Verizon: No More Unlimited Data For Those Switching From 3G To 4G LTE
Like many others, you’ve probably been pretty excited with the thought of getting the next iPhone this fall and hopping onto Verizon’s 4G LTE network. There are no drawbacks in this situation, right?
Well, those on 3G with a grandfathered unlimited data plan are in for an unpleasant surprise…
Turns out, Verizon is killing unlimited data for those jumping onto a 4G plan. That means that the ultimate choice will be faced by those who have clung to their unlimited data this long: keep enjoying the freedom that $30 per month can buy for an antiquated 3G connection, or make what’s sure to be the financially wise decision of upgrading to your own 4G data plan.
Verizon has unveiled a data sharing plan so families on the same plan can share a data cap together. Although the details of this data sharing plan remains unknown until mid-summer, Verizon seems to want everyone on future 4G plans to be on the data sharing plan. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has made the statement that, “Everyone will be on data share.” How they can get away with doing this is beyond me, and I suspect many with grandfathered plans will feel similarly… Lawsuits, anyone?
This should prove to be a pretty significant development for those who plan to upgrade to the next-gen iPhone. Those upgrading their wireless connection to 4G might have to think twice before joining a data plan with a data cap.
So is AT&T going to follow suit here? How highly do you value your unlimited data plan, and what would you be willing to sacrifice in order to keep it? (Moving to Sprint anyone?) As we can see, the carriers aren’t going to make it easy, especially if you want to be a part of the future of data speeds and sharing.