If you’re a Verizon subscriber who burns through an unlimited data plan every month, get ready for a rude awakening.
Ars Technica reports that the telecoms giant is set to nix unlimited data plans for those who periodically use more than 200GB a month. According to a company statement, those customers will be forced to switch to limited-data plans in February or force having their devices disconnected.
As explained to Ars by a company spokesperson, you’re at the fateful whims of Verizon here:
"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 small group of customers on unlimited plans who use more than 200GB a month that they must move to a Verizon Plan by February 16, 2017."
If disconnected, you’ll have 50 days to sign up for a new plan, according to Verizon.
While annoying, this is part of the company’s gradual phasing-out of unlimited data plans. The initiative originally started in 2011, when Verizon stopped offering unlimited plans to new customers. The current 200GB a month policy only applies to longstanding customers who signed up for their plans years ago. Last August, customers who averaged a whopping 500GB a month were asked to switch their plans or risk the company disconnecting them from mobile use.