The Scoop: Last week Verizon made announced that they would be cutting off customers with unlimited data plans that utilize over 100GB of data a month. Citing this much data use as ‘extraordinary’, these users will have until the 31st of August to switch to non-unlimited data plans or be kicked off the network entirely. This is all in an effort to limit the congestion of their growing network and save bandwidth for other 4G LTE customers.
The Fuss: Verizon stopped offering the unlimited data plan in 2011 and since then they have been working hard to entice users on those old plans to move to their limited but supposedly better data plans. Through all of these efforts, Verizon has been slapped on the wrist by the FCC when trying to throttle data speed. Now instead of enticing customers, Verizon will just force them or leave them behind to the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Luckily, the list of effected users is very small so if you’re on an unlimited data plan there is a good chance you should not be worried.
This comes after news of increase prices for Verizon’s data plans (though they include some other perks like unused data rollover). One has to wonder though, with the world becoming an even more data driven place, can the big mobile networks afford to keep limited their users to allotted data plans?