Verizon and AT&T have both been rolling out changes to their data plans that make it more difficult to transfer data to or from their networks.
Verizon said Tuesday that it will no longer allow customers to transfer their existing data plan to a prepaid or “data-free” plan that has a data cap of 25GB or more.
AT&t’s move means that the company’s data cap is now 20GB, instead of 15GB, and the company is now limiting the number of data plans customers can use at once.
AT &T said that this change is due to an increased need to deploy data services in new locations.
The changes are a response to AT&t’s ongoing efforts to use mobile data as a competitive advantage, according to a Verizon blog post.
Verizon and T-Mobile said that the changes will help to preserve customer privacy.
“It is important for consumers to understand that Verizon Wireless has been providing data services since its inception,” Verizon said.
“While we no longer offer unlimited data, we are still committed to ensuring our customers are not limited to a certain number of plans that is not reflective of their needs and capabilities.”
Verizon Wireless said that it has a long-standing and effective agreement with AT&s network and has never provided or encouraged a user to transfer a data plan.
AT&t has also been working to reduce the number and size of data caps it imposes on its customers.
AT’s new policies will allow customers with data caps to transfer them to a data-free plan that is currently limited to 25GB, the company said.
AT &:T said in a blog post that the policy changes will not impact customers who have used unlimited data before.
T-Mobile says it is working to implement its own data cap policy.
However, the new policy changes don’t apply to T-Mo customers.
A T-Mob spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on pending legislation.