Verizon: Unlimited data can be kept if you pay in full for your phone

Earlier this week, a Verizon Wireless executive confirmed that current customers who have been "grandfathered" in with their $30 a month unlimited data plan will soon be forced to change to the company's upcoming shared data plans. Now News.com reports that Verizon has offered up a couple of exceptions to that plan, but neither one is likely to please customers.

One of those exceptions is that Verizon's unlimited data subscribers can simply keep their current smartphone. If they do, Verizon won't force them to switch to the upcoming shared, and limited, data plan. The other exception comes if they want to upgrade to a new smartphone. Verizon will let customers keep their unlimited data plan, but they must also pay the full, unsubsidized price, for their new smartphone.

So when the new iPhone comes out later this year, with its rumored 4G LTE support, and if you have a current unlimited plan with the wireless carrier, you can keep it if you pay the full price for the iPhone.

So far Verizon has not announced when its new data sharing plan will go into effect nor how much it will cost. When this change does happen, that will mean Sprint will be the only one of the four major US wireless carriers with a truly unlimited data plan, with no throttling or data overage charges, for its smartphones.

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Verizon is something else lately. Me and my family are looking to get out ASAP! Too many fees, charges, surcharges, overage fees, etc, the BS with this company.

I sensed this coming, which is exactly why i renewed my contract in january with a galaxy nexus even though i had 6 months left on my current contract. So now i have this contract locked up until 2014, so that should give plenty of time for these things to shake out or me to find a new carrier.

I am Reid said,
I sensed this coming, which is exactly why i renewed my contract in january with a galaxy nexus even though i had 6 months left on my current contract. So now i have this contract locked up until 2014, so that should give plenty of time for these things to shake out or me to find a new carrier.

They still win though. You are locked to that device until 2014, unless you pay out of pocket for a new one. You just said you renewed 6 months early....

srbeen said,

They still win though. You are locked to that device until 2014, unless you pay out of pocket for a new one. You just said you renewed 6 months early....

i usually buy a phone out of pocket in the middle of my contract anyways, its just good i get to keep the terms of my contract for 2 more years

The problem is this moves Verizon into MetroPCS and Cricket business models, without the low cost monthly plans.

Verizon should just suck it up, deploy additional infrastructure to handle future 4G speeds, and as the LTE radio technology catches up, they can use the extra bandwidth now to keep customers happy until their longterm costs drop.

Companies like Verizon don't seem to realize they are just one major technology evolution to make them irrelevant overnight.

From Verizon's point of view, they win either way. Either you'll pay more monthly for your data or pay more up front by way of the phones. It's all green to them.

Money grab. All I can say to Verizon is just remember the first two letters in FUN. Jackals.

I don't have unlimited...I've got $30/ for 4GB a month... I really think for that price I should be getting 6 or 8GB a month certainly even after a discount I paid nearly $300 for my Razr Maxx.

sava700 said,
I don't have unlimited...I've got $30/ for 4GB a month... I really think for that price I should be getting 6 or 8GB a month certainly even after a discount I paid nearly $300 for my Razr Maxx.

Wow. You should check out the rates in Canada if you think you are getting ripped off.

knighthawk said,
Sounds like a good deal actually, any move away from subsidized phones is a good move.

How is it good? I paid $100 for my phone and get unlimited data for $30/month. In the future in order to keep my unlimited $30/month I'll need to pay full price for the phone. So I pay another $500 and get absolutely nothing in return.

Majesticmerc said,

Why?

You actually don't know? Depoendign on which carrier you are with, your device would be unlocked because you paid cash, thus allowing activation somewhere else should you choose to move. Of course that does exclude most VZW devices, but there are some that can be used with other carriers.

Its cheaper in the long run because you arent force to pay cariers subscription cost vs just buyign a SIM or paying month to month.

Majesticmerc said,

Why?


Majesticmerc already covered it. But basically consumers would be better severed if subsidized phones and there associated Xyear contracts were not the norm. Consumers having a better idea as to what their phone actually costs and being able to move between carriers, and better compare just 'service' with more ease would be a positive.


Memnochxx said,

How is it good? I paid $100 for my phone and get unlimited data for $30/month. In the future in order to keep my unlimited $30/month I'll need to pay full price for the phone. So I pay another $500 and get absolutely nothing in return.

How about keep your current phone and pay the 30$ a month and still get your unlimited.

Earth to people you don't need a new phone every year, but if you feel you do pony up for one then. As for the claim you get no value... um you get the value of the new phone for your 500$ (or whatever you buy it at).

Yep, wait about a month or two, let the fanbois snap them up at Verizon on launch day, and in 2-3 months, you can buy one on Amazon for less than $500.00

What if they want to upgrade to a better non-LTE phone? Would they still be removed from the unlimited plan (if they renew their contract), or would they still have to buy a new phone in full to get around this?

So basically this is the next iPhones fault? Fantastic. I'm just going to keep my Galaxy Nexus, and just buy unsubsidized devices with month to month service.

unreal - considering most retail prices @ Verizon for new smart phones are usually $500 and up. So Verizon is basically encouraging people to let their contract with them expire?

jerzdawg said,
unreal - considering most retail prices @ Verizon for new smart phones are usually $500 and up. So Verizon is basically encouraging people to let their contract with them expire?

First off you NEED to do your home work. Most Smartphones cost 499 and up on retail. Android average aroudn 499, 599 and 699 for new ones whiel iPhone is $650, $750 and $850 from Apple and $699, 799 and 899 from retailers at full price. VZW typically sales the phone cash at a very competive cost.

Its always better to pay cash anyways.

TechieXP said,

First off you NEED to do your home work. Most Smartphones cost 499 and up on retail. Android average aroudn 499, 599 and 699 for new ones whiel iPhone is $650, $750 and $850 from Apple and $699, 799 and 899 from retailers at full price. VZW typically sales the phone cash at a very competive cost.

Its always better to pay cash anyways.

so your bashing him for being 1$ off what most phone start at ? in retail .

TechieXP said,

First off you NEED to do your home work. Most Smartphones cost 499 and up on retail. Android average aroudn 499, 599 and 699 for new ones whiel iPhone is $650, $750 and $850 from Apple and $699, 799 and 899 from retailers at full price. VZW typically sales the phone cash at a very competive cost.

Its always better to pay cash anyways.


Yea, pretty sure my "and up" would include all of those figures you spewed off. No homework needed here.

So basically wait 4 months after release and find the phone for the nominal sale price on craigslist or eBay, and be on a month to month service....

Are these plans transferable? like, if I chose to get a new discounted phone, could I give the plan to someone who already had a device and wants the $30 data?

srbeen said,
So basically wait 4 months after release and find the phone for the nominal sale price on craigslist or eBay, and be on a month to month service....

Are these plans transferable? like, if I chose to get a new discounted phone, could I give the plan to someone who already had a device and wants the $30 data?

Verizon has strict policies of requiring the device to be their branded version.

For example, when they bought out Alltel, you had to drop the Alltel phones if you moved to a Verizon plan, even though they were technically the SAME models with the same CDMA technology and features.