On June 28, Verizon will introduce its new Shared Everything Plans, which will offer customers a bundle of shared data for up to 10 devices. It will also mark the beginning of the end for the unlimited data plans grandfathered in Verizon. However, that doesn’t mean that those with a predetermined unlimited plan will be forced to a shared data plan.
Verizon has given its customers several ways to keep unlimited data. It is expensive and many customers will not want to hand out the money, but the options will be available, at least for now.
Customers with an unlimited data plan do not need to switch to another plan. Here are two ways existing customers at Verizon can keep unlimited data on Verizon when their Contract expires without having to switch to the Shared Everything plan.
The first option is only a temporary option and will need to be used before the 28 June expiration date.
Those who currently have an unlimited data plan on Verizon can buy a discounted phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III today and still have an unlimited data plan.
After June 28 though, this option will be dead.
The second option is Verizon’s long-term option for those who can’t or don’t want to buy a subsidized device before their Shared Everything plans arrive.
Verizon will allow those who purchase unsupported devices to have unlimited data plans. This means that customers will have to spend some money immediately for a device.
Subsidized devices on Verizon can cost up to $650. In fact, top-of-the-line devices will likely cost that much. Low-end devices will cost a shade over $400.
Verizon hasn’t said whether this offer will be permanent, and it’s possible the carrier will do so at some point down the road.
For now, those are the only two options for those who want to maintain an unlimited data plan on Verizon. Those who do not choose either option will be subject to Verizon’s shared data plans or the tiered individual plan.