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Verizon to discontinue unlimited iPhone data plans

A report from Bloomberg earlier today cites comments from Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo confirming the company’s intentions to discontinue its unlimited data plans for the iPhone. When Verizon announced its $30 unlimited plan for the iPhone 4 in late January, Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam indicated that the plan would be a temporary offering and that Verizon would eventually be moving to tiered data pricing for the iPhone, however no specific time frame was given beyond in the “not too distance future.” However, during a conference call at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today, Shammo indicated that such plans are “not a long-term solution” and indicated that a move to tiered data pricing could come as soon as this summer. The company has not provided any further details on plans that would replace the current unlimited plan or how this change would affect existing subscribers.

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I’m sorry, but unless and until these telcos stop playing “milk the subscriber” with their exorbitant fees for the measly data squirts involved, (for example, 20 cents per text message, or 2 bucks for 4k data on ATT’s network; or $60 for 5 gigs, etc.), I will not be buying into the smartphone game.

They know that the mobile Internet has evolved into a must-have resource for everyone, but they insist upon being the trolls under the bridge, exacting unreasonable tribute for the mere privilege of online access.

In this day and age of video, movie and music downloads, there has to be an acknowledgement that people require much, much more capacity. I believe the telcos are acting like boat anchors and holding back the progress that could be achieved.

I’m sure I’ll get slammed for this opinion, but I can’t be the only one who feels this way.

Something’s gotta give.

Posted by mofo nophone in Toronto on March 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM (CST)


@ mofo nophone.  I understand your point and I agree that the process that could be accomplished is hold back by these telcos.  We could be leading in the world with technic and innovation and progress.  I’m a sucker for it and I’m a IT guy. 

So, from my standpoint…. I will not slam your opinion, more I’ll let you know that I understand your view, and i agree, but i’m a sucker for it on the other hand too ... lol

Posted by dennis in Toronto on March 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM (CST)


@ mofo nophone. I agree as well. This is getting ridiculous that the telcos are forcing limitations on devices not meant for limits. In a sense, they (the telcos) are killing (or at least going to start slowing down) the smartphone industry. Why would any “new” customer want to go the smartphone route when they won’t be able to fully use it without being charged an arm and a leg for overages? Then again, it is America…Land of the FEES!

Posted by Daniel in Toledo, OH in Toronto on March 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM (CST)

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