Earlier today Verizon made it official that the company was changing their data plans once again. According to the carrier, which rides the strength and breadth of its network despite the cost for customers, Verizon is increasing data much more than they are increasing their cost and introducing several new features. In an entirely not unexpected move, T-Mobile’s John Legere is lambasting Verizon for copying the Uncarrier, doing a bad job of it, and continuing to treat their customers poorly.
Legere points out that despite the claims of growing the data pool and adding features, at the end of the day Verizon is hiking their prices. Ultimately that will be good for a carrier like T-Mobile as it will just drive subscribers away from Verizon.
Legere also notes that many of Verizon’s new features are a copy of concepts that T-Mobile started with their Uncarrier campaign. For instance, Verizon is instituting programs similar to T-Mobile’s Mobile Without Borders for international calling and Data Stash for carrying over unused data from month to month.
Probably the hardest change for Legere, and cost conscious Verizon customers, to see Verizon doing is charge a fee to promise users not to charge for data overages.
Ultimately Legere says Verizon is just a bunch of “greedy bullies” and that is what is driving the changes, not some desire to actually help customers control what they pay to have and use a smartphone. Legere even held an impromptu caption contest to giveaway a phone to one of his followers.
Do you agree with Legere that Verizon is just engaging in some smoke and mirrors type moves just to help separate customers from their funds?
source: John Legere (Twitter)