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Is Verizon allowing online upgraders to keep unlimited data even with a new subsidized phone?

0. phoneArena 29 Sep 2013, 15:28 posted on

On Saturday, a rumbling from Verizon customers seemed to suggest that those upgrading to a new phone online were being allowed to keep their unlimited data plan; Verizon has dropped unlimited data and has been trying like crazy to get grandfathered customers to switch to a capped data plan through an equipment upgrade...

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posted on 29 Sep 2013, 18:48

53. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Youll see man. Ive tried to explain it to you. Just be careful

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 18:50 1

55. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


My Verizon phone has been sitting in a desk for six months now. I've been using T-Mobile on my Nexus 4 and all the calls from my Verizon phone have been redirected to it. I've unofficially cancelled the service and I was just waiting for a good reason to officially do it. Verizon does have slightly better service and that's the only reason why I've kept it but it's a waste of money to have service on two phones while only using one.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 18:58 1

57. 14545 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I actually considered a trial run myself. I'm going to see what comes of the N5 and if it has storage options >32. If it does, I'll probably pay cash for the N5 and run it on Tmo for a few months before make the full run off the cliff. Plus it'll give me a chance to see it's roaming capabilities is a very rural area.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 19:14 1

59. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Even though I don't have it, T-Mobile still has their $30 plan with unlimited text and web and 100 minutes of talk. I needed more talk time so I went with the $70 plan. I think I'm going to try Straight Talk on AT&T's network for a month to see how it works. It only offers 2GB of data but it costs $45 a month.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 19:17 1

60. 14545 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


The 30 would be perfect for me. I don't like to talk on the phone, I just text. In fact, I hate face to face conversations. lol. I think that is why I became an engineer. I'm waiting for the N5 before I make any changes though. Thanks for the heads up.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 19:43

62. tedkord (Posts: 12859; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But phone 2 and 3 cost less to add unlimited ($50 and $30, IIRC). And, once the phone is paid off, that cost disappears. On Verizon you keep paying the same built in subsidy forever after you've paid of the contract term.

Yes, Verizon has better nationwide coverage, but they can't come close on price. You'd need to go with the 14gb share plan to even compare to T-Mobile's unlimited. You pay a good $20 per month less including the cost of the phone with T-Mo. The math is indisputable.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 19:46 1

63. tedkord (Posts: 12859; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have that plan with the Nexus 4 for my son. The rest of the family is on Verizon. Since I couldn't get him added to my plan with grandfathered unlimited data, Verizon lost that sale. When they eventually make the grab for the grandfathered data, they will lose the rest of my family (3 smartphones)

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 20:58

69. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1201; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The baby bells are united for sure, run separately but united!

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 22:38

73. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Oh puhleeeeeze, you've been looking for a reason to quit them anyway? I bid you Adieu. And, good luck on T-tiny4GLTE-Mobile or, AT&Terrible or, slowa$$ Sprrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinn†.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 22:54

77. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


My sister pays $180 for 3 lines on TinyMobile - the 3rd line is a senior add-on for my Mom with 500 minutes at $5.00 monthly plus unlimited International Calling feature for $15.00 monthly. In reality for her first two primary lines she pays $160 which includes installment payments for two Galaxy S 4G's (with no 4G) and they got her to sign a two-year contract on both lines (I know - dumb), so she basically got ripped off then raped by the magenta network. Her first two lines are out of contract now; she's finally seen the light - she'll be a comin to Verizon on October 10, she'll roughly be paying the same for two lines but at least now she'll have consistent cell service and something called 4G LTE (which she still hasn't gotten on the flaming network).

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:57

86. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


please please please give me your contract! i need unlimited data T_T

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 19:19

92. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


lol, supply and demand has NOTHING to do with it, its greed vs greed, and everyone knows its, PC WORLD did a study over 6 months ago as why carriers are giving you LESS data (less data meaning you go threw it much faster because data speeds are much faster today), or eliminating unlimited data, and found out facts that it has NOTHING to do with network congenstion , its ALL about the $, so if all the carriers gave everyone 25GB limits every month, no one would ever see any problems relating to network congenstion... so if you think 2GB today is the new 5GB, just wait til the LTE-A is available, then 1 GB will be the new 2GB, LOL! you get less data, but can do more in less time,

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 19:24

93. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


lol ATT LTE BLOOOOOWWS away your tiny verizons LTE,, i have seen speeds up to 78MBPS and i average in the mid 50's MBPS, never saw greedy overpriced verizon's LTE do that!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 19:57

96. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


are you smoking crack? your soo off ,,, period!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 00:57

79. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I really hate Verizon. They jerked me around when I wanted the 16GB iPhone 5S on launch day. It took me almost a week to get my iPhone and then I have to go to another store and ended up with the 32GB version. As soon as my credit balance runs out (which is in the hundreds of dollars), I am considering all my option including paying the ETF and going to Aio.

I had a Pantech USB 3G modem and the 3G speeds sucked. I then tried 4G LTE with Samsung modem/router (aka jet pack) and the modem sucked -- kept losing the connection, slow connection speed, crappy battery, etc. Btw, I am loving my ATT 4G LTE Liberate MiFi as well as VM 4G WiMAX. Unfortunately, the WiMAX is going away now that I have an iPhone and if Verizon is good to me, I might cancel ATT and use my iPhone as a mobile personal hotspot.

The biggest problems with Verizon is how they nickel and dime you to death, when I had the 3G service, I had such a low priority on data access that I was usually the first to get kicked off the network and don't get me started on data disconnection issues on 4G LTE service.

It would have been nice if Verizon let their prepaid accounts use iPhone 5S at 3G speeds for as little as $50 a month with Walmart special with unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data. It's only $45 a month with Straight Talk also at 3G speeds.

I have no bills for the next few months, which is nice.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:20

84. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Your story is utter fabrication. If you wanted the 16GB model you should've lined up with the rest of them. As far as data connectivity, it was probably that marvelous antenna in that iPhone you previously had.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 16:48

88. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


What part was a fabrication?

It took me a week to get an iPhone? That part is true.

That I had a credit balance in the hundreds of dollars in my prepaid account? That is also true.

Two weeks prior to the iPhone launch, I went to the Verizon company store, and spent 10 minutes with one of their salesperson to walk me through going from prepaid to postpaid (which was a $30 upgrde fee) and then I go on a 2-year contract to get the discounted phone for a $450 savings.

I got there on launch day, the 16GB of Space Gray was not sold out and then the store proceeded to jerk me around for days. Even the store Manager lied to me. I kept their business cards.

As for the Pantech USB device, I had to use VZ Access Manager, which I still use to this day on a PC. At the time, I did not know about Control-D, the secret password and changing the number or code that sets my status for receiving data, which I had to find out via the internet. I changed the number/code from 1 to 8, even though I could have set it at 15. All I wanted was to avoid being kicked off the network (this was like 2008/2009/2010 time frame) so some of the precise details escape me.

As YOU KNOW, with VZ Access Manager, YOU GET A LOG of your activity -- so whenever I spoke to tech support, I offered to send them this log of me being kicked off the network on a constant basis. It was the same crap with 4G LTE -- I again offerred to send in the log of how my Samsung jetpack kept disconnecting -- they could see the frequency of my unfortunate forced terminaions along with error code, etc. They just weren't aware I was tracking my usage via VZ Access Manager since it wasnt required for the LTE jetpack.

The sad truth is I can back up everything I said with receipts, other evidence, business cards, etc. I keep extensive paper trails for this reason. I had no idea my prepaid money would move to post paid, had I known that, I would have gotten an iPhone 5. Then a sales reps told me the money will move. And once the I confirmed everything, I loaded a bunch of top up cards at 15% discount so I wouldn't have to pay a bill for six months.

Believe what you want to believe. And one more thing, this iPhone 5S is my first iPhone -- I was an android user before switching.

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