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Get (sort of) unlimited data with Verizon’s new PopData, but use it quickly

How much data can you use in half an hour or an hour? That may just be your next challenge from Verizon. The mobile service provider has unveiled a new series of data sessions known as PopData, which allow you to access unlimited amounts of 4G LTE data … for 30 or 60 minutes at a time.

Described as an “all-you-can-stream data connection,” PopData is available wherever there’s network capacity. For $2, you can get unlimited data for 30 minutes, and for $3, you can go all out for an hour. PopData promises to be available wherever network capacity is available, and you’ll see charges reflected directly on your account.

Because the new program is powered by the Verizon network, it’s likely that you’ll have better luck using PopData than trying to log onto public Wi-Fi hot spots. Of course, you could try to find your way into a Starbucks, but if you’re in a pinch and need to get online quickly, PopData may be the way to go, especially if you’re looking to perform heavy data usage tasks, like streaming video or uploading large files.

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Verizon is currently offering up PopData as an economical alternative to draining your data plan (because remember, it doesn’t actually offer unlimited data).

So how do you actually use it? As Verizon notes in its FAQ, simply navigate your way over to the My Verizon app Feed, tap Data Meter, then Get More Data, and finally, PopData. If PopData isn’t available (if there’s not a 4G LTE connection), the PopData option will be grayed out. Once you begin your data session, you’ll receive a notification alerting you as to when your time is up, and giving you a five-minute warning before the session concludes, too.

Sure, it’s not actually unlimited data from Verizon, but for now, it’s about as close as you’re going to get.