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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 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.


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