Short story: If you want unlimited you are going to pay FULL price for the phone.
Verizon has clarified more about this. As suspected, it will be discontinuing unlimited data once the share plan arrives for those that want to purchase a subsidized phone through the carrier or renew their contract. Here is Verizonís updated comment:
- Customers will not be automatically moved to new data shared data plans. If a 3G or 4G smartphone customer is on an unlimited plan now and they do not want to change their plan, they will not have to do so.
- When we introduce our new shared data plans, Unlimited Data will no longer be available to customers when purchasing handsets at discounted pricing, i.e. Signing new contracts.
- The same pricing and policies will be apply to all 3G and 4G LTE smartphones
- Customers who purchase phones at full retail price and are on an unlimited smartphone data plan, will be able to keep that plan.