Verizon Wireless to Kill Unlimited LTE Data, Even for Grandfathered Users
May 16, 2012 4:25 PM
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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
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.
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RE: And then there was one
5/17/2012 9:41:37 AM
Forget "slower than EDGE" - it's slower than dial-up.
I know...painfully. Have been on it for months now, after having moved to a new place where Centurylink was telling me we could get DSL, only to discover we couldn't.
Naturally T-Mo doesn't disclose how much they slow down your connectivity when you reach your limit. But it's frequently no more than about 20kbps. About half of what you'd get on dial-up.
The problem is that roughly 20%, or 1 in 5 Americans lives in rural locations...where there is no broadband, and probably never will be. These people either have to get by on dial-up, or use satellite or cellular wifi.
We all know dial-up sucks because it's slow. Satellite can have good download speed, but it's latency is horrific (no way to play games for sure). Cellular wifi has good speed and good latency...but both it and Satellite are capped. The most you can get from T-Mo is 10Gb. After that you're screwed. They won't even sell you more bandwidth in a given month if you offer to pay them for it. Even though they have pay-as-you-go plans that use the same device...which, if you knew you were going to use 10Gb+ every month, you'd be an idiot to use as your primary account (you pay through the nose for it compared to the regular contracted plan)...but it makes no sense that they wouldn't want to make more money off of existing customers who want to buy more bandwidth for a month.
10Gb is a joke these days. And since T-Mo is the only company within range of our place for reasonable reception, we have no choice but to use them...not that anyone else would be any better.
...so here we sit suffering along until maybe, some day, either cable and/or DSL makes it to us. Which both Centurylink and Comcast assure us they're working on...I'm sure they'll be here any day now.
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