Verizon CFO: Silly People, You “Don’t Need Unlimited Data”

As other carriers have introduced new (mostly shady) unlimited data plan options, Verizon continues to field questions about whether or not it will do the same. The continued questioning is fair, since this is the company who claimed in 2015 they were a “leader” and not a follower when asked about joining the rest of the industry in rollover data features, only to do just that, join them a year later.

So what did soon-to-be-retired CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo have to say when asked about unlimited data plans on Verizon, this morning at an investors conference? Only that “at the end of the day, people don’t need unlimited plans.” You hear that, people, you don’t need unlimited data.  (more…)

T-Mobile Tweaks Unlimited ONE Plan After Backlash, Adds ONE “Plus” Option

Shortly after T-Mobile introduced the T-Mobile ONE plan a couple of weeks back, the backlash over its sneakiness and lack of value was swift and harsh. And rightfully so, as the plan wasn’t exactly built to be the ultimate unlimited plan that T-Mobile described. It included a number of major issues, like the fact that it was a terrible option for individuals who like HD video and need high-speed data for tethering.

Today, because T-Mobile says that it does “something the [other] carriers would never do,” which is listen to customer feedback, changes to the ONE plan have been introduced, along with a new “Plus” option.

So what’s new? Quite a bit actually.  (more…)

Sprint Also Introduces New Unlimited Plan With Just as Many Drawbacks as T-Mobile’s

This morning, moments after T-Mobile unleashed their latest mostly-crappy unlimited plan, Sprint announced something very similar that is equally, if not more, crappy. The new Sprint plan is also pushing the unlimited angle and can even be had for cheaper than what T-Mobile is offering. Unfortunately, it carries many of the same downsides as T-Mobile’s.

Called Unlimited Freedom (‘Merica!), Sprint’s new plan will be available starting tomorrow, August 19. The plan includes “unlimited” talk, text, and 4G LTE data “for most everything.” It also features optimized (read: throttled) streaming video, gaming, and music. People, I am not making this up. Oh, Sprint is tossing in 5GB of 4G LTE hotspot data at no extra cost, though, so that’s a bonus. T-Mobile is charging you $15 for 5GB of tethering.  (more…)

T-Mobile ONE Isn’t Really an Unlimited Dream Plan

You may be still reading through the fine print on T-Mobile’s new ONE unlimited plan because there is plenty of fine print and drawbacks to try and wrap your brains around. T-Mobile is billing this as the end of data plans, but for real unlimited users who want HD or better video and data available for tethering, or sign-up for service as an individual, this might not be a great choice.

If you saw our initial write-up on T-Mobile ONE, hopefully you tracked down the section where we pointed out four critical sticking points. If not, we’re about to dive into each right here to give you an idea as to why each could be a deal breaker.  (more…)

T-Mobile Uncarrier 12 Arrives With T-Mobile ONE, a New Unlimited Data Plan

T-Mobile, only hours after AT&T added throttled unlimited data to their Mobile Share plans, dropped Uncarrier 12 on us with a real unlimited focus that “goes all in on unlimited.” That focus comes via T-Mobile ONE, the new “100%” unlimited data plan that starts out at $70 for a single line, but can drop to as little as $40 per line for a family of four with auto pay enabled.  (more…)

FYI: Your Verizon Unlimited Data Plan is No Longer Unlimited

When we broke news last week with word that Verizon was going to start disconnecting a small group of “extraordinary” data users who were out of contract and still hanging on to unlimited data, we were also telling you that your unlimited data plan is no longer truly “unlimited.” In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, Verizon is now paying close attention to how much data you are using if you are out of contract, so that they can take it all away from you with notice.  (more…)

Verizon to Disconnect Unlimited Data Users Who Use “Extraordinary” Amounts of Data

Hey buddy, you, the one who is consuming massive amounts of 4G LTE data on your Verizon unlimited data plan and is out of contract. You will want to pay attention to what I’m about to share. Come August 31, if Verizon deems your account as using “an extraordinary amount of data” each month, you could see your line completely disconnected. In other words, Verizon may shut you down by the end of August.

According to sources of ours, Verizon is working on an Unlimited Data Plan Migration for the highest unlimited data users on their network. Starting tomorrow, July 21, Verizon will begin notifying users who have been flagged as using that “extraordinary” amount via mailer and through bill messages and explain to them their options to stay with Big Red.  (more…)