Verizon Offers Pay-as-You-Go PopData

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Heads up, Verizon customers: The carrier this week unveiled PopData, a limited-time "all-you-can-stream data connection" you can buy whenever you want—and it won't eat into your monthly data allotment.

Verizon is offering 30 minutes of unlimited PopData for $2 or 60 minutes for $3. This could be a good option if you have a small data plan and suddenly find yourself in need of a lot of data.

Say you're an hour away from home and your kid is having a meltdown in the back seat. You can now get 60 minutes of PopData, and fire up some Disney Junior to keep the little one occupied until you get home without using up all your regular data.

PopData is available in the new My Verizon app Data Hub. Just open the app, tap Data Meter, select Get More Data, and tap PopData. From there, Verizon will send you notifications to let you know when your PopData session starts, what time it will end, when there's five minutes left, and when it's over.

PopData is powered by Verizon's network, so it's available in most places and "provides a faster, more secure connection than most public Wi-Fi hotspots," the company said. "You won't have to wait for Wi-Fi to perform heavy data usage tasks (i.e. watching videos). PopData is an economical way to perform those same tasks without using your plan data, and great for when you're on the go."

The new option comes after Verizon this summer rolled out new plans that increase data limits in exchange for a little more money. Meanwhile, carriers T-Mobile and Sprint this summer both unveiled new unlimited data plans.

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