Verizon Killing Unlimited Data Plans – Eventually

Verizon Wireless is eliminating unlimited data plans – sort of.
A wireless tech blog this week revealed that the top wireless provider was ditching its $30 per month unlimited plans for 3G customers who were “grandfathered” before the switch to tiered pricing.
That spurred a clarification from Verizon. Those customers will get to keep their treasured unlimited plans, as long as they don’t accept a discounted phone upgrade and re-sign a contract.
That might require a financial analysis by those customers. Is it worth it to fork over as much as $400 more for a new smart phone to keep the longer-term value of unlimited data?
For example, a Droid RAZR Maxx will cost you $649.99 without a contract, compared $199 with a contract.
“When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing,” Verizon said in a statement. “Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.”
The same “pricing and policies” will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones, Verizon added.
So, Verizon will kill unlimited data plans, but it might take years to wean the “unlimited” die-hards off their increasingly rare privilege.

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