Verizon Clarifies Discontinuation of Grandfathered Unlimited Data: Applies to New Subsidized Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Verizon yesterday made headlines for comments from Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo revealing that the carrier is planning to discontinue its grandfathered unlimited data plans when the carrier rolls out new shared data plans this summer. Verizon dropped those unlimited data plans within months of introducing the iPhone early last year, but customers who had previously been on the unlimited plans have been allowed to keep them, even through handset upgrades.


    Tim Cook and Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead introduce the Verizon iPhone in January 2011
    Verizon issued a clarification to The New York Times today, noting that the loss of grandfathered unlimited plans will be limited to those customers purchasing new subsidized devices for use on the carrier. Users who do not upgrade their devices or who choose to upgrade at unsubsidized prices will be able to keep their unlimited data plans. Still, the change would appear to be set to affect the majority of Verizon's current unlimited data customers, as most customers are interested in regular handset upgrades at subsidized prices.
    Sprint remains the only major U.S. carrier to offer unlimited data for iPhone users, and the carrier has indicated that it will continue to do so for the next-generation device, even if it supports 4G LTE networks that could lead to consumers using more data capacity.

    Article Link: Verizon Clarifies Discontinuation of Grandfathered Unlimited Data: Applies to New Subsidized Devices
  2. its93rc macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
    Austin, Texas
  3. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Nice clarification. "Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan." Making it sound like it's a gift from them to you.
  4. iforget macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010
    Is AT&T the next to fall? This is terrible, terrible news. Pretty soon we'll be paying for the megabyte again. Thanks, 1999 Verizon!
  5. imprezu macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2008
    Loxley, AL
    Prices of used 4g smartphones are going to skyrocket.
  6. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    I guess I'm on the full retail price plan. I won't be locked into a contract and you better not throttle me either!
  7. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    Wow, we lose our unlimited data plan when upgrading? Not even AT&T does this! But now that Verizon is going to do it, I expect AT&T to do the same before the next iPhone release.
    It would be a crazy, backwards world if they didn't.
  8. aajeev macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    Was just thinking about the new plan yesterday. Figured I might have to buy the phone at full price. Then again, if the new family share plan is cheap enough, I suppose I can let go of the unlimited.

    So does this also mean if I have unlimited 3G right now with iPhone 4, when iPhone 5 (or whatever the name is) comes out, and if I purchase it at full price then switch over to the new device I would automatically get 4G LTE??
  9. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2011
    Essex, england
  10. ajroller macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011
    So does this mean a person with an iphone and an unlimited 3g plan will be able to buy a new iphone at full retail price and use it on the 4g network with the same plan?
  11. BrandoFiasco macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Santa Monica, California
    ugh. That's a little better. Still bastards though...
  12. gleepskip macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2005
    They had to clarify the new policy, otherwise many people would be able to escape their contracts without paying an ETF. Very crafty, VZ! AT&T will probably pull the same trick when knee-capping their long-term unlimited customers.
  13. realmike15 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
  14. joshuaclintonn, May 17, 2012
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    joshuaclintonn macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2011
    One concern I have is that if you buy the full retail price of the device, are you renewing your contract? If not, I can see problems where Verizon could just terminate your account without recourse if out of contract.
  15. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    Yes. But if you upgrade on the drive for a subsidized price, you lose the unlimited data. Moral of the story, don't upgrade on the subsidized price. Always pay full retail and be month to month.
  16. incoherent1 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    As someone with unlimited on AT&T, hopefully AT&T will use this as an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition to drive down defection to other carriers by allowing people with unlimited data plans to remain grandfathered after upgrading.

    Then again, it's AT&T, so not likely...
  17. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    I'm in the same boat as you. However sprint network may not be any better and in fact worst in your area. Could be worst over all if everyone is thinking like us.
  18. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    And in the end VERIZON customers loose!!! AT&T was the better choice from day one. Laughing at all of those who had unlimited data plans with AT&T and left for the Verizon iPhone. Hahahahaahha
  19. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Since AT&T already throttles its unlimited users after they reach 3GB (5GB on LTE I understand) I feel like it hardly matters anyway. Metering data will just discourage use. Ultimately, I think this will hurt Apple and other handset manufacturers since metered data pretty much kills many of the advantages of cloud services. Sure, save space on your device by storing your movie in the cloud, but then pay $10 in overages to stream it back. Apple better roll out 256GB iPhones and iPads soon.
  20. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    You could very well be laughing in the mirror pretty soon. AT&T always seems to copy Verizon. I'd be SHOCKED and SUPRISED if AT&T didn't do the exact same thing.
  21. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    If AT&T does this, I'm out, bitches.

    Or just buy the factory unlocked version and then they can't touch me.
  22. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Then I eventually move to a tiered plan. Its inevitable!!! I love how people think things will last forever.
  23. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I never thought I would say this, but Sprint is poised to become an actual threat to Verizon and ATT if those two keep this kind of stuff up.
  24. Fainer macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    So all of this makes me really want to consider Sprint. Do they suck as bad as so many people seem to say they do?
  25. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002

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