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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by neil154, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    I will be eligible for a Verizon upgrade in a few months but I want to keep my unlimited data plan. My wife will not be eligible for an upgrade but in previous times I was able to "give my upgrade" to my wife.

    So if I give my wife my upgrade and she gets a new phone will I still have unlimited data? If yes, could I then swap phones with her after her upgrade?
     



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  2. fdnj48

    fdnj48 Android Enthusiast

    I don't believe you will be able to keep your unlimited data because you will technically still be using that upgrade. I could be wrong but I would double check with VZW before doing it. If not, are you on a family plan?
     
  3. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It does sound too good to be true
     
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Even though you are giving your wife the new phone, the upgrade is technically on your line, and therefore would cost you the unlimited data plan if you go through with it. Verizon is quite firm on this position, with the only way to avoid losing unlimited being to buy at full retail, or buy used on craigslist, ebay, etc.
     
  5. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    You sound like you have researched this issue.
     
  6. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Indeed I have. I'm clinging to my unlimited plan for as long as I possibly can. When Verizon makes the switch to VoLTE(Voice over LTE) service near the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014, speculation is that voice minutes will count as data, similar to how talking over skype does. If that's the case, having unlimited data will be HUGE. Even more so if data rates go up in the next year.
     
  7. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    I have also seen speculation that Verizon will stop all unlimited data plans even for people who do not upgrade.
     
  8. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    They very well might, but terminating it while under contract voids it, which will allow me to walk away from them without paying and ETF. One line of mine is good until dec of 2013, the other is good until june of 2014. If they do terminate them, I leave them for the GSM world. No more closed CDMA network holding back updates, dictating their will on apps(tethering, google wallet), and the monthly mugging will come down significantly.
     
  9. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    But essentially anyone one that you goto will also limit your data (except for sprint which has a poor network)
     
  10. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Sprint is also cdma, but T-Mobile is GSM and has unlimited/unthrottled data as well as of this past September. I'll probably go there to try it out off contract with the latest Nexus phone at the time, and if it doesn't work out I can take my phone to AT&T. I know the end of unlimited is coming eventually though, which is unfortunate. Just going to enjoy it while I can.
     
  11. vikki

    vikki Member

    When VoLTE becomes real, that is going to open another can of worms. A little of what I've read, VoLTE will cut battery life in half. If voice and data become the same, there will be a whole new pricing structure and a lot of confusion for the consumer.
     
  12. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    If battery life is cut in half I will have to carry a couple of batteries with me
     
  13. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    There experiment that was reported was a little flawed, because they were using dual-radios phones similar to the first gen LTE phones instead of built in single radios/processor chips that you find in the iPhone 5, and other modern Androids. There is no doubt though that it will eat up more battery juice because LTE does use more juice than standard CDMA at this point in time. This is even more true if in a poor signal area.
     
  14. hal1

    hal1 Android Expert

    if Verizon is still offering unlimited data on existing contracts when my contract ends I maybe getting my next phone off of craigslist rather than upgrading through Verizon, and thus able to keep my unlimited data since I didn't upgrade my phone through them - like it is now.

    I am guessing, however, that fairly soon all new contracts will have limited data whether you upgrade your phone or not.
     
  15. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    As of June 28th of this past year, any new contract comes with limited data. However, buying your phone on craigslist is not considered to be upgrading in Verizon's eyes because they didn't have to subsidize part of the cost. Therefore, you would not be getting a new contract and thus be able to keep your unlimited data. If your contract runs up, it is not automatically renewed and you will be on month-to-month postpaid. You will stay on that until you either upgrade, or terminate your service.

    The gray area is that once your contract runs up, Verizon has every right to automatically switch your data over to a limited data plan with no penalty. Of course, you also have the right to terminate your service and leave them without penalty at that point as well. Also, if Verizon ever switches you over to limited data while your contract is still active, you have 30 days from the day they do it to void your contract. If you don't, they get away with it and you remain stuck. If you do void it, you automatically go to month-to-month as if your contract had normally expired.
     
  16. akita

    akita Android Enthusiast

    I thought the only way to maintain unlimited data going forward is to buy the phone at full retail as opposed to subsized(2 year plan @ $200/$300 or whatever promotional pricing).

    Edit: I see the previous post sort of mentions this
     
  17. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
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    Under the present rules (subject to any change that Verizon wants) you cn keep your unlimited data plan as long as you do not buy a new phone at the subsidized price. Therefore, if you buy a phone at full price or buy a phone on eBay that does not require a new contract (mostly used phones) then you can keep your data plan.
     
  18. Easyrider6

    Easyrider6 Newbie

    neil154, I was in your exact situation last Summer. I was due for an upgrade with an unlimited data plan, my wife had a limited data plan. We went in to the Verizon store, I transferred my upgrade to her and we purchased and activated a Galaxy S3 on her line. Then the Verizon person immediately swapped my Incredible 2 for her new Galaxy S3 and my unlimited planned stayed intact. Granted my wife didn't care that she was getting my hand-me-down.

    This wasn't a one time thing or a mistake, I had gone into that store and asked a different salesperson if we could do that a few days earlier, and called Verizon just to make sure.
     
  19. neil154

    neil154 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Easyrider6 - Thanks for the information it is great news. I will give it a try in a few months.
     
  20. racefan25

    racefan25 Member

    to keep the unlimited data you must pay full retail and not a discounted price for a new phone. Also on the data programs there can be no employee discount applied to the new data plans so if you are getting a employee discount because of you jobs phone service is verizon you will no longer be able to get the discount after the upgrade. Lost a 20% discount and was never informed about it till it was to late.
     

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