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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 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!

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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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