Verizon Wireless will begin disconnecting its grandfathered unlimited data customers from its network if they use more than 100 GB of data a month and don't switch to one of the company's new wireless plans, according to a report from Droid Life. Verizon partially confirmed the news to Ars Technica.

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"Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016," a Verizon spokesperson told Ars. "These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device."

Verizon didn't confirm what would happen to customers who did not migrate to the new plans by August 31, but Droid Life reported they would have their access to the network cut off. Customers would be able to reinstate their accounts if they switch to a new plan within 50 days.

Last October, Verizon raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plan from $30 to $50 per month. Verizon's largest limited data plan is a 100 GB option that costs $450 a month. More recently, the company debuted a revamped version of its plans, adding features like Carryover Data and Safety Mode, which allows users to avoid overage fees and opt for throttled data speeds instead. The new plans start at $35 per month for 2 GB of data. The company also recently debuted a $20 fee when upgrading a device.

Top Rated Comments

countryside Avatar
99 months ago
Well, then that wouldn't be "unlimited" data.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
John Mcgregor Avatar
99 months ago
Verizon does a lot of stuff that's terrible and user-hostile, but this is honestly not one of them. There's no reason to be using >100GB per mobile device.
Not for you to decide.
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My eyeholes would probably burn off if I used 100GB of data...
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaro65 Avatar
99 months ago
Verizon does a lot of stuff that's terrible and user-hostile, but this is honestly not one of them. There's no reason to be using >100GB per mobile device.
It doesn't matter whether there is a reason or not. It was Verizon who decided to call it "unlimited," not the users.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chr Avatar
99 months ago
Verizon does a lot of stuff that's terrible and user-hostile, but this is honestly not one of them. There's no reason to be using >100GB per mobile device.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ck2875 Avatar
99 months ago


- Verizon ('//www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PxjIa4gBg'): "This is data on a wireless network."
- Guy 1: "Look a door!"
- Guy 2: "Let's all go through it together."
- Verizon: "When it gets busy, it can get overwhelmed."
- Verizon: "A better network prepares for heavy traffic with more capacity"
- Guy 1: "The door is bigger!"

...

- Verizon: "No, we just closed the door on everyone who used over 100GB of their "Unlimited" Data."
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porco Avatar
99 months ago
What most people understand by the term 'unlimited':
-without limitations, use as much as you want, don't worry about it, you're covered.

What mobile networks mean by the term 'unlimited':
-more data than the other plans*, but we can add arbitrary limits whenever we like to cover for our own poor planning when we promised too much, and there's not really anything you can do about it, so suck it up.

*unless it isn't.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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