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Verizon Limits Unlimited Data Plans to 200GB

Dave Parrack 10-01-2017

As far as Verizon is concerned, the word “Unlimited”, when applied to data plans, now means no more than 200GB-per-month. So if you’re lucky enough to be using a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you’d better start keeping a close eye on your data usage Why Data Cap Exemptions Are More Harmful Than You Think At first glance, it's nice that T-Mobile lets you stream unlimited Netflix without counting towards your data cap, right? But this practice might be more bad than good. Read More . Or else.


As first reported by Droid-life, Verizon is setting a new cap of 200GB-per-month for all customers on unlimited data plans. Any that exceed this as an average “over several months” will be asked to move to a limited plan. A Verizon spokesperson told Ars Technica:

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a small group of customers on unlimited plans who use more than 200GB a month that they must move to a Verizon Plan by February 16, 2017.”

If any Verizon users on unlimited plans who are exceeding this new limit refuse to switch, they will be cut off completely. Which is essentially Verizon’s way of purging those users who it feels are consuming more than their fair share of mobile data every month.

Dictionary Definitions Vs. Data Descriptions

To be completely fair to Verizon. it isn’t the only company which institutes a data cap even on unlimited plans. Plenty of other ISPs and mobile broadband providers do exactly the same thing. So, in other words, “unlimited” no longer really means “unlimited” as defined by dictionaries. defines “unlimited” variously as “not limited; unrestricted; unconfined; boundless; infinite; vast; without any qualification or exception; unconditional”. Whereas when it comes to data, “unlimited” really means “an amount of data regular users will never need”.

The problem, as we’re seeing with Verizon, is that some people do exceed these arbitrary data caps Why Do Data Caps Exist and How Can You Bypass Them? ISP and mobile data caps are frustrating, but why do they exist? Here's how to bypass your data cap and enjoy limitless internet. Read More . And the companies responsible would rather lose their custom altogether than let them keep using so much more data than the rest of us. Which sucks for that small percentage of users.


Are you a Verizon customer with an unlimited data plan? Do you know how much data you’re using each month? Has Verizon notified you that you’re exceeding the 200GB-per-month limit? What are your thoughts on this new limit? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Greg Bohrn
    May 8, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    The average household usage in America for Data is around 190GB. Cellular mobile data plans are not even remotely useful as an Internet provider replacement. The sooner these folks figure this out, the sooner they will get more customers on larger plans.

  2. TJ
    August 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Former loyal verizon customer here.

    I just got set up with their unlimited plan, and was limited the very second it came on. From 7 am through to 1 am the next morning it's barely usable. They told me it would only slow down a little bit, that most of the time it would be as fast as everyone else's data plans. I lost my job which requires a fast responsive internet connection because of it, after spending over 400$ on the phone and signal booster I had to get to make sure it was a stable connection, 80$ on the plan, and 40$ on data I bought before the booster to test the phone and make sure it'd run fast enough even without the booster. I can't afford a new setup with another service. Thanks a lot Verizon and lying customer support.

  3. Curtis Matthews
    April 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Verizon wants to cancel my unlimited hotspot that I pay $79.99 for unlimited 4G Broadband.
    The supervisor told me they targeted me because I use more than 100GB. I asked if the they lowered what was getting targeted to 100GB they said whatever they deem high usage. I asked to speak to another supervisor and the next day I was told by that supervisor that I used over 200GB back in July of 2016 and that is why I am targeted.
    They want me to move to a new unlimited plan with 10GB 4G and the rest 3G. I did not agree and made my case which prompted another call setup with a higher supervisor.
    I will fight with them to the end as I was told I can run my house with it 11 years ago and now I am being told it us not to be used for that but they advertise it can be used for home use.

  4. Shawn alan
    February 8, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I will cancel service with Verizon as soon as they put limitation I'm paying $350 a month on family plan. Verizon ripping me off every month on extra fees and taxes. Most of my family and friends already move to sprint and t-mobile. Last month I got fios home Internet and its very slow. Verizon will go out of buisness soon they loosing lots of customers.

  5. Gerald
    January 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Meh. If you are lucky enough to have purchased an unlimited plan before Verizon discontinued them, then watch your usage and count your blessings. Personally, with my wife and I are on a shared plan and we have never exceeded 6 Gb in a month. I can't imagine what you would have to be doing ON YOUR PHONE to use 200 Gb! (At home, sure, but on your wireless plan?)

  6. Kagami
    January 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Seriously, how the mobile market will develop when the 200GB for a advanced media consumer is almost nothing. 200GB is easy to reach just only by watching Netflix not mentioning any heavy work... sometimes I use 50GB per day :) and thats on the move :D the total amount of 200GB seems funny...

    January 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

    You guys are lucky! In my country, I had an unlimited plan since 4 years ago. Now, my ISP capped it to 25 GB/month .Keep in mind this is my home internet
    So, whenever I use more than the data cap, my ISP throttles my bandwith to 512 kb/s which transfers to 62.5 kB/s

  8. Sean
    January 11, 2017 at 7:24 am

    verizon just told me if i dont reduce usage by 12/16 they will send a letter of termination for service. they also said that their unlimited plan is false advertising.

  9. Fed up with verizon
    January 10, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Rediculous! I have an unlimited plan with verizon for 10 years And I only use a max 5 gigs a month. But how dare they cap it! Slap in the face. I'm going shopping for amother company.

  10. Carlos
    January 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks to all who replied to my inquiry


  11. Joe
    January 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Big deal. It's like going to an all you can eat wing night and they tell you you can't have more than 200 wings. Enough sensationalism already.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      In both cases it's false advertising. The sensationalism on display here is "unlimited" that isn't unlimited, and "all you can eat" that isn't all you can eat.

  12. Carlos
    January 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    How does one know woh much data one is accessing?

    • Dave Parrack
      January 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      I don't have a Verizon account myself, but I would assume you can log into your account online and see how much data you have used.

    • BillG
      January 10, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      If you sign into My Verizon you can look it up. It would be hard to use more than 200 gigs a month on your phone unless you are using it as a mobile hotspot and letting a lo of people use your internet . My internet provider at home limits us to 250 gigs a month. If we go over they ask us to sign up for a different plan. I had an issue with it before that went away when I finally put a password on my router. Apparently the neighbors were using it to do lord knows what. I don't have cable or satellite and we have several TV sets and other devices streaming music and Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime and some other video content providers and we never come close 250 gigs. Maybe if we watched more TV we would hit that. I don't know, but ever since I put the password on my router we have never come close and we are pretty heavy internet users. I used to have unlimited data on Verizon, but didn't use that much on my phone. We have 3 people sharing 10 gigs a month. We went over this month because my daughter spent over a week at the lakehouse with no wifi and that girl goes through the data like crazy. She does it at home on wifi too, but we never come anywhere close to hitting our 250 gig limit.

      • Dan
        January 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

        BillG, just because you don't hit the 250 GB, it doesn't mean others neither. Just like maybe some people drive their cars 50 miles a month, others drive 5000 miles a month.

        If you watch videos in normal quality (HD 720p), then you can easily reach 1000 GB a month. If you watch videos in Full HD 1080p, 2k or 4k, it can go way more than 1000 GB. Probably 2-3k GB too.

        Sure, if you just read emails and check Twitter text, and do nothing else, then the 250 GB is enough for you. But it's just you.

        • Aussie Babbleon
          January 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

          Well said!!!

          Two points here. Not everyone has the same use for internet plans and "UNLIMITED SHOULD MEAN UNLIMITED" not some arbitrary limit that an ISP thinks you should stick too. It IS false advertising and the company using such advertising should be boycotted until they GIVE SOME TRUTH!