Excessive Data Overages? Join me in a complaint!

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Twice in the past few months, Verizon has hit me with enormous data overages that have resulted in more than doubling my normal bill.   Customer service stance is that I do not understand the data that I am using, which is absurd. (And if that truly was the case, how unethical is it that an average person cannot easily understand how to control data usage?  Is there a secret manual?)  Since the Verizon refuses to resolve or effectively even investigate my concerns, I am led to believe that this is an intentional attempt to extort exorbitant fees from account holders.   I believe that they count on the many people will continue to pay without questions and offset the customers that they lose.  I am researching filing a claim with the FCC and with my state's Attorney General.  If you are interested in adding your voice and your concerns, please message me. 

Update:   I turned off all cellular data on both phones (both are iphone 5C) on 3/10/15.   As of 3/16/15 at 11:00 AM, Verizon is charging me for an additional 5 GB of usage since the data was turned off.   Seriously?    Please join me in exposing Verizon!

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We had this problem, too. We've had the same plan for over a year, and all of a sudden, something - Verizon couldn't tell me what - started using more than 1GB or even 2 GB in a minute.One report showed something used a full 5GB in two minutes! We hadn't changed anything on our phones, and we couldn't figure out what was using up so much data in the span of a minute or two. We were both getting 8 or 9 alerts+ within seconds of each other about every hour. Verizon kept telling me to look at their handy new data usage plan, but it only tells you by minute what data you are using. It does NOT tell you WHAT is using that data, so you have no idea how to change whatever is using the data. I called Verizon immediately when this happened, and they were not very helpful at all. The person I spoke to said that the phone could not have changed settings or applications by itself, so it must have been something we did, or someone else did to out phone without us knowing. Her advice was to up the data usage plan, but she was not very helpful about finding out how to fix the problem, and she certainly wasn't going to give us a break on this bill, even though we have been customers for 17 years, have never missed a payment, and haven't gone over data usage before. (There may have been one time when we went on vacation out of bounds, but we knew that would happen). The customer service rep went on to say that we should be more careful, and at least we have learned something from this.  Wow, thanks, Verizon. So, now I have to pay more for data usage they can't even identify, and they are unwilling to be helpful about the situation.

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Please take a moment to file a complaint with the FCC. It can be done online and takes just a minute. Verizon will not act without pressure! Think how much revenue they are stealing!

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I am with you. My data utilization according to Verizon has more than doubled and I am actually using less data. 

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Please file a complaint online with the FCC.  This at last has gotten a response from Verizon.   They are replacing my phones at this point and escalating .   Of course, I'm still over my data so cannot use any data on the phones.   But I did get attention on this because of the complaint.  We will see how it plays out.   The more complaints we submit to the FCCCC, the more Verizon is pressured to acknowledge this problem.  i still resent that it takes this for Verizon to do anything to resolve (besides calling me a liar on the first 4 phone calls)

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Verizon is as slimy as a company can be.

ALL new phones purchased in a Verizon store are activated by a Verizon employee.

These employees are signing up ALL new phones customers for the Verizon Cloud service WITHOUT notifying them.

They claim that the service is free but it WILL use your data plan WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!

I raised holy hell with Verizon over their unethical practices after they burned up 80% of my data in less than 24 hours!.

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I will file a complaint.

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I feel your pain, just in another way. Even though I was grandfathered in under their old unlimited data plan, and don't get charged for overages, I am being discriminated against for having it. In order to control the data usage of their customers with unlimited data plans, they had launched a program last fall of "network optimization" that purposefully slowed down the data connection speeds of unlimited data users in an attempt to force them to drop the unlimited data and go with one of their other plans. After a huge uproar, they admitted that this wasn't a good idea & that they had decided not to proceed with it. However, I believe they have. My connection speeds are tremendously slow. Also, I am not able to upgrade to a new phone (& pay a lower price for it) without giving up my unlimited data plan. In order to keep the unlimited data, I must buy a phone at full retail price. This is completely BOGUS!!! They lure you in with a mass advertising campaign of an "unlimited data" plan, then discriminate against you for having it by not letting you upgrade. I've complained multiple times & have gotten nowhere. Good luck!

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Unlimited data has been gone for over 3 years and not advertised in almost 4. You want something that no longer is valid. I want $1 gas prices but guess what? Not happening

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No, read my post I am not asking for unlimited data. I need an explanation

for unusual overages/ excess data use when the jetpack is off and the sim

card removed. This has been such a problem with many customers that it has

been suggested to file a complaint with the FCC.

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