I’m a Verizon customer and I’m currently grandfathered-in when it comes to an unlimited data plan. However, recently Verizon decided that the only way you’ll get to keep your unlimited plan in the future is to buy the phone for full price, or never upgrade the one I have now. If instead you want a new phone, you’ll have to start paying for your data under a “shared” plan (i.e. every device on your plan which for me right now is four,) with data caps and penalties for overages.
Yesterday I listened to that day’s episode of the Marketplace Tech Report podcast from American Public Media. turns out they actually got a Verizon spokesperson on the line to ask them to explain the changes. Even if you’re not a Verizon customer, you need to listen to this. The whole episode is only four minutes but the key bit starts at 1:13 and the best bit is at 2:13 with a simple question, “why?”
Now there’s a silence that says everything.