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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5/17/2012 9:42:56 AM
I already bought a dumbphone because of all the ridiculous data plans out there. I love it! I can make calls all day and the battery doesn't run out.
If I want to play a silly game or find a location I simply pick up my iPad or use a map. Ah, freedom!
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
5/17/2012 10:29:05 AM
You know that's blasphemy for those under 25!
5/18/2012 6:13:17 AM
And that explains why it is far better to get a REAL GPS than using a phone that has to download map data continually. A Tomtom or Garmin does the job better, and doesn't use ANY cellular data for the maps, and data usage is mostly for traffic updates.
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