Verizon to axe 'grandfathered' unlimited data plans
1. android1234 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:20 1
Wait im on 4G LTE unlimited right now, does that mean they can take it away, or its just for current 3G customers switching to a 4G LTE???
9. nb2six posted on 16 May 2012, 12:33 4
Im right there with you. I've been 4G unlimited since the TBolt was released last year. I wont complain too much as long as I can get a sufficient amount of data for the same price point I'm at right now. 5gb for $30 would be more than enough. However, if they try to put me on the $30 2gb package, I guess I will have to go the way of Sprint or TMobile.
28. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 13:04 3
I bought a 4G thunderbolt for this very reason but had to switch due to it being intolerable. This article is unclear though if I stay on 3G will I lose unlimted data still?
Does anyone know of a petition I could sign against this?
Someone heeeellllllllppppppp!!! I only use 11 gb of data per year but U don't want to worry about this kind of stuff. Maybe i go to sprint even though I don't want to leave verizion. I can't do at&t or t-mobile. And sprint data speeds are barely tolerable.
Verizion you could atleast take me out to dinner because I like to get wined and dinned before i get F U C K E D!!!
52. remixfa posted on 16 May 2012, 13:35 4
If you UPGRADE you will lose your unlimited. They cant force you to change until you upgrade or change your plan, you and VZW are bound to the contract you signed.
58. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 13:47 1
Alright follow up question if i get a 4g phone now can I keep unlimited then. What if i upgradeto a 3g phone.
59. bubbadoes posted on 16 May 2012, 13:49 2
ok, then pay $650 plus for your next phone to keep your unlimited plan...Most customers are under 2 gigs anyway...so unlimited (only sounds good)...VW has promotions of 4gigs for $30 bucks when you upgrade to an LTE phone...this is more than enough data so axing unlimited really want bother me and I have 3 unlimited data lines on my plan
64. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 13:59 2
Breakout is only 360. The 4gb deal won't last too!!!
73. Fallout09 posted on 16 May 2012, 14:30 1
Not so much. In most states carriers reserve the right to change the plan and prices at anytime.... as long as they provide you notice 30 days. With in 30 days after change, you can break your contract with no etf.
74. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 14:34 3
As long as i can break my contract and go to sprint that is fine
114. sithman (banned) posted on 16 May 2012, 18:41 0
Probably will happen to them too.
85. fwinst posted on 16 May 2012, 16:14 0
You don't have to upgrade. If you have an unlimited plan with VZW, your initial contract ended some time ago. They can, and will move everyone to tiered data plans. If you're concerned, call VZW customer service.
116. goos2134 posted on 16 May 2012, 19:17 1
they can take your unlimited data anytime they want. it is a feature. You are not bound by contract to have a certain level of data just data. your contract says u will maintain a calling plan with them for at least 2 years and you will maintain a data pack on that phone not a certain kind of data. just data. when the share plan comes you will loose the unlimited data. or they will do what att did and cap your "unlimited" plan you just wont have overages.
129. theruleslawyer posted on 16 May 2012, 23:14 2
Not really. They can unilaterally choose to change your contract. All you can do is leave. If they decided that unlimited data was dead for everyone tomorrow, they could do it. If you actually read your contract you'd know that.
132. jal033 posted on 16 May 2012, 23:35 1
100. som posted on 16 May 2012, 17:28 2
A lot of our 3G base is on unlimited," Shammo said. "When they migrate off 3G they will have to go to data share. That is beneficial to us.
That is beneficial to us? not to the customers.
102. Mxyzptlk posted on 16 May 2012, 17:39 2
Read the article. This should have been done a long time ago. People abuse data especially people with Android handsets.
131. sinfulta posted on 16 May 2012, 23:31 5
Sounds like this is only going to happen to 3G customers from the way I read the article. Verizon for a fact wants EVERYONE off 3G. Which is one of the reason they are dumping 4G LTE over city over city over city so much quicker than anyone else. ATT adds 5 cities. Verizon added what? 24 just yesterday or day before. My guess is they want as many people off 3G as possible to free up tons of spectrum. Then once they're 3G network is blanketed by 4G LTE, they will reuse that spectrum to start working LTE revisions (Since they're are 8 possible revisions).
It's one of the reasons I think Verizon skipped straight to LTE and bypassed EVDO Rev B and C while Tmobile and ATT kept pushing they're revisions of HSPA+.
I work in the network field and help build site technology and I can bet this is what Verizon is up too. They want that 3G Spectrum free'd up from coast to coast. If this is what they are up too and will start working on 2nd revision LTE. They will be deadly by 2015/16. They will end up having so much coverage and so much spectrum it's going to be hard to match. This whole data thing is getting nuts. I'm on Unlimited with ATT and Verizon (work and personal) and I think I only use 500mb on each a month. I don't know what all you guys are doing. I work 45-50hrs a week and if i'm at home I have Wifi. I just don't have the time. Maybe I'm just old. (in my late 30's) lol
133. SprintLUVah posted on 16 May 2012, 23:36 2
Sinful! Where the hell have you been? Haven't seen you comment on something for forever. I totally agree. Verizon is not stupid they are up to something.
135. greenrolaids posted on 16 May 2012, 23:39 3
i watch netflix on my bus ride to and from work.
I hit 4gb on the 12th of this month.
I have unlimited with verizon, i dont know what to do.
I am expecting verizon to come out with some cool new phones in the next month. But my guess is that the new phones will come out in the summer to get all of us unlimited data users to switch over to tiered.
I just might have to buy the razr maxx before june 20th to keep my unlimited for a couple more years.
5. bolaG posted on 16 May 2012, 12:26 5
If they take away my unlimited data even though I'm already on 4g I will leave to Att. Their 4g is faster anyways and they get the best world phones as well. So F**CK you VZW if you do me like that.
8. archangel9 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:33 1
ATT speed is very good but don't go over your data cap .$10 per GB. The CS isn't bad either. Or Tmobile. Give Sprint about 3-6/months for their LTE to get out and push.
26. ghostnexus posted on 16 May 2012, 12:57 2
At least with ATT if there is no LTE there is always HSPA+ before 3g
77. gallitoking posted on 16 May 2012, 14:38 4
they better not touch my unilimited data or I will truly go darkside on them
12. doubler86 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:34 3
I didn't transition after the unlimited was cut off though. I got the droid charge when verizon was unlimited 4G for two months. I wonder if this will apply to me.
95. thatjackal posted on 16 May 2012, 16:51 1
Hey, I'm an unlimited-LTE Droid Charge buddy, too. Not sure what they'll do to us, I'll probably call in later in the week. :u
13. shadowcell posted on 16 May 2012, 12:37 4
I keep hitting F5 hoping this is just a fake article but it won't go away!
14. Sniggly posted on 16 May 2012, 12:40 2
This is utter bulls**t. It sounds like Verizon is adopting Sprint's plan model, which, by the way, sucks balls. It won't allow for compartmentalization of those who have/want data and those who don't.
15. Zumo911 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:40 3
this is BS - especially after the people have been waiting for the s3 to drop. highly disappointed in you Big Red
16. Sprintfan posted on 16 May 2012, 12:41 5
Pretty soon there won't be any difference between Sprint and Verizons network in all of the major cities. Except Sprint will remain unlimited and cost you $30.00 less a month.
60. Whateverman posted on 16 May 2012, 13:51 2
Didn't work out that way for me. Sprint is cool if you need unlimited everything. But I pay about the same with 4 lines on VZW as I paid with 2 lines on Sprint. Not to mention the speed is greatly improved.
101. Whateverman posted on 16 May 2012, 17:35 1
Nothing special. 1400 mins with 10 Friends and Family numbers for $80, two $5 text plans two smartphones w/unlimited data $60, and two feature phones for my parents $20. Sprint wanted $79 each for two Evos and another $50 a piece for my two feature phones for unlimited with those too...ouch!
Just about everyone I know has a smartphone so I told them about Whatsapp, Viber, and Tango, so I don't have to worry about unlimited minutes or text. These carriers have don't a great job at conviencing us we need unlimited everything, but if most of us take a minute to check our plans, we'd find that unlimited just cost us more in the end. At least it did for us.
143. wumberpeb posted on 17 May 2012, 10:26 0
Whoever you spoke with at Sprint tried to hose you...4 people on a family plan, at most, would be $210 if all 4 were smartphones. 2 feature phones would be $20 less at $190. All 4 lines have unlimited data, text and any mobile to mobile. 1500 landline minutes...
The prices they gave were for individual plans. $80 a piece is one smartphone, unlimited mobile to mobile/text/web, $50 for feature phone would be individual plan for unlimited text and 450 minutes
145. Whateverman posted on 17 May 2012, 11:51 0
Lol...Looks like someone did try to hose me. That probably would have kept me with Sprint. At VZW I'm paying between $197 - $208, so it isnt much more.
130. theruleslawyer posted on 16 May 2012, 23:16 0
Except Sprint's data will run at 56k modem speeds.
17. 14545 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:43 5
Do it and I'm out. Seriously verizon, this is not away to keep my 2400 a year. Like I said, do it and I am gone. I am a heavy user, but not in such a way that is abusive. I use 6-8 a month, and if I don't get at minimum 10-12 gb on my "share plan" then you better not "axe" my grandfathered unlimited plan. I can save 50-70 dollars a month by going to Tmo, so F OFF verizon.
22. 14545 posted on 16 May 2012, 12:49 9
PS, thanks iOS tards. Since bringing your crap device over to big red we have lost every perk that we used to have before bringing your junk device over to the network and killing it. Thanks. Sincerely.
32. Droid_X_Doug posted on 16 May 2012, 13:08 8
I suspect you are more on target than you might imagine you are. When VZW did not have the iDevices, they had to fight for contracted subscribers. One of the ways they fought was with unlimited data plans. Almost overnight after VZW started selling the iDevices, the unlimited data plans became expendable.
This is what happens in a duopoly. Imagine how f*cked consumers would have been if AT&T had been successful in its attempt to acquire T-Mo. VZW would have f*cked its customers and AT&T-Mobile would have f*cked its customers as hard or harder.
45. 14545 posted on 16 May 2012, 13:25 2
I realize this 100%. I had a few friends at VZW in sales, and they said that the iDevices are exactly what killed NE2. And I have no reason to believe that all things that have precipitated since then are a direct result as well. I mean they pay out the bunghole for the stupid POS iDevices. And they make everyone pay for it. Make the i Junk customers pay for their own crap. Force them on to limited data and leave us alone.
123. Wildmanfan posted on 16 May 2012, 22:30 1
Amen to that brother! The iCrap is what is destroying the cell phone industry. Let them deal with this s**t. Leave us alone.
39. 14545 posted on 16 May 2012, 13:20 0
Yeah, I had cingular back in the day, and I couldn't stand it. But I thought, and I have no idea why, VZW would take the high road here and let legacy customers keep the plans they are on, even though upgrades.
93. -box- posted on 16 May 2012, 16:49 0
AT&T let its customers keep their unlimited plans if they didn't activate tethering, and as far as I know, has no plans to get rid of them
99. guyver192 posted on 16 May 2012, 17:18 1
They are not openly getting rid out it but the are slowing down the speed way before any tiered plan limit. I was all over the tech sites about Att throttling GF unlimited plans at 1.5 gbs with no warning. I think a Iphone user won in small claims court is what bought it to light.
124. Wildmanfan posted on 16 May 2012, 22:33 1
But remember man, AT&T is catching up fast. If you go to cnet.com there was an article that spoke about how customer satisfaction is lower for Verizon and higher for AT&T. Surprisingly, Sprint took top honors. VZW went down 3 points.
IF AT&T is smart, they would do something to seperate themselves from the rest and turn the cell phone industry upside down.
36. taco50 (banned) posted on 16 May 2012, 13:12 2
You're going to blame the iPhone?! Wow just wow.
Android users use more data by the way.
38. 14545 posted on 16 May 2012, 13:19 3
I get your an idiot, but have you read a single article posted in the last two years on data usage? Every one says that iDevice users use more data. Google it.
44. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 13:25 3
Taco is right android uses more data.
Howerver iphone cost carriers alot in subsidies. Get rid of unlimited too offset that maybe. Who knows.
47. biophone posted on 16 May 2012, 13:29 1
Article proving said point
92. EclipseGSX posted on 16 May 2012, 16:44 0
yea a year old article before the 4S, i'm sure that's really accurate now...