Right off the bat -- Verizon has kept quiet about any rumored data plan changes coming on July 7. We're all going on insider information, and filling in the blanks where we can. We can be sure that something is coming, and very few people are going to be happy about it. Maybe today's rumors can alleviate a little of the pain.
According to the latest, existing customers with an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep their current plan if and when they change to a new phone. That makes perfect sense, all other carriers have done the same in the past. What we're assuming, based on leaked screenshots (and a little desperate hope) is that this applies when you use a two year upgrade as well. The wording suggests it, but falls short of confirming it. We just don't know, so we can't say. Our own Verizon expert says if you can use an upgrade and keep your old plan, don't expect to make any changes (like text packages or tethering) or sign up for any promotions -- that's going to require a plan change.
Then there's a new rumor we've heard more than once -- the bad news about tiered data pricing is actually shared family data plans. Individual plans will be a bit cheaper, and have a low price, small data cap offering. Again, this is nothing more than a rumor, and anyone who can verify any of this is wisely keeping quiet about it. What we are sure about is that Verizon will do exactly as they have planned to do, will feel it is in their best interests, and announce it when they are ready. And we really can't expect more than that.