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05-18-2012, 03:39 AM #1
Verizon Releases Statement Regarding its Stance on Unlimited Data Plans
Verizon recently issued a statement clarifying its position on grandfathered unlimited data plans. The wireless carrier reiterated that the all-you-can-eat option will only terminate when customers upgrade to a new subsidized smartphone.
The statement was sent via email to the New York Times to help quell the reports which were claiming that current unlimited data subscribers would be forced into moving to capped shared data plans expected to launch this summer. It has been clarified that customers with unlimited data plans will continue to be grandfathered into the new pricing model that allows multiple users to share data on a single contract. Once the new plans debut, subscribers who choose to take advantage of subsidized phone pricing when upgrading will no longer have the option to continue the unlimited data service. For those of you who are interested, you can find the emailed statement below:
– Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
– When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing.
– Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.
– The same pricing and policies will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.
Source: New York Times
05-18-2012, 05:33 AM #2
So in order to keep your "grandfathered" data plan, you have to pay $600+ for you iPhone? WOW!! If you choose to upgrade and get the discounted price of $200+ you get to keep your "grandfathered" data plan? Interesting..very!
05-18-2012, 06:56 AM #3
05-18-2012, 06:58 AM #4
It sounds like you have to pay full price for a new smartphone if you want to keep your "unlimited" data plan....that's lame.
05-18-2012, 07:02 AM #5
05-18-2012, 07:19 AM #6
This is going to lead to more used market purchases by the unlimited users, that's an L on Verizon.
05-18-2012, 08:28 AM #7
I will be one of those paying full price for a phone
Last edited by fatalcrixer; 05-18-2012 at 08:33 AM.
05-18-2012, 10:12 AM #8
If you are going to pay full price for the phone, just buy an unlocked phone and go with one of the many discount carriers that use the same networks as the big guys, but offer truly unlimited everything (including Data) for around $40 per month.
05-18-2012, 11:59 AM #9
It is Bull if you have an upgrade available you should be able to upgrade at the discounted price you have earned since you full filled your contract obligation
These company's are just getting more and more greedy if gas prices weren't enough now you have to deal with lame sht like this
05-18-2012, 12:45 PM #10
I hope AT&T doesn't do the same thing but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.. They really want to get rid of all the 'unlimited' data accounts with their tethering and throttling messages they send us. I'm getting throttled at 3GB now which is BS.
05-18-2012, 12:54 PM #11
Regional carriers might be a good way to go if you're wanting an iPhone (if you have one nearby that offers it).Member of the hackint0sh forums.
HowardForums Member: Haas_Dave
05-18-2012, 01:37 PM #12
In general they are trying to get rid of unlimited data. There is no way around that
05-18-2012, 03:08 PM #13
I am sure they plan on phasing the unlimited plan out completely. For those who do not upgrade, they will likely be allowed to keep unlimited until their contract has expired. Once that time has come I am betting unlimited will no longer be an option even if they plan to buy their handsets outright indefinitely.
05-18-2012, 03:18 PM #14
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05-18-2012, 05:59 PM #16
If you have unlimited LTE I don't see a problem... Stop being cheap and buy the phone at retail price! Smartphones aren't a necessity.
05-18-2012, 07:14 PM #17
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05-19-2012, 01:26 AM #19
Have no doubt AT&T will move to this policy, if it has the slightest chance of making money it is a done deal. They can bring back unlimited just charge like 400 a month for it.
05-19-2012, 05:30 AM #20