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A Way Around Unlimited Data?

Discussion in 'Verizon' started by imdickie, May 25, 2011.

  1. imdickie

    imdickie Newbie
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    I have an upgrade available on my and my wife's Dinc and really want to get either the Bionic or Galaxy S2, but it seems neither of these will be available prior to the elimination of the unlimited data package.

    So I had a thought, what if I agree to an extended plan now with out the upgrade. Can I cash in the upgrade at a later date to get the phone I want?

    My other option is to get the phone my wife wants, the LG Rev, using my upgrade now and agreeing to a 2 year plan grandfathered into the unlimited data package and immediately give the phone to her via an ESN switch and just keep using my Dinc. Then when the Bionic and/or GS2 come out I can use her upgrade and transfer it over to me and agree to a family share plan for my wife and teenage daughter.

    I know the second one will work because I've done something similar when I wanted out of my BB Storm 2. For simplicity in explaining to my wife what I am doing the first option is better.

    So my question is, can I commit to a plan now and upgrade the phone later?

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  2. Jedii

    Jedii Android Expert

    Now,this is a tricky one. I'm a former employee of Verizon (as of April). Shoot me a PM and i'll give you some advice on ways around this.

    I do not wish to share this publicly b/c I do not feel like arguing with my AF peeps about it :)
  3. cyboat

    cyboat Lurker

    I am new to Smart phones - I mean new, new, new as in have not bought one yet but am about to.

    I want the Samsung Galaxy SII but how do I get it and have the unlimited data plan?
  4. jamor

    jamor Android Expert

    Why is that a tricky one? It's an easy no.

    Upgrading your phone means getting a new contract and thus conforming to the tiered plans and new contract.

    There are no upgrades anymore anyways. Only 2 year contracts. Easy.
  5. Jedii

    Jedii Android Expert

    It actually used to be fairly tricky. I spent the last 4 years as a Verizon store manager. We could, without affecting your upgrade eligibility date, add an additional 12 months onto your contract and allow you to keep any and all features as well as give you 500 minutes a month for a saftey net. This would allow you to keep your plan (even if the plan expired later on when you upgraded). I explained this to the OP via PM. Thought maybe you could use a litte clarification as well.

    The "tricky" part was only certain regions in Verizon could do this. So this in fact could have helped the OP if everything aligned properly for him.
  6. imdickie

    imdickie Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks Jedii, I do appreciate the effort.

    Looks like I'll just upgrade to the LG now on my plan just to get the unlimited data grandfathered. Then when the SG2 becomes available I'll use my wife's upgrade and just have them swap the ESN's.
  7. Bearly

    Bearly Android Expert


    I have a similar situation:

    I'm not sure (now, after reading your thread) if I can simply activate a 4G phone on my unlimited 3G plan (without renewing contract) and thus have unlimited 4G. I was told this by a store rep but you know how misinformed some are with respect to such things.

    I am 95% sure the GS2 won't have LTE, fyi :(

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