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Verizon Officially Clarifies the End of Unlimited Data One More Time – Echoes Our Thoughts From Earlier

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Verizon, in an attempt to officially clarify all things unlimited data vs. shared data tiers, has published another note and sent an email to the NY Times that should set the record straight. Let’s just say that this note from Big Red is exactly what we already told you in our clarification post from earlier in the day. This was nice of them to settle it once and for all though. Well, for the most part. 

As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its pricing structure for some time.  Customers have told us that they want to share data, similar to how they share minutes today.  We are working on plans to provide customers with that option and will introduce new plans later this year.

When the new options are introduced, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to our customers purchasing handsets and signing a new contract. Customers who choose to purchase phones at full retail price and are currently on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan. The same pricing and policies will apply to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.

We will share specific details of the plans well in advance of their introduction so customers will have time to evaluate the plans and make the best decisions for their wireless service.  It is our goal and commitment to continue to provide customers with the same high value service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

The email in bullets:

  • 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.

So just as we said earlier – this doesn’t affect you if you are on a contract as of today or up until they launch shared data tiers. If you renew after shared plans go live though, and take on a discounted or subsidized phone, you will have to choose a shared data tier and come off of unlimited. If you want to continue on month-to-month after your contract is done with your same old phone and/or upgrade at full retail to a new one, you get to keep your current unlimited plan. Verizon can’t void your current contract and push you into a tier, again, as we said earlier.

The only thing this doesn’t explain is how this will work when you have multiple lines and one of those lines takes on a new contract with a subsidized phone. Does that affect everyone on that account or not?

There you have it, again.

Via:  Verizon | NY Times

Cheers zepfloyd and James!

  • newob

    With truly unlimited data plans on other providers Verizon will be losing a lot of customers…and hopefully give the unlimited choice back

  • fpu4eva

    its stupid to buy a subsidized phone when you can get them on ebay for the same price as a 2 year contract use a sniper i picked up a rezound for 194 shipped perfect condition with the headphones too and just saw a razr go for 220

  • Jorge

    damn it, trying to order right now and it’s telling me that Unlimited is no longer available.
    been trying since 11:15 PST

  • yoyomynigga

    Everyone needs to boycott Verizon. They already have rip-off rates

  • I think eventually at some point in the future, data will be unlimited again.

  • Wondering

    But they are also cutting out 3g right moving everyone to 4g? As of next year they will be no new 3g devices 4g only so when you buy a new phone even purchasing at full price you will have to get 4g thus you will be placed on new tier and no more unlimited? Verizon sucks but I never lose signal or drop calls so im stuck!!

  • cell_ phone_ mike

    If you guys think Verizon will let you keep your unlimited data plan think again. My first phone with them back in 1998 had first incomming minute for free,unlimited EVENINGS( 7pm) and weekends for free,free long distance from my calling area. This too was taken away in time. I give it another 6 months if that. Watch Your Statments Closely! Verizon’s new toy LTE is all ready in the works to sell far better for them than FIOS! LTE Home Fusion is it’s name.

  • arthuruscg

    I will say this again. The service provider should not be selling the phone. VZ has a monopaly on where to buy the phones and how much the phones cost.
    It is like Comcast forcing you to buy Comcast TVs or Comcast phone.

  • I think I’ll be keeping my galaxy nexus for a while i love Verizon don’t get me wrong but you said it best yes they are a business but the point is they are driving off old (but good) customers first upgrade charges and now this, I’ve almost had it with their shenanigans

  • Gregory Pickering

    Dear Verizon,

    Ta Ta Bitches….

    A former customer.

  • Oh

    The confidence around pure speculation is amazing here. “What we already told you”, “as we said earlier” (twice). Guess it REALLY needs to be pointed out to everyone that Droid-Life’s speculation about this subject, luckily, were correct. Ummm, good job, I guess.

  • Red_Baran

    Join the FaceBook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/SaveVerizonUnlimitedDataPlans Tell Verizon not to take our unlimited data!

  • BC

    I am a little confused. This seems to apply to 3G upgrades to 4G. But what if you already have 4G? Will I be affected at the next upgrade cycle? Can I just keep my current phone, and keep on with my unlimited data plan? And if not, can I just pay month to month indefinitely?

  • Prime7

    Looks like the GNex will be the last phone I ever own. At least it’s a nice one.

  • Troutbeck27

    My gut feeling. Is that they will do this right as the S3 or the RAzr HD are released to so that if we want this phones those of us on the unlimited plan will have to give it up if we want these new phone 🙁

  • fluke

    Well, goodbye Verizon. I am off contract with a OG Droid and it is slow as hell. By the time they get a decent phone they want to shove me onto some tier, forget it. Already pay too much for the crummy service they give. Maybe time to get a clear hotspot to lug around to tether to a tablet and just buy some crappy flip phone.

  • Isn’t it time for Google to start their own wireless carrier service and tell VZ to go screw?

  • FiringDragon

    What if you purchase a new compatible device from a different retailer?

    I think this will open a whole new market of opportunity for selling Verizon-compatible phones at discounted prices to those who just want to avoid losing their ‘unlimited data’ plans… Let the free market do what it does best!!!

  • Dennis Cahill

    So I can never leave my parent’s family plan. In a few years, I may get married and have kids of my own, but they’ll have to get their own plan. I want my unlimited.

  • Zack Miller

    so basically, my upgrade is in about a week. so if i upgrade my phone to a razr maxx for example, i will still have my unlimited data until i decide to upgrade farther than that two years from now?

  • Droosh

    This a crock! Talk about double dipping and screwing your customers! So they will overcharge you for buying your device at retail ($250 more for their G-Nex than Google’s GSM models for example) and then not even discount the price of the monthly plan even though they don’t need to build in recuperation for unamortized device subsidization costs.

  • V.A. N.

    Sounds fair to me.

  • Yeah they tell you can keep your plan now but we’ll see how long that lasts once you are not on a contract they have no reason to keep you. Not making up my mind until I see prices though I still think shared will benefit me.

  • DaTruthSay-er

    No one will be willing their unlimited data plans to their grandchildren. There will be some better fast network than the 3 or 4 G network the unlimited data plan will be applied to.
    You will just be that old guy/gal who is stuck in their ways with their old tech 😛

  • sog805

    So I guess I will be buying phones at full retail now. I bet VZW will raise the prices now.

  • allen spurr

    Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan. ”
    Well this sucks.. so if I decide to upgrade my phone I either have to pay full price or lose my unlimited plan? What a horribly sneaky move…

  • djb163

    each line on a family share plan are sepparate contracts, so if you upgrade one line at the discounted price and extend your contract, lose your unlimited data and join the family share data, but if another line pays full retail they will keep their unlimited data because that line was not extended for 2 more years. So esentially if you only have 2 lines 1 line would be unlimited and the other would have the whole family data to themself.

  • What happens if you go elsewhere to buy your phone? (ex. google play). Will Verizon honor that or will I be thrown in the data tier wagon? I hope that’s not the case.

  • JulianZHuang

    As long as I buy that phone with full price. No problem I guess haha.


    We are working on plans to provide customers with that option and will introduce new plans later this year.

    Not exactly an option when we’re forced to do it

  • sporttster

    Buy one generation behind and save $$.