZON WIRELESS MAKES IT EASY FOR CUSTOMERS TO
MONITOR AND MANAGE DATA USAGE
Data Alerts for Smartphones Latest Addition in Account Management Lineup
BASKI NG RI DGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless smartphone and tablet customers have a
variety of ways to monitor and manage their wireless data usage, including new text message
alerts that will be sent to smartphone customers to help them keep track of monthly domestic
Starting this week, smartphone users will begin to receive free text message alerts
when their data usage crosses thresholds of 50 percent, 75 percent, 90 percent, 100 percent and
110 percent of their data plans’ monthly allowances. Customers who are registered with My
Verizon, the online account management tool, may also request email alerts and can add up to
three additional email addresses to receive the notifications. My Verizon users also have the
option of suppressing the 50 percent and 75 percent alerts. Email alerts for the same threshold
levels are already available to tablet, netbook, PC card and Mobile Broadband device customers
on usage-based plans.
Verizon Wireless offers a variety of free tools that customers can use to monitor and
manage their accounts, including:
#DATA – Customers can check data usage by dialing #DATA and pressing send from
Verizon Wireless phones to receive a free text message with the information.
My Verizon and My Verizon Mobile – Customers can monitor data usage directly from
their handsets via My Verizon Mobile or online through My Verizon.
Data Usage Calculator – At verizonwireless.com, customers can learn about common
features and activities that utilize data and determine estimated total monthly data usage
using the Data Usage Calculator. It can be found by simply searching for “ data usage
calculator” on the Verizon Wireless website.
Data Usage Widget – Customers with data plans also can download a Data Usage
Widget to most Android™ smartphones, BlackBerry® devices and tablets. The widget
tracks usage with a quick glance at the phone screen and with one click connects to the
customer’ s My Verizon Mobile account.
Video Guides Available
Verizon Wireless has developed a series of video guides that offer tips for customers on
how to manage their wireless lives, including:
“ It’ s Easy To Track Your Wireless Usage” highlights easy ways for customers to
check and monitor usage.
“ Tips For Traveling Overseas” features tips for customers on how to prepare their
phones for overseas travel.
“ Controlling Wireless Usage” demonstrates how customers can use Usage Controls to
easily monitor wireless usage for each line on their accounts.
“ Managing Wireless Access: Content Filters” showcases features of Content Filters
that allow customers to make sure wireless content is age-appropriate.
Customers can also visit Verizon Wireless Support to view “ How To” videos with step-
by-step directions on different aspects of account management.[/spoiler]