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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: Irritating
By drycrust3 on 5/16/2012 8:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
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If they offered fair usage-based pricing, instead of massively inflated prices, people would be willing to pay for usage.

The problem here is that "unlimited" and "fair usage" are really contradictions. Either you have "unlimited" or you have "fair usage". If the phone company doesn't like you exceeding a "fair usage" threshold, then they should be open and honest and not use the term "unlimited" because they have set a limit to what you can do. What they should do is sell that account as having a cap on it, and then they have the right to include some sort of "failure to adhere to the contract" clauses in the contract I have with them, e.g. charge me more or reduce the bit rate.


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