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…)

Verizon Makes It Official: Prepaid Now has “Always-On Data” Throttling at No Extra Charge

Last week, sources of ours revealed Verizon’s plan to add a new feature to their prepaid plans called “Always-On Data.” The idea is the same as it is on The Verizon Plan’s new Safety Mode, where customers can go over their allotted data sum at throttled 128Kbps speeds. But there is one added benefit here – it’s included for free and doesn’t require customers to turn it on or off.

Over the weekend, just as our sources said it would, Verizon pushed the new feature live, though they didn’t throw much of a party outside of a blog post. That’s probably because it’s a great feature that doesn’t have the potential to nickel-and-dime customers with overage fees. Instead, it’s just a really nice free add-on that does right by customers who dance near their data limit line each month. Unfair? No more unfair than charging customers $5 on The Verizon Plan for the same benefit.  (more…)

Verizon Prepaid Will Get Throttled Unlimited Data Next Week, No Sneaky Safety Mode Required

Last week, Verizon introduced a bunch of “fireworks” tweaks to their The Verizon Plan that included a feature called Safety Mode. To say that Safety Mode was anything less than an unnecessary scheme to nickel and dime you over overages or tempt you into upgrading your plan to something more than you need is probably not doing the sneakiness of it justice. I say that because the Verizon prepaid plans are about to get the exact same bonus, but it won’t cost prepaid subscribers extra or require them to toggle it on or off to avoid getting hammered with overages.

What am I talking about? On July 17, Verizon is going to introduce a new prepaid feature called “Always-on Data.” What is Always-On Data? It’s throttled unlimited data that kicks in once you hit your prepaid data limit. It doesn’t require you to toggle a Safety Mode on or off and doesn’t cost you an extra $5 per month for snail speeds. Nope, it’s just included, unlike the new similar feature that Big Red deemed worthy of a “fireworks” descriptor last week.  (more…)

Phase 3 of Verizon’s $20 Unlimited Data Increase Kicks Off August 21

If for some reason, you were able to avoid Verizon’s $20 price increase on unlimited data plans to this point, be prepared to get hit with the higher price on or shortly after August 21. According to sources of ours, along with a number of readers being notified of the upcoming increase, Verizon is prepping “Phase 3” of Verizon’s plan to increase the price of remaining unlimited data customers to $49.99.  (more…)