Yesterday it was reported that Verizon Wireless would be ending all unlimited data plans with their new LTE transition. However, even though it seemed like all hope was lost and unlimited data on the carrier would never again be available, Verizon has issued a statement to The New York Times today that says otherwise.
- Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
- When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing.- Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.
-The same pricing and policies will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.
Even though this is good news, you’ll still end up losing your unlimited data plan in the end since you’ll have to purchase a new device eventually. Something that’s interesting, though, is the fact that users will be able to keep their current plan by simply purchasing a smartphone at full retail value. That’s going to be a problem for most people since the upfront cost for a device like the iPhone 4S is a good $649 or more. It’s nice to know that they at least give you the option though, so keep that in mind when upgrading your phone in the future.