Verizon is about to disconnect unlimited data users who use up "an extraordinary amount of data"

Verizon is about to disconnect unlimited data users who use up
Verizon is about to take its battle against grandfathered unlimited data plans to the next level. According to Droid-Life, Big Red will soon disconnect subscribers who use up "an extraordinary amount of data".

According to the rumor, Verizon is planning to debut a plan migration initiative targeting unlimited data users who use the most data. Starting tomorrow, Verizon will notify the highest 4G LTE data consumers on out-of-contract unlimited data plans that their line will be disconnected unless they sign up for a new, tiered Verizon Plan by August 31. Once the date comes, subscribers who did not sign up for a Verizon Plan will be given 50 days to reactivate their line on one of the new plans.

At the moment, it is unclear what Verizon means by an "extraordinary" amount of data. The largest plan that Verizon currently offers is the XXL variety, which includes 24GB of 4G LTE data at $110 per month. Verizon is probably going after tetherers with this, who typically use up much more than that each month, but this cannot be confirmed at this point.

We're certainly hoping that you'll be able to elude Verizon's new initiative, but in the unfortunate case that you'll be forced into signing up for a new Verizon Plan, here's what you need to know about Verizon's new and controversial plan updates.

What do you guys make of this, would anyone be outraged if Verizon forces its new Verizon Plan down your throat?

source: Droid-Life



1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I live else where than the US, but I do abuse my unlimited LTE plan for more than 100 GB in a month sometimes! My plan is out of the contract period for a month now. I wonder if i will be forced like this.

36. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

By extraordinary they are referring to one line using 500gb or more in a month. Less than 150 customers will be affected by this.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think you're being generous concerning where Verizon will draw the line. Dollars to doughnuts it will be more like 30-50GB. This is how they can eliminate grandfathered data plans. We've always known this was coming, and now it's here. If they want everyone off unlimited data plans, shy put out an initiative that would only affect 150 customers?

53. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

I wouldn't put it past happening in the future however this time it is 500gb.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And you know that for certain? How is that?

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

That's unfair!!!

13. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

That's VZW for you!! That's why I have t mobile unlimited 4G LTE no slowdowns no hidden charges like VZW!!! That's why I left VZW, ya here we go people are going to sat crap about t mobile but I have no issues

24. bambamboogy02

Posts: 835; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

As long as extraordinary amount is greater than 20GB per line, I'm good. Sometimes my wife and I exceed 20GB a month, but rarely. We hover around 15gbs each.

32. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

How can a extraordinary amount only be 20gb they have plans higher than that.. I use 50gb and I'm expecting to not be affected I'm thinking there going for people tethering using over 100gb a month or more. At least I hope so!

42. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Because you're most likely paying less for your unlimited and going over than you would if you had a larger tiered data plan. Say you're now paying $50 for your unlimited and use 50GB. A 50GB tiered plan on Verizon runs you $225 a month. That means you're using the same amount of data on both plans, but paying $175 less per month for it. Like I said above, Verizon has wanted to eliminate grandfathered unlimited plans since they introduced tiered plans. They let it go for a few years now, but we always knew at some point it was going to happen. And they'll most likely say it will help other on a current plan as a justification for why this is happening. Just like when they throttled heavy users under the guise of network optimization. You may not like it, but you should've expected it.

57. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

VZWuser76 great post i remember I had that grandfather plan they yanked from us, that's why i left for t mobile!! Don't take me wrong service is good just costly

28. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I think the customer should SUE mobile carrier because the mobile carrier try TO REDEFINE the meaning of unlimited. IF verizon think that for example more than 100GB is more than it should be, then just say, Limited to 100GB instead of unlimited. DON'T use the word unlimited if they want to mean it's limited.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you're not under contract, they don't have to supply you with service.

37. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

This is referring to users using 500gb a month or more. There are less than 1500 customers affected.

43. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

In the contract you signed to get service with Verizon, it say they can make changes to your contract at any time they want to. All they have to do is give you notice and offer to let you out of your contract without fees if the change adversely affects you. Here is an excerpt from the customer agreement that everyone agrees to when they sign up for service, right from their website. "Can Verizon Wireless change this Agreement or my Service? We may change prices or any other term of your Service or this agreement at any time, but we'll provide notice first, including written notice if you have Postpay Service. If you use your Service after the change takes effect, that means you're accepting the change. If you're a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee if we fail to negate the change after you notify us of your objection to it. Notwithstanding this provision, if we make any changes to the dispute resolution provision of this Agreement, such changes will not affect the resolution of any disputes that arose before such change."

35. MoonlitTear

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2008

Not really. Once out of contract, the carrier can do as they will. Think of it as an apartment lease. While in the lease your terms are safe and sound. As soon as that lease is up, they can change the terms. Same thing here, if a carrier wants to remove customers from the unlimited plan, and they are out of contract.. they can. It's totally fair and legal.

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They can do it at any time. See post 43.

3. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I have the "unlimited 4 line" AT&T Direct TV package. Combined 4 lines I use about a 100GB a month. No issues so far.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7060; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have been thinking about going to Direct TV to get this. If you don't mind telling what you pay I would love to know. I understand if you don't want to say. Also the package you have for channels. I have 4 lines to.

4. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

What a d!ck move by Verizon. I don't think those users are going to be enough to cause such a financial burden on Verizon, that their CEO will be reduced to eating cat food because he can't afford to be paid. I hope this move causes them to hemorrhage customers.

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It's not their CEO, it's their idiot CFO, shamalamdingdong.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they won't cause a financial burden, but the move to tiered plans was never about financial hardship, or congestion. It was about Verizon increasing profits over already obscene levels.

45. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They let people keep their grandfathered unlimited plans for a few years now. They could've just as easily forced everyone to a tiered plan at anytime, per their customer agreement. See post 43.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Definition of unlimited- not limited; unrestricted; unconfined What do the carriers not understand? They say unlimited, yet they throttle and restrict it anyway. Someone should send them a dictionary to learn the actual definition of the word.

6. tgom222

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

It is unlimited for phone use. The people who rack up hundreds of gigabytes are tethering. The contracts don't include that. Even T-Mobile's unlimited doesn't include unlimited tethering.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That's not true. On T-mobile, even with an unlimited plan, they will throttle you in high traffic areas after you reach 21 gig, which is easily reachable on the phone itself. That's not unlimited- that's garbage.

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Yep, I'm on the first unlimited plan they rolled out. My contract guarantees zero throttling. They still do. I call them up and bitch at them they clear the 20 some odd gigs and I'm unthrottled again. I have to do it every 20 gigs. I rarely hit 10 gigs. But when I travel across country I eat threw ALOT of PHONE DATA. I can hit 50-60gb in a month with a 2 week vacation.

56. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I go from Huntington Beach to Los Angeles to work use my phone at work during peak times in Los Angeles there are a lot of cellular usesage and I have no throttled speeds my co worker has VZW and she slows right at peak times

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

If you are legitimately using 100 gb on your phone, then you have problems, but I am ok with that. If you are using your phone as your only internet connection, I have problems with that when I am trying to download something and I don't have the bandwidth. Just pay for home internet like the rest of the real world.

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

They know, they just don't care. If all customers with unlimited left, it will only be a small burden for them. For the past five years they have been migrating customers to tier plans, why I left. I'm sure they crunched all the numbers.

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