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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And this is why giving everyone the fastest speeds is BAD
5/18/2012 5:40:37 AM
For DSL/Cable, most will notice that while offered speeds do not increase very often(Cablevision bumped normal speeds from 10Mbps to 15Mbps years ago, and Boost became Boost Plus, which bumped the speeds from 30Mbps to 50Mbps), but that is because they can adjust the speed offered to customers on the fly, and they don't offer the MAX speed to every customer out there.
If AT&T and Verizon had the ability to do this, they could set moderate speeds on a per-tower basis to make it so bandwidth would not max out as easily. If you have a tower that has 100 people connecting to it, make it so no one customer can suck up too much of the bandwidth.
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