• Verizon Unlimited Data Plans No More

    Could Verizon be getting rid of all unlimited data plans regardless of how you get your phone?
    Could Verizon be getting rid of all unlimited data plans regardless of how you get your phone? Could Verizon actually do this to all the customers that have been buying their phones at full price to keep their unlimited data? Well according to a consumer rights attorney, technically yes they can and the reason seems legit, dirty, but legit. Basically once you start paying your bill on a month to month basis and are no longer under contract they can refuse to give you service, thus forcing you into a new contract or different carrier.

    Will they do this? My bet is no, especially since Sprint and T-Mobile still offer "unlimited" data, albeit their network isn't near as robust and good as verizons, but nonetheless they still offer it. Sprint is working hard to get their network to where Verizons and AT&T's are, with the soon to be finalized acquisition of Clearwire, the buying out of us cellular specturm in the midwest, and the company being bought out by Japan Softbank. They are definitely moving in a direction that will make their network very, very good and will have something to pull customers away from other carriers if the other carriers don't offer "truly unlimited" data.

    Only time will tell.

    Sources: Engadget, CNET, and Phandroid
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    1. chogardjr's Avatar
      chogardjr -
      Yes only time will tell...
    1. CharliesTheMan's Avatar
      CharliesTheMan -
      I haven't had the time to do the research, but does anyone have any information from a good source stating that the data is part of the contract and Verizon for sure can't end the unlimited data and replace it with something else before contract expiration? I'm only speaking of the legal standpoint. Because with the fine print and the way some things are considered "features" they may not legally have to wait that long, although they will I'm sure.

      Regardless, I don't see Verizon keeping grandfathered plans forever. I think regardless of if you bought your phone retail, they'll end unlimited completely sometime in the next year or two.
    1. dstu03's Avatar
      dstu03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CharliesTheMan View Post
      I haven't had the time to do the research, but does anyone have any information from a good source stating that the data is part of the contract and Verizon for sure can't end the unlimited data and replace it with something else before contract expiration? I'm only speaking of the legal standpoint. Because with the fine print and the way some things are considered "features" they may not legally have to wait that long, although they will I'm sure.

      Regardless, I don't see Verizon keeping grandfathered plans forever. I think regardless of if you bought your phone retail, they'll end unlimited completely sometime in the next year or two.
      I had a class on corporate contracts cell phones contracts are intentionally vague. The way I have always interpreted the unlimited portion of the contract is that Verizon at any time for any reason could technically terminate your contract. If they do that obviously you as a consumer are no longer obligated to pay the etf. You could sue and say that they unfairly terminated their end of the contract but the cost of doing that out weighs the benefit.