Verizon Unlimited Data Customers Cannot Use Over 200 GB Data Per Month, Says The Carrier

11 January 2017, 6:18 am EST By Andrew Norman Tech Times
Verizon has announced a change for subscribers who are on its Unlimited Data Plan. Those using more than 200 GB of data each month on their existing Unlimited Data Plan either have to switch plans or will be disconnected.  ( Spencer Platt | Getty Images )

Verizon Wireless could potentially face the wrath of subscribers as it is set to impose a change for customers using the Unlimited Data Plan.

The United States network operator has revealed that it is going to to set a usage limit for its Unlimited Data Plan customers. Subscribers who exceed the limit will be compelled to either switch their plan or stand to get disconnected.

Verizon's definition of "unlimited" seems odd as the carrier will force subscribers using over 200 GB of data each month to shift plans. This news comes courtesy an Ars Technica report which cites a Verizon spokesperson.

"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 small group of customers on unlimited plans who use more than 200GB a month that they must move to a Verizon Plan by February 16, 2017," revealed Kelly Crummey, Verizon's spokesperson to the publication.

This change will impact the carrier's old customers who were allowed to remain on the Unlimited Data Plan even when the company stopped offering the option in 2011.

Is The Move Pre-Empted?

The intent to execute this move was set in September 2016, when Verizon began intimating customers that those who were using an extraordinary amount of data would not be able to continue with their plan any longer.

However, at the time Verizon did not mention the usage cap, but it was predicted that the limit would around 100 GB. This was because Verizon repeatedly kept stressing on its 100 GB plan.

The 100 GB data plan that Verizon offers (with an additional 2 GB per line) is relatively costly as it comes to $450 per month, plus additional fees. Moreover, if a user exceeds the usage limit then the speed of the connection gets restricted. In November 2015, the price of unlimited data plans was raised by the carrier from $30 to $50 per month

Verizon has also increased the upgrade fee it charges from $20 to $30. This is the fee the carrier levies when an existing customer upgrades to a new phone. In addition, Verizon has scrapped its two-year contract plans for existing customers.

This move is clearly a part of the company's ongoing strategy to push more customers from the existing unlimited plans to the new limited plans. In summer 2016, Verizon got rid of many customers who were using over 500 GB data each month.

When Does The Change Come Into Effect?

The carrier is offering subscriber's using over 200 GB per month time till February 16 this year to make the shift.

Users will face a disconnection if they fail to switch their plan before this date. Once disconnected, a subscriber will be given a 50-day window within which they can sign-up for their new plan.

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