Sorry, Verizon Unlimited Data Users, You Still Can’t Upgrade Cheaply

Verizon’s new “The Verizon Plan” is now live and available for those interested in a simplified S-M-L-XL approach to voice and data service. We’ve talked a lot about it over the last week, even sharing exclusive details that were unavailable until today. But even with the info we were privy to, there was one subject we did not yet have an answer to that many having been on edge about – how does this all affect unlimited data users?

The subject was brought up because Verizon has insisted since announcing the new S-M-L-XL plans that if customers wanted to keep their current plans and still upgrade, they could without moving to the new plan. That news excited the hell out of unlimited data users who for all of these years have had to pay full retail for phones in order to keep their plans alive. Could Verizon be giving in to the handful that are left?  (more…)

AT&T Quietly Removes Hard Throttling Limit on Unlimited Data Plan, Will Only Throttle in Congested Areas

AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited data plans haven’t really been unlimited for quite some time now. Those who still pay for one know that AT&T throttles the hell out of data speeds on 4G LTE unlimited plans after they reach 5GB of usage per month and doesn’t bother to bring those speeds back up until the next billing cycle. We are talking throttling any and everywhere once that 5GB limit is reached, not just if the phone is attached to a congested network. Pretty weak, right?

Today, or at least some time since mid-March, AT&T seems to have softened its stance on 4G LTE throttling.  (more…)

Verizon is Shaving $10 Off Most More Everything Plans on Thursday, Adding New Options Too

According to a reliable source, Verizon is going to make changes to the majority of its More Everything plans this Thursday, February 5. The changes will include $10 discounts to most data options, a handful of new data tiers to choose from, and the $25 Edge discount starting even lower going forward at just 6GB of data. The full details can be found below.  (more…)

AT&T $60 GoPhone Plan Now Includes Unlimited Data, New $45 Plan Introduced

AT&T introduced one important new feature to its $60 GoPhone prepaid plan this afternoon that I’m sure customers will gladly accept, plus they also introduced a new $45 option.

As for the new feature, the $60 GoPhone plan now includes unlimited data to go along with its unlimited talk and text. Subscribers of this plan will still only get 2.5GB of high-speed data, but should they hit that data cap, they will continue to be able to use data for the rest of the month, only at incredibly slow speeds. After the 2.5GB of high-speed data has been used, your data speeds will be reduced down to 128Kbps for the rest of your 30-day billing term.  (more…)

FTC Suing AT&T for Throttling Top Data Users, AT&T Claims Allegations are Baseless

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made a complaint against AT&T public this morning, claiming that over the course of the past few years, every time AT&T throttled a customer who had an unlimited data plan, it was breaking the law.

To be exact, this complaint is in direct relation to a press release which AT&T released back in July of 2011, which announced AT&T planned to throttle its top data users, but would make sure the users knew they were going to be throttled after they used a specific amount of data. From the FTC’s findings, AT&T was not very good at notifying its customers with texts or emails, ultimately throttling 3.5 million users to the tune of 25 million times.  (more…)

BREAKING: Verizon Cancels Plans for Network Optimization of Unlimited Data Users

That title says just about all you need to know. Verizon has informed us that they are canceling plans to move forward with Network Optimization of unlimited data customers. In other words, Verizon is not going to slow down the data connection of customers with unlimited data plans who fall in the top 5% of the carrier’s data users. Instead, Verizon is going to focus on delivering exceptional mobile service to every customer, while continuing to work with industry players to make sure that  you and I are receiving “world-class” mobile service.

The statement Verizon provided to us can be read in full below.  (more…)

Verizon Unlimited Data Customers, You Have One Day Left Before Throttling Begins

After tomorrow, if you are a Verizon customer with unlimited data and an LTE phone, you could be throttled. Starting October 1, Verizon could slow your data speeds to help relieve strain on a cell site, assuming you tick the boxes on a set of pre-determined criteria from their updated Network Optimization policy. This policy used to cover unlimited data users on 3G-only phones, but moves into LTE territory for the first time next month, because you have “no incentive” not to try and destroy all Verizon cell sites. (more…)

How to: Upgrade Phones at Verizon and Keep Unlimited Data

Continuing to hold on to your unlimited data plan at Verizon is becoming increasingly more difficult, assuming you want to upgrade to a new phone at some point. The options to upgrade are disappearing quicker than we can count, but there are still a handful of ways for you to pick up a new phone and keep living life without data caps. Unfortunately, the options that include discounted phones or reasonable monthly payments are either incredibly limited now or gone altogether. If you want to upgrade and keep unlimited data, your best bet is to pay full retail in most cases.

Since we haven’t talked about the methods for keeping unlimited data on Verizon in a while, we wanted to do that today. Many of you are considering your next phone as we head into a busy holiday season, so knowing your options can’t hurt the situation.

By our count, there are six methods for keeping unlimited data. Here they are.  (more…)