This piece of news may not be a welcome one for those still currently subscribing to one of Verizon Wireless’ old unlimited data plans -- the Big Red has revealed that it intends to request subscribers who consume over 200 gigabytes of data per month to switch to any one of the mobile operator’s metered data plans by February 16th of this year. For those not keen on honoring this request, Verizon will proceed to disconnecting them from its network completely. For those customers directly affected by this announcement, they have about a little more than a month to plot a course of action.
As told to Ars Technica, the biggest wireless carrier in the United States reasoned that the move is being done in order to ensure all subscribers sharing the same network resource can have an optimum mobile user experience. While this can be viewed as a pretty logical reason, it does make certain customers question what would happen to them if ever they inadvertently go over the 200 gigabyte limit. Will they get a disconnection notice if that happens?
Verizon Wireless has clarified this via a spokesperson, explaining that only those users who are habitually consuming more than 200 gigabytes of data per month will get the request to switch or the disconnection notice. With more and more mobile users consuming volumes of media on mobile nowadays, it is likely that there is a certain percentage that is guilty of the extraordinarily heavy data usage that the Big Red is trying to discourage. But to date, Verizon is not telling what percentage of its considerable customer base is going over the gigabyte limit.
However, things are not always that simple. Consider for example those Verizon Wireless subscribers who are based in rural areas or those who primarily make use of the Big Red’s network in order to get connected to the world wide web. The fact of the matter is -- they will likely go over the limit because they have no other Internet connection options. And then there are reports (via Reddit) that a number of Verizon Wireless customers are getting disconnection notices, although they claim that they have not eaten up more than a hundred gigabytes in a given month.
Still, it is becoming clear that Verizon Wireless is indeed bent on targeting those heavy data users. Some may remember that in summer of last year, the mobile operator threatened to disconnect subscribers who were consuming over 100 gigabytes per month. Sure, the 200 gigabyte limit now allows for more leeway, but for those who think they are going to be affected, it might be a wise idea to start exercising care in managing their gigabyte usage, or else, suffer the consequences.
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