It appears that about a week ago, subscribers of Verizon Wireless who are based in rural locations had received notifications that the Big Red would be ending their line of service as of October 17th. The reason given by the carrier was that these customers were said to be consuming a significant amount of data while roaming off Verizon’s network.
According to Verizon Wireless, it had already sent out notices this month to around 8,500 subscribers (equivalent to about 19,000 lines of service affected) in 13 states across America. The Big Red went on to explain that the roaming costs incurred by these affected lines of service are going beyond what these users are paying to the carrier on a monthly basis.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Verizon Wireless is sending out disconnections to lots of customers. Back in June earlier this year, the biggest mobile operator in the country had revealed to Ars Technica that it had terminated the lines of service of a certain group of subscribers who were consuming large amounts of data in rural areas. As indicated in Ars Technica’s report, these customers were supported by the Big Red’s LTE in Rural Areas (LRA), a program that basically allows the carrier to join forces with smaller regional companies in order to offer wireless service particularly in locations where Verizon does not have any towers installed.
It goes without saying that for those affected by this recent wave of disconnections, they may now have to move on to a new mobile operator in order to keep connected. What Verizon is offering will not be easy to replace, especially in terms of the quality of coverage and the range of mobile plans made available.
But what about those Verizon subscribers based in rural areas who were not disconnected -- do they have anything to worry about? Basically what the Big Red is doing is trying to get rid of those who incur roaming charges that exceed what they pay every month. As long as the customer does not go beyond that line, they should be safe.
Verizon Wireless has always been vigilant in its efforts to combat data hogs. Some may remember that back in January early this year, it had requested subscribers who were consuming over 200 gigabytes of data monthly on grandfathered unlimited plans to shift to a new metered plan, or else get disconnected.
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