Carriers seem to have decided it’s open season on those grandfathered into unlimited data plans. After AT&T applied a second price rise in a year, Verizon is now threatening to disconnect those using more than 200GB of data per month – seemingly more serious about this than an earlier threat to those using half this.

While the company’s original statement was a little vague, Verizon has now clarified the terms …

Verizon didn’t initially say whether exceeding 200GB data in a single month would be sufficient to get you disconnected.

We are notifying a small group of customers who are out of contract on unlimited plans and use more than 200GB a month that they must move to a Verizon Plan by February 16, 2017. If they don’t choose to move onto a Verizon Plan by that date, the line will be disconnected.

However, responding to a query by Engadget, Verizon said that only those whose average monthly use was above this level would be affected.

Although the company had previously warned customers using more than 100GB a month, it has been reported that it was in fact targeting those closer to 500GB. This time around, it seems it is lowering its sights to 200GB.

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