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Verizon Prepares Us for The Death of Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

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We knew it could not last forever but we were really curious how much Verizon was going to screw their customers when they ended the fun. Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, announced at the 40th annual JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference that they pan on “migrating” all of their users from unlimited plans to their upcoming “Data share plans.” These plans are only coming this summer so we cannot tell how raw of a deal this will be but with carriers being stingy with 2-3GB data capped plans I cannot imagine they will be generous.

The new Data Share plans should actually be a good move allowing you to share data plans between devices. On the other hand I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one with carriers finding some way to screw up the concept with things like per device connection fees or other annoyances.

Right now the death of these 3G and for some 4G unlimited plans is not a huge deal for BlackBerry users but it will be soon with the launch of 4G LTE BlackBerry 10 devices and users migrating… Check out the details at FierceWireless.

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  1. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Verizon is considering this ONLY because they see it as a revenue booster. “Some” asked for shared data plans, and now they are coming (pricing unannounced, of course) for ALL! Verizon did the same thing with their elimination of one-year contracts. My grandfathered unlimited data plans (both devices and WiFi Hotspot) is now in jeopardy — I am not an abuser, but I hate to have to worry about potentially costly overages!

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