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Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month

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Jul 22, 2016, 7:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Verizon Wireless confirmed plans to disconnect select customers who consume more than 100 GB of mobile data per month. Verizon is specifically targeting customers who have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans and are taking advantage to use extreme amounts of data. "Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016," said Verizon in an email to Ars Technica. "These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device." Customers who are cut off will be able to reactivate their account within 50 days as long as they agree to move to one of the current, metered service plans. Verizon hasn't offered unlimited plans since 2011, but customers have been able to hold onto them over the years. Not too long ago Verizon raised the prices of those plans by $20. In 2014 the company attempted to put in place a network optimization plan that would have throttled the heaviest users. The FCC fought Verizon's plan and the carrier eventually dropped it. Verizon says 99% of its postpaid customer base is subscribed to metered data plans.


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Jul 30, 2016, 6:32 PM

$49.99 for pseudo unlimited data

No mas, no mas. I give. You win Verizon. I just ordered two LG VX-10000 (Voyager) handsets from Amazon. I'll save $600 a year.

Jul 29, 2016, 8:38 PM


They had no problem charging $44.99 for mandatory data packages back when one could barely use the XV6700 or Blackberry 7300 to check email. As long as Verizon is doing the raping, everything is great. I can't imagine how many torrents one has to download to exceed 100 GB though. I have tried to use data and getting to 50 was a struggle. Nowadays I rarely use more than 10 GB.

Jul 27, 2016, 1:11 PM

Another way for us to foot their acquistion bill

Just bought a new company, make the subscribers pay for it. I have unlimited data and have had to pay an additional $20/month for it. I even pay an additional $30/month for hot-spot service, yet this isn't good enough. Put pressure on the FCC and demand that action be taken. This twelve figure company is leaching us dry and we're allowing it. If you are newer to cell service and have had to suck up an allotment of data a month, I am sorry. You should never have had to, but that doesn't mean that millions of others should suffer-yes, grandfathered plans are in the millions. We're not being greedy, they are.
Charles Bigelow

Jul 22, 2016, 9:13 AM

100GB Per Month

Now that's really pathetic. Those that approach and go over that threshold have serious issues. Abuse and just plain taking advantage of something like that shows that people are selfish and exercise little to no common sense.
There is something out there called Wi-Fi. Use it.
Do you work for Verizon? LOL.
Actually the really pathetic thing here is that Verizon and other companies as well suckered in customers with a promise of Unlimited Internet. Now they are going back on the promise and pathetically try to blame the cu...
You need to understand something, when Verizon first offered that plan line many other carriers, unlimited is what it is, unlimited. For Verizon to be doing what they plan to do well do nothing more then to get themselves sued. Just like straighttalk....

Jul 23, 2016, 10:10 PM

Use WiFi?

VZW has traditionally been the highest of the majors. Some people use VZW as their primary data connection not because they are trying to get one over on the man its because VZW cellular data connection is the ONLY consistent servocw they can get at ANY price even if price was no object.

Hard to believe, but there are areas where a wired provider can only deliver 512 kbps to 1.5 mbps. So, theyre forced to lean on their smartphone hotspot or mobile cellular hotspot block.

VZW is just being impatient, they will naturally lose via churn and attrition those stragglers on unlimited data plans. Just let them be
While that is certainly true, I personally know some cheap ass SOB's who have a death grip on their unlimited plans and have hacked their phones to so as to let them tether their device to provide unlimited internet to their homes and offices. Just b...
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