With usage-based billing and data caps making their way to wireless data plans Verizon Wireless is taking steps to help customers monitor their usage with the introduction of Usage Controls. They give account owners various settings and tools to help they stay informed.
- Usage Allowances: Customers can set limits for voice minutes and messages that can be used during a billing cycle. Verizon Wireless will send free text message alerts when the message or minute limit is nearing and when it is reached.
- Time Restrictions: Parents can limit and control voice, messaging, and data usage during certain times of day and days of week.
- Blocked Numbers: Customers can restrict sending calls or messages to, or receiving calls or messages from, up to 20 telephone numbers they designate. Account owners also have the option to create a list of up to 20 trusted numbers that can always get through, regardless of Usage Allowances or Time Restrictions. Calls to 9-1-1 will always go through and calls that don’t count toward a plan allowance will go through as well. Additional blocking features include 411 blocking and blocking private or restricted callers.
The Verizon Wireless Usage Controls service feature is “easy to set up and manage” through My Verizon, and costs $4.99/month per line.
What do you think? Is it worth it?