Verizon will give its customers time to plan before eliminating grandfathered unlimited data plans

Verizon will give its customers time to plan before eliminating grandfathered unlimited data plans
Verizon shook up its large customer base yesterday by saying that the carrier is absolutely, positively ending the days of unlimited data. Those grandfathered unlimited users who upgrade after shared, tiered plans are launched this summer will have to start keeping a tab on how much data they are using. That's right, the days of all the data you can eat will be gone.

We're not sure if it was a matter of not reading the fine print, but a number of Verizon customers felt that they were being pressured into leaving their unlimited account immediately. Again we stress, after Big Red introduces shared, tiered data plans this summer, those that then upgrade to a new phone will be forced to turn over their unlimited data plan fan club card. But to settle down some of its subscribers, Verizon issued a statement on Thursday to let them know that they will have time to make a decision before Verizon pulls their unlimited plug.

The nation's largest carrier says that it will pass along whatever policy changes it is considering "well in advance" of the introduction of the new data plans it will offer. This will give Verizon customers plenty of time to decide what steps to take. The statement should help Verizon customers relax a little. After all, what is more scary than fear of the unknown?
source: Verizon via Phandroid

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99 Comments

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Verizon dont play with my feeling... I have the iphone on Sprint and dont have an upgrde near... please dont

14. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

It's quit simple. It's over for Verizon Wireless. Sprint or T-Mobile, here I come. ;) Been wanting to do it, especialy with all the issues with Verizon's 4G since it started.

23. dfpickens

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2012

Joguitier, after reading many of your posts on here, it is apparent you are very ignorant. Verizon has the largest 4G network in the nation. That being said, it is VERY reliable. Any talk to the contrary is very uneducated.

41. Mustard_Jones

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2012

You must work for corporate, because them muther****ers smoke their own shish quite often. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid, little boy.

43. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

actually if u been reading they had alot of blackouts with their lte network which last anywhere from 24 - 36 hours look at past articles about this

52. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

maybe he's just tired of having so many things ripped from him and constantly getting effed by Big Red.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Next upgrade is in January. Would love it if this was implemented after that...

16. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Doesn't matter, you will get forced off anyways. ;)

24. dfpickens

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2012

Again, you are showing your ignorance here. I thought this article made it very clear, nothing will change until the new data plans are put into effect sometime this summer. Then after that, they won't force anyone off until such time as they choose to upgrade their device. Everyone will be given advanced notice, but my recommendation to anyone concerned is to upgrade sooner rather than later. Simple as that. If Captain Dough were to upgrade before the chances were implemented, he wouldn't be "forced off" of anything.

59. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

In case you forgot, January occurs AFTER summer

92. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

not if you stay in your phone or buy outright which sucks but soon other carriers will do the same. it is inevitable. not every carrier works everyplace.

97. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2012

If you've followed this industry for long you would know its very much follow the leader. Look at per message charging, it started at 5 cents a message and someone decided they could make a killing off of it and everyone followed, same thing with unlimited calling, family share plans, even pricing stays pretty dang close other than tmo who's a glorified prepay with their own network. So I think I'll wait it out with the company that I know works, and puts the most effort into their network. Sprint has never made a good business choice, and only has unlimited because its their only draw but just like everything else they will change and then ur right back where u started.

3. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

This would have gone smoother if Verizon had outlined their new plans at the same time instead of just leaving everyone in limbo. Everyone knew shared data and other changes were coming, just make the announcments already.

26. dfpickens

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2012

KingShango, The details very well may not be ironed out yet. AT&T recently announced the same type of shared data plans to come out going forward but also has yet to release the details. Changes may be coming, but such a huge change to the business model requires them to have everything ironed out well, don't you think?

81. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

That's understandable, but they also should have held off announcing the cancellation of unlimited. I get that these are big decisions but they make matters worse when they release information out in bits and pieces. It creates uncertainty which is never good.

4. DroidGod

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

"Time to plan".... on porting to another carrier. Why Verion??

27. dfpickens

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2012

Because Verizon is the largest, most reliable network in the nation. CDMA means soft handoffs between towers, meaning fewer dropped calls and reception in more places. Plus, their LTE network is second to none, with over 400 cities/areas to be covered by the end of the year. They already cover 2/3 of all Americans. Verizon offers the best service out there, bar none. That's the bottom line.

5. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

What if you buy out of contract phones, does that mean you still lose unlimited data? If you don't sign a new contract agreement, can they really force you to switch to shared data if you buy a new phone at full price? Sounds like there is going to be some issues between Verizon and the users just like AT&T and its grandfather data users.

6. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

If they do this this and they have a 10gb plan for all my lines to share it would not bother me too much I use about 8 gigs and my other 2 lines use about 4GB but I guess I can use wifi more.. But they must have 10 and 15gb options

7. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2012

just hoping the galaxy s3 comes out first. I'd love one more upgrade before this. But maybe these share data will be a good thing, I have four lines all data and three don't use much data to begin with so shared would be great for those three.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

One by one Verizon has been eliminating any reason to stay with/switch to them. LTE service? Sure, superior nationwide coverage in that, but AT&T is catching up, and Sprint is promising to. No activation fees? Gone as soon as they saw AT&T's upgrade fee hike didn't generate the outrage it should have. Yearly upgrades/premium accounts/New Every Two? Gone when the iPhone came out. Unlimited data? Gone just before worthwhile LTE phones came out. Seriously, here in Saint Louis I get just as good as/better coverage than with Verizon, with much better minutes value, and I know for a fact that if I pay the same amount as a Verizon customer does for their data allowance, I get 3 gigs guaranteed, instead of 4 gigs for two years, and after that who the hell knows. The only bright side is that if Verizon starts losing enough customers/revenue, they'll reverse some of their stupider choices, like the required data on feature phones bulls**t that pretty much killed the idea of getting good feature phones in the first place.

28. dfpickens

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 2012

Sniggly, you are making a case FOR Verizon here. The largest LTE network in the nation and no one can come CLOSE to competing there, superior nationwide coverage (which is huge, let's face it if you need to make a call and can't because you don't have signal, that's a huge deal), still lower upgrade fees than AT&T (granted not by much). Let's be honest, while sprint has unlimited data, their network is SO SLOW that it is pretty much a mute point (ie it's hard to use that much data at such a slow speed) and to say that AT&T is/will catching up is a bogus claim because they are significantly behind and still lack in coverage by a LONG shot. Also, if you get in on the double your data before the promotion ends you get to keep that going forward. And you can't say 3 gigs guaranteed because after the shared data plans come out a lot of this will become mute anyways. Totally different ballgame then. Bottom line is Verizon has the largest network with the best coverage and service in the largest number of areas. You get what you pay for and Verizon is the best bet. They don't try to compete on being the cheapest service, they offer quality. That cost money to maintain. And there isn't required data on feature phones, only smartphones. Fact check going forward please.

36. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

only slow people and slow people with cash to throw away talks like you. the bottom line is verizon is the largest network and has the best coverage and service is because WE PAY INTO IT. WE are the reason why they are number one WE are the reason why they have lte WE are the reason why verizon can continue to be verizon Jeez think, why are there so many people who can't think in a reasonable fashion and sense anymore

42. Mustard_Jones

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2012

Nah...dude clearly works for them. Verizon sent one of their trolls out today.

80. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

If Sprints network is that slow then how the hell did I use 50GB of data last month, and 31GB of data this month with 9 days left in my billing cycle? I knew Apple had irrational fanboys, now Verizon does too?

77. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Then go to AT&T then. No one's stopping you or forcing you to go to Verizon. If data hungry people with Android phones would stop abusing the network like crazy with the mad streaming and constant illegal tethering, then Verizon wouldn't have done this. It's called a business decision. Get over it, they're there to make money and serve their customers. Unlimited data costs them way more to maintain than you think, and they figure that they could do better by killing unlimited data completely.

9. teasamp

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I have been with VZW for about 10 years. My account has 3 phones all with the unl data. I would have to switch to Sprint or T-mo if they dont give us a work around to keep our unlimited. I use 5-10 gigs a month just due to streaming radio on my way to and from work. Shared data wont work.

10. denn90

Posts: 14; Member since: May 03, 2011

The last time I checked Verizon Wireless Data was never unlitmed

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Dude, it was totally unlimited until last summer.

15. robinakilt

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I have unlimited everything, minutes, data, wifi and I just renewed my contract around Christmas of 2011

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