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Verizon Unlimited Data Users Forced Out After 200 GB

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A Verizon sign is seen above a store front on May 31, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 03:20 PM

Verizon is forcing some of its unlimited data users to switch to limited plans or switch to another cell phone provider to curb their data usage.

After letting customers know late last year that they would not be able to keep their plans if they used “an extraordinary amount of data,” Verizon notified employees last week that 200 GB was the cutoff, and customers who used that much data would need to switch off the unlimited plan or leave Verizon entirely by Feb. 16, according to Droid Life.

Customers who don’t choose one of the options will be disconnected, but only a small number of customers will be affected, the company said, according to Droid Life. Verizon has not offered unlimited data plans to new customers since 2011, and those upgrading their phones couldn’t get unlimited plans after 2012. Less than one percent of Verizon customers still have unlimited data plans, and most of them don’t use 200 GB or more each month, according to PC Magazine.

Verizon’s largest package below unlimited is 100 GB per month for $450, not including some fees, according to Ars Technica. Other cell phone carriers offer unlimited plans but throttle data after a certain amount is used. ATT now offers an unlimited data package to customers that also have DirecTV, which merged with ATT last year.

Verizon also increased its upgrade fee from $20 to $30, but this is a one-time fee that is likely to have little effect on overall sales or plan selection, according to The Verge.

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