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Verizon to Kill Grandfathered Unlimited Plans

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May 16, 2012, 12:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e
updated May 16, 2012, 12:11 PM

Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo said that the company plans to move all 3G customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans to its new shared data plans when they become available. Verizon will introduce its shared data plans later this summer, though pricing has yet to be discussed. Shammo said that as 3G customers with $30 monthly unlimited plans upgrade to 4G plans, they will have to sign up for the shared data plans. Verizon hopes this will help boost the adoption of multiple devices. "If I can add as many devices as I want, that is more efficient from a family perspective and a small business perspective," said Shammo. AT&T is also preparing to launch shared data plans later this year.

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May 17, 2012, 11:25 PM

Ways to keep unlimited data

So, I've read that Verizon released an official statement about the data plans, if you buy the phone for full retail price you can keep unlimited data via new york times.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/verizon-cla ... »
The devices will "require" the data plan change. Kinda like the Nationwide plan migration.

May 16, 2012, 12:58 PM


So now when I upgrade, (or I should say IF I upgrade) I can look forward to paying a $30 upgrade fee, and getting my unlimited data plan taken away!! Wow Verizon, just wow...
Then don't upgrade and go somewhere else. Sure it won't do much, but if you don't like the practice they are doing, why bend over and take it?

May 17, 2012, 3:41 PM

Guess I'd better...

...snatch up my ebay Droid 3 before then - I'm not losing that Unlimited if at all possible lol

May 16, 2012, 7:05 PM

Scummiest thing I've ever heard of in the wireless industry! Hello Sprint!!!

Really Verizon? Despicable. Do you understand the meaning of "grandfathered"? I hate to admit it, but even AT&T "limiting unlimited" at 3GB than throttling to unusable speeds is more customer-friendly than this. WOW! So you are loyal to them for years & they stick it to their customers like this? Oh well, I guess if you actually use your smartphone & it's apps and need data more than voice or text, Verizon & AT&T are out. So is U.S. Cellular (high-priced tiers) & Cricket (1GB max). So is Straight Talk & Net10 (2GB max, 100MB per day) & Simple Mobile (2GB at high speed 1GB at EDGE, 3GB max) & Virgin Mobile (2.5GB at high speed, than 1XRTT). Only Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile & MetroPCS remain viable for 3+ GB of data usage (that's like 3 net...
I'm wondering if we will be able to keep the unlimited data plan if buy our next device at full retail price and NOT utilize the upgrade provided by Verizon. I'm really NOT trying to migrate to sprint because the 3G speeds that they currently have are...
Keep in mind that T-Mo states, in the really fine print, that their unlimited plan throttles after 2GB. Just saying...

May 16, 2012, 7:42 PM

Verizon doesn't honor their end of contract

Verizon doesn't honor their end of my contract then why should I. My plan I've had for 9 years is unlimited. Now Verizon is going to make me change it.

"A lot of our 3G base is on unlimited," Shamoo said. "When they migrate off 3G they will have to go to data share. That is beneficial to us." 👿 I guess you can't make it any clearer Shampoo. It's all about Veizon not the customer.

For the past two years Verizon has been sticking it to customers one way or another.
I have been in the industry for a while now and have NEVER seen a carrier sign a contract with a customer.

May 16, 2012, 10:38 PM

Why Are They Doing This?

My guess is:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/255321/4g_iphone_5_wi ... »

If so, how long can Sprint hold out?
Hopefully Sprint will keep unlimited LTE for at least another 18-24mo's!!!!
It is interesting to read articles like that and see that, despite all the money they've poured into the iPhone, how Sprint still can't get a lot of people to get the iPhone. It seems the lion's share of the market still goes to AT&T and Verizon.

May 16, 2012, 3:48 PM

WHat if you already have 4G unlimited from the beginning on an individual account?

Can I still be able to keep it, you think, since I opened my account with them as a 4G customer. I would hope they'd let me keep my existing plan if they want us to be their customer.

Also, even if they force us to a data share plan, who will I share it with? I am only one device and one account.
That's exactly what I was wondering. I already have 2 lines with unlimited data both using a 4g device so I'm kinda worried the next time I upgrade I'm gonna be forced to change.

If that's the case I'm buying phones at cost.
i'd imagine you can keep your unlimited until your contract ends... once that happens it's anyone's guess

I'd imagine you'll lose it at that point if they're making everyone switch...or you can switch providers... once your contract is over there i...

May 16, 2012, 10:46 PM

Verizon is turning out to be quite the b@stard

I hope they shove this down the throat of some Senator or FCC chairperson and see how their spectrum proceedings move along. Man.....I wonder how valid their double data promotions are going to be with this attitude....Guess I'll sit back and wait for the inevitable class action lawsuit and then the see the fallout and what ultimately becomes of this.
All we can hope for is that Sprint rolls out LTE more gradually than they did WiMax!!! And that Sprint is smart enough to keep unlimited LTE data.

May 16, 2012, 5:01 PM


They are cannibalizing their customer base. Prepare for churn.

May 16, 2012, 12:36 PM

It's a little ambiguous

So it will immediately move their 3G customers off, or only when they upgrade to a 4G phone?

What about people with 4G phones, will they need to change to these data share plans, or do they get to keep unlimited?
Shammo said that *AS* 3G customers with $30 monthly unlimited plans upgrade to 4G plans, they will have to sign up for the shared data plans.

So its when they upgrade.
I wonder about that myself. I have a grandfathered unlimited 3G plan, but am using a Galaxy Nexus without a contract with no problems.

Still, this MIGHT work out in my favor depending on the post of the shared data plan -- both my wife and I have ...

May 16, 2012, 3:29 PM


I am do for upgrade in a few months and now u want to do this. I am loving my Alltel plan. I really am wanting to change from my HTC Thunderbolt but now I'm thinking bout buying at full price phone to keep my plan. I lived u VZW and u pulled this on me. Well F@k u.

May 16, 2012, 2:56 PM

Lose unlimted to be part of family share

i'd imagine that this is more or less what you can take from this

They're not going to let you "share" your unlimited data with other people on your account, so if you want to take advantage of the Family Share Data... then you probably are going to lose your unlimted plan

May 16, 2012, 12:20 PM

Welcome AT&T

I switch to Verizon so I could have unlimited data and even though I have 1x at my house I enjoyed the unlimited data well AT&T has H+ at my house. Nice being with you Verizon.
And with AT&T having 3GB data for the same price as Verizon's 2GB data, it's a no brainer for you. Though I'm really looking forward to seeing what the shared data plans will look like.
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