Four Legal Ways You Can Stay on Verizons Unlimited Data Plan
This is How You Can Stay on Verizon‘s Unlimited Data Plan
By: Corey Geier
So do you want to keep your Verizon unlimited data plan? If you are one of the lucky people out there that has a account with Verizon that includes the unlimited data plan, then I am sure you are like me and are looking to do whatever you can to not get rid of it! I have personally tried these options and they do work! Now rumors are always spreading, and how its going away, or you will not be able to renew. Currently no matter what anybody else says, you still have ways to keep your Verizon unlimited data plan. I bet a bunch of you have upgrades available on Verizon ever since the cutoff date when unlimited data was no longer available. I can remember all my friends flocking to the stores to get there last deal in, and everybody getting the “Charge” since it was one of the first “4G” smartphones on the market. So now if you sign up for a new two year plan with a subsidized phone you will lose the unlimited data option, so instead you are stuck buying your new or used phones outright in order to keep your unlimited data.
I have been doing some research online along with speaking to some of the local phone reps in the area and I have verified that there are ways for people with unlimited data that would like to get a new phone for the discounted rate. With my research, there are many places out in the internet that lists ways to keep your unlimited plan, and I am going to summarize them for you. Many new phones are going to be hitting the market soon and over the holidays so now is the time to start to prepare. With some of the new phones that are going to be released like Apples two iPhone 5c & 5s, Blackberry’s High powered Z30, and Samsung’s Screaming Fast S5 models launching, it might be a good time to lay it out for everybody.
NOTE: It would be best if you would not go to a Verizon Corporate Store, as they might have more strict rules on upgrades and policy’s, so it would be best to seek out a third party like Best Buy, Target, Walmart or some of the local chains in order to guarantee you get it done right.
Not including the first option, but all the rest you are going to have to use Verizon’s Family Plans or AKA Buddy Plan upgrades, I have read that this loophole is possible. Essentially all you need is a line on your account that DOES have unlimited data and you’re set! There are four scenarios you could be in if you still have unlimited data.
This is the easiest and most used option, and this would be to purchase yourself a new phone and face value, sometimes costing well over $500. But this insures you do not have to sign a new contract, so you will be able to keep your current plan with the unlimited data. (this option would also work by purchasing a used phone that is sold to you legally unlocked, and not tied to a current plan.)
You are the only person on your account
In this scenario, you are the sole person on your account and you have unlimited data. The only way you can get by it is to add a line to your account. If you have unlimited, then you are on the old nationwide plans and you can add a line for $10 a month (You will have to change your plan to a family plan which may cost more depending on how many minutes you currently pay for). The way to make it the cheapest is to get a basic phone (It doesn’t even have to work). All you have to do is upgrade that line you just added to the phone you want. When its done, activate the old basic phone and the new phone you just added to your account becomes a phone you own. Then just activate that new phone on your line. It is the same concept as buying a phone on craigslist. Then you’re done. You have a second line thats only costing you $10 a month. When you upgrade in the future, you can donate the upgrade on your line to that new line and repeat the process. You will get an extra upgrade and keep your unlimited until Verizon finds a way to block it.
You are on a family plan and everyone on that account has unlimited data
In this scenario, you have two options. You can either add another line for $10 a month and repeat the same process as listed above (Which I recommend because then everyone keeps their unlimited) or you can pick one of the lines that doesn’t need unlimited and donate your upgrade to that line. That line will lose unlimited, but once you pull the new phone off and put theirs back on, you can activate the new one on your line and you can keep using your unlimited. From then on out, simply give the upgrades on the lines that have unlimited to the one line that now doesn’t. Upgrade to the phone you want, and swap the devices.
You are on a family plan and someone on the account doesn’t have unlimited data
The final scenario is the easiest to perform and also the one that I have used throughout the last few years, when I had the upgrade option available on other phones in my Family Plan. This also doesn’t cost any extra to you. Donate your upgrade to that line (s) without unlimited data, and once it is activated put the old phone back on that line. Then take the new phone and activate it under your line and enjoy your unlimited data.
I hope this can help at least a few people out there. I wanted to let everybody know that I could so with the few free options or one of the $10 extra a month options, it is hard to beat considering you get two upgrades for yourself now and you get to keep your unlimited data. Please share with us in the comments below any of your stories you had trying to keep your unlimited plan.
- Sprint preps ‘One Up,’ its own early upgrade program (news.cnet.com)
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- No iOS 7 and Goodbye iPhone (socialwayne.com)
- Verizon iPhone to T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 — how? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Verizon Edge Arrives With Verizon Max to Tempt Unlimited Data Users (gottabemobile.com)
- When choosing a new phone carrier, consider fees (today.com)
- Verizon Unlimited Data Plans To Die (futurelawyer.typepad.com)
- Verizon iPhone First Take (reviews.cnet.com)
- Verizon ‘Max’ Offer Will Try To Lure Unlimited Data Customers To Edge Plans (Hint: DON’T DO IT) (androidpolice.com)
- How to upgrade to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c – Macworld (macworld.com)
This entry was posted on September 20, 2013 by CoreyGmaN. It was filed under Mobile, Whats New? and was tagged with 4G, Best Buy, iPhone, Options, Samsung, unlimited, Unlimited Data, Upgrade, Verizon, Verizon Communications, Walmart.