It looks like Verizon has finally decided to get rid of those grandfathered data plans that many users have been dearly holding onto since LTE came to the carrier. This news was delivered by Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo at the 40th annual J.P. Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference. Shammo stated that all Verizon customers would eventually be on the new data-share plans that will be launching this summer. Now of course BlackBerry users don’t need to worry about this right away as it is limited to users that renew their contract to a 4G LTE device. There was no mention of existing LTE customers, but you can bet that Verizon wants to get them on the data-share plans as soon as possible as well.
However with the BlackBerry PlayBook LTE model in the works, and we can only assume that Verizon will get a LTE enabled BlackBerry 10 device when they are launched. At that time any current BlackBerry user that has been taking advantage of that glorious unlimited data plan they have had for a while, will be forced to move the new data-share plans.
It does seem that we are quickly approaching the end of unlimited data plans as more and more large carriers eliminate them. I am sure that more Android users are upset about this at the moment, but remember that LTE BlackBerry devices are coming and we will have to deal with this reality at some time in the very near future.
You can watch the whole webcast were Shammo discussed this at the link below.