Verizon has announced that it will start disconnecting users with “unlimited” data plans who regularly use more than 100GB per month. Its ban hammer will start to fall on September 1, at which point repeat offenders will be asked to switch to tiered plans before being kicked.
By now we all know that “unlimited” data plans have a limit. The name makes it sound like you can use them as much as you like without ever having to worry about exceeding a cap, but almost all do have a cap that’s stated in the small print.
Now Verizon is starting to enforce one for those who are still on one of its unlimited data plans.
“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016,” the carrier told Ars Technica.
“These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device.”
If you need to use vast amounts of data, Verizon does offer a 100GB plan — but it costs a whopping $450 a month. If you’re a repeat offender who doesn’t agree to switch, Verizon will simply disconnect your line on August 31. You then have 50 days to change your mind.
About 99 percent of Verizon customers are already on limited data plans, Ars Technica reports. And it’s been so long since Big Red actually offered an “unlimited” plan, those who are still on them are likely now on rolling contracts which are paid month-to-month.
That means it’s a lot easier for Verizon to cut them off, because there is no contract outstanding, and it doesn’t need to chase you for large sums of money.
Verizon previously had plans to begin throttling unlimited data users who exceed a certain amount of data, but that plan was scrapped after a backlash from its customers and a demand from the FCC that stated Verizon must justify its policy.
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