Posts Tagged ‘data’
Updated! Have a grandfathered unlimited data plan on Verizon? Kiss it goodbye!
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:32 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:00
Update: Verizon has cleared the air on the specifics of the elimination of the unlimited data plans. Anyone buying a new, subsidized phone for either 3G or 4G will be forced unto the shared or tiered data plans this summer. Anyone willing to fork over the cash to buy one at full price will be allowed to keep their unlimited data as is. No one is being forced over if they don’t buy a new, discounted device through Big V.
– 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.
Verizon is acting like a spoiled kid here – “Fine you do it my way or I’m gonna take away your G.I. Joes!”. The way to entice folks to sign those two-year contracts is to offer the discounted phones. If they’re going to start taking away more toys, how long before people stop shackling themselves and just buy the phones outright online?
“LTE is our anchor point for data share. So, as you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go on to the data share plan. And moving away from, if you will, the unlimited world and moving everyone into a tiered structure data share plan.”
That’s the standout quote from a speech Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo gave earlier at the J.P. Morgan Technology, Telecom and Media conference. The company plans on shifting all users to their upcoming shared data plans this summer, a move which will obliterate the all you can eat unlimited data plans. While the specifics are a bit vague, the gist is once customers are on LTE, they must ditch unlimited and go data share.
Verizon now ‘optimizing’ network for those hedgehog data users
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 01:19 Written by The Geek Saturday, 17 September 2011 02:00
Uh-Oh! You heavy data users out there better watch out…jk. We all knew this was coming as Verizon has updated their user agreement all the way back in February. Now it is becoming real. Verizon has started ‘optimizing’ data for high end data users (only 5% of 3G users with unlimited data plans) when connected to congested towers. Is this Big Red throttling my data? No not really since it is only on the busiest of towers (why it is only 5%). The new policy page shown by Droid-Life shows how it is only a small percentage of people and how that it is considered more optimization and not throttling. I still feel that it is pretty close to the same thing as I am sure most customers do. Is this all falling into place to prepare for the next fruit phone? Who knows…what we do know is that the 5% of people out there that see their data is running slower really aren’t going to care about optimization…Hit the comments after the jump.
AT&T Set to Throttle Data Consumers
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2011 10:36 Written by baldalbino Sunday, 31 July 2011 10:30
In what seems to be a continuing trend, AT&T is the newest cell phone carrier to announce that it will throttle the data on high usage customers. The move was announced on July 29th and will go into effect on October 1. This move aligns AT&T with T-Mobile, who was the first carrier that throttled the speeds of its data customers. AT&T has not stated what the threshold will be but does state that it will be an amount of data that would trigger the throttle.
This change makes the end of the unlimited plans by all the carriers. Only Sprint continues to stand in the face of opposition and still offers the unlimited plan but even they have stated that there is only so much bandwidth and that the end of unlimited is only a matter of time. The average data user will probably never see a data usage throttle for their plans, AT&T claims that these controls are in place for the individuals using 12 times what everyone else is consuming.
AT&T Tells Tethering Customers To Pay Or Stop
Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 08:29 Written by Adam Warren Friday, 18 March 2011 09:00
Customers of AT&T who use their phones to tether without a tethering plan have been receiving emails and text messages telling them to either stop or be charged. The image above is an example of a text you may receive. One of the main ways that users have been able to “unofficially” tether is by jailbreaking their iPhones and using an app called MiWi.
If AT&T does not here from you after one of these messages within a certain amount of time then they will automatically add you to a DataPro 4GB tethering plan, currently priced at $45. So far there have only been reports of iPhone users tethering, though I’m sure Android users are going to get cease and desist messages soon. Also AT&T has not said how they are catching people tethering, but why would they. I can assure you that it will begin an aggressive game of users trying to do it for free and AT&T trying to crack down.
There’s no word on how many people have been caught but AT&T did say that a ”small number of smartphone customers who use their devices for tethering but aren’t on our required tethering plan,” are being issued cease and desist messages. Follow the break for an email look-a-like.