Updated: Verizon May Disconnect Out Of Contract High Data Users

A new rumor surfacing suggests that Verizon may be looking to prepare to disconnect out of contract customers that are still on the old unlimited data plans should they be using "extraordinary" amounts of data each month. While there is still no confirmation from Verizon on exact details of the plan migration, the rumor states that customers on these older plans may end up getting disconnected from their plans on August 31st if Verizon determines they're using a very high amount of data per month, although it isn't mentioned what is considered to be a high amount of data which would result in Verizon cancelling their accounts.

These unlimited data plans are the same plans which were at one point thought to be subject to throttling from the nation's number one wireless carrier, although back in October of last year Verizon had mentioned that they would not be throttling customers who were on those plans and using large data amounts. Verizon no longer offers these unlimited plans to new customers, and they have not forced people to move off of them, but they have since begun offer the Verizon Plan which offers varied amounts of data packages. This new decision, however, would apparently seek to do just that and migrate customers over, as Verizon's aim sounds like incentive to get people to switch from the older unlimited plans to a new tiered 'Verizon Plan' of the customers choosing.

Customers will have the opportunity to reactivate a cancelled account within 50 days of the Verizon cancellation so long as they change over to the Verizon Plan, although customers have chosen to stay off of those plans for a reason as they likely weren't offering enough data at a reasonable cost for what they were using. Starting tomorrow, July 21st, Verizon has apparently confirmed that they will begin to start sending out notifications to customers on these unlimited plans who are using large amounts of data each month. Notifications will come through to these customers in two ways, including bill messages and a letter. It's also worth mentioning that this will not seemingly affect the customers on the out of contract unlimited data plan if their data usage hasn't been flagged as an extraordinary amount.


Verizon Wireless has reportedly confirmed to Ars Technica that the limit for data usage on the unlimited plan is set at 100GB. Subscribers which use more than this per month on the grandfathered plan will have their accounts flagged and disconnected on August 31st of this year if they do not switch to the New Verizon Plan by that date.

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