Verizon has decided to kill off its Data Usage Widget just days before the launch of its new Share Everything data plan launch.
Android Central is reporting that users on Verizon will start seeing a lengthy message from the carrier that indicates that they will receive an update to My Verizon Mobile that will remove the Data Usage Widget from the device. Users will then be unable to reinstall the widget.
This move, of course, comes just days before Verizon launches its new shared data plans that will be arriving on June 28th. Verizon has confirmed that it will be launching a new one but it declined to say when. If it’s killing off the widget this close to the launch of its new data plans and we hope that the carrier unveils those plans sooner rather than later.
The carrier is telling users that they can use visit My Verizon Mobile through the App Tray or dial #DATA in the meantime.
Here is the full message from Verizon:
Data Widget Sunsets on 6/25
Beginning 6/25, Verizon Wireless will no longer offer the Data Widget. From 6/25 – 6/27, users will be asked to update My Verizon Mobile. Once available, customers will receive a software update which will remove the Data Widget from their device and they will be unable to re-install it.
Beginning 6/25, upon touching/selecting the Data Widget, My Verizon Mobile will launch and display a pop-up window with the following message:
“As of June 25, 2012, the My Verizon Data Widget will no longer be supported. We will send a software update to you when it becomes available. At that time, the widget will be automatically removed from your device.
If you prefer, you may remove the widget from your device now by touching and holding the widget to move it to the red remove section on your screen.
To check your data usage, visit My Verizon Mobile via the App Tray or dial #DATA.”
Ways to Track Data Usage
Advise customers to visit My Verizon Mobile or dial #DATA to track their data usage. Visit the My Verizon Mobile InfoManager topic for details.
Even if Verizon plans on introducing a new widget or a new method of tracking data along with the new shared data plans, the timing is certainly not the best for customers who have become accustomed to using the widget on their smartphone or tablet.
Still, we assume that the carrier will indeed launch something new in the days ahead.
Verizon’s Shared Everything Plans Detailed
Verizon’s new Shared Everything plans offer unlimited shared minutes and unlimited messaging as well as shared data plans between 10 devices.
Every phone and tablet on the Share Everything plan includes mobile hotspot at no additional charge. Here is how Verizon’s new shared data plans will break down once June 28th rolls around:
Monthly Line Access
Monthly Account Access
(shared with up to 10 devices)
|Smartphones – $40Basic Phone -$30Jetpacks/USBs/Notebooks/Netbooks – $20Tablets – $10|
The introduction of these new plans will also kill off the ability to get unlimited data when buying a subsidized phone. This is Verizon’s way of slowly killing off unlimited data on its networks.