Aug 10 AT 11:39 AM Alex Wagner 14 Comments

Verizon tipped to be closing unlimited data smartphone upgrade loophole


It’s hard out there for a Verizon Wireless customer with unlimited data. Just weeks after Verizon confirmed its plans to “optimize” the data of its unlimited 4G LTE subscribers, a new leak has revealed that Ol’ Red may soon make it more difficult for unlimited users to upgrade to a new smartphone while retaining their bottomless bucket of data.

Starting August 24, Verizon is expected to introduce a policy change that will require customers upgrading to a smartphone at a discounted price to keep a data plan attached to that smartphone for the duration of its contract. This will prevent customers from having a cheap feature phone on one line and an unlimited smartphone on another, upgrading the feature phone line to a discounted smartphone and then moving that smartphone to the unlimited line.

This change will reportedly apply to any subscriber with a “legacy plan” that buys a smartphone with a 2-year contract. If a customer does buy a smartphone on contract, he or she will need to keep at least the $30 per month 2GB plan attached to that device while it’s under contract. Verizon says that this change is going into effect because when a customer gets a discount on a new smartphone, it “expect[s] them to pay for data services and keep the smartphone activated for 2 years.

Verizon subscribers with unlimited data will still be able to keep their plan by buying a phone at full retail price or providing their own non-contract device. There’s also a chance that unlimited customers could have a second line with a tiered data plan, upgrade that line and then transfer the new device to the unlimited line, but we’ll have to wait until August 24 before we know for sure. Stay tuned.

Source: Droid-Life

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  • matt

    What people seem to forget is that once their contract expired, Verizon was under no requirement to continue providing them with unlimited data. If they don’t like it, t heyre free to switch carriers. VZ has let them keep it with some caveats, but if it doesnt suit their business model, they can end the policy ASAP. Grandfathering old plans is a courtesy not a legal requirement.

    • Staci

      Some of us don’t have a choice. It’s the only service available in our area. They sock it to us even when we still have a contract and decide to slow us down on a whim. Very frustrating.

  • FlyThaiGuy

    Thank You Matt.. A marketing advisor from Verizon… Are u going to tell us how having a tiered data plan is better than unlimited as well?

  • adam

    Lol someone tells the truth and immediately they work for Verizon? How immature do you have to be?

  • E-man

    Glad I left Verizon.

  • Anthony

    Love the employees drunk on the corporate cool aid . Is it really such a big deal if some people still have unlimited data . I guess it might cut into the CEO’s 15 million dollar bonus . When is enough enough ? Verizon is bunch of greedy a-holes . Unless you are part of their top 1% they don’t give a fu*k about you anyway. Wake up!

  • cola

    I just switched last week from unlimited to 2 gigs a month on Verizon with an upgrade to the Moto X. Shortly after, I was informed I could upgrade to 6 gigs a month for the same $30 a month because I had switched from unlimited. Contact Verizon if you’re still hesitant to switching and ask about 6 gigs for the same price.

    • Bacardi

      Hey Cola, I switched from an unlimited plan a month ago and I haven’t any extra data. Who should I contact, Customer service or go back to the Kiosk?

  • tmihai20

    Hello non-subsidized smartphones. They are loosing a lot more on the long term. If people are not buying smartphones from them, they will loose their leverage over them. An off contract smartphone is better anyway.

  • jerrbomb

    Tiered data is a joke.. And Verizon is milking the heck out of that cow.. Let your veteran unlimited subscribers keep the plan.. Stop being dicks about it.. And for those of you speaking on Verizons behalf and defending their stupid policies.. Keep sipping on their kool-aid because Tiered data is just a load of crap.. I’m looking at you Matt

  • Shawna

    Stop being babies all of you and grow a set. Complain to someone who cares. If their plans are that way, deal with it. Its the same anywhere. I may have attached, but ALL carriers have same type of plans. Unlimited data is gone everywhere.

  • david

    For the last few months I’ve been documenting AT&T’s deception. Everybody who has AT&T as a carrier should be documenting their deception and how you as a customer are being deceived.

    If you take notice the AT&T App on your phone does not depict your actual real time data usage. When asked AT&T states the App has a 4 hour delay in reporting your data usage, but the actual delay is more like 2 to 4 days lagging behind. This makes it virtually impossible to manage your data without going over your packaged data limits if your a somewhat heavy user.
    It’s no secret this deception practice has been making AT&T countless millions in overages each and every month.
    Check it out and you will see also. Let’s unite for a class action against AT&T and put an end to this travesty.

  • Nonyea

    Shawna, you are wrong. It is NOT THE SAME “ANYWHERE”. UNLIMITED DATA IS NOT GONE “EVERYWHERE”. T-Mobile has a couple of data plans with truly unlimited data (with no overages), and so does Sprint. Maybe you should do your research before you assume that they’re all the same.

  • legault

    Here’s one loophole you can do add a line onto you’re account under the edge program then after two weeks cancel the line you just added cause its on the edge program you don’t have an etf on it so all you’ll have to do is just pay off the edge on the phone