Last week in the midst of all the CES madness Verizon made a few major changes to their policies. They have totally done away with 2 year upgrades for basic phones and smartphones. They had previously done away with 2 year contracts, but had decided to let existing customers continue to buy discounted phones with 2 year upgrades. That practice has been suspended. You will now have to buy your phones full price or put them on a payment plan going forward. Verizon has also increased the upgrade fee from $20 to $30. The upgrade fee is just plain ridiculous. I think the fee should be illegal as it is no worse than someone grabbing $30 out of my pocket. It is literally just a fee for the privilege of buying a phone from Verizon. This fee is the most infuriating part of dealing with Verizon. If you can get an unlocked version of the phone you want that works on Verizon's CDMA network you should do that going forward to avoid this insane fee. We had already heard reports that Verizon would be excusing heavy data users from their network, but they have made this official. Any Unlimited data user that averages 200GB of data or more per month will receive a notice to transfer the line to a New Verizon Plan by 2/16/17 or be disconnected from the service. Verizon has found lots of unique new ways to give loyal 10+ year customers like me the big red shaft, and they can do it because T-mo and AT&T just can't compare when it comes to speed and coverage. These new changes have all been confirmed by an inside source so you can bank on them! Anyone considering a change? I will hang on to my unlimited data as long as I can, but as soon as its taken away I'm GONE!