Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either.
He didn’t stop there. Shammo weighed in on a variety of current wireless trends, like how his competitors are starting to battle over discounts and promotional programs, another area they won’t necessarily dive headfirst into. In fact, Shammo knows that certain customers are going to leave them because of price, but they are “just not going to compete with that because it doesn’t make financial sense,” he noted.
For now, Verizon is still bringing in new customers and meeting Wall Street expectations for the most part, so you can’t exactly fault them for not caving into the “UnCarrier” movement.
Again, you aren’t surprised, are you?