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Verizon Unlimited Users Averaging 200GB or More Per Month Getting the Boot

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Last year, Verizon began informing customers who used an “extraordinary” amount of data on unlimited plans that they would no longer be able to keep those unlimited data plans. At the time, Verizon wouldn’t set a specific number of GB on that “extraordinary” number, but we ventured to guess it was around 100GB per month or more after hearing feedback from readers and with Verizon pointing to their 100GB plan over and over. As it turns out, that number has either adjusted to a higher number or we were simply wrong. Either way, another wave of customers are getting the boot and need to find a new plan or carrier by February 16.

At the end of last week, Verizon told its employees that 200GB is the number customers can’t average or they stand to be pushed off of unlimited data. We first noted the limit in a post about Verizon’s new $30 upgrade fee and move to kill off 2-year contracts, but have since confirmed it with Verizon. Verizon shared with us a similar statement to the one we received at the first round of unlimited data deaths, only with a confirmation of 200GB being the number to be aware of. The move is happening to a small group of customers.

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Verizon is giving those customers until February 16 to make a change. Like the last round, they are offering up The Verizon Plan and its data buckets as an option to move to. Verizon is also suggesting that if a new plan is not picked by the 16th of next month, that customers’ lines will be disconnected.

Now, I should point out that we’ve seen the comments on our post from last week and several reddit threads from customers suggesting they have received the letter to move off of unlimited data, yet are no where near the 200GB limit. At this point, I can’t tell you why that is. Verizon told both its employees and us directly that 200GB is the number they have set.

If you are a part of the latest group receiving letters, my guess is that you have more than likely received the news by now. If you don’t mind, feel free to let us know in the comments how much data you are using.

  • Kevin Duffey

    So I am really curious now that Verizon announced they are bringing back the unlimited data plan, which from what I can gather, with 4 lines at $45 a line (including the $20 phone line use charge) is actually around the same price I pay for 4 individual data plan lines now, with a combined 12GB pool of data. From what I read though, they will slow down your speeds tremendously if you use over a few GB of data on the new unlimited plan, so again we are stuck with what is the purpose of having 4G speeds if after we watch one youtube video at HD quality, we are slower than 3G?

    Lets add to that that they are about to start testing 5G speeds in several markets, ready to roll out in 3 years. I cant wait to have a 5G plan that I get to use for a few minutes before my speeds dip down to 3G speeds because at 5G speeds I tore through my data limit before they limit me. Makes me also wonder if they are doing the same thing they did with 3G when 4G started coming out.. “Yah.. we got unlimited data.. ” as millions jump back to Verizion for unlimited data.. only to get pushed off again in 2 years when 5G comes out and Verizon, making billions in profit every month, claims they cant handle the volume of data (and speed) and now needs to limit everyone again.. and pulls the unlimited plan away again.

  • David Dyer

    I just got the email today. Lately I’ve been averaging 150 to 175 but I’ve hit 300 in the past. I called them right up to see why and they said there is no way around it. Now I’m looking to see what’s my best option even if I go with another carrier.

    • shehippie

      I got a text today, from them saying, they weren’t going to boot me off until March 16th. They cant make up their minds.

      • David Dyer

        Yes I got that same text.

  • Not happy

    I have verizon with unlimited data on let’s just say several phones and jetpacks. Starting today they cut me off at 25G…. time to leave

    • D’Artagnan the Deplorable

      What do you mean by 25G?

  • FirestoneX .

    Ive got a 4 gb plan fron verizon and it sucks. I basically have to stay off of the internet all the time. And when i do watch something in youtube i have to set it to 144p. And i still bearly keep from going over. Its unacceptable the amount of data they give us for the price. Charter gives unlimited data for 50 bucks a month. I would need at least 25 to 50 gigs to be “comfortable”. Cant even try watching something in hd. One video would use all my data. Verizon sucks.

  • greendusk

    I have 4 lines. 3 of the lines use about 150 a month the last 30ish

  • HorrorBiz606

    If you’re using over 200GB a month then you’re either A) Bypassing tethering restrictions and violating the terms of the agreement or B) Hammering the network with endless P2P traffic or video streaming. Either way it’s a strain on the network resources and outside of major metropolitan areas it’s unfair to other users who must endure congestion because someone is using PDANet to share with 4 other devices. Data isn’t a commodity that is freely dispersed across a carrier’s network cheaply or effortlessly. Bandwidth costs money. Lots of it in many instances. You know cellular carriers have to depend on terrible rural ISPs in many areas? AT&T and Verizon do not have fiber covering every inch of their cellular networks. In urban settings you have thousands of users on any given tower. So if some neckbeard is pirating 5 seasons worth of anime at 30 megabits per second someone else is getting a poor experience.

    Unlimited data plans were never meant to continue in perpetuity AND mature with the technology. Most of these were introduced when 3G was the standard. On devices that would take 24/7 usage to break the 50 gig mark. The big two carriers have been more than accommodating. LTE speeds were not part of the original agreement but everyone got them.

  • Harvey Lopez
  • RTG

    Why not throttle the heavy users?
    You have to try really hard to use over 200GB on a single phone, especially with the slow speed in my area.
    I got the notice in the mail, and I’ve used nowhere near 200GB, of data on my personal phone, however I am part of a family plan with more than one unlimited data line. If the total of all my unlimited data were added up then it does exceed 200GB. If that’s all they are going off of to consider my line for disconnection, then Verizon can kiss this customer goodbye despite never missing a payment for almost a decade.
    “Unlimited” means without limits, and I’ve come nowhere near some of the horror stories I’ve read on the internet, about people uploading and downloading entire google drives multiple times per month, just to test the network.
    My plan of action is to start looking at TMobile phones, and try their “unlimited” plan, even though none of my current phones will work with other networks.
    I was with Alltel since 2005, then when verizon took over in 2008, I got my current contract and never really broke a phone so I never saw a need to upgrade my contract. I’ve just been using hand-me-down phones from relatives and friends.
    My first real upgrade came this year at black friday when I found a $35 smartphone with good specs, only to find out that I had to pay Verizon $30 to activate the prepaid phone on my post paid account.

    • keha

      Because Verizon wants money. On the new plans they charge $15 per GB overage fee.

      After all this is the same company that 15 years ago wanted me to spend $120 a month just on my landline telephone not including long distance. The “Big Deal” is what they called it.

  • MrC1122

    Even if vzw goes thru with this, where else can you get 199gb of unthrottled data for $50?

    • Kappa Reno

      I am just gonna guess and say you do not have the plan, do you? Many people are reporting getting the termination letter with well under 100 GB per month. Myself included.

      • MrC1122

        Yes, I do have the udp and rarely go over 25gb a mo. What I don’t get is how vzw sells you the plan then wants to kick you off when you use what you are paying for. They don’t seem to have a problem when they take your payment every mo. There has to be some kind of legal wrong doing here.

        • keha

          No doubt somewhere buried deep in your contract they had the right to terminate the contract anytime they want, for any reason they want.

          It’s only legal because you did (do) get what you paid for.

  • Jon

    It’s 200gb on an account not a line. I’ve got 3 unlimited vzw lines that I keep under 95gb per line. Last round was over 100gb per line. This is account.

  • hotshotbk

    No message from Verizon here, but we don’t use that much data. This month we have used 20gb total. A few months ago it was 60 something. Just depends on how much we Netflix or Hulu on our phones. The most we ever used was 80 gb last summer when we went on vacation and kept the kids occupied with shows during the drive.

  • Jim Hamilton

    In six months, they’ll issue another letter saying 100GB a month, then six months after that, 50GB per month, until everyone has been kicked off UDP. Problem solved.

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  • rolerpoler

    I thought the fcc said they could not do that what happened to that?

  • Manwinc
  • jonscurve

    I just did alternate 2 year upgrade off my unlimited data line… I was days away from coming out of a one year agree.ent I made over the phone in oct 2015 to keep my unlimited package at 29.99. I wanted to do the same thing in oct2016 to keep it at 29.99 but they caught on over the customer service line. Soooo it was up to me to make this happen… One night after my shift I started experimenting… I have two devices onmy account. A un limited LG G5 and a hum. Well I’m the past I could do a alternate upgrade off my G5 line and give the upgrade to another line to get a phone and also put my G5 line back into a agreement for 2years. That would lock in my 29.99 data pkg too. But the system would do alternate upgrade from. My phone to the other device because it was a hum.. they got smart… But I got smarter. I went In and just tried to do a esn change from hum device to flip phone. Nope … Didnt work… Then I remember some new features in the point of sale Verizon system. Where you can edit the esns .. then pick the correct PKG for said esn and then just “force” a save and activate…BOOM IT WORKED. now I had a flip phone on my hum line. Refreshed the account and there is that beautiful “transfer upgrade” button..I had to pick some kind of phone to do this so I got the 1.00 iPhone SE 64gb silver. Now I have two more years of unlimited data at the old 29.99 rate… I’m going to put the hum back on the other line considering its only 10 a month. And I don’t use more that 80 or 90 a month in data.

    • Kappa Reno

      Good luck, you will be lucky to make it that long before verizon has kicked everyone off the UDP

  • Bruce Wayne

    200GB on a mobile phone is crazy. They must be tethering 24/7.

    • Kappa Reno

      Not really. Just a few games can reach that nowadays.

      • Bruce Wayne

        Mobile games?

  • Qbancelli

    They deserve it.

    • Kappa Reno

      Do not be jelly. For most it is called traveling.

  • Glich

    considering i run about 100-150 gigs a month of my come cable internet (and most of that is HD video and game downloads) I can see Verizon’s point..

  • Sharon Ferraro

    All these cell phone companies make billions of dollars a year and they are all a bunch of thieves as far as I’m concerned. It’s even hard to talk to someone in America if there is a problem. Same with the TV, Internet companies. Personally, I’m tired of the greed of these companies. Yes, I still use my cell phone, my Internet and watch my TV but I wish there was a way for all if us to give up these for just a few weeks just to show these rip off corporations we are tired of the greed and to get them to lower all their bills and supply us with better service. CEO’S don’t need to make millions of dollars a year and for some of us, ie: seniors, these expensive services are our only entertainment. Just saying. Thanks for letting me vent.

  • GW Norman

    i guess ill change out phone comanys soon as i get the letter may get a flipp phone and get home net makes since i dont need a smart phone if i have to watch the bill go up for caped plan

  • Skye

    Just make all networks share cables like they all do in South Korea. Then we really wouldn’t need cell phone data. Also write your local officials & have them build city networks. It’s really no big deal if we all force change. But we just bitch on the Internet so nothing will change. I’ll see this same story in a year when everyone bitches b/c they changed it to 150GB. Quit sitting on your ass & protest & lobby.

  • Scott

    I consistently use betwen 75GB-150GB per month with my Verizon Unlimted Data Plan and have not received a letter…..yet.

    • Kappa Reno

      That is around what I use last month and still got the letter. T mobile here I come.

  • the PatrioticTraitor

    File a complaint with the FCC

    • PoisonApple31

      Yeah! And while you’re at it – bring back Planters Cheez Balls!

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        Funny, filing an FCC complaint worked for me. Verizon backed off.

        • D’Artagnan the Deplorable

          Tell us more, please!

        • Kappa Reno

          Do tell?

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        You’ll have to write a letter to the US Food and Drug adminiatration for the cheese puffs request though…

        • PoisonApple31

          That explains why I didn’t see them back on the shelves again. Thank you!

  • Verizrape

    ROTFLMAO!

  • The Dude

    Sucks for the people using 200 GB+. I’m sure it will get to every unlimited user sooner or later, but until they set the limit to 50 GB.. i’m safe, for now. As soon as it affects me, i’m out.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Cricket Wireless keeps looking better and better.

  • Steve

    Contact the FCC and your state authority. VZW can’t continue to treat paying customers this way.

  • Steve

    If the very small ℅ of unlimited users are killing there network they have a network problem. Get real and stop lying VZW!

  • Kevin Davis

    These people need to quit whining and get a home ISP like everyone else. Hundreds of Gb’s per month is why Verizon will eventually do away with these plans, and I’ll be glad when they do. I’m sick of hearing the whining.

    “But, but, but- it’s my right to burn a 1,000 Gigs a month, and run my house on it and two neighbors,as well”.

    • TJay229

      Aww sounds like you’re mad that you couldn’t do what some of us have been doing for years, so you want everyone to suffer like you have..

      Bitter party of one.

      • Kevin Davis

        Enjoy it while you can, douche bag, idiots like you are exactly why it’s going away for everyone, but obviously, you’re too stupid to comprehend that. So, enjoy, for now.

        • TJay229

          Aww… You miserable used tampon. You’re pissed that you didn’t get to enjoy the life that many of us had… Tisk Tisk Tisk…!

          Have you tried drinking Bleach? 😂

          • alex drum

            Gotta say dude… I dont understand your point.

        • the PatrioticTraitor

          Idiots like you are the reason companies continue to exploit the consumer. Give them an inch they take a mile.

          • alex drum

            Thing is if you’re not under contract they would destroy you in court. FCC can’t back up laws that dont exist. Verizon is not bound to offer you a discontinued service “just because it was a thing a while back”. The grandfather piece was just them being nice.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            Verizon insinuated to consumers that if they continued to purchase phones at full retail price they would retain their unlimited data plans. For grandfathered costumers that may have included generational purchases equating to thousands of dollars. In the least Verizon is culpable under current law for misleading consumers.

          • alex drum

            I haven’t read the entire legal document… and i’m positive you haven’t either. That all being said I would put down a solid thousand dollar bet that a multi million dollar company would stick a clause in there that plans are subject to change at any point without reason. Just because your perception of a document is one way doesnt really matter in the eyes of the law. Again, haven’t read over this but it’s a bit insane to propose that verizon wouldn’t put a backdoor in their contract. If you showed up in court and said “well I thought this” you would be laughed out. FCC can’t protect you on an expired contract.

            PS love the fact you are upvoting all your own comments haha.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            I’m sure no telecomunications comany has ever broken the law and been fined by the FCC, right genius?
            What document are you talking about? Federal law? Yes there is federal regulation protecting the consumer from being misled. A company upholding unlawful terms and conditions is still culpable for legal damages.

          • alex drum

            Again, upvoting your own comment… hilarious… Also no that’s not how it works. When you entered into an agreement with verizon there was a contract. Verizon NEVER told you that you could keep your service as is, indefinitely. Every contract they have is subject to change, rate are subject to change as well. You were not mislead. I could not be more clear about the document in question being the customer/provider contract. I would love to see your documentation of your contact with the FCC and them threatening verizon (implied sue) over possibly kicking you off contract. You’re a fool and a liar. Verizon owes you nothing legally and could terminate your service tomorrow for a myriad of reasons without repercussion tomorrow, especially if you are not under contract.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            Let me spell this out for you in the simplest way possible, because it seems like there is a mental block preventing you from understanding a basic legal principle.

            Verizon misled consumers who purchased cell phones at full retail price.
            By Verizon’s own terms of service, those who purchased phones at full retail price would retain their unlimited data plans.

            Verizon is liable for these purchases because of the scheme and policy their own corporation enacted.

            This is a basic legal principle of damages. To legally measure in financial terms the extent of harm consumers have suffered because of a specific action by Verizon.

            Federal law gives the FCC much more leeway than traditional industries in regulating and fining telecommunications practices. This is information that anyone can access online and I suggest you educate yourself.

            The value of damages can be gauged to these grandfathered consumers by their full retail phone purchases from 2011 to present, making an informal FCC complaint and demand letter to Verizon more easily managed by regular consumers.

            Yes, Verizon can terminate services but that does not protect them from the compensatory damages they are liable for after reneging on a policy that charged consumers potentiality thousands of more dollars than their standard counterparts.

            Verizon is aslo held to different industrial standards after their LTE network acquisition of spectrum in 2008. Again, I suggest you educate yourself before making another ad hominem attack on “up-voting” myself.

          • alex drum

            Oh look at this guy! Upvoting your own comment again bahahaha. You seem to be one of those guys who know a little about our legal system but uses his bent logic to try and justify other actions. You seem to be another “sovereign citizen” case. Let’s be very clear. Verizon is not in a contract therefore they cannot violate said contract. You seem to think just because you buy a phone outright and bring it to them they cannot cancel your expired contract. So here i’ll lay this on you. I’ll say you’re right if you can find in ANY current Verizon document that says if you buy your own phones we will never change your plan. When you sign up you sign a contract, after that contract expires they can cancel your service at any point for many different reasons. Once again, show proof of your communications with the FCC and show them threatening to sue verizon over an expired contract or show ANYTHING from verizon that specifically states that your plan will never be subject to change if you purchase your own phone. Your claim is absurd at best.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            You’re a real prince.
            You’re a gentleman and a scholar, kid. You’re understanding of telecommunications law is overwelming. I can’t continue to explain something you are logically incapable of processing. I bid you farewell in your eternal journey of discoverying fun new facts online. Stick to making comments on your specialty the PS4, slick.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            As I mentioned before it’s not soley an issue of how you interperet Verizon’s contractual obligations.
            It’s an issue whether Verizon’s actions violated the Consumer Fraud Act, federal regulation or the various consumer protection laws enforced by the FCC.
            An informal complaint addresses this.
            I’m not an intellectual masichist so I’m ending this argument with you.

          • alex drum

            They can’t be held accountable for fraud if they never said it. Your strongest argument is that it was “implied” that if you bought your own phone you would never have your plan changed. Its essentially a child’s perspective of your legal system. No respectable court is going to hear a case of “well… I thought it was this way”. Verizon is INCAPABLE of fraud if they never promised anything specifically and (or) there was nothing in any formal (current) contract. For that matter I said “find ANYTHING” meaning informal or formal that said what you are proposing and you CAN’T. Not once in any piece of literature, broadcast, advertisement, what have you did they ever say “buy your own phone and keep unlimited data forever”. Then you went on and said you have somehow used the FCC to make verizon back off of your particular case. You can’t cite the exact laws that you have in your case, you won’t show ANY proof, you won’t bring up a SINGLE piece of information. It’s so incredibly clear you are full of it and have NO idea what you are talking about legally or logically.

    • the PatrioticTraitor

      If only there weren’t those garsh darn consumer protections…

    • Kappa Reno

      This day in age with netflix, hulu, amazon video, HD youtube, etc. it is all to easy to use hundreds of GB in 30 days. 5+ years ago the tiny 2-10GB plans were enough because there were far less data hungry apps out there.

      Data usage has gone up exponentially but the data caps have not even remotely kept up.

  • Josh

    How do they call it unlimited if it is limited?I can’t stand them, i paid verizon over 13,000 in 2 years so when i turned them in to the fcc my account was conviently charged off 2 days prior to them calling me about them overcharging me

  • zlatty

    Verizon wants to get rid of all of us on legacy unlimited* plans. Last year it was the $20/m fee. Now this. What’s next, unlimited data limited to 3G only?

  • Christoff Jackson

    I haven’t received a letter yet. I’m at 22gb this bill cycle which closes on the 16th. I hope they try to push me off. I don’t like Verizon and only stay because of my unlimited plan; I’m waiting to go to TMobile or Google Fiber.

    • Kappa Reno

      If you are frequently using that amount on avg you are wasting your time with verizon.

  • Alex Maysonet

    So if you are paying for an unlimited data plan you should be allowed to use and unlimited amount of data. People are comparing this to eating pie and saying that you are eating other people’s share of the pie, but again, if you agree to pay a set amount for unlimited pie then you should be able to eat all the pie you want. Why are people trying to blame the customer for using what they paid for instead of going after the company for not holding up their end of the contract.

  • Darren Meier

    lololol people upset about Verizon hacking up unlimited plans, but people opposed to regulation. Have to love America.

  • Androidatic

    It’s the people using their cellular data as their only internet connection that ruined this for those of us that only use data away from home. Sure it’s their “right” to use any amount since they pay for unlimited but they should be realistic and not use it to connect everything to the internet.

    I had the unlimited and dumped it a few years back. Now I have 18 GB + 18 GB bonus for being a FIOS customer. 36 GB is way more than we’ll ever need. Just connect to your home wi-fi once in a while. I have yet to see any cellular service faster than most home wi-fi services.

  • Justin Martin

    These people paid for “Unlimited” data, and they should get it. They never should have sold unlimited plans if they weren’t going to stick to them.

    • Prototype

      Funny that most who were on them were because Verizon forced the issue years ago. It was unlimited or pay ridiculous amounts for a few megabytes of data. Now Verizon is forcing those same users off of it. Love it.

  • MC

    I average 600gb a month on 5 lines. I have yet to receive any warning.

    • the PatrioticTraitor

      I use on average over 200 gb a month on my plan. Haven’t received a letter, but I also filed a complaint with FCC when Verizon was first initiating termination of unlimited data plans. Didn’t recieve notification then, but still proceeded with the complaint as a precaution. Will do again and might consider legal action if they personally come after me.

  • AngryBadger

    If anyone here is a gamer… any AAA title will run over 40GBs for a complete download… not including updates, DLCs, and if applicable mods for that game. so it is very easy for a gamer to hit those type of caps. lol. Heck, I think it was GoW4 that was hit with a 25GB patch on release day. not including the original install disc space.

  • JP

    200GB for wireless is easy to manage, it’s the 1TB from Comcast that sucks >.<

  • coldcc

    Yea I’m thinking of getting the 24gb plan or 30gb. It would cost me about the same and got a damn locked bootloader pixel so it might just be worth it for the free hotspot. I have wifi at home so really debating on doing it. I don’t know why I’m keeping it now that I really think about it.

  • mrbk

    I average about 200 gb a month on Verizon. I live in a rural area where there are no isp other than satellite. So I used my phone. I got my boot notice Friday 1/6/17.

  • D’Artagnan the Deplorable

    A lot of internet radio-broadcasters now offer a toll-free line you can call in on with UNLIMITED voice minutes to listen to their presentations without using data. What if UNLIMITED didn’t mean UNLIMITED in that case? How much stress do voice calls place on the network?

  • SVTCobra

    I’m blown away with people siding with Verizon. All of these carriers and ISPs would rather spend money screwing people over than upgrade their infrastructure. There’s no abuse or taking advantage of unlimited.

    • Sporttster

      It is stunning to me as well. As if we’re terrible for using unlimited we’re PAYING for. Just because the company says it’s worth $450 for 100gb doesn’t make it so or right. That’s a completely absurd price!! We’re going to have to get the Feds involved in regulating this because the Companies sure won’t and we’ll be paying more and more for less and less.

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        File a complaint with the FCC. Simple process.

      • OldManGrim

        Let’s be honest, the only people complaining about us unlimited users are the same people who wouldn’t complain if they had unlimited, too.

        “If I can’t have it, you can’t have it either!” Childish mentality.

        Edit: Sorry for being late to the party.

    • PoisonApple31

      And there is nothing wrong with taking it away from you when you aren’t under contract. Five years is more than enough time to get used to this idea.

      • SVTCobra

        Of course they have full right to take it away. But your kind of pushover attitude will only lead to consumers getting screwed even harder.

        • PoisonApple31

          Yes, my attitude of setting realistic expectations by actually reading the terms of service that you agree to when you use Verizon’s service is going to lead to consumers getting screwed even harder. I have a used car to sell you!

          • SVTCobra

            It isn’t realistic to charge more and more money for worse service. It’s unacceptable.

          • kretz7

            Do you not understand how businesses work? They don’t care about the little guys or a small amount of people that aren’t making them money. There’s no amount of complaining that’s going to change that. You have the right to leave or not use their service, which is what you should do.

          • Joshua Price

            I read my contract too… It never said that they could take away my plan either.. It just said that I may have a slower speed depending on the real time usage of the tower I was on.

            Customers are getting screwed over because they are like little lambs.. The same people that upgraded their phone for the subsidy cost and gave up their unlimited plans are now the same people on the flex pay options as the carriers don’t like subsidizing the phones… So, as Verizon said, those of us who chose to keep our plan cause we liked our plan and paid the extra cash for the phones to do so, want to keep our plan now. If they want to play these games with us I’m pretty sure the money most of the unlimited plan holders spent on full priced phones to keep their unlimited can be a heck of a reason a class action lawsuit would work.

          • PoisonApple31

            Verizon can make changes to any term of your service at anytime – your “plan” is part of your “service.” Unlimited plan holders haven’t been the only people buying phones at full retail over the past 5 years either. Anyone under contract who wanted a new phone was doing that. A class action lawsuit lol – yeah maybe you’ll get a voucher for free flip phone for the extended time period given to you to transition off a discontinued plan.

  • Comk4ver

    The question is for the people who got letters:
    1) Were you under contract?

    2) did you average 200gb or just one more blew through 200gb?

  • Cristobal

    I use maybe 8 or 9 GB of data over 3 lines. They sent me the letter after I bought two new phones on their payment plan, so maybe that’s the reason.

    • Comk4ver

      Wow?! Really! I would take them to the FCC. You’re not even remote close to the supposed limit and they are taking away your unlimited? It’s probably cause you’re not on contract.

      • Cristobal

        I feel like they are doing me a favor. Verizon is so dishonest and their prices so inflated that I would rather not use a cellphone rather than to pay them another cent. I will hold out so they disconnect me…I have a feeling that there may be a class action in the future that I’d like to join.

        • DanSan

          ah class action lawsuit you say? what do you plan on doing with the $1.50 you get from the settlement?

        • Comk4ver

          But I was reading if you have a device payment plan, you still need to pay the remaining balance, but probably not the ETF…

  • Cliff W

    It funny im on sprint and in the one who uses the most data around 90 to 100gb a month and before anyone says anything sprint is amazing in my area where as the rest carrier’s sucks badly. But since I have no wifi I use that much. Been using that much for a year or so and sprint don’t do that to people. Well atleast not I know of. anyways Verizon is wayyyyy to expensive for there plans it crazy

  • Brian Zultowski

    Is ANYONE here using over 200GB of data on a monthly basis? I’m just wondering how you are using that much data, honest question…just curious. I have unlimited with VZW so I NEVER use Wi-Fi. I stream Hockey games all the time in HD. At work I’m usually streaming ESPN or Netflix…you know anything I can do to NOT work. When home, my son plays a game called ROBLOX which is connected live to servers and uses about 10 GB/month. I can’t crack 50 GB and I’m trying.

    • AngryBadger

      They are using the hotspot/phone to replace their home isp (or in place of if they don’t have one available). So it is feasible if that is the case, imagine all the HD/4k (especially 4k) streaming at home and software patches (some game patches/DLCs break 25GBs), etc.

      • DEman19901

        Therefore they are cheapskates.

    • Sporttster

      Don’t care. If it says ‘unlimited’ it should mean exactly that. I don’t use that much but I want the RIGHT to use that much because I am a UNLIMITED customer. Think we’ll be needing the Feds to step in and determine the meaning of ‘unlimited’ for these companies who refuse to use the term as it is truly meant.

  • Brett Wcislo ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Hmm, if they’re kicking people off for using too much data, it’s no unlimited anymore is it?

  • don t

    If they’re paying their bill for unlimited data what the f–k is the problem verizon? Just another reason to give big red the boot.

  • Still under contract until October 2017 and paying $68/mo after tax. Even though I only use 15-30GB per month, I’ll enjoy it while I can!

  • Lunkman

    I will never understand how all of this data is consumed. When at home my family and I use “unlimited data” from our internet provider, then when not at home use our Verizon data. We’ve never used close to 15GB (away from the home)…are people too cheap/broke/stubborn to pay for internet at home as well as mobile?

    • BobButtons

      To answer your question, yes, some people are what you described. For others, they use it as their home internet because they don’t have any other options. I know if my in-laws had the option they’d use a Verizon UDP plan for their internet in a heartbeat. They have no legitimate high-speed internet options and it costed them $80/mo. just for 10 GB of data on a hotspot. Luckily, a huge business nearby runs an open public network and they were able to setup an extender to send it to their house (they’re light users) but it’s still greatly less than an ideal situation.

    • AngryBadger

      On my home ISP… I regularly hit over 100GB a month, almost 300GB once. It will probably get a higher average as more shows/content transition to 4K (1080p to 4K is a jump in data consumption). My use was game patches (consoles, steam-type platforms), netflix, hulu, youtube. I try to enable 4K options when available, especially HDR now.

    • DanSan

      I have a Plex server with over 18TB’s of stuff on it, I blow through home internet bandwidth like crazy and also share it with close friends, family and co-workers. if Fios ever put a hard cap, i’d be in trouble.

  • CabbageHeadCat.

    Lol.

  • TankRizzo

    more FCC complaints, please

  • Trysta

    This is why unlimited is bad. There is no such thing as unlimited in business. Just like an ‘all you can eat buffet’ there is always an implied average use. And of course sometimes no one can agree on what ‘average’ and ‘reasonable’ use are. Much better to be completely transparent and say you are paying for X GBs per month. Use them however you wish.

    Unfortunately T-Mobile has moved to the dark side…

    • BobButtons

      While it’s a different case here since they no longer ‘offer’ unlimited plans leading to all sorts of arguments to be made, I feel there is a huge issue with using the term unlimited in marketing. The thing is, there will always be people who go above and beyond what most would consider reasonable usage. Whether the business or people in general can wrap their heads around how or not makes no difference. If a business advertises ‘unlimited’, then by definition a customer can do no wrong regardless of how much they’re using. People can cry ‘common decency’ all they want but unlimited means no limit. (Sidenote: There’s a difference between technological limitations and intentional limitations.) Microsoft went through this with OneDrive. They started offering ‘unlimited’ storage, people starting uploading tens of terabytes, Microsoft reneged on the deal. It was within their right, but they were ridiculous to do it because they either were too dumb to know some people would take them at their word or, worse, knew it, didn’t care, went with it anyway, and then dropped it. Either way, it’s not the users’ fault for using an absurd amount of the service. If the service you’re offering requires a limit beyond what it’s technologically capable of, do not advertise it as ‘unlimited.’ Simple as that.

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        So let’s market it as a “reasonably unlimited” plan?

        • BobButtons

          Still bad. Still includes “unlimited” which means no limit, reasonable or otherwise. Even granted that, ‘reasonable’ is completely subjective. The heavy users would just say “on a plan with the word ‘unlimited’ in it, using however much I want is perfectly ‘reasonable.'”

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            Verizon really shat the bed with this one.

  • Haxcid

    Kind of stupid in an age where everything is online now. They need to take TMO’s approach and give you all the streaming stuff at no hit to your data. Instead all they offer is that stupid GO90 app which nearly no one uses. Once my contract is up with VZW, the TMO One plan looks pretty good at 70 a month for unlimited everything. Sure beats trying to manage my 6 gig a month. Hell even ones like Boost look good right now, 55 a month unlimited all running on sprint network but TMO is just getting 2 good to pass up.

  • ieatcakemix

    Well I am still on contract until 9/2018 with unlimited. I have avoided their price increases for the last 2 yrs. If they do away with 2 yr contracts then I guess I am done with them. I paid $72/month for unlimited data after employee discount and taxes…I’m not paying $92 or $112 for this plan….

    • Brian Cruz

      I’m in the same boat until 8/18 but i have two other lines (not UDP) that are due up in next few months and since I can’t do a 2yr upgrade anymore I am not tacking on an extra $20-$30 a month to pay full price for phones. Probably purchasing phones from Swappa and moving those two lines to Prepaid. I just don’t know where to go from there, Tmo, cricket, ATT or what. I need to talk to more people in my area to see how everyone elses coverage it.

      • ieatcakemix

        I put my wife on Total Wireless. Verizon MVNO unlimited talk and text and 5 GB data for $35/mo.

        I honestly don’t know where I will go once my contract is up….Probably try TMobile…But coverage is spotty where I live

      • Sporttster

        Mine ends this coming November and am considering going with Cricket unlimited. It’s slower but it is true unlimited. Asked the rep at the store and she said she sees folks regularly using over 40gb/month on it, so that’s where I’ll be going more than likely. Cheaper and unlimited…

  • AJ

    This is only the beginning. If Verizon has a 100GB data plan for 450.00, and they’re kicking off people that currently use over 200, it won’t be long before Verizon starts to target people that use 175GBs, 150GB, 100GB. Eventually all grandfathered unlimited users will be pushed out or made to change their wireless plan.

  • Mark Snider

    I’m guessing the difference is probably tethering and whether you pay the extra $30 for that honor. My average use is probably 75-80 but I have gone as high as 125. I do pay $80 between the data charge and the tethering fee though, so hopefully I’m safe for now. I want to ride this train as far as it goes.

    • The Bilderbergers

      Why do you pay a tethering fee when FoxFi works fine for a couple bucks one time?

      • Mark Snider

        As I pointed out, my not tethering illegally is most likely the reason that Verizon has left my account in the clear. Illegal tethering is probably one of the big reasons why people get on the list to get booted

        • The Bilderbergers

          You realize they were told by the FCC to allow people to use apps such as FoxFi…. But continue to over pay all you want! Do a bit of research first bud, there was a 1.25 million dollar settlement Verizon had to pay…

          • PoisonApple31

            And if you did your homework, correctly researching this lawsuit, you’d realize customers under the unlimited plan are required by the company’s terms of service to pay an additional fee to tether their device (this is what came from the lawsuit – don’t know if that is different now or not). Here is one of the many sites that reference this http://lifehacker.com/5933152/the-right-to-tether-what-the-verizonfcc-settlement-means-to-you

          • Mark Snider

            I’m well aware of the 700 MHz spectrum deal with Verizon, bud. But if a few extra bucks means I keep my unlimited data while others get kicked off, it’s fine with me

  • Benjamin Parker

    I finally gave up on Verizon and switched to Cricket. I was paying $167 for unlimited on 2 lines, which would have gone up to $200(give or take. Walmart employee discount). I can get 2 unlimited lines on Cricket for $130. True, Cricket’s got speed limits on all of their plans. But as long as I can watch YouTube and Netflix, I’m cool with it.

    • Comk4ver

      Can you watch YouTube or Netflix on that?

      • Benjamin Parker

        Yup. Their speed limits are 4mbps on HSPA+ and 8mbps on LTE. It’s way better than being stuck to 128kbps when your high speed data runs out.
        I’m using my Droid Turbo, but I will get an unlocked Moto phone with some of my tax return for better LTE compatibility. I’m lucky to live in an area where AT&T’s LTE is compatible with my Verizon phone.

  • Nicker Please

    I’m only here for the whining.

  • patt

    Them dudes who were showing off using 1TB or more 😀 see ya! 😀

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      We were talking about our cable service.

      • patt

        Yea not everyone lol. I don’t even always do 1TB on my fios 150/150.

  • John Hardin

    How boring life must be for people who have the time or the patience to use 200 GB of data. Time to find a purpose for your lives, people.

    • So you’re saying someone who streams a lot of music because they do a lot of driving has a boring life and needs to find a purpose?

      • Jon Parker

        If you are streaming 200gb of music per month, you must be listening to 2+ songs, simultaneously, 24/7. I want your brain:)

        http://gizmodo.com/how-much-data-does-your-streaming-music-app-eat-up-1649466894
        “So if you were to stream music for an entire eight hour work day, you’d burn through nearly 1 GB.

        Here’s a breakdown of a number of the most popular services.

        Beats Music

        Standard quality: 64kbps

        High quality: 320kbps

        Spotify

        Normal quality: 96 kbps

        High quality: 160kbps

        Extreme quality: 320kbps

        Google Play Music

        Three quality settings, with a maximum of 320kbps.

        Pandora

        Maximum rate is 64kbps (adjusts automatically depending on your connection).

        That’s not every service (Apple doesn’t publish a spec for iTunes Radio, but it gives you an idea for how much data these services chomp: 320kbps at the top end, 64kbps/128kbps at the low end.)”

      • John Hardin

        Who uses data to stream music anymore? Virtually every music app has an offline mode, even for “radio stations” based on my preferences (they update and download every time I’m on wifi).

        • Lol are you serious? Streaming music is getting more and more popular. Not everyone has removable storage to fit all their playlists on their phone, and lots of people like to listen to new music while driving using radio stations or curated playlists

          • John Hardin

            That’s fine if you don’t want to manage the storage, but if you don’t you have to pay for the network usage. Pick your battles… I use less than a gig each month and my bill’s dirt cheap.

    • the PatrioticTraitor

      Please. I go through a terabyte of data per month and have more of a life than you do. Sexting my interent girlfriends to prove it.

      • John Hardin

        If that was a joke, it was really good! But if it wasn’t a joke then it was way more hilarious 😂

  • Justinlstn

    Honestly I do not see how people can defend big red. I average around 30+ GB per month without trying. My son watches Netflix/youtube on my phone since I have “unlimited” data. Eventually they will do the same to me because their definition of high usage will change once these 100gb-200 gb users are gone.

    • OldManGrim

      They’re not so much defending Verizon, as they’re too cowardly to admit that “if I can’t have it, you shouldn’t either!” Sorry for being late to the party

    • Bryce Elliott

      Well, to each their own really. But to be honest, 200 gb is a lot of data to use. It really doesn’t make a difference though, all of the major carriers don’t offer truly unlimited data, so in reality, most people are just bashing Verizon even though they should be bashing all carriers for claiming unlimited data, but don’t truly offer the full experience of unlimited.

      • FirestoneX .

        Video games can take 20 gigs each easily.

        • Bryce Elliott

          Well yes. But that’s what WiFi networks are for. People aren’t going to be playing video games while they’re out and about, people only play video games when they’re at home, or at a friend’s house. Which like I said, that’s what WiFi is for.

          • FirestoneX .

            Except high speed internet is not everywhere in the US and we out of city limits have to use mobile. US coverage sucks. We don’t have a good infrastructure

  • Justin Patrick

    I am glad to see that its a much higher number than I assumed it was. I average 25-40 gb a month on my unlimited line, but of that if I had to actually turn on wifi when at home it would probably be more like 10-15 gb a month (since I don’t have to, I don’t). My wife averages about 5-15 per month on her line (mostly the kids watching netflix in the car)

    whenever verizon does their next round of price raises for the legacy unlimited plans we will probably finally jump ship and go to tmobile

  • nimbyist

    I use 20-40gb monthly, just from regular usage. I have no idea how people on tiered data make 4-8gb last a whole month. Just chrome + snapchat + facebook use 8gb for me. I’ll concede that it’s “possible”, but It’s nice not having to “conserve” data as if it was a limited resource and to jump through hoops to maintain what I consider to be reasonable usage. I will miss it when that day comes and I have to remember to turn wifi on/off to save battery life, have fb disable auto play videos, wait until I have wifi to send snapchat vids, and go offline when I hit the cap for the month so I don’t have to pay overages.

    • Depends how you live day to day, lots of people (myself included) go from home > work > home 5 days a week, and go out maybe a couple times a week. Home and work have WiFi, so that just leaves when I go out. Depending on where that is, it may be easy to connect to WiFi when out.

    • BobButtons

      Geoff’s reply got it right. It really depends on people’s situation and how much they care. I was on Verizon’s unlimited for quite a while up til a few years ago and even without caring at all about how much I used, I rarely went over 3GB. Pretty much everywhere I went I had WiFi and I was working retail so couldn’t use my phone there. I’m now on Project Fi (where my bill goes down the less data I use) and use less than a gig a month. With WiFi in so many places including home & work, it took a few simple behavior adjustments and I cut my usage by +60%. I store maps/music locally and if I know I’ll need to waste time somewhere without WiFi, I save YouTube/Netflix videos offline.

  • MJ

    I hate to defend Verizon but who needs 200GB of data a month on a mobile phone? I “only” use between 125GB and 300GB on my home Internet a month.

    • Fozzybare

      good for you. I use well over 500gb a month on my home internet. do you want a cookie for using less than me?

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        Can I have a cookie for using close to 1 TB a month?

        • cdm283813

          I might have you beat. I just used up both of my get out of jail free cards last month with Comcast.

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            Ouch! We have a ton going on and my wife and I work from home. What is your excuse?

        • MJ

          Thanks for missing the point of my comment or just not reading it.

    • ieatcakemix

      Who needs to go 150 mph in a corvette? They built it to do that speed…And the same with unlimited. They offered u unlimited data and u should be able to use it as much as u want

      • MJ

        Verizon doesn’t offer unlimited plans anymore but regardless… I guess you couldn’t answer my question.

        • ieatcakemix

          Nope they havent offered it in years but there was a loophole to renew your contract that they never closed and you also got a subsidized phone thru a 3rd party. Guess the party is over now

    • Jennifer Byrd

      I am a Verizon Unlimited plan user. I got the letter. We were former Alltel customers that Verizon promised they’d keep us where we were as part of the acquisition agreement. I use the same amount of internet you do. I live in the sticks. This is our only option for internet. It’s not a cell phone, it’s a data card we use, kind of like a mobile hotspot….Verizon’s kicking us off. We don’t bog down the tower because well, there’s nobody really on the tower, not that many people live anywhere near that tower.

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        File an FCC complaint, easy process and Verizon is required by law to respond within a certain time frame.

    • DanSan

      didn’t realize you were the benchmark at which they determined who needs what and what services to offer.

      any cool new features you’re requesting we can see take place soon?

      I don’t “need” a 100 round drum magazine for my AR15 but i have it anyways because it pisses off my hippie neighbor.

      • MJ

        Are you new to the Internet? People post opinions in the comment section. I guess you didn’t have an answer to my question either.

        I know why you have need a 100 round drum magazine for your AR15. Small p****.

    • the PatrioticTraitor

      Don’t be a verizon shill. Many different types of people have diverse intertnet needs. Guess it’s a generational thing.

      • MJ

        Verizon shill? Yeah, I haven’t had service from Verizon in five years now and regularly bash them on this site but welcome to DL.

        No has a need to watch high quality video on a 5″ screen all day. They just don’t know better…

        • the PatrioticTraitor

          Please. I go through a terabyte of data per month and have more of a life than you do. Sexting my interent girlfriends to prove it right now. My screen is 6″ btw

    • W Roy

      Not 200, but I’ve been closer to 100 a few times. It really depends on streaming, mainly. Twitch especially, along with live sports on occasion.

      Last month was close to 70GB. If you’re out and around, it is useful.

      (Old Alltel subscriber here, had myChoice plan, unlim data)

  • David Tyler

    Where is the shill “Hiram” to defend Verizon’s action?

    • the PatrioticTraitor

      I swear Verizon has bots that try to rationalize their corporate greed on these forums.

  • Fresh2infinity

    All you people who have tiered plans and saying you’re glad these people are finally getting kicked off are missing the point of the definition of unlimited.

    Let me help:

    un·lim·it·ed
    ˌənˈlimidəd/
    adjective
    not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.

    Whether they have the right to do kick people off based on the contract terms or not, doesn’t make this right. Don’t call something unlimited if you have a limit. Furhermore, you guys shouldn’t bash people because they are using a service they pay for, regardless to what extent.

    • Astromek21

      They never said it was unlimited FOR LIFE. They lived up to their end of the bargain for the duration of the contract. Things change, especially in technology markets. Anyone who thinks Verizon is evil for phasing out unlimited lines YEARS after they stopped offering them is taking this too personally. They have been more than reasonably accommodating to these customers.

      -Current Verizon unlimited plan customer

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        Very well said.

        – Former Verizon unlimited plan customer and now T-Mobile unlimited plan customer.

      • crazylocha

        Actually, pre-Verizon customer here, and Alltel did say forever. Verizon did agree to the contract for merger by acquising to FCC demands. Violation of the Alltel merger and they can be sued and forced back on contract. Or, unwind the Alltel merger and Verizon loses boatload of bandwidth (including 5g freq’s)

        • Jennifer Byrd

          Same. I’m pre-Verizon Alltel customer. I live in a rural area. Purchased an unlimited plan with Alltel and when Verizon bought out merger, was fortunate to keep grandfathered plan. I never purchased a cell phone, purchased a data card with Alltel. Have used a router to connect Laptop, Desktop and eventually Netflix through PS3. My husband watches Netflix…mostly everything he watches is Netlix. I run a business, look at facebook, etc. We were a little over the 200 GB/ mo. average, but again, we thought we were “unlimited”. I’ve even spoken to Verizon reps in the past and we acknowledged that our usage was high, but they’ve all said it really didn’t matter to Verizon because we are in a very rural area. About 90% of cell customers in my area are with C-Spire. In fact, of all my friends, family and aquaintances, everyone that has a cell phone has C-Spire. I don’t know anyone who has a Verizon phone. That said, we aren’t bogging down the Verizon tower. There are people around me that have At&T DSL, we are just the one or two lucky ones that can’t get DSL. This is our only viable option for internet where we live. Satellite is one, but I have heard nightmare stories about people on Hughes net. My business relies on the internet. I was in the process of launching a website and now all of that is scrapped. I just purchased $400 in continuing education videos in which you stream, now can’t stream them once I’m cut off. My husband even said, had he known this would happen, he’d had dropped Netflix service as my internet usage doesn’t eat up too much data. We are basically screwed now. I can see people saying, “yeah, well 200gb on your phone is insane”. I agree, I can’t imagine burning through that much data on a phone. But from the very beginning when I purchased my plan, our plan was intended for whole home networking on wifi with 4 or 5 devices hooked up. It was unlimited. We used it as such because we have no other internet options. I don’t know what we are going to do now. I just read that it is now considered that internet service is a right, but not for those of us who live in the sticks. We don’t have the option.

          • HorrorBiz606

            Yeah it was intended that way in 2007. It’s not an option any longer. Cellular is not a replacement for wired broadband. I know the Alltel agreements well. We took over many former Alltel customers in the Rockies and MTZ. It never promised more than 3G speeds. It never had language that said you could get future technology with that plan. Internet service is not a right. You choose to live in a rural area and nowhere is it written that a landline based ISP must provide service to a premises that is economically impractical to serve.

            Wireless is not a utility. It is not like landline. At any time the carrier may cancel your service with advanced written notice. This language was included in the Alltel agreements.

          • Joshua Price

            Actually Horrorbiz606, In some states mobile carriers are handled by the state’s utility commission.. So you’re a little wrong there when you said “wireless is not a utility”.. Same as DirectTV and DishNetwork have been handled by some state’s utility commission… FCC has enforced fees on mobile carriers for limiting speeds on unlimited accounts that didn’t have it in writing that there would be throttling.. As did the class action lawsuit against AT&T and Verizon alike…

          • Steve

            Jennifer
            I’m in the same boat as you, I use the data card and was hoping the letters were only for phones with udp’s. I haven’t received a letter and was wondering if you had.

      • ieatcakemix

        Remember NetZero? “Free internet service for life” – then they started charging for internet access

      • Ihavenewnike

        He said nothing about the time. Basically if Verizon wants to get rid of it then do it, but by definition as he clearly stated they aren’t offering unlimited data. If I use 20GB, 200GB, or 2000GB it shouldn’t matter under the definition of unlimited. If they say, well unlimited is done because Sir 200 and 2000 then it should also be taken away from 20. Instead they should just move everyone to a 200GB plan or whatever, or have it clearly stated what is the limit somehow.

        • Astromek21

          If you want to argue they should rename the Unlimited Plan to “Grandfather’s 200 Gig Special”, that’s fine, can’t really disagree with that. I doubt anyone would actually be any happier about the situation though, it’s just semantics.

          • Ihavenewnike

            I have unlimited, but I will say it would go over better. Then no one would have the excuse.

        • Fresh2infinity

          My point exactly

      • Spider210

        They only stopped offering it because it was the next money grabber.

      • Larry Simpson

        Thanks for having some common sense. This free for life argument is asinine

    • PoisonApple31

      en·ti·tle·ment

    • HorrorBiz606

      The definition is meaningless. Unlimited data has always had caveats. Everyone has to accept the user agreement and the carrier has the right to impose fair usage policy.

      Regardless no one on an UDP is under any kind of contract with Verizon or AT&T. There is no “this plan remains the same perpetually.” It’s at the discretion of the carrier. Verizon wants to end the smallest fraction of users who are using up the majority of resources. Good riddance.

  • jboku

    So far I have not received a letter and average 10-15GB a month. I must have missed it, but back in the days we would scream “that’s not legal! we signed a contract for unlimited etc…” What changed?

    • Suicide_Note

      Nothing changed. It’s just Verizon making another cash grab.

      • jboku

        So it is perfectly legal for them to take away our unlimited contracts? :/

        • Suicide_Note

          I believe there is a provision in the contracts that allows them to do so, but that also means you can leave them without paying an ETF.

    • If you’re on unlimited data, you’re not under contract anymore. Therefore Verizon can do what it wants. Your contract is only good for 2 years and now that Verizon won’t do contracts on unlimited data plans (and that was implemented over two years ago), it’s impossible for someone to have unlimited and still be under contract. Once the contract is expired, it’s a gentlemen’s agreement.

      • Also, the contract stipulates that Verizon can change your plan at any time, but the contract protects you from having to pay an ETF if they do that.

      • Sporttster

        Wrong. I am on contract, right now, and it ends this November….

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        No Verizon can’t do whatever they want, especially when they insinuated for years that customers who bought phones at full retail price would retain their unlimited data plans. For grandfathered constumers this can include sveral generations of new phone sales, thousands of dollars. Make a complaint with the FCC.

    • When does your contract end? Unless you used one of the glitches, you haven’t been under contract for a while now.

      • Charlie Arnold

        It is still possible to put your unlimited plan under a one year “Loyalty Plan”. People are doing it right now to protect their UDP.

  • A Person

    These have to be people using their data plan as their home of office ISP.

    • Or just don’t have or use WiFi at home or work. Either by choice, or because it’s not available. Lots of people do all their internet use on their phone.

  • Tim Johnson

    I received a letter. One of my lines was using way more data than the other 2 so I just left Verizon and went to T-Mobile instead. They have every right to handle this the way they want to. I also have the right to leave and go to another carrier.

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Been on T-Mobile for a while now and I’m really happy I made the switch.

  • Mitchell Marquez

    Did the people receive emails or physical letters?

    • Tim Johnson

      I received a physical letter in the mail.

      • Mitchell Marquez

        When did you receive it? How many GB were you using a month? Trying to figure out if I’m going to be getting one.

        • Pedro

          Don’t get the mail. Problem solved.

        • Tim Johnson

          I received the letter on 01/06/17. My stepson was using massive amounts and I know that is what the issue was.

  • Yasser

    Stop redirecting users to the apple store and playstore with your bs ads

    • Suicide_Note

      Simple solution is to not click on the ads. I don’t get directed to either of those places by simply visiting this site.

      You may also want to run a virus/malware scan if you’re on a PC.

  • Yasser

    Hey whats up with this site redirecting me to the apple store, i used to have you blacklisted and will continued to do so if you dont change your intrusive ads. I know you need the damn revenue but damn you have more ads than content. Get your self together

    • ncsurob

      Sounds like it is a problem on your end.

      • Yazz96HD

        sounds like you are a dumb jass making up excuses

  • Chad

    To me the biggest problem isn’t the 200 GB… come on guys, that’s a lot.

    The biggest issue is that Verizon’s BIGGEST data package is only 100 GB at $450 (!!!!) a month. WTF!? Data plans should start at like 10 GB and (affordably) go up from there

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Most people don’t use that much data and the pricing is really designed to get people to limit their data usage. That way carrier’s can claim higher speeds with a less congested network.

      • DanSan

        and charge you for overages

        • Murphy’s Magnet

          And a fee for charging you for overages.

          • DanSan

            and another fee for having to charge you fees on your overages.

            inception fees.

          • David Martrano

            There is a fee for this a fee for that a fee for breathing, a fee to mail it, all I can say is what the fee!!

          • A fee within a fee compounded by another fee. I can’t take it.

    • Tim Johnson

      Totally agree with you.

      • JunkYard Fool

        I left Verizon for MetroPcs after they increased my unlimited by $20 … switch to MetroPcs. I can swear its better reception and much faster data. $80 cheaper a month

        • BobButtons

          Depends on where you live. They use the T-Mobile network which unfortunately is garbage for a lot of people outside of large metro areas. Otherwise I’d be all over it.

          • MagicMiguel

            Sorry, but that’s just no longer true of T-Mobile’s network. It was a few years ago, but it has been massively expanded and improved in the past two years.

          • BobButtons

            While I’m sure it has, their WI coverage is still really bad unless you’re in a metro area.

        • Francisco Peña

          No. I have TMo from VZW and I have a bit more dead spot. Now in some spots that VZW stunk at, my speeds are much faster… but as for better reception… um no. at least not in my neighborhood.

          I can’t even go into Costco and tell my wife the superlarge pack of toilet paper is $2 instant off!!!

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    • I’m sure they will in a few years. Remember the first analog cell phones were like $3 a minute back in the 80’s and early 90’s?

    • Francisco Peña

      By your logic….
      If youmake more than me, that’s wage abuse. You don’t need more than me, if I can deal with my salary.
      If you drive a better car than me, that’s abuse, as you don’t need a Mercedes, if a Civic can get you to the same place just as easily.
      IF you live in a 5,000sf home, that is abuse, as you can easily live in a 2,000 or even 3,000sf house (or even less).
      If you eat more food than I do, that is abuse, because you can leave off of what I eat.

      Who is to say, what is a lot and what isn’t? You can use 2GB and I use 8GB. Am I alot? not my problem you use less and not yours I use more. Neither is wrong. Before TMo I used more than that at Verizon on an UDP. never used Wifi at all. That is my right.

      • TJay229

        Exactly!

      • Jeremy

        Absolutely fatally flawed analogy. You make more money because generally you have a greater or more valuable skillset. You have a better car because you can AFFORD it. The only reason you use 200gb of data is because you’re taking advantage of a grandfathered plan that none of us have the ability to get. You’re not different than us, nor better than us, nor for any reason should be entitled to more data than the rest of us. i.e., in this case, we’re equal. So if you want to use the analogy above, if you were using it accurately, it means you’d be PAYING for that 200gb because you can afford it. Much like the mercedes. If you can’t afford the mercedes, I’ve got news for ya pal, then you’ve gotta suck it up and drive a civic like the f’ing rest of us lol.

        • Francisco Peña

          Go back and read my comment based on Chad’s initial post..

          By Chad’s logic, all those points would be valid. However, as you stated, people have varying skillsets, jobs, or connections. Better cars/houses because of needs, etc…

          If I have a grandfathered UDP, then I took advantage and kept it when I had it. I don’t need to “not” have UDP just because Chad or someone else doesn’t use as much. If that was the case, that I shouldn’t have UDP because Chad doesn’t need it, then my points become valid.

          and no, I don’t have a MB, and don’t want one as they are uncomfortable to sit in (several family members have some), nor do I have a Civic. the new one’s rear looks ugly as heck.

    • Jennifer Byrd

      Actually, the letter states that 100 GB is $710 now. The letter sent out last year stated $450/mo. Price gouging, anyone?

      • Joel S Wilson

        it is out right illegal for a company to fall out on its contract on you, but when you do it on them you get billed up the high foot for breaking the contract

    • Harvey Lopez
    • Patrick Mallon

      Not if it says UNLIMITED?

  • Rashad

    It’s not surprising. No such thing as truly unlimited. If we still lived in the times where a phone call was more important than data then this wouldn’t even be an issue but that’s not how the world works anymore. Once carriers started to realize this then it became a F (insert carrier here) on each one of these posts when (insert carrier here) starts doing things to make more money. The circle of life…

  • TSY87

    You can have unlimited data as long as you stay under a certain amount of data usage per month.

    – Verizon

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      To be fair, you could put any carrier’s name at the end of that. You either get throttled or the speeds suck so bad to begin with that you can’t even use it.

      • Can Confirm. T-MO sent me a message saying I used 28GB of data and my unlimited data speeds will be reduced to “paint-drying” until the next billing cycle 10 days away. Guess I have to start backing up google photos and videos via Wifi overnight from now on.

    • NeilOMalley

      I would gladly take the option of 200gb of data a month for $50.

      • I’m sure you would. That’s pure fantasy.

        • NeilOMalley

          Its technically what I have now with unlimited.

          • Until you actually use over 200 GB consistently month after month.

          • NeilOMalley

            I have never managed to do that yet. I’m sure they will get me eventually though.

      • Kappa Reno

        Except it is as low as ~75GB for some users(me).

      • michael arazan

        I’m still paying 29.99, the price hike didn’t include Federal Employees of the Gov

    • cdm283813

      200GB on one phone line sounds pretty damn good to me. If you’re using that much it’s abuse.

      • Francisco Peña

        By your logic….
        If youmake more than me, that’s wage abuse. You don’t need more than me, if I can deal with my salary.
        If you drive a better car than me, that’s abuse, as you don’t need a Mercedes, if a Civic can get you to the same place just as easily.
        IF you live in a 5,000sf home, that is abuse, as you can easily live in a 2,000 or even 3,000sf house (or even less).
        If you eat more food than I do, that is abuse, because you can leave off of what I eat.

        • Jason B

          Dude, no.

          More like you’re taking 5/8 pieces of pie when the pie is SHARED across an entire area (serving tower).

          There’s only so much wireless spectrum and bandwidth. Or do you not understand that?

          • SVTCobra

            That’s Verizon’s problem. They rob people the least they could do is upgrade their network.

          • Jason B

            If they have 20+20MHz band 4 (2×2 or 4×4 MIMO), 20MHz band 2, and 10MHz band 13 in one area with carrier aggregation, that’s all they can do for now until they buy more spectrum. Limited slices of pie.

            Unless you’re for merging all of the available spectrum from every carrier into a mega-monopoly?

          • Francisco Peña

            Oh I understand limited, however, that is why carriers constantly upgrade towers and build out more. And on any given tower a person isn’t using 200GB all at once. So taking 5/8 of a pie on one tower isn’t really accurate (except maybe in a very limited few people who stay home in their parent’ garages).

          • Sporttster

            Don’t believe 200gb comes all at once, which means that the individual using that much is using the same amount at the same time as everyone else is. Get sick and tired of hearing the lame bs excuse they don’t have enough bandwidth. it’s bs!

        • DanSan

          perfect.

      • David Martrano

        I have too agree, 200gbs is a whole heck of alot!

        • FirestoneX .

          200 is not a huge amount these days if u only watch internet tv in hd or 4k.

    • How is T-Mobile or any other carrier different? They all have deprioritization that takes place ~28GB, and T-Mobile has even more strict rules about how only a few hundreds megs can be when roaming and more than 50% can’t be from tethering.

    • Sporttster

      Limited unlimited…uhuh

    • PoisonApple31

      This would be a true statement if Verizon still offered unlimited data plans. Comparing “grandfathered” plans to current plans of competitors isn’t a valid comparison…

  • sr20s13

    I haven’t got a letter thank God, but if I do I’m going prepaid plan. I use about 12-18gb a month on average.

  • TacoBoy

    This isn’t surprising really. I know this comment will catch some crap but As someone whose moved to a tiered plan for Verizon years ago, I’m glad to see the unlimited users that use 200GB a month get the boot. Talk about extreme usage. Unlimited data users, it’s been a good cheap run for you for the last 6+ years but all things must come to an end.

    • Larry Simpson

      I’d say so, if a user is using 200GB of data a month. That would equal 6.66666 GB per day (200GB / 30 day in a month average). 6.66 GB of daily data use is definitely high volume

      • RazorSky

        I’ve never even used 6 gigs in a month. Even when I had unlimited LTE. my sister on the other hand uses 10-15 gigs a month I’m not sure how.

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Time for some people to just get home internet service.

      • LaFave07

        That’s the thing though. The people who are using this plan for home Internet service are in the middle of nowhere and have no other options. Their usage isn’t hurting anyone else on the tower either.

        • Murphy’s Magnet

          This may be the case for some, but not for all. Either way Verizon doesn’t care. They want your money.

          • LaFave07

            I really don’t know why you’d want to use a cellular connection for home if you have cable or even a fast DSL connection available. LTE is just so sporadic plus you don’t get a public IPv4 address.

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            The same reason people try to use their neighbor’s wifi, some people are just cheap. Why pay for 2 services?

          • LaFave07

            These unlimited plans aren’t cheap. The cheapest you’re going to pay is around $60 ($49.99+$9.99 line access). Most cable companies have Internet packages as cheap or cheaper than that, same with DSL.

          • Fresh2infinity

            It’s called common sense and being financially smart not being cheap. If I can get the same performance I desire by paying for one service why would I pay for two?

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            No, it is trying to game the system. You can get it to work for a little while and more power to you, but eventually it will stop and you have to move into adult land where the services, movies, music, TV and other things you want have to paid for.

          • Fresh2infinity

            would it make it better if if was under contract and I decide to tether my unlimited data? does that then make it ok?…..you’re not “Gaming” the system, you can do whatever the hell you want to do with your data.

          • Big EZ

            This is a dumb argument. It is unlimited data. Not unlimited data unless you’re at home.

          • Jennifer Byrd

            Yes, I’ve been giving them my money literally since the day they took over Alltel. Paid on time, for years now. They won’t get a dime of it now as I’ll have to switch to Hughesnet.

        • Jennifer Byrd

          EXACTLY!!!! Which is the case with me. In fact, it’s been discussed with Verizon tech people before and they all said, “Oh we aren’t worried about you.” There is literally very limited traffic on the cell towers we use. I am in the middle of nowhere. We are basically screwed….I posted our situation somewhere else in these comments.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            File a complaint with the FCC, easy process.

    • Chris

      yes I assume kicking out users like this will improve everyone else’s connection (speed, latency, etc). We may want to cheer on 200gb data users just to “stick it to the man” but their actions are hurting everyone else.

      • Daistaar

        Not really. For every user that averages 200GB of data a month or roughly 7 GB a day, there are 200 users that hit less than 1 GB. I’m not advocating for them, but this is entirely about pricing and revenue loss. Simply put, Verizon could be making loads more money off of these people. I average about 23-30 GBs a month on T-Mobile. Nothing special.

        • Chris

          I’m not sure how that counters anything I said.

    • nimbyist

      Was always holding out hope that the industry would move in the opposite direction in these 6 years and realize cost efficiencies/economics of scale of their networks. I’d be pretty upset and annoyed if my home internet was billed in “tiers” in the same way, so it sucks that we, as consumers, have just accepted their attempt at a cash grab.

      • RazorSky

        Tons of internet companies have data caps. I think its a load of crap but I don’t have one yet. I know one local company limits you to 300 gb/month. People seem to not go over it. I’m pretty sure I would seldom go over it, but it annoys me to think that would ever be an issue.

        • Murphy’s Magnet

          We have a 1 TB cap on our home service. We don’t have TV service at all. With 3 computers, 3 TV’s and Android boxes, 2 tablets, 4 phones, 2 gaming consoles and 2 people working from home we skate that line ever month.

        • soccerburn55

          Yea the data caps on home internet are complete BS. What if you get a new computer and have to download all the patches for Windows. Or you get a new steam game, or got Halo The Master Chief collection digital, that was 84 GB for Xbox. That’s almost 1/3 of your 300 GB limit.

    • Suicide_Note

      Except Verizon advertised unlimited for years, with no restrictions. It’s not the customer’s fault that they’re using what they paid for.

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        Be serious. Unlimited was designed for 3G networks and people using blackberry. If they could have ever predicted the incredible rise data use then it would have never been a plan to start with.

        • Suicide_Note

          Still not the customer’s fault. The customer is using what Verizon offered to them under contract.

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            And something Verizon no longer offers on a contract that typically ended years ago. You can justify it any way you like, but Verizon is never going to agree with you.

          • Suicide_Note

            Which is fine by me. I’ve got unlimited on a different carrier that isn’t actively trying to screw me on a monthly basis, so I’m okay. It’s just a shame that people are being forced to walk a plank in the name of greed.

          • Nashdroid ✓ᴰᵉᵖᴵᵒʳᵅᵇᴵᵉ

            Exactly right. I left my Verizon unlimited plan and took my business to Cricket and I’m on their unlimited plan capped at 8mbps download speed and my entire family has been nothing but THRILLED and it’s $65/month and we’ve never been happier, plus no contract.

          • Joe

            Will be joining the ranks soon to a new mother ship, unfortunately I have received that malarkey letter to go F#$% myself after being a loyal customers for 15+ years, an ungrateful company to go down in history. What was your total data usage before they let you go? For those folks that always bash the consumer for using “Too much data” they have been condition to believe the slurs of the hypocrites within the company to justify changing there schemes for outrages charges. I have been informed that some officials in Verizon have unlimited data which I do not understand how they can claim in their letter “we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verzion” with a straight face, I call BS…oh the hypocrisy. Going down hard! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8416c15cb3ff48fc42eb0a808368caede218fe5dd9d56c0e0bb8fda981e210e8.jpg

          • ieatcakemix

            Hmm…I’m still on contract until 9/2018.

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            No Verizon can’t do whatever they want, especially when they insinuated for years that customers who bought phones at full retail price would retain their unlimited data plans. For grandfathered constumers this can include sveral generations of new phone sales, thousands of dollars. Make a complaint with the FCC.

          • PoisonApple31

            LOL – yes for 5 years now customers who have bought their phones at full retail price had retained their grandfathered unlimited data plan

        • umbrellacorp

          For Verizon customers, unlimited 4G was advertised as a direct incentive to get an HTC Thunderbolt.

      • Fresh2infinity

        Exactly!!!! This isn’t about a capacity problem as much as it is a need for more profits. Their networks have no problem pushing the data through and are sized to handle way more of load than what’s being used.

      • Nicholas Owens

        Verizon offereed service under contract not plans nor features. Hence you can change your plan as and features as often as your see fit. There is nothing inew the service contract that guarantees that price or features will stay the same during the duration of the contract. This is why you lost unlimited data starting back in 2012 if you subsidized a phone. They made you buy full retail bc it wasn’t profitable to give you a discounted phone and keep unlimited data. Now you can do a Payment plan and still keep your unlimited data.

    • Charles Rogers

      That’s a little over 2 hours of Netflix or other video a night in 1080p. Is that extreme? I don’t think so.

    • Kellin Brown

      I disagree with you Tacoboy, and while you have a point, I my self are in a unique situation that I know very few people will even consider, none the less I am still a paying customer and really I deserve more for my loyalty. Now allow me to hijack the thread a bit as I tell my story. I have been a Verizon Customer since the early 2000’s. I do not specifically remember when but I switched to Verizon back when ATT dropped there Analog service for 2g “Edge” probably around 2004. I live in California and while most of you would assume California means Los Angeles or the Bay Area, you may not realize that California is a diverse place with many different terrain types which means a complicated cell phone situation. I live in the Sierra Nevada’s south of Lake Tahoe closer to Yosemite. My job is for the US Forest Service and so I would spend a lot of time in back country where the only way you could make a call was on the old existing analog network. Anyway somewhere along the line I got a Blackberry phone before landing on a Droid Incredible.At this point Verizon had disconnected there Analog network in favor of a CDMA 1X and 3G network. My Verizon number was out of Modesto CA, as there was no local support in my county of Tuolumne. At the time and up until 2015 Tuolumne and Calaveras counties were owned and operated by a local cell phone provider called Golden State Cellular. I want to point out that at the time Verizon had a 30 dollar a month smart phone fee which I payed to have a smart phone even though there data was non existent in the area that I lived. around 2008 Verizon made an agreement with the local cell phone provider to piggy back on there 3G network which was also CDMA, this was the first glimpse of data service in the area where I live.The coverage was limited but better than nothing which is what I had been paying for for years, somewhere around this time the fee changed from a smart phone to a unlimited data fee which is still in place today. In 2014 Verizon finally bought out the local service and began upgrading the network to 4G. In late 2014 I finally began to see 4G service in parts of the county and at my home, which finally replaced the spotty and unreliable 3G service that we had been seeing for a few years. If any of you have read this far then you would probably place blame on me for paying a premium for what most of you what you would call poor cell phone service to begin with. The bottom line is I really had no other option, ATT is really the only other cell phone provider in the area and there service was and still is basically non existent in remote areas where I spend a lot of time. Verizon is the best in terms of coverage hands down. I have payed for service for a long time now and if you were to somehow average what I have payed per gig for unlimited data service and what I was able to use im sure I have over payed a few times, but I pay my bill on time and there is no way would I ever let them take my unlimited data. This last year we were getting ready to drop our local wireless internet service in favor of using Verizon 4G to power the house and of course right before we were going to make the switch this story about Verizon drooping customers came out. I have had heavy periods of use in the past but probably nothing over 100 gb and our average has always been relatively low, I know I am the .01 percent of Verizon customers but my loyalty deserves a lot more that what had been given to me.This last month on one line we saw 78.92 gigs, while my wife’s line 9.16 gigs thanks to our local wireless internet acting up and being unreliable. Sometimes i just wish Verizon would take into consideration all the the scenarios of there customers but obviously that will never happen. A 200 gig mark is a little bit of a relief as I hopefully do not have to worry so much if i am getting close. I would have loved to be running my home off my 4G as it still on average out perform my local wireless service but I know services like Netflix would eat up that data, either way I feel like Verizon owes me a little more at this point even if they do not see it that way. Cheers!

    • Nicholas Owens

      Unlimited data plans were designed for 3G and Blackberrys. That is absolutely correct. Unlimited data was designed for mobile use as well, not tethering or Hotspots for online gaming or constant video streaming. Verizon doesn’t want to support these plans at all and unfortunately has the legal right to abolish them completely. As an unlimited data owner and user I am glad they haven’t yet. They main problem is profitability. These packages aren’t profitable for the company and a company has the right to provide services for a price that is profitable.
      With that said one can only look for the future and hope. 5th Gen networks should be rolling out NY 2020 with speeds equivalent to fiber. Hopefully, all the carriersame will be forced to offer unlimited packages for a fair price…

      • the PatrioticTraitor

        No Verizon can’t do whatever they want, especially when they insinuated for years that customers who bought phones at full retail price would retain their unlimited data plans. For grandfathered constumers this can include sveral generations of new phone sales, thousands of dollars. Make a complaint with the FCC.

      • umbrellacorp

        When releasing the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon granted their first flagship 4G phone customers unlimited data plans. FCC said that Verizon could not boot those using work arounds for tethering but that they could still implement a “soft block” on tethering. Meaning, if you use Barnacle or some other app to use your phone as a hot spot, you weren’t breaking the law or your contract.

    • beatricebro

      Sounds like you have sour grapes over losing your UDP.

  • Murphy’s Magnet

    They will kick everyone off these plans eventually.

    • T4rd

      Nah, people have been saying that for years since they stopped offering it. They would have done it by now if they wanted to. They will just keep charging you more to stay on it as they have been doing, which is the smart thing to do from their prospective. Might as well milk these UDP users for all they can since the bandwidth they’re using is at virtually no cost to them at this point. Personally, I sold my 2x UDP lines for $500/piece after the last price hike and have been relatively happy on T-Mo since then.

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        They may not physically force people off the plan, but they can create price increases big enough to drive you off. Either way, they will eventually get everyone onto a tiered plan or another network.

        • 28GB on T-Mobile vs 200GB on Verizon. Hmm…

          • JunkYard Fool

            Ummm 28? I hit like 80gb every month on MetroPcs… never ben throttled.

          • Yes, 28. It’s when the tower is congested, so you may never hit it or you may always hit it, but you MAY be throttled at 28GB is the key.

          • darth415

            It’s 28, I use around 50 each month and get hit with the throttle.

            Then again, I pay only 160$ for 4 smartphones to have unlimited, and purposefully don’t use wifi cause most of the time my LTE is pushing 80mbps, much faster than my home internet.

            I would take that any day to know I’m not dealing with one of the worst companies in the world.

            This was a reply to everyone.

          • JunkYard Fool

            May – is the KEY word

          • Glich

            depends on tower load..

          • Ddrivrlife

            No, you don’t. lol. Great you’re happy with it. But for most adults, Metro is a joke. It’s 2/3 the amount of towers of T-Mobile, and lacks several of the most recent frequency ranges added to TMO in the last year. Most of it is the older data towers and servers. I used to work for TMO for a few years. Metro is half assed T-Mobile, or more accurately, 2/3 assed.

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            Not anymore.

          • Yes, they still deprioritize at 28GB. It’s on their website.

          • Murphy’s Magnet

            I was referring to the 200 GB on Verizon.

      • Daeshaun

        Actually, they are going to disconnect phones next month if people don’t switch plans.

        • T4rd

          Actually, they’re not.

      • WCM3

        Can you still sell them? I thought they did away with that AOL..

        • T4rd

          Nope, they hadn’t as of summer of last year anyways. People kept telling me that I couldn’t sell them back then too though, but I had no issues doing the AOL.

      • PoisonApple31

        You told me they were 2x UDP lines! They are only 200GB lines now – I want my money back!

      • rolerpoler

        They tried to but the fcc said no so what happened
        ?

      • Johnson Dude

        How or where do you sell a Verizon UDP? I’m interested.

    • Brooks Barnes

      As a current UDP customer, I actually kind of hope they kick me off. I’ve been testing t-mobile in my very rural area and it is blowing the doors off verizon, not only in speed but coverage. I just need that little kick in the pants to be ok with moving off “unlimited”.

      • FknTwizted

        unfortunately where i live my options are limited to at&t and vzw which if they kicked me off of my UDP I would be forced to still get jammed in the rear for these silly data cap plans.

        • jjordan

          Or switch to Cricket Wireless which is owned by and runs off of AT&T towers and offers unlimited data. I used 75GB last month for $65 bucks…Taxes and 911 fees already included!

          • FknTwizted

            $65 x 5 is more than I pay for on VZW with my udp.

      • Reeb99

        Same here. I had was some drama a few months ago when I had to activate a new unlocked phone since the old SIM wouldn’t fit. Somehow during the process, they changed my plan.

        Let’s just say I was pissed, and Verizon customer service said they would change it back. After a few days, I went and picked up a T-Mo SIM because I wanted to use my phone and Verizon was still messing around. I loved it. Speed and reception was better, no annoying signal drops like I get constantly on Verizon. Eventually Verizon sorted their stuff out and got my plan restored, so I switched the SIM back. If it wasn’t on a family deal I’d be on T-mo right now.

        • Jo

          wow neat that they switched it back!!!

      • Joshua Price

        I’m using the Verizon U620L modem / 8 dB gain magnetic antenna, with a asus ac68 router in my taxi. I get roughly 50-80mbps download speeds and 15-30mbps on the upload speeds.. What kind of speeds are you getting on tMo? Used 260 last month… It was my first full month with it so my average still sets under 200gb…

        Sprint has an unlimited hotspot through Calyx Institute for $500 for the first year and $400 a year afterwards.. Break that down to $43 a month for the first year and $33 a month there after.. Can’t beat that price and it’s no throttling as I contacted the non profit president and found out… goo.gl/oULpKn if you want to find out more…

    • Sporttster

      200gb today…next is 100gb….and then bye bye. Unlimited means nothing these days. Think we need help from the Feds to help these companies understand what ‘unlimited’ really means….

      • HorrorBiz606

        The literal definition of unlimited means nothing here. It’s a marketing term, that’s it.

        Unlimited data at 128 kilobits per second is still unlimited data. Show me on a Verizon or AT&T or someone else’s contractual terms and conditions where the speed is guaranteed.

    • Big EZ

      I have a feeling they are going to do it in waves. Most people are already off of their old unlimited plans, and if they just slowly kick people off in waves they will avoid a big backlash. I hope I’m wrong since I’m sitting here with an average around 65 GB a month.

    • Dan DeMarco

      Verizon has never charged you to change plans. So there’s the answer to your question.

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        Since you didn’t understand the comment I’ll help you out a little. It was a joke and a bit of a jab because of all the random and excessive fees that Verizon likes to charge their customers. But, yea you really got me there and only 10 days after the original comment was made. Good for you.

  • mcdonsco

    Surprised it took them this long and that it’s 200gb instead of 50 or 100.

  • Only used 35 gigs last month, thank god I didn’t get a letter or I’d be short 🙁

    Wouldn’t even know where to go. What plan is everyone on? Anybody with a good deal for 2 people?

    • I average around 25-30 GB on my verizon unlimited plan, and so far MetroPCS’ unlimited looks to be the best option should we get kicked off. It’s cheaper than T-Mobile’s and from what I understand doesn’t throttle.

      • Any word on Net10 or Straight Talk? Since it uses VZW’s network

        • From what I understand both of them throttle after a certain point, but if you cut down on your usage it might not be so bad.

          I always thought Straight Talk used ATT, but it looks like we’re both right and it switches based on the phone you use, kinda like Project Fi which is cool. I was leaning towards a GSM carrier anyway (to get those unlocked phones we can’t now with VZW) so MetroPCS when all is said and done really matches what I would want- GSM unlimited data that doesn’t throttle.

      • Nexus✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You mean cricket > MetroPCS. You get the att network with cricket.

        • Isn’t Cricket always throttled to 8 Mbps though?

          • Yeah, and latency about 3-5x higher than most others.

          • Pitahson

            Yeah but it’s not always noticeable. I use 30gb easily on cricket. I know that doesn’t have much to do with but 8mbps ain’t bad

        • Sporttster

          Probably where I’m going come November. Sick of Verizon’s bs and everyone else should be, too!

          • the PatrioticTraitor

            File a complaint with FCC, very easy process and Verizon is required by law to respond.

    • Suicide_Note

      I pay $65/month out the door for unlimited data on Cricket. I average between 20 and 30 GBs per month.

      • Pitahson

        Same here

    • DanSan

      either 2 lines on cricket or grab T-MobileOne for 2 people.

  • Murphy

    F*ckin Verizon…. so glad I left them years ago. High-usage ‘Unlimited’ Plan…what a joke.

    • MJ

      You need 200GB of data a month? Why? I do agree all carriers should stop advertising their plans as unlimited.

      • Larry Simpson

        They don’t need it. I commented below it works out to roughly 6.66GB per for a 200GB user. That’s insane usage

      • Suicide_Note

        I have no skin in this game, but when a carrier/ISP offers unlimited data, they shouldn’t be upset or surprised when some customers use a lot more data than other customers do, or more than the carrier thought they may use. No one needs to explain or justify why they use 100 GB/month. The carrier/ISP should just suck it up and deal with it, because the customer isn’t doing anything wrong, unless there was some clause in the contract or TOS that is being broken.

        • mickeyB88

          Just to play devil’s advocate, they don’t offer unlimited data, at all. The only reason people still have it is because they keep finding loopholes to get around Verizon kicking them off of it. I’m honestly surprised that they’ve let people stay on unlimited data as long as they have so long after they’ve stopped offering it.

          • Suicide_Note

            I know they don’t offer it now. However, the people who already have it shouldn’t be kicked off just because Verizon doesn’t like that those customers have unlimited. They should have closed the loopholes and such to prevent folks from taking advantage of them.

            It’s like a sushi place offering $20 all you can eat deals, and then being upset when some customers eat more than $20 worth of food.

          • Astromek21

            It’s more like a sushi place offering $20 all you can eat in 2012, phasing out that special in 2014, but someone has never left the restaurant the whole time and is angry their trips to the buffet are being counted now.

          • Suicide_Note

            Still not the customer’s problem. Keep trying.

          • Nashdroid ✓ᴰᵉᵖᴵᵒʳᵅᵇᴵᵉ

            Horrible comparison. Suicide_Note is right, keep trying.

        • Blame T-Mobile, they are way worse. “Unlimited data for $70!” BUT, after 28GB you may get throttled until your next billing cycle, more than 50% can’t be from tethering (which is throttled at 512Kbps), and you are limited to 1.5Mbps video streaming. Oh, but you can pay us $25 more and get full speed tethering and HD video day passes, but you have to activate those daily and you still h ave the 28GB possible throttle point. I’d gladly take 200GB 100% unthrottled and unrestricted network access.

      • Murphy

        That’s not the point. There’s a lot of things in life we don’t NEED. Like outrageous health insurance. Many healthy people don’t NEED it, but we buy the premium package just in case we do. The same here. When anyone bought Unlimited, they did so with piece of mind. Everything is consumed by mostly mobile these days. The content is getting richer and higher in definition. Even though I have an unlimited account with T-Mobile, I still check my usage because I’m curious. Between Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and Plex, I use copious amounts of data.

        • MJ

          What? You are comparing health insurance premiums to Internet data needs? LOL OK…

          I must be weird… I rarely watch videos on my 5″ phone.

          • Charlie Arnold

            People are using their phones as wifi hotspots.

      • Murphy

        Also, like Kellen mentioned above, users well below the magical number are getting notices. Verizon should just come out, and end unlimited data. We both know that they really, really want to. What’s the point of having Unlimited when the magic number gets smaller and smaller but your bill gets higher and higher.

      • Charlie Arnold

        Different folks have different lifestyles that don’t give them access to free wifi or cable, so they’re using a wifi hotspot to provide them with internet access for ALL of their data needs. These are folks who live in rural areas, live full time in their RV’s, etc.

    • MKader17

      Verizon stopped offering this plan years ago. They are actually doing customers a favor by letting them stay on it.