Some rural Verizon Unlimited subscribers are getting the boot from Big Red

Some rural Verizon Unlimited subscribers are getting the boot from Big Red
Verizon Unlimited is supposed to give subscribers unlimited data with a couple of provisos. When a subscriber's data consumption reaches 22GB for the month, his or hers service can be throttled to a lower speed. That happens only during periods when there is traffic congestion at the cell tower they are using. And if they use more than 10GB of 4G LTE data while tethering, future use of this feature is limited to 3G speeds for the balance of the month.

For some Verizon customers in rural areas of the country, there seems to be a third way to lose unlimited 4G LTE service. Some of these rural dwelling Big Red users say that the nation's largest carrier is cutting them off for using too much data. These are subscribers who use the LTEiRA program, which allows 21 small carriers of the regional variety to use Verizon's technology and airwaves. In return, Verizon customers get to use the regional carriers' networks for free. This is supposed to be a seamless experience for the Verizon customer, who wouldn't know the difference whose network he or she is using.

Verizon knows the difference, however, and has notified those who do not reside in Verizon's native service area that there are two options. They.can either port over their account to another carrier, or lose service completely after July 20th. One person who claims to have received the message from Verizon, says that the latter will pay off a phone purchased on installment if the subscriber agrees to move his service to another wireless operator.


Verizon most likely has the legal right to do this, and we can understand that it might not be a good deal for them to continue offering unlimited service to subscribers on the LTEiRA program. But sometimes a company has to bite the bullet to generate good publicity. Imagine what the above headline could have said had Verizon decided to announce that they were keeping the LTEiRA subscribers on its unlimited plan.

source: HowardForums via BGR

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8 Comments

1. Xavier1415

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Wow smh

2. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And people talk bad about at&t.

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You act as though AT&T wouldn't do this same thing lol

4. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

My brother has not gotten kicked off his ATT plan. He generally uses 100 gb plus and has been for almost a year. It probably helps he has it tied to his Direct TV account.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The difference is he's an actual AT&T subscriber. Those customers are subscribers to smaller carriers that Verizon allows to use it's airwaves. So Verizon is most likely only getting a flat rate from the carriers rather than so much per subscriber, therefore the subs that are over using Verizons data aren't even paying Verizon for it

7. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I think you have this backwards. Reread the article carefully. The wording states that these are verizon users not in native Verizon coverage, "Verizon knows the difference, however, and has notified those who do not reside in Verizon's native service area that there are two options..." The 4th sentence of the 2nd paragraph confirms this.

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You are correct, my mistake. So the select VZW customers are those using another carriers network. In a way the customers are "roaming" since they aren't on official VZW towers. It seems their deal was made so VZW customers traveling through the regions could use the smaller carriers network, not for permanent residents. And considering the towers weren't Verizon's, the customers probably wouldn't be de-prioritized, allowing them to use truly UNLIMITED data.

6. Greenmule

Posts: 128; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

On MAY/15/2015 VZW released a press release patting themselves on the back for "Five Years of Delivering Advanced Wireless Services to Rural Customers" Here is the link:http://www.verizon.com/about/news/vzw/2015/05/verizons-lte-in-rural-america-lra-program-celebrates-five-years-of-delivering-advanced-wireless-services-to-rural-customers Two weeks ago VZW decided that, after five years, they had to stop doing it because...?!?! Yesterday Alan F. had an article on this website about: "Brooklyn Assemblyman seeks probe of Verizon after issues with Big Red's $10/day Travel Pass"--the assemblyman being Dov Hikind. This is the scope of the LRA program: The LRA program, introduced in May 2010, now covers about 2.6 million people in areas totaling more than 100,000 square miles, from rugged stretches of Alaska to rustic areas of Kentucky and myriad sparsely-populated areas in thirteen other states. Please note that Kentucky is mentioned in the press release. Mitch--mealy mouth--McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, is from where...Kentucky. Please note the contrast between Dov Hikind (action) and Mitch McConnell (unconcerned and preoccupied)!! Hey, cuz Mitch, ya need to get on this...where are ya? Ya representin' yo constituents? I believe that the unlimited data plans plus the MVNO with Comcast have put too much demand on VZW's spectrum. People are starting to complain about VZW speeds *and* service degrading...not just a little, a lot. Not in KY in urban areas. And I have VZW.

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