Verizon to give users time to evaluate their data choices

Verizon, in an attempt to calm the angry mob, has released a statement that pertains to their upcoming data plan changes.  As you’ve likely heard by now, the carrier is expected to do away with their unlimited 3G data plans this summer, even those who are grandfathered.  Although the carrier has yet to spell out all the details, we anticipate that as users upgrade their handset from 3G connectivity to 4G LTE they will be forced to shed the data plan.

We could be a few months away from Verizon clearing things up and issuing a formal outline so it stands to reason that the provider doesn’t want to tip their hand.  That said, they are trying to head things off with a statement in the interim. It’s very light on details but it will have to do for now.

As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been re-evaluating its data pricing structure for some time, Customers have told us that they want to share data, similar to how they share minutes today. We are working on plans to provide customers with that option later this year.

We will share specific details of the plans and any related policy changes well in advance of their introduction, so customers will have time to evaluate their choices and make the best decisions for their wireless service. It is our goal and commitment to continue to provide customers with the same high value service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.

We don’t have a crystal ball or any inside information here but we can’t help but feel like there is a loophole that might be worth trying.  If you’re a 3G smartphone and find yourself worried that you will lose your unlimited data plan when you switch to a 4G LTE model, then go ahead and do it.  Do it now.  Worst case scenario is that you end up getting moved over to something different down the road.  Best case scenario, on the other hand, is that you get the best of both worlds – 4G LTE and unlimited.

As it sounds from the statement above, Verizon will put the burden on users and make them pick from a number of “usage based” options.  Don’t call them tiers because it’s not Verizon that decides how much you consume.  You and your family, or you and your eight devices, will decide how much data is needed.