Hey there, you lucky Verizon customer who has been clinging on to your unlimited data plan and thinking you can keep it indefinitely, despite the $20 price hike and despite Verizon's short-lived attempts to throttle your speeds. You know who you are. You know that you've been milking every gee-bee out of that "unlimited" plan, tempting fate a little bit more each time to see if there's really no limit there. Verizon is calling in to let you know that your luck is about to run out.
The carrier, who has been trying its absolute best to kick users off its unlimited data plans (which it hasn't officially offered since around 2011), is issuing a new policy to completely disconnect its worst offenders. Speaking to Ars Technica, a Verizon spokesperson said:
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 (100GB). While the Verizon Plan at 100GB 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.
It seems that those who get notified about this and who don't switch to a new plan by August 31 will get completely disconnected. They can reactivate their lines within 50 days by doing the switch then.
For now, it appears that Verizon is limiting this policy to users who are "well in excess" of 100GB/month on a single device. Whether that changes and it lowers the selection process later after weeding out the heaviest users remains to be seen.
- Ars Technica