A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago.
Droid-Life, citing unnamed sources — and DroidForums.net, which published Verizon’s internal documents — claim that on August 24, Verizon will require that its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new smartphone on a two year contract to keep their selected data package for the length of their contract. This is apparently an effort to end a loophole that had previously allowed customers who had a grandfathered unlimited plan to upgrade a line for a feature phone to a new and discounted smartphone. The report claims customers could then move that smartphone over to their grandfathered unlimited line, while still keeping the $9.99 per month feature phone line price tag. Now I’m not one to personally condone such a thing, but if you can get a new phone and are paying for that line, WTF?
Are you as thrilled about the prospect of the last remaining upgrade paths going by the wayside or is the throttling moving you toward a tiered program anyway?