Verizon CFO Says Customers “don’t Need Unlimited Plans”

By 09:52 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 Comments


During an investor’s conference, Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo of Verizon assumed that “customers don’t need unlimited plans”, not only shutting the door for a chance to see unlimited plans come back to Big Red, but also slammed a bar in front of it and locking up with chains.

Just a few short years ago, carriers had already done away with unlimited data and began using tiered plans, even T-Mobile. But that was when T-Mobile shook up the US carrier market with its “Uncarrier” campaign, which is thanks to many changes that benefit customers.


Today, both T-Mobile and Sprint offer recent unlimited plans available to all customers, as well as AT&T, though you need to be an existing DirecTV subscriber to hold advantage of They do have some caveats though, such as “optimized” video quality and heavily throttled tethering, which caps off for T-Mobile at about 1/2 Mbps.

In its most recent ad campaigns, Verizon touts its 20GB of “limitless” monthly (shared between 4 lines) data for $160 a month, trying to poke at the other carriers (specifically, T-Mobile) who throttle video streams or tethering. While it’s accurate that you do need to pay more with T-Mobile’s One Plan if you need to tether or would like to stream HD video, but if you don’t need to, then why pay for it?

Verizon believes the “simplicity of its plans” are “more user-friendly”. Shammo also says that “Unlimited users tdiscontinue to be abusive”, so in the eyes of Verizon and its investors, there is no way giving free data can be profitable.

What do you think? Is Verizon being stingy with its data plans or is it correct for sticking to its guns and keeping its bandwidth open for those who paid for it?

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