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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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By elleehswon on 5/18/2012 8:28:47 AM , Rating: 2
So, to keep an unlimited data plan with Verizon, just don't use their "elgible for an upgrade" plan to upgrade your phone. I mean, if you use that much data(most people don't) and want to keep the dataplan you have , just let your contract go month to month. If you need a new phone, just buy one at retail price and use the retailers' extended warranty plan in case your phone isn't made out of adamantium as , so i am told, the nokia lumia 900 is. ( i don't own one, just want to make that perfectly clear).

I guess what it boils down to is, how much would the data you use, on average, cost you per month, and can you leverage that perceived cost to purchase a phone at retail price. also, sorry if something of this nature has been reported, i didn't have time to read all the comments.




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