Verizon Wireless is no longer letting customers with legacy unlimited accounts purchase devices at a subsidy while retaining unlimited data. Older data only customers using 3G USB modems have already grown accustomed to this and have been doing it for years. So, just like data if you want to have the latest and greatest smartphone and retain unlimited data you'll need to pay full retail pricing for the latest smartphone.
Originally Verizon planned to allow legacy customers to have a subsidy upgrade path to upgrade to a newer 3G/4G smartphone while keeping their unlimited data service. This decision coincides with the upcoming launch of "Data Share" plans, which will allow families to pool their data plans over multiple devices. According to Verizon the following applies:
- Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
- When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing.
- Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan.
- The same pricing and policies will be applied to all 3G and 4GLTE smartphones.