Cue Darth Vader’s Imperial Death March, folks — Verizon is killing grandpa. Ok, so maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, but Big Red’s announcement today that it will do away with even “grandfathered” unlimited data plans feels a bit like losing a member of the family.
Speaking at an investor conference in Boston today, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier will launch a “data share” program this summer that all customers who still have an unlimited data package from the days in 2011 and before when they were still offered will be migrated on to.
That means that in the coming months, all Verizon customers will be moved to tiered pricing — no more $30 for all you can eat.
“Everyone will be on data share,” Shammo said. “When they migrate off 3G (to 4G LTE) they will have to go to data share. “
Verizon’s pitch for the data share plans are that customers can add multiple devices to a single plan. That’s good news for light and medium data households or businesses who use 3G and 4G connections on multiple smartphones, tablets and other devices as it will eliminate the need to buy a data pack for each device.
No tiers or pricing information have been released yet, and it’s not clear how this will shake out for Verizon customers — like yours truly — who started on a 3G unlimited plan and have already upgraded to a 4G device. It would seem that either I’ll get a rude notice sometime this summer asking me to pick a data -sharing tier, or perhaps grandpa and I will survive until my next upgrade.
Via: Fierce Wireless