We all knew that unlimited data’s reign would end soon, and for Verizon Wireless, “soon” is closer than previously imagined. Fierce Wireless reports today that the carrier’s CFO, Fran Shammo announced at this years JP Morgan conference that Verizon Wireless would cease to provide unlimited data to grandfathered customers. They will instead be offering the data-share plan — something that will be announced towards the middle of this summer — to customers.
As these 3G unlimited data plan customers migrate to 4G LTE, they will have to purchase the company’s data-share plan (which Verizon plans to launch in mid-summer) and move off the $30 per month unlimited data plan. “Everyone will be on data share,” Shammo said.
This means that anyone who has an unlimited data plan priced at $30 per month will be forced to transition with the new standard. It’s rather surprising that Verizon is doing this though, since even AT&T is only slowing throttling the speeds of those who go over — well, they do throttle it to a speed that’s unusable and also start doing so when the user goes a mere 100 MB over.
If you want unlimited data, your best bet is Sprint — for now. I’m sure it won’t be long until they do the same as other carriers have because their towers can only handle so much stress.