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Verizon won't make any new friends with its latest attack on unlimited data

It appears that the unlimited wireless data "gravy train" is fast coming to an end. No matter which wireless network you use in the United States, they all are looking for ways to cripple "unlimited" data either by cutting off the plans altogether or throttling data after a certain gigabyte threshold is crossed.
 
Verizon Wireless is the latest U.S. carrier to punch customers right between the eyes when it comes to unlimited data. The company is ending the practice of allowing customers on grandfathered, unlimited 3G plans to move to an unlimited 4G data plan when upgrading to a new LTE phone. Instead, those long-time Verizon Wireless customers will have to sign up for a new plan with data caps according to FierceWireless.
 
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo explained the move at the 40th J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference, stating, "LTE is our anchor point for data share, so as you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go onto the data share plan, moving away from the unlimited world."
  
Shammo is hoping that customers won't mind being kicked off unlimited data plans once Verizon Wireless' family shared data plans launch this summer.

"Everyone will be on data share," Shammo added.
 
Unfortunately, the company has yet to announce pricing for the shared data plans. However, we have the feeling that customers will be getting a lot less for their money with a family shared data plan than they do with the current grandfathered, unlimited 3G/4G plans.

Source: FierceWireless



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RE: And then there was one
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2012 5:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
As a Sprint customer myself, I would strongly council you to consider if "Unlimited" is worth putting up with the slowest and most unreliable network of all the major carriers.

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This will also cripple Verizon iPhone users on iCloud


Sweet.


RE: And then there was one
By Solandri on 5/16/2012 6:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not really sure what's up with Sprint anymore. I complained here about how slow their network had gotten (barely above 1 Mpbs on 4G). But while at a restaurant for mother's day in an affluent area, I noticed 4G was available so I tested it. 5.8 Mbps down, 1.6 Mbps up. That's close to the speed I got when they first rolled out 4G.


RE: And then there was one
By Jeffk464 on 5/16/2012 7:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
Its all how many people are competing for the available bandwidth. Probably more people have moved away from wimax freeing up bandwidth.


RE: And then there was one
By adrift02 on 5/16/2012 6:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to say it, but as a Sprint customer I'm reaching my breaking point as well. Seems like their network wasn't always this bad -- I mean 1-2 bars a lot of the time, but solid voice and decent browsing speeds. Now coverage seems spotty(er) and I literally yell at my phone to load pages.

I REALLY don't want to support Verizon or AT&T with their prices/caps, but I'm not sure how much longer can hold out.


RE: And then there was one
By Adam M on 5/16/2012 7:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I have said it before... Unlimited crap is still crap. Is Sprint worth $100 per month for unlimited dial up? At the end of my contract I will be going with a smaller prepaid regional like Cricket or Boost. Where do I use most of my data? At home. So why not get cheaper phone service and get WIFI at home? I will probably still end up saving money with 2 services over staying with Sprint.


RE: And then there was one
By protosv on 5/17/2012 9:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough point about it being cheaper, but you do realize that Boost is a subsidiary of Sprint, and uses their data network? So you'd still be getting the same crappy data service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boost_Mobile

Incidentally, as a long-time sprint customer myself in The Bronx, I have also seen both data speeds and general reception decline over the past year or so to pretty poor levels. I used to get full bars in my apt. building, now I get 3, and I used to regularly get 350-400Kbps download on 3G, now I often struggle to break 150Kbps. On 4G, it's a different story, as the speeds here have been consistent at about 7Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up. That hasn't changed. Perhaps they're just trying to phase out their 3G network alltogether in an effort to shift all new customers to 4G only?


RE: And then there was one
By protosv on 5/17/2012 9:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
Fair enough point about it being cheaper, but you do realize that Boost is a subsidiary of Sprint, and uses their data network? So you'd still be getting the same crappy data service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boost_Mobile

Incidentally, as a long-time sprint customer myself in The Bronx, I have also seen both data speeds and general reception decline over the past year or so to pretty poor levels. I used to get full bars in my apt. building, now I get 3, and I used to regularly get 350-400Kbps download on 3G, now I often struggle to break 150Kbps. On 4G, it's a different story, as the speeds here have been consistent at about 7Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up. That hasn't changed. Perhaps they're just trying to phase out their 3G network alltogether in an effort to shift all new customers to 4G only?


RE: And then there was one
By GotThumbs on 5/17/2012 2:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
fyi. PagePlus is a PPPlan and uses the Verizon network. I canceled my basic $54MO contract with Verizon and switched to PagePlus. 29.99 MO for the 1200 Talk-n-Text plan (1,200 talk, 3,000 text and 100mb of data). Kitty Wireless provides a autopay option so I've never had to buy minutes except on initial setup. I use a droid and only wanted the data for using GPS feature. So far I've never exceeded my limits and only use WIFI for email syncing.


RE: And then there was one
By Dr of crap on 5/17/2012 8:20:41 AM , Rating: 2
As a Sprint user as well - just like the ATT complaints with the iphone coverage, it's all about what location you're in and how many users there are near you. For me there is no network issues, but I do not live on the east coast either.
Funny that you don't hear about the west coast having problems.

As a very limited user I still like the fact of unlimited data IF I so desire.


RE: And then there was one
By Reclaimer77 on 5/17/2012 10:17:32 AM , Rating: 2
Well it's not "all" about location. It's been proven that WiMAX is an inferior wireless protocol, yet Sprint clings to it like a rat to driftwood.

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Funny that you don't hear about the west coast having problems.


http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/29517
http://www.cellreception.com/coverage/az/phoenix/p...

Whole slews of West Coast issues. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Why the hell should it matter where someone lives anyway? What are you trying to say? Those of us on the East Coast pay just as much as the West Coast, so what, we shouldn't expect good service?


RE: And then there was one
By Dr of crap on 5/17/2012 10:24:40 AM , Rating: 2
Hey don't get your panties in a bunch!

I'm saying tall building, hugh masses of steel and concrete can and do interfer with radio waves/cell phone coverage. That is way New York would have SPOTS that get worse service than other spots, tall builiding, lot of interferance to signals, get it?
In my kids school gym, I get very bad service, yet I DO NOT complain about it.

If you wanted 100% service ALL the time, you're dreaming.

And I'm saying most east coasters do the most complaining.


RE: And then there was one
By Reclaimer77 on 5/17/2012 11:03:42 AM , Rating: 2
Sprint came in dead last in an independent carrier test though. I see what you're saying, but I don't live in a large metro area where I would have LOS issues. Sprint just sucks, plain and simple. Even T-Mobile tested better!

quote:
If you wanted 100% service ALL the time, you're dreaming.


Well I guess Verizon customers are living the dream then lol :)


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