Verizon's New Single Line Plan - There's A Catch

As I was browsing RSS feeds this morning I came across this post from iMore pointing to a new single-line smartphone plan from Verizon for $60. According to iMore:

As part of a new promo, you can now get unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messaging and 2GB of data for $60, you’ll want to pay attention to the overage charges though that are set at a whopping $15/1GB. Obviously not going to be an option for everyone but it’s sure to fit some needs.

When Verizon moved to their “More” plans a few years ago that allowed individuals and families to share their data across multiple devices it made sense for some families and people with multiple devices, but individuals with a single smartphone ended up paying significantly more. For example, I have a 32GB iPhone 5 with Unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB of Data (generally enough for my monthly use) and pay $90 a month plus taxes - seems a little ridiculous. I hoped moving to this new plan specifically for individual products an opportunity to save $30 and a welcome change.

Unfortunately - there’s a catch. When I called Verizon this morning to inquire about the change I was informed the mobile hot spot feature is not available on this plan. Meaning you cannot use your iPhone to tether to other devices like your Mac or iPad. Notably this is not mentioned on Verizon’s FAQ site as of this posting and their online chat wasn’t aware of this limitation either. It's a shame because Verizon is restricting you to 2GB, what should it matter how you use it?

I don’t tether my iPhone often, but when I need it, it’s a big deal. Whether tethering is worth an extra $30 a month is something I’ll have to think about a little more before I make this decision, but if you’re considering this move you should be aware.