Verizon to add $20 a month to the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans

Verizon to add $20 a month to the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans
Consider yourself lucky to be one of those Verizon customers still grandfathered into an unlimited data plan? Starting on November 15th, you will be $20 less lucky. The nation's largest carrier announced today that it will raise the monthly price for those still on an unlimited data plan by $20 a month. Big Red stopped offering unlimited data in 2011, but those who haven't upgraded to a subsidized phone, or made other changes to their plan, could still be using all the data they can eat.

Affected Verizon customers will see the $20 addition on their first bill after November 15th. As subscribers with unlimited data get to consume hours of digital media content, the carriers need to raise their rates to make up for this usage. Sprint will raise the price of its unlimited data plan by $10 a month to $70 for new subscribers, beginning on October 16th.

Verizon says its customers with unlimited data now account for less than 1% of its subscriber population, and while trying to get these accounts to switch to a tiered plan, Big Red did throw them a bone. Instead of having to pay full price for a new phone, grandfathered unlimited data accounts will be able to buy a handset using a monthly installment plan.

Interestingly, the carrier says that in many cases, those with an unlimited data plan can actually save money by switching to a tiered plan. Verizon says that it is willing to talk to grandfathered customers to see which plan is best for them after the rate hike takes place.

source: CNET

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99 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Isn't this breaching the original contract? This is brutal.

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

True, but in the long run Verizon will be more profitable by getting these users to hop off, even after the upcoming lawsuits. Unlike vw Verizon can handle these suits and the US Government.

31. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Haha I aint in noway hopping off!!!!! I'm using about 800 dollars worth of data per month, 10 gig costs about 80 bucks a month, cause my phone connection is my internet. Saves me money big time in the long run since I then don't have to pay for a high speed cable internet connection at home separate from my phone/data plan

40. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Congrats to you sire, I sincerely hope you don't get caught violating the terms of your contract. I don't have home Internet either but I only use my allowed 7 gigs per month of tethering. You'd think that they would do the opposite, but it seems like it's going on the opposite direction.

72. Tensi

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This depends on what Teerex42 meant, They may have meant that they only use their smartphone for internet or they may mean that they use a 3rd party app for tethering.. In which case they're legally allowed to, there have been cases on whether or not 3rd party tethering apps are legal and they've ruled that they are legal, however the Service Provider can determine whether or not these 3rd party apps are allowed in the app store/work with your phone. So no, they technically aren't violating the terms of anything.. If they choose to use Verizon's Tethering app, then yes, they are required to pay for it.

44. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Thanks, your one of the @$$HATS that caused this.... Congratulations!

47. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah............people like you are the problem. Is never good when certain individuals abuse the system or services. At the end, we all pay the price, literally.

51. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

YOU GUYS ARE ASO CLUELESS...THIS TO GET THOSE PEOPLE TO CHANGE TO TIERED PLANS SO THAT VERIZON CAN RAPE THEM FOR BIGGER PROFITS THROUGHT TIERED DATA. Verizon just wants to make more money. It isin't really about data hogs its about making bigger profits.....wake up! I applaude him and others for getting their moneys worth. 5 years ago there was a g gig cap until Tmobile busted that bubble. Now it's all about finding ways to squeeze the consumer for bigger profits

73. alterans

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 03, 2015

Funny how a FOR-PROFIT company tries to make a profit...

98. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

42% gross profit is rape...... You are the problem this is pure greed. They are making more than just a profit. As a 25 year sales rep for medical supplies could teach you more Than you could understand. Fool's being led by Fool's... Who is more foolish the leader or the follower...... Wake up

59. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I apologize because I commented with out doing by research. I apologize for the false statements I gave earlier (below). I was wrong. The following is correct. 60 days to cancel lines effecteds, not ETF, can't cancel entire account. Terms and conditions from:https://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/globalText?textName=CUSTOMER_AGREEMENT&jspName=footer/customerAgreement.jsp 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.

82. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I wish they'd just kick people like you off or throttle you. You are the reason for this.

85. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Nope, they are just gonna punish everyone left on UDP for him being a Donkey...

100. Br125

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

People like him are the reason why we have tiered plans? For using the unlimited amount of data that he signed up for? I use upwards of 100gb most months. I bought unlimited because I wanted unlimited.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is no contract.

8. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

well the thing is those people are out of contract, also in the wireless customer agreement it states that verizon can change the rate at any time. You do not sign a contract for the price per month, just that you stay with them

17. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Not true... If Verizon decides to change the terms of your service while under contract they are obligated by law to wave ETFs for 30 days of the notice. After that 30 days runs out and you haven't canceled your service they take that as a sign that you agree to the new terms and conditions...

26. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

This won't affect those currently under a two year contract until the current contract is over.

37. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Contract is for sticking with the provider, not an agreement on price, sorry. I worked for them for over 10 years, filled many manual contracts, read the fine print. I'm sorry, you are mistaken. They can change price, and consumers can switch to other avaialable plans, but not cancel.

41. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

If the change the terms of the contract, even the price, they are obligated BY LAW to give a 30 day opt out period where they CAN NOT charge you an ETF. After that 30 day period if you do not opt out then they can again start charging ETFs. What your proposing is a bait and switch which is HIGHLY illegal....

54. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Bait and switch is advertising one thing, to get people in the door, and selling them something else, because it's not available. These people, like myself, who have unlimited fata plans, are out of contract. Month to month. Even if the contract of service, meaning I will pay vzw for X term, on what ever plan, what ever price, - wasn't expired, they can alter the plan. You have the alternative, to switch plans, and pay a cheaper rate.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's right, they're bound by the contract terms just as you are. If they raise the price during the contract term, they're required to release you from your obligation with no ETF. That's why Verizon specifically won't raise the price for those still under contract.

56. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

And that's why I said "IF THEY CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT". Not everyone on UPD is out of contract. In fact my current contract does not expire until 10/17. There are plenty of people out there, like myself, who know the workarounds and have continued to receive subsidize phone pricing while retaining our UDP... SO AGAIN:If the change the terms of the contract, even the price, they are obligated BY LAW to give a 30 day opt out period where they CAN NOT charge you an ETF. After that 30 day period if you do not opt out then they can again start charging ETFs.

57. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I apologized, I just the read the terms and conditions and provided them below, I guess they changed this since I have been gone. I do apologize. Direct from their website:https://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/globalText?textName=CUSTOMER_AGREEMENT&jspName=footer/customerAgreement.jsp 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. 60 days, to cancel service on lines effected. Not Entire account.

61. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

My bad also. I thought it was 30 days. Its all good though like I said not all UDPs are out of contract yet and some won't be for 2 more years because of upgrades that happened earlier this month....

9. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

These carries are ALL SCUMBAGS. I had a Verizon unlimited plan from a 3 day promotion Verizon did back in the late 1990s. Verizon sent me a letter in the early 2000s and said "We are taking your plan away and migrating you to a more expensive plan with limits". So, I left VZW and will never return to those scumbags. WHAT IS THE BEST VERIZON PREPAID COMPANY AND DEAL NOW ??? Thank you. :)

32. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I don't know about you but where I live VZW is the best and fastest service provider bar none. T-crapo, A.t. and sucks and Sprint are non existent as far as their service goes where I frequent in southwest Wisconsin!!!! So, now you're paying for high speed internet at home via a separate bill which costs you what, 30, 40, and beyond a month minimum!! I'll keep my unlimited data with VZW paying only about 115 a month overall and save myself forking out even more dough on high speed internet at home. So far so good ;)

52. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Shame there's so much tmobile hate since they've been the most consumer friendly for a long time, while verizon has been at the forefront of the opposite. Granted verizon covers a lot more territory, especially outside the dense urban areas, so you might not have much choice. But that's the same with comcast and most people are on the same page that comcast is horrible even if you're service is fine. You don't even have to dig into verizon history to see all the bad crap if you don't want, they're always at it. Although as other people have mentioned you are the kind of user that pushes verizon to make these changes.

12. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

Yes! Especially for those who are on Microsoft discounts who still are allowed to have unlimited data for $20 per month. However this article does not mention anything about that. So once there is more details I will have to ask big red. Seeing I am one of the account holders with this discounted feature. If this happens, I'm gonna make them pay my ETF then move to T-Mobile....

19. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

If your under contract this will not effect you...This only affects Month to Month UDP customers

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