Yesterday, we wrote about how Verizon will force 3G unlimited data users to switch to shared 4G LTE data plans soon. Today, Verizon released a statement attempting to clarify what they meant and why they’re doing it. They say customers have been interested in shared data plans and they plan to deliver, and that they’d warn customers ahead of time about the new plans. Unfortunately, it does very little to help anyone. Here is the full statement:
“As we have stated publicly, Verizon Wireless has been evaluating its data pricing structure for some time. Customers have told us that they want to share data, similar to how they share minutes today. We are working on plans to provide customers with that option later this year.
We will share specific details of the plans and any related policy changes well in advance of their introduction, so customers will have time to evaluate their choices and make the best decisions for their wireless service. It is our goal and commitment to continue to provide customers with the same high value service they have come to expect from Verizon Wireless.”
Like I said, it does very little to ease the minds of worried customers. If you don’t want to be on a shared data plan, you should switch to a 4G plan soon. The shared data plans are said to be coming mid-summer, so we should be getting all the info soon. Unfortunately, this also means you have very little time to actually switch to 4G before you’re forced to get on a shared plan. So hurry, unless you (like me) actually think this could be a good idea for some people.