A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago.
If you've managed to stay on an unlimited data plan on Verizon, you might soon notice that your speeds beginning to slow down if your using a lot of data . A limited set of customers will fall under the umbrella of Verizon's so-called "Network Optimization" policy, which Verizon says is not throttling. The shift impacts customers in a very specific set of circumstances, according to Verizon:
Sprint has introduced a new service plan called the Unlimited, My Way plan, along with a guarantee that users of this plan will continue to receive unlimited service for as long as their line remains active with Sprint. The program is open to both new and exisiting users, and offers either 1GB of data for $20 per month, or unlimited data for $30, on top of a $50 for unlimited talk and text.
T-Mobile USA, which looks like it'll once again be the only major American carrier left without the iPhone on September 12, is trying to turn lemons into magenta-colored lemonade with an amped up unlimited and unlocked program for "bring your own iPhone" offers. Suzanne Lowry of T-Mobile's blog went over the highlights:
Over the last week we've seen a couple amusing new commercials from Virgin Mobile (above) and Sprint (below) touting their unlimited data plans. Virgin goes so far as to suggest you arrange a "happy accident" for your old, non-iPhone. Sprint just wants you to "say no to sharing".
Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo mentioned at the J.P. Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference recently that anyone migrating from 3G to 4G devices won't be able to grandfather in their old unlimited plan and will have to instead take a data share plan scheduled to launch this summer.
In the latest chapter of the AT&T unlimited data throttling debacle, a small claims court judge in California has awarded an AT&T iPhone user $850 in damages due to AT&T significantly slowing the user's data speeds to "manage usage on it's network".
After Dow Jones misconstrued some comments by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, Sprint has come out with an official statement saying they do not throttle regular subscribers under their unlimited data plans.
Reports that Sprint throttles the top one percent of data users are false. Here are the facts:
Sprint does not throttle any postpaid phone data users for on-network or off-network usage. Sprint is the only national carrier offering smartphone users truly unlimited data with no throttling, metering or overages while on the Sprint network.