How long until Unlimited Data on Verizon won't be an option?

bisnicks

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As you know, Verizon has stopped offering Unlimited Data (with a few exceptions). How long do you think it'll be before everyone is booted off unlimited data? Is there anyway they could do this without breaking a contract? How do you think they would implement this?
 

Tortri

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As you know, Verizon has stopped offering Unlimited Data (with a few exceptions). How long do you think it'll be before everyone is booted off unlimited data? Is there anyway they could do this without breaking a contract? How do you think they would implement this?

While under contract I don't think they can do anything.. but like any contract you got with verizon its only for 2 years so really will they do anything after all the contracts are up?
 

CSpackler

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I don't think AT&T or Verizon will just boot people off. Instead they will incentivize the new tiered plans to get customers to switch.

If you really want your grandfathered data plans there will be a way to keep them.
 

Fanboi4life

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Unlimited is not truly unlimited, and will eventually become obsolete. They throttle you if you're using too much data. With most places offering wifi, it's not even an issue for me anymore.
 

bisnicks

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If they did the offer of 4GB a month for the price of 2GB I would consider it. I've never gone over 1GB in the past year with my iPhone. This is partially because Verizon's 3G is too slow in my area to stream videos/ audio. The LTE on the other hand is insanely fast and I'm sure I'd blow through it. I'm going to try the upgrade transfer loophole to hopefully keep it.

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Unlimited is not truly unlimited, and will eventually become obsolete. They throttle you if you're using too much data. With most places offering wifi, it's not even an issue for me anymore.
AFAIK Verizon only does this when on 3G and when you're in the top 5% and the tower you're on is congested. I may be wrong though.
 

ROLLTIDE1

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Unlimited is not truly unlimited, and will eventually become obsolete. They throttle you if you're using too much data. With most places offering wifi, it's not even an issue for me anymore.
not true at all. Why did you post that nonsense ?
 

AMDENCO

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I'm on AT&T grandfathered data for the iphone 4s. My monthly usage is about 7gb a month because my work offers no wifi. That being said. One i go over the 3gb att throttles but honestly I haven't noticed a big difference pages still load and i'm still able consume data at waht seems to be the same speed, so throttling really doesn't stop me one bit.
 

mattopotamus

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I don't think AT&T or Verizon will just boot people off. Instead they will incentivize the new tiered plans to get customers to switch.

If you really want your grandfathered data plans there will be a way to keep them.
this is the course they are starting to take and will probably continue to take. Really though, who cares about facetime over cellular :p
 

jbromer

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Oh okay, cool, I'm just making that up just for fun...
He's right though, Verizon cannot legally throttle LTE. AT&T can throttle LTE, Verizon can throttle 3G, but Verizon cannot throttle LTE (it was a condition of their lease on the spectrum).
 

tdar

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As you know, Verizon has stopped offering Unlimited Data (with a few exceptions). How long do you think it'll be before everyone is booted off unlimited data? Is there anyway they could do this without breaking a contract? How do you think they would implement this?
All users will be capped by the end of 2014. No contracts will need to be broken. Users are moving to shared plans, they give up unlimited to do so. Users are moving to pay full price for their phones, they give up the protection of a contract. At some point, (after the number of users affected has been reduced) for Verizon (and ATT) to just say "Sorry we can't keep the unlimited in place any longer. After all it only affects a tiny small number of our users."
 

From A Buick 8

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All users will be capped by the end of 2014. No contracts will need to be broken. Users are moving to shared plans, they give up unlimited to do so. Users are moving to pay full price for their phones, they give up the protection of a contract. At some point, (after the number of users affected has been reduced) for Verizon (and ATT) to just say "Sorry we can't keep the unlimited in place any longer. After all it only affects a tiny small number of our users."
I do think this is what will happen, 2014 sounds good to me that will give me 2 years with my 5 (if i can get one this year).
 

lookout

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Just curious if anyone off contract but on an unlimited plan was able to retain it by purchasing it full price.
 

jason2811

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So my contract is about to be over. However, I'm planning to buy the iPhone 5 unsubsidized so that I can keep my unlimited data on Verizon. Two questions:

1) If I buy the phone unsubsidized and I don't sign a new contract does that mean they can end my unlimited data plan at any time?

2) Is it possible for me to sign a new contract (and buy the phone unsubsidized) and keep my unlimited data on the new contract?
 

tdar

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So my contract is about to be over. However, I'm planning to buy the iPhone 5 unsubsidized so that I can keep my unlimited data on Verizon. Two questions:

1) If I buy the phone unsubsidized and I don't sign a new contract does that mean they can end my unlimited data plan at any time?

2) Is it possible for me to sign a new contract (and buy the phone unsubsidized) and keep my unlimited data on the new contract?
1)Yes

2) No
 

nicknicknickh

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Jun 5, 2011
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Cant wait till they make unlimited an option again.

Its going to happen, solar energy and alternative energy is going to skyrocket giving phone companies no reason to not be able to provide unlimited.

Cheap energy which is green = unlimited data? I hope so.