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Verizon Statement on Unlimited Data: Will Let You Know of Policy Changes When We Get Closer to Shared Data

After yesterday’s announcement by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo that unlimited data plans would soon be a thing of the past, VZW spokesperson Brenda Raney has released a statement for the company. In it, she doesn’t talk about the end of unlimited data directly, but instead mentions that if policy changes are to happen when shared data plans roll out, that customers will be informed ahead of time so that they can evaluate their choices:

As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its data 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 later this year.

We will share specific details of the plans and any related policy changes well in advance of their introduction, so customers will have time to evaluate their choices 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.

I’ll let you decipher that.

Via:  Verizon

Cheers Cory!

  • Tyler Chappell

    Customers want to share data huh? Hmm…ya know, I think you’re right Verizon, can I share my unlimited data plan with my mom’s 4GB plan pleeeeease?

  • All I got from Verizon’s statement above is “we gotta find some reason to take away your unlimited/ godfathered in deals….this is the bs we came up with!”

  • JAstro13

    I seriously doubt there are that many customers telling Verizon that they want shared data. Here’s the question: Why would Verizon who’s “commitment to continue to provide customers with the same high value service they have come to expect”, would force EVERYONE onto shared data if it is only a few people requesting it? Even if the majority is actually requesting this, why are you forcing all of us into it? Why aren’t you giving us the option? I think its better for Verizon which is why they are claiming customers want it, and why they are forcing everyone to conform. And I actually thought Verizon was better than that…

  • Kweb

    As much as i like unlimited data.. this really makes sense for all unless you’re one of the crazy users that uses 50+ or whatever gb per month.. but this lets Verizon get everyone a smart phone now without having to pay for another data package. For example, my mom doesn’t use data so she has an env3. Now, she could get a smartphone and not have to pay another data package since we would already have one. also, if you have multiple phones ( we have 7 phones on our account, 5 with data, its a $600+ bill per month, that’s $150 on data) then you can really cut back on the amount of money you spend on data, provided you don’t go crazy. I think everyone on here should actually be happy this is happening. Yes we all love unlimited data and are going to miss it, but a shared packages are better than having individual tiered packages. Were just going to go back to the day of using wifi more often.. aka the 3G days because we all used wifi over 3G.

  • What kind of stupid idiotic customers wants shared data?

  • Goodoldayz

    This is the beginning of the end. Life on cell phones as we know will be over. Stock plenty of can food and water. This is will be terrible!

  • cherriza

    I have 1 phone I could care less about shared data.

  • Honestly, I am somewhat confused on why they even built a 4G LTE network. MOST people simply can’t afford more then 30 dollars a month and will get that tiered plan. So it would seem logical, that people will use LESS data due to the tiered plans, or not really that much more then 3G if the majority of people are on the $30.00 plan. And yes I know some people will use more and pay more, but let’s face it, the majority of the public will NOT be willing to spend more. So I am slightly confused about the HUGE investment in 4G to begin with. Did Verizon think everyone would get 10GB plans across America and stream HD Netflix everyday? People can NOT afford that. I would pay for a data only plan if I could JUST GET DATA. With a good 4G connection, I could use the Vonage app for free calls and text messages. So if they wanna be pricks and sell tiered data, why can’t we JUST BUY DATA?!? There is really NO need for minutes and SMS fees if we have a 4G signal. But they want their archaic minute pricing, their RIDICULOUS text pricing AND TIERED DATA…WTF MAN?!?…oh yeah and they still want MORE money for tethering the data we already payed for…let me put on my lipstick for you Verizon before you F_ _ K me

  • Rty

    I will be illegally tethering my 4g connection and eating up as much data as possible as long as I have unlimited f u vow

  • Ahhh…Ahhh….bullshit….chew…*bless me*

  • It’s time to evaluate other carriers. Verizon can do what it wants. Let’s allow the market to sort it out. Sprint, are you listening? I might be headed your way with $5000 per year in additional revenue for you…

    • Kweb

      thats about $486805795783746 less that verizon will make from you. or to them, pocket change lol

  • hcvdsr8

    Ok, so my question is, since I have an employee discount on my data plan now (20%), will it transfer to the shared data plans?

  • ashadan

    I sit and think about this whole fiasco, and from a business standpoint I see where they’re coming from. I’m not condoning it, but I know how to make money, and with a commodity like data, it’s like fish in a barrel really, people have one of 4 choices and in terms of network and availability, big red is one of the better at least in that area.

    But on the other hand, as not only a consumer, but a user as well; I’m upset about the change. Multiple times in the last few days I’ve read people saying that since we’re the 1% our opinion is going to go unheard against the masses. While that may be true, it seems like the loss of unlimited is targeted at the 1% and being blamed for torrenting the 50+ gigs of data. It really feels like we’re getting hit with the double standard here, or at least being punished for those 1% that cheats and are data hogs.

    I’m a rooted and hacked to pieces user with my DX, but I think the most data I use is when I’m watching netflix when I don’t have my tablet with me, or reviewing music on the fly through youtube since I’m a DJ and I hear tracks here and there and want to either save or refind them again before I forget what it is I’m listening to.

    My primary concern here, amidst the ones I’ve already stated, is for those of us who use twitter on a FREQUENT basis, or facebook (becuase we all know how much of a data hog that app is, rooted or not :P) I really don’t think that those factors are being considered as part of the equation. Look at the GSIII release, it’s a SOCIAL phone, there’s no denying that. but if you cant have the data to be able to use instagram, facebook, G+, twitter, etc. Then what good is a phone like that, or any device for that matter? Eventually you’re going to run out by just having your phone in your pocket, especially with the world spinning closer together over the social media platforms we have now that always stay on to keep us connected.

    So What DO?
    (Just my two cents)

    • BGRUGGER

      Good points…now you bring to my attention the trouble particular apps (businesses) might see. Maybe it will come to a point where the app makers side with consumers. interesting thought…good post!

  • Seriously, look at their pricing structure for individual minutes vs shared minutes. Do you really think they’ll get stingy with the data? 69 for 1 line unlimited minutes, 119 for 2, 129 for 3. I expect data will also be competitively priced. it’s wont be something outrageous like $50 for 2gb across all lines. that doesn’t even make sense. Let’s just see what the plans are before we swear that God let us all down -_____-

    • florious80

      I think they will get stingy because they can…

      See, the problem is that it makes “business” sense for them.

      Does the $30 upgrade fee “make sense” to you? Did you see their argument? It sure doesn’t make any sense in my mind.

    • Stewie

      Minutes don’t matter anymore to them, data is now the market cow they are milking.

  • RW-1

    For the majority of us, if we look at our data usage history, we could get by with 4Gb … the issue here is twofold:
    One, perception, unlimited is simply better to us than havign a limit placed upon us at all.
    Two, the costs they will rape us on. Now, looking at it, being throttled back to 2Gb from unlimited for the same $30 is bad. I’d do 4Gb for that, and that’s why they started that BS freebie, to prevent those running off at that time.
    I’m not paying more than $30 for 4Gb, I haven’t hit that yet on my unlim, even with heavy usage, and that it MY limit.
    But I’ll hold my unlim as long as I can.

  • Addinsx

    When these hit, most people on VZW will be fine, but it will most likely be time for most heavy users like us to go elsewhere

  • EvanTheGamer

    If Unlimited Data plans no longer exist, everyone will leave Verizon. They will lose a lot more money in the long run than if they were to allow long-time customers to keep unlimited data plans.

    Bunch of greedy pieces of trash.

    • no they won’t. for those with multiple lines under an account this will help cut costs. The only people it really hurts are the people who use 20-30gb of data a month… doing things they aren’t supposed to be doing anyways ON A PHONE (bittorrent, tethering everything in their homes).

      • EvanTheGamer

        I don’t do any of those things on my phone. I make calls, play games, download apps, netflix, use web browsers, text, im chat, etc…but I don’t think I ever use 20-30gb of data per month, that’s just crazy. Maybe 5gb at most.

  • ashadan

    Customers have told us that they want shared data………Friggin really? i’m sorry but I find that just too unbelievable to even remotely take that with a straight face

    • people have. If you have 3-4 lines all with a $30 data plan, that’s 120 on your bill. I’d gladly cut costs and get an $80 more economical bill. there are tons of people asking for that, and I have an unlimited 4g phone now and I can understand simple economics.

      • I have 5 lines on my plan – all unlimited – and I only pay $50/month total for it. There is NO shared plan that could give us anywhere near what we have now for the same price. We aren’t data hogs, so sharing doesn’t bother me. The bill going up IS the thing that bug me about all this.

  • BGRUGGER

    Option = Choice : I choose to stay unlimited

  • summit1986

    Verizon: “All your base are belong to us”

  • skant153

    it’s not like we don’t know when the changes are coming. whenever the SGS3 release date is, the tuesday before will be the end of unlimited data. so you either get your unlimited data or your pretty new phone. the choice is yours

  • Stewie

    “We are working on plans to provide customers with that option later this year.”
    If we’re all forced to move, then it isn’t much of an OPTION now, is it?
    Nice try Raney, but you’ll have to come up with something better to cover up the huge shammogaffe

  • Cory

    just imagine the inflow of
    cash vzw will get from unltd users for the first month of their tiered
    data plan. most people will overreact and get a WAY too big data pkg
    before they realize just how much data they actually use on their first
    new bill.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      You can login in to My Verizon and see a history for each month of exact usage. That way, you can see what you “really” use.

  • RON BURGUNDY

    I LOVE MY VERIZON 4g service but if they think I’m gonna give up my unlimited data they are crazy…ESSENTIALLY THE CORNERSTONE OF WHAT IM SAYING IS BIG RED CAN PUT ON SOME BIG RED LIPSTICK AND SUCK IT

    • FortitudineVincimus

      You sure will and they will say at the end of the day.. “Yeah, and what are you going to do about it?”

  • Schoat333

    All you people requesting shared data plans, thanks for killing Unlimited Data.

    Did you really think they were going to let you share unlimited?

    • bakdroid

      Yea…no. It was the people downloading 50-100 GB per month over LTE and torenting.

    • Richard Siebold

      do you really think verizon is listening to its customers? how’s that kool-aid tasting?

  • Pipes

    To all you cry baby’s waambulance is not coming, you can sign petitions all you want its not going to change a thing. You on this forum are less then 1% of Verizon’s customers that are on unlimited data. The issue is DATA is now a commodity like putting gas in your car. More families then single people want to get everyone into smartphones but can not budget $30.00 per line and want to get tables and all that fun stuff. However with people using illegally rooted wifi teather’s and sharing data to other devices they are not paying for the service are using up all your bandwidth downloading 30-50 gigs a month those people are your problems. Not the families that want a shared family plan of data like minutes. However the ecosystem has to evolve with that an end to the unlimited data plans has to come in order to help the consumer base and companies make these great devices that you sorely want/need. Get it threw your thick skulls no major national carrier has unlimited data anymore. Plus data is a non contractual feature you can drop data on your plan with a non smartphone. So if you think you can get out of your contract with NO ETF haha good luck KIDS. Your going to have to wait out your contract before jumping ship.

    • bakdroid

      People are going to down vote you….but you are right on the money (pun intended).

      • Pipes

        I know, but its the truth and listing to all these people crying like a 4 year old not getting what they want is pathetic.

    • FknTwizted

      If there is only 1% like you say then why mess with them and, yes it is a feature however you are required to have it when you have a smart phone hence the inability to drop the service. But just for giggles and grins if it wasn’t for those “1%ers” vzw wouldn’t have a such a stronghold in the industry with their data…. that and the fact it is a government subsidzed industry.

      • Pipes

        The problem with the 1%ers if you read all this crying mess companies would actually make a profit and help out the economy with them not as customers, instead we have to raise prices because they are finding a way to steal. Nothing wrong with wanting to pay less but you can not demand it. verizon gives discounts business, and there employees but thats not good enough is it no. People use wireless teather on rooted androids and jailbroken iphones stealing bandwidth root and rom do it on wifi from comcast or time warner use that bandwidth. quit streaming netflix to your hdtv do it threw your xbox or ps3. theres alternatives. quit using 30 gigs of data on spite thats whats ruining all the good things and making prices go up. I guess what im saying if anything quite being douchebags

        • FknTwizted

          Quit giving these huge discounts to government, big business employees, they already get discounts from everybody else. On top of that I do pay $65+ for home internet, $65+ for my business and then $30 for wireless, so I pay more than my fair share… I want unlimited cause I don’t want to have to care about going over… also to boot I have been not only a vzw for 10+ years I have been a smartphone user for the last 8 years when it was $45. So when I ask hey make it right I’m not asking a too much. And I think you fail to see the reasoning I have… the bandwidth we are about to embark on you can literally burn through 10gigs in less than an hour, and with apps programs and streaming becoming more and more popular and bandwidth hungry you will find yourself in a bind sucking hind tit wishing we would have fought harder on the subject. Also just to give you heads up vzw isn’t hurting especially when it comes to making profit and also using the government trough.

    • MotoRulz

      Thanks for sharing with us Fran Shammo. You could have at least used your real name on Disqus..

  • Looking at verizon’s current structure. You’ll get much more data when it’s shared. so the $30 for 2gb will probably be 4gb or 5gb on shared data. I have three lines on my plan. 2 unlimited and 1 DX2 with 2gb plan. that’s $90 on my plan for all three phones. That $90 will probably be 10-15gb of data under the new structure (considering $80 is 10gb under the individual structure). Unless you’re downloading that much and watching that much on your phones, we honestly shouldn’t be shooting over that much anyways. We have the fastest network, we gotta be responsible with it. It’s a business.

    tl;dr IT won’t be so bad like you all are making it seem. Now to get ready for my downvotes.

  • MotoRulz

    Verizon Wireless “As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its data 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 later this year.”

    deciphered version:
    As we have told you publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its data structure for some time to see exactly how we can fck you on shared data, similarly to how we fck you on shared minutes today. We are working on a plans to provide customers the fckn of their choice later this year.

    Verizon Wireless
    “We will share specific details of the plans and any related policy changes well in advance of their introduction, so customers will have time to evaluate their choices 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.”

    deciphered version:
    We will share specific details of how we plan to fck you and any related fckn changes well in advance of their introduction, so you will have time to leave and get fckd by our competitors or stick around and get fckd by us. It is our goal and commitment to continue to fck customers with the same high value you have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      This is my kind of thinking.. love it

    • Pipes

      The problem with the 1%ers if you read all this crying mess companies
      would actually make a profit and help out the economy with them not as
      customers, instead we have to raise prices because they are finding a
      way to steal. Nothing wrong with wanting to pay less but you can not
      demand it. verizon gives discounts business, and there employees but
      thats not good enough is it no. People use wireless teather on rooted
      androids and jailbroken iphones stealing bandwidth root and rom do it on
      wifi from comcast or time warner use that bandwidth. quit streaming
      netflix to your hdtv do it threw your xbox or ps3. theres alternatives.
      quit using 30 gigs of data on spite thats whats ruining all the good
      things and making prices go up. I guess what im saying if anything
      quite being douchebags

      • MotoRulz

        I’ve read your response 8 times and still can’t figure out what the hell your saying. Between the run on sentences, misspelled words and just pure rambling i’m left to assume that your Fram Shammo or his boyfriend..

  • Ron Perlman’s Jaw

    Which customers told you that? It sure as isht wasn’t me. I want names!

  • Sonny

    Can we get out of our contract then without an ETF charge?

    • Pipes

      no because its a non contactual feature, you can drop the data by activating a basic phone

      • florious80

        U sure? I disagree because the contract I signed said that I have to have and pay data on my phone for the duration of the 2 yr contract. This is the subsidy they pay, as a part of the contract.

  • bkosh84

    So I did an “account analysis” on MyVerizon and I, in the past three months, a little over 2gigs of data (2.004gigs to be exact). So based off that, if I were on a tiered data plan it would recommend me to spend the extra money and bump me to 5gigs? Messed up. Also, my wife and I had to bump our voice plan from 700 minutes to 1400 minutes which added another 40ish bucks to our account.. We went over 700 a couple of times before we switched.. But since they have no other plans in between (like 900 maybe?? COME ON VERIZON), we had to do it..

    • bkosh84

      and guess how many minutes we use now since bumping it to 1400.. around 300 minutes because we have Friends/Family.. Screw you Verizon!!!

      • florious80

        I did that switch/bump up plan for a month, and went right back down to my old plan. I also used less minutes because of Friends/Family option that wasn’t available for the 700(?) minutes bottom tier. You are free to go back and that’s not a change of contract.

    • JDHokie

      Just pay for the extra .004GB/month. Cheaper than bumping up your plan. Same for minutes … if you use 725 minutes, it’s cheaper to pay for the extra minutes than upgrading your plan.

      • bkosh84

        We did that for a couple months thinking it would be okay, but we kept going up (850 I think was the peak until we decided to change to the 1400 plan). So it made more sense to bump it.. I started shopping around and found out that Sprint has the same plan we have now for 50 bucks less a month. I could care less about 4G at this point, it’s more of a cost thing for me and my wife right now. We’ll see though, I usually just don’t jump into something without thoroughly researching about it first..

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Verizon very precisely & purposefully picks that exact cut off on the data plan amounts to stick it to the vast majority that are right on the top of the tier so that most of us will be forced up to the next tier.. despite maybe only needing a smidgeon of the next tier like you say. I am in the same boat so I either cut back and go to more wifi or pay to jump up to a tier I will never ever use.

      That is, once they steal my unlimited back from me.

  • And if they try to change my data rates without me upgrading it would break my contract. I will easily go where the nexus is.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I might just keep my 3G Droid to

    1. piss them off as a 3G hold out since I know they badly want me on 4G
    2. save the $30 upgrade fee
    3. keep unlimited data

    • florious80

      I support your plan, but I think they are looking to phase out 3G completely. Therefore, they may force you to get a 4G (even if they pay for it and you get it free) phone, eventually. This is not even considering that they may just drop everyone off of unlimited, breaking contract and let you decide if you want to leave without ETF, since at the end they would make up the differences when they charge everyone more on tier.

    • bakdroid

      Here is the main issue with that, you will then be off contract. If you are off contract they will force you down to 2GB (maybe less) because they can do whatever they want per month. Right now our contracts are protecting us from them doing it right now. Hence, at upgrade/contract end….bye bye unlimited.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        For the record – I am off contract right now. My last 2 year contract ended over 3 months ago and I have just been waiting it out for a worthy phone. I still have unlimited and 3G.

        So if I don’t change phones and don’t upgrade – I can avoid 1-3, no?

        • bakdroid

          I think they will end up sending some to you when this goes in place saying you are no longer unlimited. Your only savor is to upgrade now and lock in for 2 years. It does suck, but at least you will have 2 years of unlimited. If you wait till this comes around and then sign up, you will be on tier. I believe that is how it is going to work.

          • florious80

            I agree 100%. I’ve been telling my friends about this, the ones who are capable of upgrading. You might as well get 2 yrs of unlimited while you still can(i’m assuming this still holds, but it may end up being worse). If you don’t and stay at 3G or contract-less, they can force this tier garbage on you at will and you’ll be free to leave….not that ATT or Tmobile or Sprint is a much better company…

          • florious80

            I agree 100%. I’ve been telling my friends about this, the ones who are capable of upgrading. You might as well get 2 yrs of unlimited while you still can(i’m assuming this still holds, but it may end up being worse). If you don’t and stay at 3G or contract-less, they can force this tier garbage on you at will and you’ll be free to leave….not that ATT or Tmobile or Sprint is a much better company…

  • Jake

    “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.” I think the meant to say provide customers with the same high PRICE service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

  • Peace out Verizon! The support my Thunderbolt has received from Verizon and HTC is beyond piss poor. The people out there with a non-Google supported Galaxy Nexus are getting screwed even worse. Now this. They take my unlimited 4G LTE and I break my contract with zero ETF and go elsewhere. Sick of this. No more e-mails or complaining. Just time to vote with the wallet and tell Verizon to go F themselves.

  • C-Law

    F you Verizon. Been with you since 2000 when you started but its time to leave when my gnex contract is up. Rediculous upgrade fee, no more unlimited data, won’t let me upgrade my moms phone one week early. I’m done

    • bkosh84

      You’ve ran into the upgrade thing too? I’ve tried to have them push my upgrade up a month, from June 23rd to May 23rd but they refuse to do it everytime I call..

  • Means VZW will Fu*k you at will when they want.

  • pubasnacks77

    Something, something, buy some cheap anal grease…

  • Erik Cho

    This reeks of a scheme to try and get as many people to extend their contracts before many undoubtedly will jump ship.

    “Sure we’ll let you know before we make any changes so that you’re able to make an informed decision. So be sure to extend your contract for another two years while you still can.”
    Or maybe this is just my skeptical and paranoid self reading too far between the lines.

  • “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.”

    This means that they will continue trying to bilk every dime possible from each and every one of their customers at every opportunity. REALLY starting to loathe Verizon.

  • Radgatt

    The number of people that want to share data apparently out numbers the number of people that want unlimited data. This has to be the 99% that dont visit sites like this on a regular basis. The same people that dont root or unlock their phone. Joe Smo wants to share data with his family while I want to have unlimited data til the day I die. Unfortunately, there are more Joe Smo’s then there are people like us.

    • bkosh84

      THIS! Yeah, my mom could care less about unlimited data as she only uses her Smartphone to play Angry Birds and check Facebook when at work, unlike me, who roots/roms and uses my phone to the max.

  • AlexR69
  • “It is our goal and commitment to continue to provide customer with the same high value service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.” I was kind of hoping they’d be reversing course.

  • Raul

    as much as i find my razr useful, i think its time to go back to the regular flip phone.

    • mustbepbs

      I tried that. It’s not possible. I honestly gave it a good 2 months running. It hurt 🙁

      • florious80

        You could be right, but if they go tier I just may be forced to do so. I just it would hurt a lot since I’m on the net constantly for fun and work, but it just simply not worth the tier price.

  • moelsen8

    data is the new crack. and verizon’s gearing up to be the best drug dealer you’ve ever seen. get you and your family hooked.

  • I still don’t understand how shared data plans mean the elimination of grandfathered unlimited data for individual users. I have one phone on my account. I’m not sharing anything.

    • bkosh84

      Then you’ll have to go to the normal tiered data plans (2gb, 5gb and 10gb)

      • where have they specifically said this?

    • florious80

      The two have no relation whatsoever. They are just using this (introduction of new plan/feature) as an excuse to get everyone off the unlimited plan. Greed….

  • zizzybaloobah

    I am ok switching to a limited bucket of shared data, however: #1. it must not cost more than my separate data plans. #2. It must include enough data to cover our total usage, with room to grow. People use their smartphones more and more, not less and less.

    I’m not holding my breath that either one of those is going to happen.

    The real scam here is not that Verizon’s getting rid of unlimited plans, per se, but that they’re getting rid of them, after advertising for years, all the things the phones can do. Never mind that they force apps like Blockbuster and NFL onto the phones (which can’t be removed). And lately they’ve been advertising using FB Color to broadcast live video using their phones — How much video would eat your entire bucket?

  • duke69111

    Same verizon as always…we don’t know…we’ll tell you later.

    If they gave me 100 gigs to share between the max of 5 phones and it was only $10.00 per phone (4 phones) to share the data plus $30.00 for the primary phone, then I might be persuaded to change if they will not let me keep my current unlimited. Otherwise F U Verizon.

    • Oh, they know, they just want to quell the backlash as long as possible.

  • bakdroid

    The other shoe that is going to drop is reduced or no subsidized prices on phones from now on. Shammo stated that he wants things to be like Europe where phones are not subsidized heavily, if at all. The days of smart phones are coming to an end. Time to go back to flip phones!

    • Josh Groff

      You know what no subsidies also means, no contracts. I’d gladly pay retail or buy used over locking into a contract any day. (especially if that means lower monthly prices.)

      • It wouldn’t thought, Verizon will unsubsidize the phones, keep the prices the same and still charge you 20 for unlimited texting and 30 for a measly 2GB of data.

        • Josh Groff

          It would if they want to keep you with them (the power of contract free users is pretty darn strong.)

      • bakdroid

        Oh I am sure they will have something up their sleeves to say you have to lock in to use their network. I wouldn’t put anything sneaky past them.

        • florious80

          They already have that. No phone from any other network can work on the verizon LTE network. not even ATT’s LTE phones. You are locked into v’s network as soon as buy a phone. There’s just no contract, that’s all. They will probably still charge the same amount of monthly price for minutes/data anyways.

          • bakdroid

            Right now. But as LTE becomes more of a standard, there will be unlocked phones like GSM where all the frequencies are there all you need is a SIM. That at least is the plan elsewhere in the world but I am sure VZW will screw that up somehow.

          • florious80

            Don’t quote me on this, but I read somewhere that V’s LTE is not compatible with ATT’s LTE. In other words, you can’t use the SIM from a 4G Verizon phone in a ATT 4G phone. Unlike GSM, which is like globally used, V’s LTE is very particular, and thus my Gnex cannot be used worldwide, even if the other country used LTE. In fact, there are currently 11 different frequencies of LTE worldwide.

          • bakdroid

            That is true, right now. But in about a year or 2 LTE is going to become the standard worldwide like GSM. Yes there will be different frequencies, and there has to be in order to comply with local frequency requirements. They will start releasing unlocked LTE devices that have all the frequencies in the radio so you can use any SIM card. Now there will be devices that can only operate on a certain carrier, but there should still be some unlocked devices just like there is right now with some GSM devices.

        • Josh Groff

          Probably, knowing Verizon.

  • LiterofCola

    Damage control at it’s finest.

  • Greg Morgan

    I think the only people that want shared data are the ones without unlimited data.

    • jason

      I agree

    • V.A. N.

      Good point.

    • Eric Peterson

      My girlfriend and I both have unlimited data and frankly I’d prefer shared. Even when tethering I use less than 5GB a month and she has never topped 2. If I could get 10GB for $50-60 I’d be happy.

    • PC_Tool

      I have 5 lines on our family plan. All carry unlimited data.

      That’s $150.

      We average around 6-8GB a month.

      If they can give me 10GB for less than $150…I’m in.

  • Kevin

    Maybe I’m alone on this, but I’m not too worried. I have a family plan with 4 smart phones (and soon to be a 5th.) Right now we are all on $30/month plans. Combined, we use about 4-5GB a month for which we pay $120. I’m cautiously optimistic that Verizon will offer a plan that will save me money.

    • for you and your situation, yes, I for one dont have a problem with the shared data plan, and I dont think very many people actually do. the issue is forcing people with unlimited data to drop it and move to the shared data, for those of us on an individual plan; it hurts not helps. I’ll have to increase my phone bill by about 30 to 50 a month just to be able to use the same amount of data I do now. I dont use a tone an average of about 5 GB. so it will be almost 170 a month for my one phone.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Time to start abusing my data plan.

    No more wifi for me on the GNex. And i think i’ll tether it constantly to my TFP.

    • Josh Groff

      There’s some 10 hour looped vids on youtube for while you sleep. 😉

    • rlorenz

      Seconded

  • So if “customers” say they want to keep their unlimited plans, similar to how they do right now, then they will oblige? They clearly just want their customers to be happy!

  • gimlet72

    I am due to a contract renewal now. My wife just dropped her Droid Incredible and cracked the screen. She is waiting for the Incredible 4G since she want’s a familiar interface. (I guess the 17th release date rumors are off). I called Verizon today to ask about the phone upgrade and the representative had no idea about the upcoming policy changes. I do have a question though if I renew the contract then just let it lapse after two years and just pay full price for new phones would I lose the unlimited?

    • AbbieRosario

      No you wouldn’t as they keep saying that when you sign up for a new upgrade. So long as you don’t forget to pay one month.

  • shdowman

    Game over man! Game Over!

  • Jason

    I would share my data with the wife if I could keep it unlimited instead of having two unlimited plans but we know that aint gonna happen!

  • hiimdh

    should we start writing congress now so that they can hold costly and time consuming meetings and investigations that will lead into absolutely no action or change whatsoever other than hopefully helping their party in winning the elections comes this November? Do I sound like a disenchanted, jaded voter? Why do I believe that neither the government nor Verizon will do anything to help me as a consumer?

    • Joe

      because they wont.

    • Rafy186

      No, what we should write to them is to let them know that they don’t deserve that shiny new spectrum they are trying to purchase from the Cable companies. I prefer that spectrum go to T-mobile who isn’t naive to what us customers want and let Verizon keep what they have.

      It’s sad the way companies rule America. No competition.

      • mustbepbs

        I’m sure if T-Mobile had the customer base Verizon does, they’d do similar stuff. Money corrupts these companies.

        • Rafy186

          I agree with you 100% but it’ll take a lot of work and a lot of years for T-mobile to get where Verizon is right now, so I prefer dealing those cards now and deal with T-mobile when it gets to that point.

    • PC_Tool

      “Why do I believe that neither the government nor Verizon will do anything to help me as an entitled consumer?”

      There, fixed that for you.

  • Do I at least get dinner out of this before I get F*cked?

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      After would be fine too.

      But we’re hungry verizon.

  • Jeremy_Bowling

    Customers have also told you that they want unlimited data… funny how you aren’t working on that one Verizon.

    • V.A. N.

      LOL…so true.

    • mustbepbs

      While I agree that unlimited data rocks, we really don’t want Sprint’s network reliability, do we? Think about it: if Verizon had unlimited data plans like Sprint, with Verizon’s customer base, we’d see worse things than Sprint customers do. It sucks that Verizon is taking this shared data approach, but unlimited data is only going to hurt everyone. For those that have it I think they should leave alone, though.

      • mustbepbs

        You say that now, but Verizon is doing something that helps customers in the long run. What use is unlimited data if you can only hit 1-3 Mbps download speeds? They want to keep their network screaming (like it is), not bog it down. As more and more people get smartphones, they need to keep it under control.

        • mustbepbs

          Of course you hit those speeds NOW, but think about Sprints bogged down network. If everyone had unlimited data at 4G speeds on Verizon, I’m sure it’d be a lot slower. As it is, they’re increasing 4G coverage and I’m sure we’ll see a speed hit once more people get 4G phones.

        • Um what are you needing to do on your phone that 1-3 Mbps is not fast enought? I for one will take that speed so long as I can have unlimited, with that speed I can still streem netflix, youtube pandora google music surf download games and so on with very little wait.

          • mustbepbs

            1 Mbps streaming Netflix? Have fun with that. That’s like 170 KB/s.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow. Latency.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow. Latency.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow. Latency.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow. Latency.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala
            LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow.
            Latency.

          • Taglogical

            1-3Mbps wouldn’t be bad if it was on traditional TCP packet handling ala
            LTE… but the method behind 3G is what makes it’s 1-3Mbps feel slow.
            Latency.

        • LiterofCola

          I guess there is some truth to this. I can see that down the road as more and more consumers buy smartphones and use more data, that the network could come under some strain.

        • Tyler Cameron

          No… no no. You have no clue how the networks work -.-
          Simply having users connected contributes to network slowdown. By your logic, the network would get faster at some point near the end of your billing cycle since everyone will have to turn off data to prevent an overage, you really think it works like that?

          The network is either fast or slow depending on the backhaul. The more backhaul they have, the faster it will be. During peak times, it will be slower. There’s a difference between data and bandwidth.

          What they NEED to do is make tier plans based on SPEED like ISPs do.

          • mustbepbs

            I understand that’s how it works. Think about it this way: with people having unlimited data (A LOT of people), who’s going to care about streaming Netflix all the time? Or streaming any service? My point is, with all of the free reign on data, the network will be severely taxed (like Sprint’s). I really am surprised I had to explain that to you.

      • mmoreimi

        That would be HORRIBLE if that was the pricing structure. I’m on a 3 line account so I *think* I might be able to get this to work out as long as they have an “honest” pricing structure. 2 gigs for $50 is a scam.

        • mmoreimi

          If that’s the case, then it’s time to go elsewhere.

        • JDHokie

          Of course that’s not going to be the structure. Right now it’s 2GB for $30 (4GB with the ‘free’ doubling) … they aren’t going to raise that price, and force it to be shared.
          The pricing structure won’t be perfect, but it won’t be that bad.

          • Kyle Fullmer

            Yes they will, and they will say they are helping you get 2 lines on data for cheaper than you can right now.

      • Tyler Cameron

        The day before unlimited was killed, their 3g network was still 5x faster than Sprint’s. And you know what? It still is. Changing to tiered data does not increase the QOS of the network one bit at all.

        • mustbepbs

          Yeah but who cares about 3G speeds? It’s the higher speeds that people care about. And with no limits, people are going to use it a lot more often since they don’t need to worry about caps. Is this that complicated? I feel like people are blind to this. Nobody seems to understand that more users + unlimited data = havoc on the network.

    • Apostrafee

      Both cannot exist it just wouldn’t work. Most consumers really just want a smartphone for less a month.

      • EC8CH

        Too bad VZW is working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen

        • Apostrafee

          You’re right, but it will be interesting to see the structure they come up with

          • EC8CH

            deliberately anemic tiered data structure… guaranteed.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            I think shared plans are a good idea. However I agree that it won’t be cost effective for people like us who use tons of data. I wish they would let us have a shared unlimited plan for a reasonable amount a month or single line unlimited everything for $100 a month. But lets be honest…

          • I pay $50 a month for all the unlimited data across all 5 lines. 🙂

          • I pay $50 a month for all the unlimited data across all 5 lines. 🙂

          • I pay $50 a month for all the unlimited data across all 5 lines. 🙂

          • I pay $50 a month for all the unlimited data across all 5 lines. 🙂

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Shoot I would pay $50 for the first 2 and then $10 more for each additional line. That would be the fair wait to do it and it still make it affordable

          • Apostrafee

            Probably

          • Definitely.

        • Really because looking at my usage I can almost gurantee that I will save money with a shared data plan. 5 smartphones at $30 bucks a crack is stupid. Plus a hot spot and tablet. Granted there are not all mine and each person pays their share but my wife and i use less than 3GB a month on average with high of only 6GB in the last year so even if it was the two of use a 5GB plan should suffice.

        • Tyler Cameron

          There is NO REASON we should ALL be FORCED into a data plan.
          Sure, if you sign a 2 year agreement, you should be forced to have a data plan, but what about those who buy off-contract?! There is NO REASON EVER to force them into a data plan.

      • Stewie

        Really? why sure they can …. just as some will have higher tiered limits. unlimited would be THE highest …

        • Apostrafee

          Not what I was saying. I was saying that each plan couldn’t have the shared as well as unlimited it would be one or the other. Should they make everyone who upgrades dump unlimited and jump on these new plans? Hell no it should be the option to do so. You have always had the ability to control your account w Verizon I wonder what is changing.

      • Both can surely exist. Unlimited data is for individual accounts. Shared data is for…wait for it…shared accounts. I have unlimited text/data/minutes and that’s the sort of plan I need as I use my phone for both business and pleasure. Verizon is going to f*ck people like me over because some morons want shared data plans? what kind of sense does that make….they can EASILY afford to keep unlimited plans while offering shared data.

    • mmoreimi

      Maybe there still will be an unlimited data option, but it will be at the highest pricing of the data tiers. Just like unlimited texting and unlimited voice minutes. It wouldn’t really be practical on a 2 line account.

      • MikeCiggy

        Unlimited texting is now included in any plan they sell because it costs them close to nothing for it to operate.

        • TheMan876

          Wrong. Unlimited texting is $30

          • michael

            I too am paying 30 for unlimited text

          • noyfb

            I am paying $30 a month for same, if it is included, verizon is nice enough to not tell us or correct it.

    • we ain’t having it!
    • Kyle Fullmer

      No no no, I want to share data like I share minutes -_- 700 minutes minimum, the 4 people on my plan use MAX 30 minutes a month. YAY. Guess that means for 400 dollars a month we will get 6TB data share plan, nothing smaller.

    • Pipes

      The problem with the 1%ers if you read all this crying mess companies
      would actually make a profit and help out the economy with them not as
      customers, instead we have to raise prices because they are finding a
      way to steal. Nothing wrong with wanting to pay less but you can not
      demand it. verizon gives discounts business, and there employees but
      thats not good enough is it no. People use wireless teather on rooted
      androids and jailbroken iphones stealing bandwidth root and rom do it on
      wifi from comcast or time warner use that bandwidth. quit streaming
      netflix to your hdtv do it threw your xbox or ps3. theres alternatives.
      quit using 30 gigs of data on spite thats whats ruining all the good
      things and making prices go up. I guess what im saying if anything
      quite being douchebags

      • jake

        pretty sure Verizon hasn’t had any problems making a profit

    • PC_Tool

      I want free cars. Why the hell isn’t Ford or Chevy working on that??

      …smh…

    • Austin

      I know right, thats bs no constomers have told verizon they want shared data plans, we are being forced intobthem

  • RedPandaAlex

    Oh, well that clears things right up then.

  • mmoreimi

    Do you guys think this is grounds to break out of contract with Verizon and go elsewhere?…with out an ETF?
    Not sure where I would go though. Verizon’s network is the best in my opinion. Kind of want to follow the One X over to AT&T, but their LTE network has barely rolled out.

    • JSK

      Worst come to worst you probably be off contract at the time when/if you get forced to switch. It will most likely be at the time of sale of an upgrade. So you can leave as you please then.

  • DroidBricker

    I decipher it as damage control. Their CFO is an idiot and I’m not buying it one bit. I like the idea of choice, but don’t force us into something unless it actually benefits us. Here’s the petition to let us keep our grandfathered data plan permanently like we were promised.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-verizon-from-killing-unlimited-data-plans-for-existing-subscribers#share

    Thanks for signing and please share. I was not the originator of this petition but completely support the person who did.

    • I want to keep my unlimited data as much as the next guy, but i don’t remember them promising us anything.

      • NotTheTodd

        Agreed. All we got was “you can keep it… for now”

      • PC_Tool

        Yep., it was a good run, too.

        I did not expect to see it transferred to my 4G device upgrade, but was pleasantly surprised.

        We’re not sure what’s going to happen yet as far as costs and caps go, but if they can work it to 10GB shared for less than $150, I’m sold. Currently have 5 devices on unlimited and use 6-8GB a month total.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Thanks I just signed it. I sent it friends and family too.

    • Scott

      Signed!

  • I think it means, “Keep a handful of cash ready because we’re only going to give you a miniscule window of time to retain your unlimited data with a new contract. Oh, and that awesome phone you’re waiting for won’t be released until after the horrible new data plans.”

    • Hit the nail on the head. I see a blossoming used phone market springing up. But since they wont be subsidizing the phones any longer, they still make out.

      A Verizon foot is on the break pedal of wireless and general tech innovation, and they are just waiting for the right time to slam down hard. I told my wife yesterday, who is holding off for a better phone to buy on upgrade, that she should consider an upgrade off the table at this point. We may be moving carriers.

  • Sqube

    In other words, we’re going to wait as long as possible before we let you know that we’re screwing you over.

    We’re well aware of what’s going to happen: unless you buy your phone full price (and maybe not even then), you’re going to lose your unlimited plan with the next smartphone that you purchase.