Verizon clarifies plans to discontinue grandfathered unlimited data plans

By , May 17, 2012

Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo caused quite a commotion yesterday when he said the carrier was going to be discontinuing grandfathered unlimited data plans this summer. “Everyone will be on data share.”

Folks are upset over the comments because up until this point, Verizon has allowed unlimited data users to keep the plan even though it no longer offers it. So the operator issued a clarification today…

The New York Times reports:

“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.”

The news has been particularly popular in the Apple community, as rumors continue to swirl that the company will be releasing an LTE-enabled handset this fall. Verizon has, by far, the largest and most reliable LTE network in the US.

That being said, Sprint is also drawing the attention of iPhone users, as it recently announced that it will continue to offer its unlimited data plan even after it deploys its LTE network — a prospect that could certainly bring in upset customers from other carriers.

What do you think about Verizon’s move? Does it make more sense now?

[MacRumors]

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  • Anonymous

    i would buy one at full price. unlocked and everything .

    • http://twitter.com/Bu1137 Bu1137

      So would I (if I was on unlimited Verizon). But many people will leave for Sprint when (if) their LTE is reliable and available.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LMF4UB2I4DCOOHNGSBKFQ5ZSLU matt

        I can only imagine sprints lte network will work as well as the old WiMAX and 3G do. Not very well and seeing max speeds of around 1mpbs or less.
        I would also buy phone at full retail to keep unlimited data.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see anything bad in Shared Data, it’s just like Shared Minutes, I have 4 phones on my family plan never had a problem with it. I don’t like that Verzion is taking away the Unlimited Data, that’s not cool, but I understand why they would do it.

  • jony dutch

    definitely not! unlimited data plan’s have awesome,and 4g LTE isn’t all that special

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

    I think it’s just corporate greed…there’s no advantages to shared data over unlimited but..they can price w/e they feel is necessary for them to make money & people will pay it.I like my unlimited data on At&t…and i don’t use anymore data..

  • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

    action class lawsuit or something like that on the way!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LMF4UB2I4DCOOHNGSBKFQ5ZSLU matt

      how do u figure, read your contract the companies have the option to change t&c at any time and if they only change on your upgrade then dnt upgrade. or leave the company. its that simple.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LXA6BBIAGIAPZLR44ORIMDM3Q4 verthib

    Seriously? So to keep my unlimited plan I’ll have to pay full price for my new phone? That is BS! Typically when I’m ready for my two year upgrade, we just roll over our unlimited plan, but now that,will go,away? I might just have to switch to,sprint!

  • brandon derouen

    Thats BS!!!! But unfortunately yes I would pay full price. But if they get rid of that to…..bye bye Verizon and hello to sprint.

  • Anonymous

    What happens if you buy a second-hand phone (that has a clear ESN or HEX) that takes you from 3G to 4G, if you’re currently an unlimited data plan user now?