Verizon tells data hogs with unlimited service to change plans by February 16th, or get cut off

Verizon tells data hogs with unlimited service to change plans by February 16th, or get cut off
If you're a Verizon customer with an unlimited plan, you better not be a data hog. That would be defined by the nation's largest carrier as someone who consumes an incredible 200GB of data or more each month. According to a report published this morning, these data hogs will have to find a new Verizon plan or a new carrier by February 16th. If the customer does not pick a new plan by that date, his or her lines will be disconnected by Big Red. Verizon is suggesting that those in danger of being tossed consider a new Verizon Plan with an appropriate data bucket.

Verizon has sent out letters and we would imagine that most of them are targeted at unlimited customers who use 200GB of data or more every month. Still, there are some subscribers complaining that they have received the notice even though they are not close to the magic 200GB line. That is quite a lot of data, so we would imagine that most readers should not be concerned.

The new rules were instituted on January 5th. That happens to be the same day that Verizon officially ended offering two-year contracts to existing subscribers (new customers were already not offered two-year contracts since last August), and raised the activation and upgrade fee by 50% to $30.


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20 Comments

1. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

200gbs? That's someone who doesn't have wi-fi at home. The most data I've ever used in a month, even when I had unlimited with Verizon, was 12gb. That was before I put my wife on my plan.

20. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

When I worked for a Verizon third-party, there were a surprising number of people I dealt with whose use was regularly above 200GB per line on their accounts. Meanwhile, when I worked for AT&T corporate, I encountered a lot of people who were adamant about keeping their unlimited data plans despite never getting close to a gigabyte since they got a smartphone.

2. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

whats activation and upgrade fees? oh bogus B.S.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The cost they make you pay to activate a new phone on their service, as for upgrade fees idk what that is lol.

3. anubis13k

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I am paying for unlimited data and I can't use it because there is so much congestion in my area. I always have to be connected to wifi because Verizon data speed 1.5mbps if I am lucky. Right now averaging 1.5gb/month sometimes less. Will be giving up my unlimited plan towards the end of this month. Verizon use to be great now they are money grubbing S!B

15. howy8a

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Switch to T-Mobile... :) (if your area gets it)

4. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Ever since I got wifi at home I use a lot less mobile data. But there was a time when I used 80gb

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A scumbag company emboldened by the incoming, bought and beholden administration and Congress. Buckle up, kids, it's only going to get rougher from here.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And people talk about AT&T

11. Foxgabanna

Posts: 597; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I like AT&T to be honest. I think everything about them is good from the phones to enertainment.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have no problems with them. I have been with them since they took over circular. I will say though, if Tmobile had good coverage where I love I would give them a try.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Great, get cut off the big red and switch to T-Mobile, these scumbags are making it easier than ever...

9. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Be realistic. Someone using 200gb a month isn't switching to T Mobile. All unlimited plans aren't equal.

10. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Normally I would disagree, but I agree with Verizon on this one.

13. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Yeah, that much porn requires either a dedicated power supply or ridiculously swapping batteries... Verizon shouldn't have allowed that to go on as long as they did.

12. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Man... my 4G data plan is only 5GB per month.

17. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Same.

16. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Come to Cricket, I use 100GB+ for only $65 a month.

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Cricket is amazing. Great service.

19. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'm not in the US and hear all sorts of bad things about Verizon from insulting customer service to things like these 'unlimited' plans. They have to have some sort of redeeming feature if people are still paying for their crap, don't they? And aren't they still using last millennium's CDMA network?

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