This is effective July 12th by the way -- I searched to see if this had been mentioned already, and I didn't see it. If it has, I am sorry.
Before, we had the option of so-called "Vacation mode". It was good in some scenarios (leaving the country for several months while in a contract, and don't want to pay at least $25 or so each month while gone) but bad for other reasons (requires changing away from your plan, which runs the risk of losing it if its no longer available when you return -- plus it extended your contract)
...but not anymore!
A paraphrasing of their solution is: 'if you're leaving, we can now offer you to switch to our lowest in-market price plan ($20/month) and that way you'll still have call services like voicemail, plus your contract won't pause.'
- This shouldn't affect anyone who is already on vacation disconnect
- This is consumer (PCS) only. MiKE, business, and corporate remains the same
- Leaving for military reasons will still allow extended Vacation Disconnect (also, a former Client Care employee told me that VAC Disconnect was discounted as a monthly recurring credit for military to make it $0/month -- I doubt this will change, although I can't say for sure)
Reason for change according to article: "To align with competitors and industry standards."