When is “unlimited” not really unlimited? When it applies to a wireless carrier’s data package, that’s when. Verizon has is finally making amends for disconnecting “unlimited” data users for “heavy” wireless broadband throughput. In other words, Verizon pulled the plug on unlimited data packages that were using too much bandwidth.
Sounds ludicrous doesn’t? Well, Verizon Wireless has announced that they will be reimbursing terminated subscribers that bought laptop data cards or laptop-connected cellphones – in part due to New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into these disconnections. Said users will be getting their full purchase price refunded – at a cost of and estimate $1 million to Verizon Wireless. And, Big Red will be handing over $150,000 in fines to the state of New York.
Verizon Wireless is still reserving the right to disconnect or restrict data usage in excess of 5GB per month, but at least they’re making the policy better known to subscribers. Take heed, Verizon customers, if you like to share media on P2P networks or stream audio/video, you might want to use a hardline.