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Discussion in 'Verizon' started by thedew5050, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. thedew5050

    thedew5050 Lurker
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    Ok, so here's my situation. I currently have an old LG enV2 on a family plan (where I am not the main account holder). I have a phone upgrade available, but I am waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic or Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy Function) arrive in Verizon stores to use my upgrade.

    As you know, the Verizon unlimited data plan is switching to a tiered data plan on July 7. I don't currently have a data plan because I've been living with a crappy phone for the last few years. I want to be grandfathered in to the unlimited plan, but I'm trying to figure out a way to make this happen and still be able to wait for the released of the new "super-phones".

    Here are my current options:

    1) Buy a current 3g or 4g capable phone (e.g. Thunderbolt) and hope that the Bionic/Galaxy are released within the next 15 days so that I can make an exchange using Verizon's 15 day return policy. Most likely neither phone will be released unti late-July/early-August and I'll be stuck with a Thunderbolt for awhile.

    2) Take my friend's old Droid 2 (he recently upgraded to a Thunderbolt) and activate it with a new data plan on my account. Then, once the Bionic/Galaxy phones are released, use my existing upgrade to buy one of them for the reduced upgrade price.

    Obviously I am currently leaning toward Option #2, but I see a few issues here...

    Question #1: If I activate a used Droid 2 on my current plan (adding a new data plan), will this use up my existing upgrade?

    Question #2: If I activate a used Droid 2, will it allow me to be grandfathered in to the unlimited data plan?

    Question #3: What is the cost for activating a phone that I obtained outside of Verizon on my existing plan (other than the activation for the $30/mo. unlimited data plan)? Do I need to pay extra to activate a phone that I got from somebody else?

    Please help! Any other suggestions or answers to questions are much appreciated.

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  2. mpciii

    mpciii Member

    1. You will still have your upgrade.

    2. Yes, a long as you activate before the 7th.

    3. No extra charge as far as I know.
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  3. dCoder

    dCoder Newbie

    You should be able to activate the unlimited data plan on your env2. That way you'll be grandfathered in when you upgrade later. You can use the env2 to do limited browsing and email in the meantime.
  4. mpciii

    mpciii Member

    From what I've read, unlimited data on feature phones isn't the same as smartphones and won't make you eligible for the grandfather clause.
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  5. jessie1290

    jessie1290 Newbie

    I'm in a similar situation, wanting to come from AT&T (love my Atrix, tired of worrying how much data I've used). I'm activating my husband's old Droid to hold a spot with unlimited until the Bionic comes out. Last week nobody could tell me for sure if that would work, but yesterday the manager of my store said it WILL work. The unlimited data goes with the line, not the device, and it doesn't matter if it's 3G or 4G, as long as it's the SMARTPHONE unlimited data, not feature phone. (Blackberry unlimited is worded a little differently, not sure if that will stay if somebody switches from BB to Android.) I won't be under a 2 yr. contract, since I'm activating a phone I own but they said that was OK, upgrades/discounted prices on phones were to get you to sign up for 2 years, but did not come into play for granderfathering unlimited data.
    I should be able to get the Bionic at the discounted upgrade price too. I wish I could see all this in writing, but I'm keeping my AT&T line too, until I get the Bionic and make sure I keep unlimited!
  6. urdaddi

    urdaddi Well-Known Member

    It has been stated many times that smartphone data plans are not the same as feature phone.

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