Confirmed: Verizon to disconnect heavy data users who don't move from unlimited plans

Verizon confirmed that it will soon kill service to customers on unlimited plans who consume "extraordinary" amounts of data on unlimited plans unless they switch price plans.

Droid Life reported this week that the nation's largest mobile network operator this week began to notify some customers on unlimited plans that they risk being disconnected if they don't migrate to one of Verizon's new plans by August 31. The carrier confirmed the move in an email to FierceWireless, saying it will affect "a very small group of customers" whose data consumption far exceeds 100 GB per month.

"Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016. These users are using data amounts well in excess of our largest plan size (100 GB)," a Verizon spokeswoman wrote. "While the Verizon Plan at 100 GB is designed to be shared across multiple users, each line receiving notification to move to the new Verizon Plan is using well in excess of that on a single device."

The representative didn't say exactly how much data must be consumed beyond the 100 GB threshold to trigger the forced migration. The notifications began to go out this week.

As FierceWireless reported, Verizon stopped offering unlimited data to new customers in July 2011, roughly a year after AT&T discontinued its own unlimited data service. The carrier recently unveiled new plans with a high-end, "XX-Large" offering of 24 GB per for $110 per month. Its 100 GB plan costs $450 per month.

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