Verizon says it's ending unlimited data plans

May 18, 2012 By Salvador Rodriguez

A Verizon official announced the company will begin forcing users with grandfathered-in unlimited data plans to choose data share plans when they migrate to the company's 4G network.

With 3G no longer the fastest option, users are expected to migrate to Verizon's 4G LTE network, and as they do, they will be forced to give up their unlimited plans for Verizon's tiered data plans, Fran Shammo, for , said Wednesday at the JPMorgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference.

"As you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go onto the data share plan," Shammo said, according to a transcript available online from Verizon. "And moving away from, if you will, the unlimited world and moving everybody into a tiered structure data share-type plan."

But the announcement has not been well-received by Verizon customers on Twitter, who have immediately begun expressing their disappointment.

At least one user tweeted Verizon would be losing his business and another user said, "Soo Verizon is going to punish us long time customers for upgrading to a 4G LTE device by taking away our unlimited data plans? : ( "

The announcement is the latest move by the communications industry to step away from unlimited data plans and shift to tiered data plans.

Verizon stopped selling unlimited data plans to new last summer after AT&T stopped selling its unlimited plan in 2010. With T-Mobile's unlimited data plan that slows down users' data after 2GBs of usage, Sprint is the only company that still offers a true unlimited data plan.

Verizon's shared data plans, which the company has said will roll out around mid-summer, according to CNET, will allow customers to share data within family plans and over multiple devices.

"A lot of our 3G base is unlimited. As they start to migrate into , they will have to come off of unlimited and go into the data share plan," Shammo said. "And that is beneficial for us for many reasons, obviously."

Explore further: Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready

1 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

A loophole means unlimited data for AT&T iPhone

Jan 26, 2011

(AP) -- Verizon Wireless will start offering the iPhone on Feb. 10 with a draw that AT&T no longer offers to new subscribers: a plan with unlimited data usage. But The Associated Press has learned that some AT&T iPhone users ...

Recommended for you

Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready

13 hours ago

A service is soon to launch in the UK that will enable us to transfer money to other people using just their name and mobile number. Paym is being hailed as a revolution in banking because you can pay peopl ...

Quantenna promises 10-gigabit Wi-Fi by next year

Apr 16, 2014

(Phys.org) —Quantenna Communications has announced that it has plans for releasing a chipset that will be capable of delivering 10Gbps WiFi to/from routers, bridges and computers by sometime next year. ...

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Apr 16, 2014

The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from US tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions.

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

Apr 16, 2014

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

Dish Network denies wrongdoing in $2M settlement

Apr 15, 2014

The state attorney general's office says Dish Network Corp. will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for what it calls a deceptive surcharge, but the satellite TV provider denies any wrongdoing.

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

Apr 14, 2014

Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in the past 17 months now that Netflix is paying for a more direct connection to Comcast's network.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Lurker2358
5 / 5 (1) May 18, 2012
You see what capitalism and cloud networking does?

They turned "freedom" into a form of wage slavery...again...

Two Gigabytes?!

wow. What's the damn point? i can put multiple gigabytes on a single disk...

We're never getting out of the "screwed by monopolies" scenario until hardware itself becomes open source, so that open source networking can be accomplished.

Think "Two way radio". Everybody had their own radio, and didn't need a provider.

More news stories

Hackathon team's GoogolPlex gives Siri extra powers

(Phys.org) —Four freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania have taken Apple's personal assistant Siri to behave as a graduate-level executive assistant which, when asked, is capable of adjusting the temperature ...

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team ...

Chronic inflammation linked to 'high-grade' prostate cancer

Men who show signs of chronic inflammation in non-cancerous prostate tissue may have nearly twice the risk of actually having prostate cancer than those with no inflammation, according to results of a new study led by researchers ...