Verizon to end grandfathered unlimited data plans in LTE switch

By , May 16, 2012

Bad news for folks with unlimited data plans on Verizon looking to buy Apple’s new [purported] LTE-flavored iPhone later this year. It appears that the carrier won’t be honoring grandfathered unlimited plans in the switch to LTE.

Fierce Wireless is reporting that customers on the Big Red network will be forced to choose from a data-share plan when moving from a 3G handset to an LTE one. The news comes straight from Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo…

“As these 3G unlimited data plan customers migrate to 4G LTE, they will have to purchase the company’s data-sare plan (which Verizon plans to launch in mid-summer) and move off the $30 per month unlimited data plan. “Everyone will be on data share,” Shammo said.”

Up until now, the carrier has been allowing customers to keep their grandfathered unlimited data plans when switching from a 3G device to one with LTE. Verizon must be seeing the same negative affects on its network from unlimited data users as AT&T’s Randall Stephenson mentioned earlier this month.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this plays out. Because as it sits, Sprint will be the only iPhone partner in the US offering unlimited data come this fall — LTE or not. This may wind up giving the carrier a much-needed advantage in fighting with the other, much larger carriers, for new iPhone customers.

What do you think?

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  • cruzcontrol1001

    Bastards

  • Anonymous

    I guess when all the cell phone company CEOs got together last week Verizon drew the short straw. They’ll just be the first. AT&T is slobbering all over themselves right now writing up their press release.

  • Anonymous

    So… uh…

    I read this as, “Buy old cheap most POS LTE ready device available; NOW. Then, when new LTE iphone device comes out, you can keep your unlimited data for the new iDevice”

    Of course, this is only a solution if the unlimited LTE plans will be honored if switching to new iphone.

    Please, someone please have insight on this and let me know if my thoughts are correct and I should go down this route!

  • http://twitter.com/PersianHawkes Richard Hawkes

    I’m thinking the same thing about buying a cheap LTE phone now and transfer unlimited data to it. Verizon uses sim cards for LTE phones. I’m thinking just swap sims when the LTE iPhone comes out should work.

  • http://twitter.com/cell989 Emir E

    If ATT follows suit, Im switching to Sprint

    • http://twitter.com/Bu1137 Bu1137

      Follows suit? AT$T fired the first shot in this war by throttling their loyal “unlimited” customers months ago.

      They’re even worse, in my book, for doing that DURING people’s contracts

      • KewlDewd

        Right, they basically put a stop to unlimited with this throttling crap. I just started getting the throttling threats after 3gb. But without a doubt they’ll officially end unlimited in ANY form following this move by Verizon. So stupid. New much faster data speeds combined with faster media consuming devices, and the end of unlimited data. Sad sad sad.

  • Anonymous

    That’s an interesting idea. Can we get LTE phones now and switch to a new iPhone in October? Or, will Verizon simply kill our unlimited data and put us on tiered plans?

  • Anonymous

    Well that’s just stupid…. What if I buy the phone at retail cost and add it to my account? Will I still lose my unlimited plan?

  • http://twitter.com/MattTanner21 Matt Tanner

    I Sense a Class Action Law Suit.

    • Anonymous

      That would get as far in court as the Siri lawsuit. Verizon is well within their rights to discontinue their unlimited package at any time. Honestly, considering how stingy American cellular carriers are, I’m surprised they even grandfathered us in in the first place…

      • http://twitter.com/MattTanner21 Matt Tanner

        Yeah i guess your right. Now just watch Sprint follow in the same footsteps. But i think they will cancel their plan on doing this because on how many people will greatly disagree with this decision.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARNGPSGNLOIVSXHX667ZLQOQPA avishaic

        i agree and disagree with ^ i think sprint will follow in the footsteps of verizon but i disagree will cancel it. The only way i see they will cancel it will be by a class action lawsuit which i hope will happen since the did say we were grandfathered in

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARNGPSGNLOIVSXHX667ZLQOQPA avishaic

    i have the unlimited plan and read alot of articles about the change and was just thinking. I remember they telling everyone IF YOU GET THE UNLIMITED PLAN YOU WILL BE GRANDFATHERED IN!!!!! and now there just letting it go like they never said that and im not gona stand for it! I have 6 lines with all unlimited data with the iphone 4s. I have been a customer of verizon for 9 years. This is just not right and i will probably end up switching to sprint if they actually pass this. If they pass this is a diffrent question but for now it looks like they are going to so i think that if anybody has a similar situation make it clear to verizon that if they are going to do this were not going to give them our buissnes

    • Anonymous

      I feel ur pain but unfortunallty this is fight that us the customer will lose…..unlimited data is something that was cool in 2003…..were in 2012 phones are mini computers and data is where the money’s at……n sprints unlimited data is true but it’s very misleading there giving away 2G over there not 3G let alone 4G let alone LTE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720474005 Alnando Espaillat

    Im going to buy the cheapest lte phone tomorrow morning this is ridiculous. If anything I guess I’ll have to switch back to Verizon there’s no way in losing my unlimited data plan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/407realist Maximillian Alexander

      Glad I have my unlimited 4G through AT&T

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5A5FG4ALSLX23FFCFG2MNGKXT4 Nune Bro

    Don’t panic. Keep your 3G phone an just extend your current unlimited plan. Do not upgrade to a LTE phone or u lose your unlimited data contract. Don’t play their game, go to a wifi site or wait till you get home to view heavy data content on your phone…if they go after 3G unlimited users in 2013, spend your consumer Dollar somewhere else….Beware Verizon, you are messing with the wrong customer base…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5A5FG4ALSLX23FFCFG2MNGKXT4 Nune Bro

    Don’t panic. Keep your 3G phone an just extend your current unlimited plan. Do not upgrade to a LTE phone or u lose your unlimited data contract. Don’t play their game, go to a wifi site or wait till you get home to view heavy data content on your phone…if they go after 3G unlimited users in 2013, spend your consumer Dollar somewhere else….Beware Verizon, you are messing with the wrong customer base…

  • http://twitter.com/Bu1137 Bu1137

    AT$T Verizon
    Monkey see, monkey do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AKChris82 Chris Williams

    If At&t switches and Opts out of the grandfather Unlimited data which i Have..i’m switching to Sprint…cause Verizon won’t have it..& T-Mobile own’t be seeing anything like this for awhile…it’s just Greed now..what does it matter if your paying $30/month..they are still getting QUITE a bit of Loot so it’s just Greed talking their. I see Sprint getting ALOT…of At&t & Verizon Customers.

  • http://twitter.com/Avasdada Steve Demcho

    $30 to renew contract and now taking away my unlimited data? I’ve been a good customer for 10 years and given them at least $20,000. The companies are just getting so damn greedy!

  • MoreVerizonBS

    way to go verizon. your about too lose a 10+ year member, with 5 phone lines (all with the iphone 4 or 4s and unlimited data) to sprint just because you wont honor the grand-fathered in clause you guys raved about when getting rid of new unlimited data packages.

  • pilotusa

    Since they promised that we could grandfather, is this not a breach of contract? I paid extra even when I did not use a lot of data knowing that I would in the future. Now as more and more data intensive products are out there they want to take it away?