Verizon isin favor of new contract-free plans that are slightly cheaper in some (but not all) circumstances. While current Verizon customers are free to keep the terms of their old contracts for as long as they please, dirt-cheap upgrades are a thing of the past.
In other words, you can keep your plan, but you can't keep getting $200 iPhones every two years.
Great. But what does all this mean for the Verizon customers who are lucky (and persistent) enough to still have an unlimited data plan?
In the past year or so, Verizon has been cracking down on I mentioned in this article that the easiest -- but most expensive -- way to upgrade your device while retaining your unlimited data plan was to purchase a phone at full retail price.. In fact, they made it all but impossible to upgrade your device (and pay a subsidized price) without switching to a new plan.
Well, now there are no more subsidized devices, and everyone has to buy phones at full retail price. That means there's practically no incentive for you to give up your unlimited data -- and Verizon won't try to force you out.
I say "practically" because you won't be eligible to purchase a device under Verizon's new installment plan. You'll need to pony up $600+ to buy a new iPhone instead of paying $25/month for 24 months. But the upfront cost is probably worth keeping your unlimited data.