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Verizon to raise price of grandfathered unlimited data plan by $20 for those not under contract

Verizon may soon be raising the price of its unlimited data plan for those who are grandfathered in if they are not under contract anymore. This report, which comes from The Verge, states that Verizon will be hiking the cost of the plan up to $49 a month, up $20 from the current $30 a month fee. The new $50 a month fee is just $5 more than the equivalent of having only 3GB of data on Verizon's current plans.

The change will only affect those who are paying month-to-month for their service, and the change will only affect less than one percent of Verizon's customers. With the price hike, Verizon will now be allowing those customers with unlimited data on the new pricing to take advantage of its device payment plans to purchase new smartphones. The change is apparently set to take place at the beginning of November.

Source: The Verge

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
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  • Well if this report is true it might be Bon Voyage for me and Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me as well. I don't give a crap about device payment plans. I'm "grandfathered" in and that's really all I care about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me too. Been with Verizon for years, but I can't justify them jacking me for another cent. Enough already. My plan is so old I have 900 minute talk time. ...
    HELLOOOOOO T-MOBILE. Take my money but leave my ass alone cause Verizon has F'd me for the last time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You guys are funny! Good luck on T-Mobile. Great example of you get what you pay for...
  • I used to think that too, but I made the switch and I haven't seen a difference in service. I actually get better download speeds and I also get band 12 support in my area. So I get more then what I expected. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Yup always that way... For most customers T-Mobile will be just fine. There are cases where you need to pay twice as much, but you shouldn't start there. That would just be a waste of money.
  • Agreed I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Just because you get good coverage it doesn't mean the rest of us do, tmobile is horrible in california and even sf bay area in the suburbs...the city is a little good but you get what you pay for.
  • And........Sucks for you. I live in Philadelphia and its great, better than what I got with Verizon. Even in the suburbs it works great. I pay less and get better service. I get better service at a cheaper price. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • I live where all 4 companies have strong coverage, I don't travel and I have a separate company phone. So I'm paying a premium what what? Good service? They all have good service in Miami. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't get great service with T-Mobile in Miami. Had them for about a year and it was great for a while but then the connection started getting very spotty.. I thought that maybe it was my old Nexus 5 being weird, but when I switched to cricket my connection issues were gone. But those fucking T-Mobile speeds were awesome when I had service! I might go back to T-Mobile actually, my S6 probably has a much better radio and more bands than my Nexus 5 did.
  • I just switched to TMo from Verizon and can't believe how much time I wasted dealing with Verizon's buggy Lollipop software and horrible indoor signal reception. I walk into TMobile - get the same Note 4 and it has 5.1.1 already on it (Verizon is still on 5.0.1). And it works like a charm. I can make and take calls again and text and mms go out right away. I am in the SF Bay Area and my Verizon was literally awful. TMobile has been awesome and none of my music streaming even counts toward my data. I consider that a great value and wish I had jumped sooner. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm with T-Mobile and my note 4 is on 5.0.1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here. Note 4 on t-mobile and still on 5.0.1. I don't know what they are talking about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, your note 4 does not have 5.1.1 unless it's a custom rom.
  • I moved from Verizon about 9 months ago to T-mobile. Yeah I really don't have that big of a problem. My biggest issue is the fact that it take 5 secs to start dialing.. whoopie!
  • I get that on Verizon too. I have to pull the phone off my cheek to make sure it started when all you hear is silence.
  • I've gotten far better service from T-Mo than I ever did with Verizon, but keep kissing their ass.
  • Ha I'm on sprint and have better service than verizon/tmo Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are correct. I had a Verizon account. 1 smart phone and 1 dumb phone. 700 shared minutes, 500 texts and 2G of 3G network. Total cost after fees and taxes, $144 a month. Switched to Metro PC, got 2 free phones, unlimited talk and text, 1G of 4G LTE data, then speed is slowed down. Total cost, $64 a month. Service is the same so I guess I was overpaying Verizon.
  • if they were to raise it 100$ I would still stay. Their LTE coverage is unmatched and I travel and consume a lot of data. The only alternative I have is ATT and they don't even offer unlimited plans. via AC App on
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  • "if they were to raise it 100$ I would still stay." In that case I hope they do but just for you. "A fool and his money are soon parted"
  • I think the OPs point is that even at $100 more Verizon would still offer the best value for how he uses his phone. That is the definition of a wise buying decision.
  • Thank you for your kind words. If most of your time is spent on the wheels driving across the country , sleeping and waiting in deserted areas, maybe you would appreciate the ability to get a load-work, locate the destination proper, stay connected with people whenever you please, entertainment at hand, and most importantly have a signal in cases of emergency. Only 2 companies can provide me that privilege with consistent service quality and coverage (I keep testing) and the other has equally high pricing, but without unlimited data. Product is worth as much as people are willing to pay for it - fools or not.
    Now, what's the real and objective value of Gold or Diamonds perhaps ? Yeah, that's right - let's try to agree on that. via AC App on
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  • I understand your point of view and you should use what works for you and whatever you can pay for that service.
    I would argue though that product is not worth as much as people are willing to pay for it, at least not in general. Maybe you just tried to keep simple and to your case but many times product price is driven by more factors than what people are are willing to pay. Short example would be me currently for a service that I need but not available from anyone else. The company could double the cost and I would still pay but not so much because I'd be willing or because it's a great service. It is the only service and I have no other option.
    Another example would be the cost for EpiPen my wife has to carry due to severe allergic reaction to ant bits. We learned that because of insurance changes the cost would be $$$ (a lot) out of pocket. Now, it's not like I'm willing to pay that, but I don't have much choice here in order to save my wife life's in case the need arises. How much is my wife's life worth though? Is it 1M or 1B or 1T? Could the company theoretically make that price? They could and I would not pay it because I could not afford it. Even now while we afford it my wife did not really want to buy it. But she is obligated by the treatment conditions, she has to carry one for every allergy shot she takes. So even when one decides something it's not worth and they are not willing, other circumstances dictate the final action.
  • Of course I was making it simple :) too many factors are involved here.
    I have only one cable network to choose from where I live. Another is Dish but can't be installed due to the building position I'm in (and policy won't allow us to put on the roof). Even then, these choices are still not really choices.
    Honestly, from my point of view telecommunications should be heavily regulated to a point where it's only paying for itself at no profit or to have profits only to be reinvested. There is no room for private interests when it comes to healthcare and energy neither. via AC App on
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  • that sounds all good on paper, but then if there was no profit to be made from it, then companies would be working their asses off to try to be better than somebody else... they would rather go into business that would make them more money. then what are you left with? another awesomely efficient government ran program. and when you have no competition where is your innovation coming from? we would probably all have 2g phone service and be lucky if we could get basic DSL speeds from a decade ago.
  • True. It's a thought of ideal world :) via AC App on
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  • Verizon has "service" everywhere. In other words you have a signal but it's next to useless, your call will probably be dropped assuming the signal is strong enough to even make a call. As soon as I pay off my current phone I'm switching to AT&T. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Odd decision. $49.99 for unlimited data is still a competitive price. To each their own Posted from my Droid Turbo
  • You make calls? Lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • udazavlanje has a valid point. I have both Verizon and T-mobile.
    If you live in a metro area T-Mobile service is excellent. It wasn't like that several years ago but they have been improving.
    I have T-Mobile since they were call Voice Stream. I was fathered from a Family Unlimited Data Plan and T-mobile stills honors it till this date.
    In NYC I don't have any issues with T-mobile I get very good signal everywhere and data around 54Mbps. But as soon as head out of the NYC things change...LTE turns into 4G, 4G becomes H then H turns into 3G, 3G into G, G into Edge, Edge into no signal. At that moment I use the Verizon network if needed.
    Having both is cheaper than just having an unlimited plan from Verizon.
  • P.T. Barnum loved folks like you.
  • I think that is Verizon's point. By increasing prices for Unlimited data plans they will slowly begin to reduce the population of customers that, on average, use more services than Verizon believes it can support at the price point they pay causing other customers to subsidize their usage. By increasing the price Verizon will have more money to fund the purchase of bandwidth and equipment as they wind down the unlimited users over time creating a more level price structure for all customers.
  • Verizon made a net profit of $4.2 BILLION in Q1....I don't think that they are hard up for money........
  • I'm sure their stockholders would beg to differ... More money the better.
  • What he is saying. Is they already have money to invest in network upgrades. Of course they would like to make more money. But they are not doing all this to help with there upgrades. They are purely after more profits. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And that's the problem.
    The customers always get screwed over Posted via the Android Central App
  • The objective of any business from any Q to another Q is to increase profit.
  • Unless you're Sprint where the objective is to lose less money than you did the prior Q and prior year ago Q.
  • Verizon gross at year's end is 120 Billion, it's 30 Billion a month, they have 100 Million customers http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/vz/financials
  • That's revenue. Dude said 4.2 billion profit. Revenue means nothing in this case.
  • That would be a valid point if 30-50% of their customers were on unlimited data, but according to Verizon, only 1% of their customers are on unlimited data plans ... So I don't think we are clogging up the bandwidth. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Verizon will now be allowing those customers with unlimited data on the new pricing to take advantage of its device payment plans to purchase new smartphones." I really don't see how that is a bad thing. If I had unlimited data and I can keep that unlimited data and use Verizon Edge at the same time? What the hell is with all the crying? - I'm the guy at the bar turning the TV with his phone during your favorite sports game. -
  • All the device payment plan does is give you 0% financing on your device. Even in the worst case scenario - say you buy a high end phone for $800 on a credit card at 25% over 2yrs you pay roughly $150 in finance charges. Compared to the $20 X 24 months, or $480 additional you are now paying Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering they've inadvertently confirmed that people on older plans had the cost of the phone baked into it (otherwise why would Verizon give them a discount once their device is paid off or if they bring their own device on their newer plans) that means quite a bit. Look at it this way, you're off contract but still paying the same amount that you were when your phone was brand new. Now they raise your data costs AND offer to sell you a phone on a monthly fee. So in essence it could be said that your paying twice as much per month for your device, the amount that was baked into the older plans to offset the subsidized device cost, and the monthly cost for the new phone on a payment plan. So they continue to charge what they did when you upgraded to a new device, charge you a monthly fee for a new devcie, and bump the cost of your data as well. I didn't like that I had to buy my phones at retail while still paying the baked in devicemcost per month, but I lived with it. This is too much. I've been with them since 2000, and apparently that means nothing to them. It's almost as if they're trying to see how far they can go before you'll say enough. For me that will be the very near future.
  • Maybe it's the fact that they took away the ability to upgrade your phones several years ago, (you could, of course, if you went off of unlimited and onto a tiered data plan, otherwise you had to purchase your phone outright to remain on unlimited), and now are charging an extra $20 for the privilege of paying even more for their phone payment plan.
    I just bought a non Verizon Nexus 6 on sale, popped in a Sim, and it works great. But I'm in the same position as the fellow above, I'm on the road three weeks+ a month, across the lower 48, and it's worth it for me to have a signal practically everywhere I go. Very few dead spots, usually in the Rockies, and primarily 4G. No other carrier comes close.
    When I'm no longer driving, and stationary like most of you, it will be a different story. But for now, using 30+ gigs a month of 4G, everywhere in the country, the ability to contact tire service, towing, or dispatch anytime and anywhere, day or night, is completely worth it. Unlocked Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.
  • Yup.. I'm outta here.. I don't get any vzw signal at my place anyway...$20 more per month? T-Mobile and sprint are looking much better
  • Even though it's just a scam for add to their Bonus', still keeping my ULD plan. going from $30 to $50 a month is still the best deal for Unlimited data out there and it's not throttled. I'm no fan of verizon, but your statement makes no logic from a numbers view and look at the other carriers. My minutes, text and ULD is $70 going up to $90, no other carrier can give that to anyone.
  • I will leave to. I don't give a crap about device payment plan and their network.
  • That is a lot for unlimited data. Sprint network sucks but $60 and soon to be $70 for unlimited everything is winning. So is T-Mobile $80 for unlimited everything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile did a promo not long ago and still may be running it, 2 lines unlimited everything, 7gb of tethering on each line for $100 we then added a 3rd line for an extra $40, not a bad deal at $140 for 3 unlimited lines Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the same plan, but I added an extra line for $20 more.
  • If they are still offering this plan I would like to know. I will switch to T-Mobile.
  • No longer. Now its 2 for 100$ ten gigs each. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought it was 4 lines for $100, 10GB each
  • Nope. It's 2 for $100 and $20 for each additional line.
  • no, recently TMo did the following.. 1) 2 lines unlimited for $100. They dropped this.
    2) 2 lines 10GB LTE ea line for $100. This replaced #1.
    3) 4 lines of 10GB TOTAL (shared but each got 2.5GB) for $100. They dropped this.
    4) 4 lines for the price of 3 with 10GB ea line ($120). Was basically #2 with an extra line $20 and a 4th line free. They dropped this.
    5) 4 lines of 10GB ea for the price of 4. so its basically #4 without the free line. $140 for 4 lines ($100+20+20). #2 and # 5 are what are active right now.
  • Got that plan and I'm lovin' it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I moved to t mobile about a month ago and we have 6 lines for $160 for unlimited everything. But that does not include 2 new phone payments
  • No you don't. There has never been a unlimited 6 lines for 160...lol.. Never.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have a cap and then are throttled. That's not unlimited. I have the cheapest unlimited plan t mobile had. I have 5 lines all unlimited no throttling. And it cost. 220 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does Sprint even have anything other than an unlimited plan for a single line? If $70 is their only plan once they make that change they are going to have a hard time competing with plans that go for $40-$50 even if they aren't unlimited. They seem to only care about iPhones though so they probably don't care.
  • They also have a family unlimited plan, $110 for the first two lines, $50 each for lines 3-10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • $100 if you sign up for the plan at Bestbuy cause Sprint does silly promos over there.
  • $30 T-mobile unlimited data plan for off contract. The fools who stay on contract gets what they deserve.
  • here here!!!! I love my 30$ tmobie plan I got when nexus 5 came out... haven't looked back. Crazy thing voip is better than the voice often. When I switch back to normal cellular I almost am like wtf I lost all the fidelity!!!
  • It's only 5GB of LTE, hardly unlimited.
  • It's also Unlimited with NO throttling, and the best coverage
  • I bet ATT does this too.
  • I work for att and i doubt we'll follow this move. We are still the last holdouts for 2 year contracts so far Posted via the Android Central App
  • OT. Is there any way to get free unlimited texting with grandfathered unlimited data? 200 texts just doesn't go far.
  • Verizon or AT&T? Posted from my XT1575
  • The plan I'm still on (grandfathered) is 700 minutes shared with 3 lines, I have 5000 texts and unlimited data. My mom's line has unlimited also (Blackberry Storm), I think 20 texts a month, since she doesn't text much at all, and my grandma has a basic flip phone. So, it works out. But to raise the price is within what I have expected with Verizon. I joined mom and grandma's plan when I left T-Mobile in 2008, and the Verizon account is really old (circa 1998) so Verizon does what they can to make sure we don't up and leave. In the long run, it all about choice. If Verizon keeps pushing the envelope, the other companies will eventually catch up and pass them. Posted From my Verizon Galaxy Note Edge via the Android Central App... And Don't Eat The Yellow Snow!
  • Just add the unlimited texting. It's a feature. I have it on my lines. It really only made sense because I had four lines, so it worked out to be $5 per line for unlimited texting.
  • Oh u know it Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T's unlimited is not truly unlimited like Verizon's. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's 22 GB now before prioritization takes place. Not really unlimited but should be enough for most of their customers.
  • Depends on where you live. My parents and siblings still have unlimited data on AT&T and a few of them frequently use more than 5GB/month. Even before AT&T upped the throttle cap to 22GB, they were almost never throttled because they don't live in a dense area.
  • Sucks but will most likely stay. Travel for business an use about 50gb a month. You get what you pay for an they still have the best coverage area Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry, but that's ridiculous. Why would you use 50GB of data on your phone? Are you constantly streaming video? I don't think I could use 50GB of data in a month if I tried. Unless I used it for my home network.
  • He's a Carny, so he streams videos at all the county fairs around the US. Just kidding, but really, many people use their phones as their primary internet link. So 50 isn't crazy, it is just ten times as much as the high end of the average. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I travel for work and my phone is my main source of entertainment when out in the middle of nowhere.
  • I watch a lot of YouTube, hulu and Netflix. I used 70 GB one month and it is easier than you think.
  • Yep. One month just my Google Maps used up 3 GB
    Netflix and YouTube can go as far as you want.
    Sharing Video and pictures on G+
    Video Chat on hangouts as well. via AC App on
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  • My Google Music is 2 GB, my Tune In radio is 3 GB, Chrome Browser 7 GB, and 10 other apps at .5 GB. Funny old people can't believe the data usage. Guess they aren't using their phones to it's full potential.
  • With Tmo, the Google Music and Tunein radio are free, so you can drop the 5GB off the total. I am using 11GB on my last day in the cycle with VZW and a majority is streaming music each day to and from work (30-40min ea way), so that adds up. I could deal with 10GB.
  • I stream a ton of video and music over mobile data because I spend a ton of time in hotel rooms and it's invariably faster than hotel wifi. I don't know if I've ever used 50GB, but I'm frequently far enough into double digit GB that I don't find it unbelievable at all.
  • Yup, before t-mobile started throttling users over 20 gigs I used to easily hit 40+ gigs. LTE was faster than my home Internet so I'd never turn on WiFi either Posted via the Android Central App
  • @darigazz....they don't throttle after 21gb. Funny you say that. I use over 75 gb of data a month and not one time was I throttled. My wife and I are on the unlimited LTE --2for $100 a month with 7 gb of hotspot per line. Data prioritization is different than flat out throttling a user. Educate yourself bud Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tmobile said recently they are going to crack down on people trying to use unlimited plan as replacement for their home broadband... just telling you. They are starting with the worst offenders apparently some were doing over a terabyte a month o.O! This probably won't apply to you though less than 100G
  • Where is this article at? When did t mobile make that announcement? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They said they were going to crack down on people using their unlimited data for unlimited hotspot. If you actually do use 1TB of data on your phone, of course T-Mobile isn't happy about that, but they won't do anything to stop you.
  • My son used like 100gb last month. Rest of us use between 20 to 40gb a month. Never seen throttling. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Never been throttled ever on T-Mobile I avg 30 gigs a month
  • I hit up to 60+GB a month sometimes 100+GB. And my speed is never slowed to the point that I can't stream YouTube @720 smoothly. Samsung Galaxy S6
  • I actually tried to see how much I could use once. Turned my wifi off and ran playlists all day everday. I got up to 42GB.
  • I have six lines on T-mobile one of which uses 65G a month. His reason is it works faster than WiFi. I'm just happy to see that while everyone else is raising prices, T-mobile keeps getting cheaper and their service keeps getting better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • O yeah, much faster than WiFi at my home via AC App on
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  • I use approximately 300GB of data each month on my primary ISP at home, Time Warner Cable. If I was using my Verizon data plan as my primary internet connection, 50GB is quite modest in comparison. That's what a lot of these people who use a lot of data are doing. Between tethering and heavy media consumption (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) it's quite easy to gobble up data.
  • This is part of their plan to retire unlimited data allowances. I'd be upset except I get very poor throughput from VZW. So their data plan doesn't really help me anyway.
  • Wonder if hotspot will now be added for free? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would they? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon is not known to give their customers anything for free. Just look at visual voicemail, they still charge 3.99 a month for that. Disgraceful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Whaaaaa?! I know Tmo charges that exact price to convert ur VM's into text. But their VVM is on the house Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's actually 2.99 a month for verizon visual voicemail.
  • It's actually been free for Two Years now, since More Everything launched. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's the same on vzw, at least on my Moto X. It's free to use but 'premium' for 2.99 to transcribe Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh ok. They must have changed it then. About time. Back when i had them it was 2.99 for vvm or just listening in by dialing the number.
  • Yes I believe it was recent Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's 2.99 but still, it should be free.
    I use Google Voice instead via AC App on
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  • I get VVM for free. I signed up for the basic version.
    I don't need a big mailbox or my VM converted to text.
  • My understanding is they cannot block a hotspot from working on a 4G tiered-data plan. It was part of them purchasing the spectrum. Now they are happy to sell you access to their "software" to do it, but nothing prevents you from using other popular methods
  • I use FoxFi with my unlimited data plan. Its always worked with no extra Verizon charges.
  • I have unlimited still and it's not a big deal to me. It's $5 more than a 3GB plan, so still a great deal. Do I use a ton of data? No, but it's nice to have just in case.
  • Not if you have an older calling plan. To keep unlimited data, my tab would be equivalent to 12GB option.
  • No it isn't.
  • They will keep raising prices as long as no one can compete with them on coverage. The only time verizon loses is in a city where coverage from tmobile or att is great and a certain person never travels, then they choose the lower cost option which is not verizon. But for those that travel and need reliable service verizon is the only one. It sucks but that's the way it is. Att i'm sure will do the same in the coming months. I'm sure tmobile will respond with something also.
  • I've been hearing this for years, that Verizon has the best coverage, and I'm not sure I believe that anymore. I worked in a secure facility surrounded by a lot of concrete and steel with the data center under ground. Verizon managed the network and I can't tell you how many times those guys would ask to use my phone (AT&T) because they couldn't get a signal down there. I've also run signal strength and latency test in a number of relatively remote areas and I have never seen any significant disparity between Verizon and AT&T except for that data center. I'm starting to think the Verizon marketing and anecdotal experiences have convinced people Verizon has the best coverage. Of course, individual mileage may vary, but I don't think we can make such blanket statements anymore. ...Joe K.
  • Definitely...I was with a co-worker who had a Verizon iPhone and I can't tell you how many times my AT&T phone had a better signal. We were together for a week and it seemed like every dinner or meal we were at, she'd be on 3G and I was sporting full bars of glorious AT&T LTE. And on Verizon, the 3G isn't even worth using. She couldn't even change a flight on her phone (it was so slow). At least when AT&T and T-Mobile aren't on LTE, there's a good chance they are on HSPA+ and smoking Verizon's 3G.
  • This isn't even true anymore... I've used tmobile across the country and usually if it's a place I don't get good reception neither does anyone else ie. boonies or way out in the desert in Arizona.
    Don't believe the hype.
  • Either way they are going to tiered data. You pay for what you use. Like gasoline. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except the gas station doesn't take any unused gas out of your tank at the end of the month, or charge you extra if you want to take some out of your tank and put it in another tank or your lawnmower, and they don't charge extra for hauling other people, or playing the radio, or using built in features like the windshield wipers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • but you do have to use their gas to drive to them just to get more gas...
  • you can walk if you really wanted to
  • Then how do I get 18 gallons of fuel back to my car?
    My cargo packets ain't that big...
  • Wow, I've been keeping my unlimited data line around for long trips with the kids to steam Netflix and YouTube kids. Otherwise I don't use it but I can't justify keeping it for anything over $60 a month when I could just tack on some extra GB to my capped plan for road trips. Posted via the Android Central App on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • For me it will be $80 per month (4 phones). I'll pay it, but my use of WiFi ends the moment this increase starts. So much for being a responsible user.  Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep time to shut wifi off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You used wifi?? I never did.
  • Such scumbags!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used to have unlimited data but when my contracts were up I went to a shared plan and Verizon offered me 20gb for $100. I get an employee discount of 20%. So the change was better for me and my cost per phone line dropped to $15. I barely use 8gb a month on two lines. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow - well, this makes the XXL plan look more attractive for my family. At least then I'd get unlimited talk and text. Right now with unlimited we're really limited on both minutes and texts and frequently go over.
  • I can't remember the last time I used more than 150 minutes and since I and others switched to hangouts texts have reduced to around 175 a month. Everything of importance is always through email with work and stuff Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right, well, I'm dealing with it, but the point being that Verizon's limited data plans are getting cheaper/more generous while their unlimited plan is getting worse.
  • Well when you have friends that are iPhone users like me that becomes an issue as they don't have hangouts and can't seem to understand that I don't have the Apple messaging service.
  • Hangouts is available for iOS devices. I had my daughter download it when I had to travel overseas and we used it to text and video chat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bingo, iOS users as a majority seem to often fail to realize that their messaging system isn't cross platform but there are alternatives that do just as well a service. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was able to add Unlimited shared texting to my old Grandfathered UDP 1400 minutes voice plan. We never go over the voice allowance. But I added the texting while I was still under contract. YMMV. Posted from my XT1575
  • Whoa...
  • Honestly I am surprised it isn't a 50$ increase. If I were Verizon that's what I would do to get rid of it. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • It's what I expected. I'm more surprised it hasn't happened already, I thought it was hiked a while ago so this article caught me off guard Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah you and me both. I thought they went up quite a bit quite awhile ago. Good for those that are still on it.
  • Bye verizon..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Where are you going who is cheaper and has better coverage? Still a great price. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • This. Posted from my Droid Turbo
  • Pageplus... Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • We do realize that a 19$ rate hike is almost DOUBLE what we signed up for right?
  • Except what you agreed was only valid for 2 years. This is why people under contract with unlimited don't get the price hike. I don't have it as I only use about 1.5gb between two lines but I would be frustrated if I did, however there is no grounds for dispute if you are month to month. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In this day in age there is no excuse not to offer reasonably priced unlimited data. The carriers have done an exceptional job at brainwashing consumers that using to much data is a bad thing. Even some people on here have been brainwashed into thinking using more than 4gbs of data a month is a bad thing. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • #this
  • I am 100% aware of the technology involved with mobile towers and frequencies. You do know that the frequency and power is regulated by the FCC and not by the current limits of the technology itself. Verizon (and other carriers) knows this so they base there pricing strategy on these rules which in turn can either exploit the customer our benefit the customer. What bothers me is people trying to infantilize these mega-cooperation's as if they are the victims. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Using too much data is a bad thing when it clogs up the data stream for the rest of the users on the network. Prime example is when at sports events in large numbers, often the data is slowed because of the overwhelming amount of people on network. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow, now that is just a crap move. It clearly shows these mobile companies are no longer "phone" service providers but data is the big item they bank on for cash flow.
  • I doubt it makes that much of a difference to vzw's bottom line to increase the monthly bills of less than 1% of their customers by $20. Everyone here has been pointing out all the other company's unlimited plans, which were more than what vzw has been charging. Vzw is just seeing what the market has accepted and is followiing suite. Us grandfathered customers have been enjoying the top data provider at a market low price for quite some time. At least they didn't just sever unlimited data all together (which has been speculated).
  • They should just pull the scab and raise the rates to $100 per line if that is what they want. Send an email with a choice. You keep the unlimited but pay 100$ plus fees or go to a tiered plan for whatever the going rate is. Going slowly just pisses people off.
  • This has everything to do with increasing revenue. That's how they and others stay in business. Charging more for less is called making a profit. Sad but true. Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Well im not surprised, verizon is the red devil. i gave up my udp a year ago because the old calling plan was too pricey. $50 is still a good price for unlimited data and now you can get a phone upgrade, i get 10gb for $80 on my family plan.
  • I'm wondering if VZW will actually notify us directly of this change, or will they "slip" the new charge into our bill without a heads-up notification.
  • I'm already paying too much to Verizon. I'm jumping to Google Fi and give it a chance.
  • That's crap. Verizon just wants to lose customers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon wants to move customers out of unlimited data and consolidate them into the new pricing plans.
  • yes then they can raise price of those plans too.
  • The last of the UDP Contracts should be expired, unless I missed something. I got to keep UDP during the Sept. 2013 "glitch" weekend. I don't care about device payment plans, I just bought a MXPE. Posted from my XT1575
  • Should be. I participated during that weekend and got myself a 2013 Moto X. I'm definitely not under contract anymore. Posted via my Royal Blue/Champagne Frame Moto X... Unlimited on Verizon as well!
  • I'm guessing that is the exact reason for this timing. I upgraded 3 unlimited lines during the glitch as well, but since one was a backordered iphone I didn't get them until late October so my contract ends at the end of this month. I'd already decided I was moving my lines to cricket, this just solidified the option. For over $100 a month savings I'm okay with changing habits to ensure we all stay under 10GB.
  • I have a LG G4 and a iPhone 6 both under contract and both unlimited. And I'm not the only one, plenty with newer phones under contract. Don't live under a rock. Posted via Android Central App
  • Bestbuy upgrade option is still viable.
  • Does anybody even remember that Verizon ended the unlimited plans back in 2012? No one should be on contract any more that had one, so they're just being deceptive saying it only applies to monthly users. Anything to try not looking like the scumbag company they are. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are ways to get a subsidized phone on an unlimited line, extending your contract, and not lose unlimited. My UDP contract expires November this year and my son's line's UDP contract will expire June, 2016. I plan to extend the contract on mine in November to avoid the $20 hike using one of the methods to get the phone upgraded and contract extended another two years (unless they close the work-around to do this by then).
  • If you are currently under a two year plan you can still update with a two year plan. Posted via Android Central App
  • $50 is a pretty good price for unlimited data from the best carrier Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is no way that you really believe that, unless you just have money to burn. I spend $100 a month for 2 unlimited talk, text, and data for what you would pay for just the data. T-Mobile is the absolute best provider in my city. I have employees who between them have every other provider, including boost mobile and I get faster downloads, unfettered service, unlimited phone upgrades, and by far the best customer service I have experienced. My wife used to have Verizon and their customer service was the primary reason she switched. Also, I travel to just outside Raleigh, NC from my home in VA several times a year to visit family and I only lose service for about 4 minutes just outside their very rural location. T-Mobile is already leagues ahead of every one else and getting better by the day.
  • LOL, take a trip to upstate New York some time, and tell me how awesome T-Mobile is. I have a grandfathered unlimited Verizon plan AND also a Project Fi line. I have LTE on my Verizon phone in places where my Fi phone has zero service (and that can switch between T-Mobile and Sprint). Both phones are Motorola (Nexus 6 on Fi, and a Moto X Pure on Verizon), so it's not a radio issue, it's a coverage issue.
  • I was up in Niagara recently and had great signal from T-Mobile. Over by the Falls AT&T warned me they were gonna charge me exorbitant prices if I used data. T-Mobile simply said: "I've switched you over to Bell for a better signal... no worries."
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • This affects less than 1% of their customers. They won't care if you leave lol. Still not bad for unlimited data. Posted via LG H815
  • Yes they do. If they didn't they would have removed unlimited entirely. If they didn't care. They didn't have to keep unlimited and $20 more isnt horrible
  • If less than 1% of their customer base is still on their unlimited plan, why does it bother them so much??? I've been on that plan for years and can't remember the last time my data usage came remotely close to 1 gig. So if they're alleging that their unlimited customers are responsible for continually high usage that is negatively impacting other customers in certain markets, they're full of crap! For some reason we just appear to be a thorn in their sides. But... Looking at it a bit differently... as of 2013 Verizon had just over 102,000,000 subscribers (down from 115,000,000 in 2012). That would mean that approx. 1,000,000 folks still have unlimited data. At a conservative average $70.00 per month, Verizon is gambling on the possibility of a 20 million dollar increase in revenue per month vs. a possible loss of 70 million per month if those 1 million folks decided to take their business elsewhere. That 1% represents a gross annual income of approx 840 million dollars per year. Why they would be doing things to possibly lose money is beyond me.
  • It's the opening shot on the death of unlimited data plans.
  • Opening shot? DO you think this is 2009? Those shots were fired long ago...
  • Yap. Verizon tactics like this is why I have finally left. Now with T-mo, and I am happy with improved voice quality. Geographic coverage is inferior, but service and quality is overall better.
  • I'll be honest, I was grandfathered into the unlimited data. It was a nice feeling to have, but it was costing me way more than what is listed above. I was paying about $120/mo for ONE PHONE. I just couldn't do it anymore. Dropped to a 1GB plan (which they upgraded to a 2GB plan), paying a fraction of what I had been and not noticing any difference other than more money in my pocket each month.
  • You were doing it wrong. Getting the right minutes/text package w unlimited data plans are $60/month on Verizon, been paying $60/month for years. Sorry you've spent twice as much as you've probably needed for so long.
  • So glad I switched from Verizon to Sprint 7 months ago. I couldn't take Verizon's crap anymore. I live in Chicago and my Sprint signal is just as good as Verizon's, so I wasn't downgrading at all. Now I have an Unlimited data plan and actually feel comfortable with the company. It feels good to root for an underdog now instead of defending a bully.
  • I made the same switch a few years ago. Good luck to you
  • I was with Sprint for nearly 15 years. Used that line for work purposes and was thrilled when LTE finally came to my area because prior to that data speeds sucked. Intermittent dropping of calls, many missed calls as a result of network outages, and text messages never received that resulted in quite a few arguments with the girlfriend resulted in my getting a new phone which didn't resolve the problem so I dropped them for T-Mobile and couldn't be happier. 2 lines with unlimited talk, text, and data, with 7 gb's of tethering for $100 per month. Their LTE data speeds are easily twice as fast as Sprint's, and their customer service (so far) has been the best I've ever experienced.
  • I use an average of 4gb or more a month. I have basic phones on an old shareplan. To me, the $50 is STILL cheaper than any shared data plan so far because I'm not SHARING any data with anyone else. I'm the only smartphone on the plan. I actually WANT to switch to AT&T....but the unlimited keeps my on Verizon. I'm going to have to check ATT pricing with basic phones to see if should stay or switch....AT&T speeds have been faster for at least a year and VZW service in my town sucks anymore. I'm noticing more and more people with ATT around me getting better service and better speeds recently
  • i have truly unlimited data, no cap or any throttling with t mobile for $20... smh
  • T-Mobile has a soft cap at 21GB in congested areas, and you obviously have some special plan no one else can get. Unlimited LTE data costs $80/mo on T-Mobile for anyone new.
  • There is no cap... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ummm... no cap. Unlimited is unlimited. Period.
  • I'm under contract with my UDP until Feb 2016. I'll decide what to do when the time comes. Knew it wouldn't last forever, at least at $30. In my area, and in my experience, Verizon and At&t have the best coverage.
  • Another thing I dislike about Verizon is how limited they are with devices "allowed" on their network. Tmobile a long time ago before anyone else really said we take all comers... if it works with our bands you're in!
    For most places today the coverage argument doens't even apply just look at the crowdsourced maps... only Sprint really has some serious problems with coverage and even they are rectifying it I think. Other than possibly coverage I don't get any reason to pay more for anything.
  • This upsets me greatly! Posted via Android Central App
  • Damn this sucks for me as well. At least I have until Nov 2016 to figure out what to do. That's when my contract is up! Posted via the Android Central App
  • According to Verizon Customer Service, this is incorrect
  • I was told that our plan would only change if we changed it, FCC would prohibit this and if this were the case, that we would get a $20 price increase, we could sue them.
  • How can the FCC tell Verizon how much to charge on one of their plans? I don't see anything (legally) wrong with what they're doing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not really sure how that works but she did say that this was incorrect and it was probably put out there by AT&T lol
  • Your contract states Verizon can change the price of the plan at any time, they just need to give you notice and give you the option to get out of your contract early if you don't agree to the new pricing.
  • I haven't gotten a notice. Please call them and let us know what they say. I'm finding where people are saying Verizon said this, but I'm not finding when and where Verizon actually said this.
  • Was just told by a different agent that this is true.
  • So much for being grandfathered in.
  • Damn, so now I will have to pay $90 a month for my cell phone bill, and that's with a 20% company discount! So without the discount I would pay $108/month. Wow, I just got priced out of owning a cell phone! It was good while it lasted. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For what it's worth, I immediately called Verizon and was told that this information is not true so there shouldn't be anything to worry about. Give them a call and let us know what they say!
  • Verizon is letting customers know on 10/15, so most reps probably don't even know about it yet.
  • I guess we'll have to wait and see if this is true. I hope I'm not wrong.
  • What gets to me is how less than 1% of users are affecting an entire network to constitute a price increase. With time aren't data plans supposed to get cheaper?
  • It's reasons like this that our whole family changed with T-Mobile. It's been 2 months, and no issues at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use enough data that I would just deal with it, not going to get the same for me somewhere else. But currently under contract with both unlimited lines I have (myself and wife). They need to close some other loop holes to keep me from staying under contract with unlimited before they catch me with the extra $20. Posted via Android Central App
  • Lcmkuifpsxvy Posted via the Android Central App
  • I encourage anyone who is concerned with this to call Verizon yourselves and see what they say. Let us know what you're told as I was told this is not true. I'd like to hear from other people though to make sure.
  • Verizon did this so customers would have something else to bitch about besides Verizon blocking Samsung Pay so long... Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 4G LTE towers in my area can't typically handle the traffic which results in download speeds that are just a tick above 3G. I can't see paying $20 more a month for that stellar service.
    I'm sure verizon is all well and good if you are in a metro area, but being able to simply connect to a tower does not constitute America's best network. Now I am just waiting for some verizon stooge to say "We've listened to our customers and they've said they want to pay more per month for these services." Because that's usually the narrative.
  • This was people's golden goose around here. Regardless what crappy news article AC posted about the next crappy thing Verizon was doing to its customers such as higher fees, slow updates, disabled features, etc, Verizon customers would always shrug and say "Meh, I'm sticking to Verizon because I still have my unlimited plan and with my corporate discount I pay less than..." Those grandfathered unlimited plan days are numbered. But the fact is that this probably affects a minuscule amount of die-hard geeks, so Verizon's main customer base will not even feel it. In fact, I expect Verizon to read another article on AC sometime next year reporting Verizon added another X,XXX,XXX customers. People just do not care. They buy into the marketing and love corporate discounts.
  • Why are you so upset about what other people use? You don't like Verizon than don't use them and I'm sure you don't. And if you don't but waste your time reading all the comments here about Verizon than spend more time making a lengthy comment yourself? Whatever issue you have with Verizon you need to talk to somebody and try to work on those.
  • Oh well everyone gets free hotspot from me!! Enjoy!! lol
  • Well that sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, this makes the decision to switch to TMo easier.. I have a phone that I prepped to be able to use TMo also, so now its just a question of when to make the switch... I can get as low as 1mb/s in my area, which on LTE and a XLTE phone is unacceptable. I don't do much traveling anymore,a nd the places i do are all urban cores.
  • Yeah, but how much data do you guy's go through? I use over 160gb a month. Where am I supposed to go that I'll pay less for this?
  • Wow! what on earth do you do legally that you use so much?
  • I use tethering. It's my only WiFi. A Verizon employee checked it one time and his eyes literally bugged out of his head.
  • I usually get told I'm the reason why everone lost unlimited data, I use on average 200gb per month,we have no dsl or barley any TV channels out where I live ,so I'll pay the extra 20 it's cheaper than dish network, and dsl ,and a regular phone line by a long shot.oya and they can keep there over priced phones also just picked up a motox pure for a small fee. Bloat free and teether free on Verizon.
  • As long as you have the hotspot addon then that's perfectly fine
  • $49.99/month before my employee discount still works for me! And they will let me upgrade my device over 2 years, let me stay off contract and stay on their network .... Works for me!... It is still cheaper than switching plans... I would still be paying more under their new plans than doing it this way (and still before my employee discount)! Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're forgetting to add on the cost of your voice plan as we which is what? $39.99? At lease with t-mobile you have unlimited talk and text with tethering as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They won't let you upgrade every 2 years, you can only do the device payment program which is the full retail cost over 2 years.
  • Corporate greed. They really want you off the unlimited plans. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Pointless to have a mobile smartphone if you can't use it mobile. I will just get a good text friendly basic phone and use my tablet at home and work over WiFi.
  • I don't get it, who is grandfathered in and under contract at this point? In order to keep UDP we have had to buy phones off contract. Am I missing something. If $20 is added to my bill I will be leaving Verizon after over a decade of paying $125 per month. Kinda crazy they are OK with losing customers like me, but I guess raping people on data charges makes up for it. :/
  • If they truly want to hit us with this rate, instead of leaving, we should drop our other services and go full data consumption. Go 1%!!
  • There was an unlimited upgrade glitch on the Verizon website on 10/8/2013 that allowed us to upgrade, so our contracts just expired
  • I'm thinking of switching to TMobile as well. The only con I can see is that they state after 23GB in one month, data is pretty much throttled until the end of the billing cycle. That's not true unlimited.
  • It's 21GB, and it's only throttled if you are in a congested area.
  • I've had enough with Verizon, see yah. No more $250 /month...going to T-Mo or Sprint. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Screw this, I have a Nexus 6 and I just order my project Fi kit from google. I will try it out on the Nexus and if it works Verizon can Kiss my A**
  • I don't have Verizon, but this is a sleaze bag move. Grandfathered means NO CHANGE. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The article appears to be describing a price increase for people with plans that have the grandfathered unlimited data *feature* (which is probably 99% of the 1%). I'm curious if the price is also being increased for the *very* very few of us that are actually on the unlimited data (hotspot) plan, and if so, if it's the same rate hike. I've been on a $49.99/month hotspot program for about 10 years now with Verizon (which they upgraded from 3g to 4g several years ago) and use that as my primary internet connection at home (laptop, chromecast, etc) as well as when travelling for redundancy in the event my phone's signal (T-mobile) isn't sufficient - not that that's happened often at all, given the substantial growth of T-mo's network over recent years.
  • This affects 1.3 million people. The amount of people that will leave because of this is 0.1 million.
    They'll go to sprint and hate it there because the network suck everywhere.
    They will then go to T-Mobile and hate it there because they are in the middle of nowhere.
    With the bridges with VZW already burned they'll settle for AT&T when AT&T has their double data promotion.
  • Yeah, they've got us by the balls. In the NYC metro area, if you travel all day, there is no substitute for Verizon. Unless you don't mind dropped calls and spotty service. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't mind, with my employer 20% discount only $16 more a month. Plus I use 25 to 30+ gigabytes a month anyway!
  • I have been with Verizon since 1995. My plan has 550 minutes and no texting. And unlimited data thanks to my Blackberry days. I use *maybe* 3GB a month of data, but I've held onto the ULD because you never know what the future might hold. Maybe my next handset will keep everything in the cloud and I'll stream more. Just a musing. --
    Somebody, somewhere, right now is stuffing Twinkies in their shorts.
  • How can anyone who is grandfathered even have a contract? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have 3 smartphones, a 4g tablet and aircard on Verizon. They share 60 gigs a month and my bill is like a car payment approx 450 a month. My gf has her unlimited grandfathered plan and had an OLD ass blackberry until 5 months ago. Well I gave her my Note 2 and now she falls asleep streaming Hulu, Netflix, HBO, she doesn't give 3 sheets about data. I've created a total gig wh0re Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hate that they're raising the price, but they did just recently upgrade the local tower, so I'm getting 60down/20up rather than the old close-to-3G speeds I was seeing before. I downloaded the Star Wars Battlefront beta (8GB) yesterday in under an hour, during the daytime.
  • According to Droid-Life....if you have the following discounts attached to your account....employee, ECPD, CLEU or if you are a Government customer, your account will not be affected by the price increase. But I wonder if those groups can now upgrade without losing unlimited data. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was pissed at first. Because I have 2 unlimited lines and that means $40/month more. In the past month and a half I've bought myself a new 64GB Note5 and a new iPhone 6 for the Mrs and paid about $1,500 cash all in.
    But you know what...I'm going to keep the data plans. I'm not going to give Verizon the satisfaction of getting rid of me that easily. I have the most powerful device on the most accessible network and I'm going to continue to use the s**t out of this data plan. This increase isn't going to break me. It will only cause me use data more carelessly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doesn't this defeat the concept of "grandfathered"!?
  • When one is grandfathered how is this even legal to do?
  • Because grandfathered doesn't mean you're in a legal agreement with them. They could just take it away if they wanted (if you're not in contract).
  • --KEEP UNLIMITED, DON'T PAY EXTRA $20-- To sum it up, not very happy about the $20, it's just $20 but it's a matter of principle after years of paying full price for a phone to play their game. I called once, pissed off, they could not do anything for me. I called again calm, the guy offered me a promotion (did not mention end date) that would get me in a contract for 1 year, add 100 minutes and keep my unlimited at $30 per month (until 11/2016). I don't know what the promotion is called, just that it exists regardless of whatever BS the verizon rep tells you. You most likely need to do this before the change date.
  • Verizon Wireless are terrorist!!! Customers held hostage!!! 15 year customer treated like garbage!!!