Verizon says it’s expanding the number of customers it will be allowing to upgrade to its Data Plans, but it says it won’t do it in the same way as Apple does.
The move will let customers upgrade to Data Plans that don’t require a contract, but the company says customers will still need to subscribe to those plans.
The change, which is slated to be announced on Monday, is part of Verizon’s plan to “improve our customer experience and provide a better value for our customers.”
“While we continue to offer customers the choice to switch to other plans, we want to make sure we can continue to provide our customers with value with these new plans,” Verizon spokesperson Lauren Zink said in a statement.
Verizon’s announcement comes as data plans for some customers have been hit hard by a recent decline in smartphone usage.
The decline has been blamed on a decline in iPhone use, a rise in Android devices, and the rollout of new data plans.
Verizon’s plans for the Data Plans will be available on October 7 for customers who have a Verizon Wireless Unlimited or 2-year Data Plan.