Verizon Wireless will start charging a $20 fee to customers who activate new lines of service on Verizon's "device payment option," its equipment installment plan. The changes go into effect on Nov 15. Up until now, Verizon has not charged any activation fee for customers who choose its EIP option.
Sprint was criticized by several technology news sites for marketing a new $20 per month plan yesterday as "unlimited" even though after 1 GB of high-speed data usage, customers will see their speeds reduced to 2G speeds for the remainder of their billing cycle. Sprint counters that it is providing customers with choice and will not charge overage fees, and that if customers want more high-speed data, they can simply purchase more.
Verizon Wireless customers who have managed to hang onto unlimited data plans will not see their speeds throttled even if they use large amounts of data, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Sprint said it will start throttling the speeds of customers on its unlimited smartphone data plans who use more than 23 GB of data in a billing cycle for the remainder of their billing cycle, but only at times and locations where the network is constrained.
Verizon Wireless will increase the price of its unlimited data plans by $20 per month for the customers who still have grandfathered unlimited plans starting in November. The price increase, which will affect a tiny percentage of Verizon customers, could be designed to get subscribers to switch to newer usage-based shared data plans, which might actually be cheaper in some cases, depending on the customer's usage.
T-Mobile US said it is going to take action against a very small number of its customers who are abusing their unlimited data plans with mobile hotspot tethering services by warning them and then changing their plans if they continue to violate T-Mobile's terms of service. The carrier said it is taking the action to ensure that all customers on its network have a high-quality experience.
T-Mobile US added 2 GB of data to the mobile hotspot allowance of customers with unlimited smartphone data plans, the carrier confirmed. The change, first reported as a rumor by the blog TMoNews, had been expected to go into effect late last week.
T-Mobile US will add 2 GB of data for customers to use for tethering if they are on unlimited LTE smartphone data plans, according to a TMoNews report.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has a bold claim: that within two years, Sprint will have the top network among U.S. carriers.
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless dropped unlimited cellular data passes from its offering last week. Scratch makes text, voice and data services free when a user is on Wi-Fi. Like with fellow Sprint MVNOs Republic Wireless and FreedomPop, when a Scratch customer is out of Wi-Fi range, they roam onto Sprint's network.