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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)


      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.