Unlike AT&T, Verizon’s taking a much harsher approach towards unlimited data subscribers. The carrier’s reps told 9to5Mac that existing customers, except those who are on unlimited data, can continue to use their older data plans and avail the subsidised iPhone 5 price.
Existing unlimited data customers have two choices, either purchase the device subsidised and lose the unlimited plan or continue to use unlimited data and pay full price for the iPhone 5.
Here’s Verizon’s statement, as given to 9to5Mac:
If you are an existing customer and want to keep your Nationwide Usage Based plan, you can keep your plan, purchase the iPhone at the discounted price with a 2 yr customer agreement. If you have a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you can pay full price for your iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited data plan.
Only customers who are new to Verizon Wireless will select from Share Everything Plans.
As the statement says, new buyers would be forced to choose one of Verizon’s shared data plans.
There is a brighter side though. Unlike AT&T, Verizon isn’t regulating or limiting the use of FaceTime over cellular on its data plans. This means that users subscribed to any of Verizon’s data plans, including the unlimited one, can use FaceTime over cellular at no extra cost.