Earlier today I was venting my frustration with Verizon customer service over a dilemma of Upgrading to Iphone 5. Here is what I found out after talking to someone who actually knew what they were talking about.
My current plan.
Family Share Plan:
2 Iphone 4s unlimited data: Upgrade available in Oct 8th
2 Dumb phones Upgrade available Sept next year.
Goal 4 Iphone 5's
Option 1 (Easy)
Upgrade 2 Iphone 4s normally next month buy out the contracts of the 2 dumb phones for about 100 bucks each and add 2 new lines to account and so with a 200 dollar early termination penalty pro-rated I now will have 4 Iphone 5's under new share everything plan.
Option 2 (harder but might be easy)
Same as before: Upgrade 2 Iphone 4s normally next month but the 2 dumb phones may be able to upgrade depending on the decision of an individual store manager preferably when the hype is over. In the end same result with a little luck. 4 Iphone 5's under new share everything plan all phones contracts reset to two years.
Option 3 (complicated but easy keep Unlimited checked with Verizon this works)
Switch my Dumb phones with ESN swap to the expiring contracts Upgrade them with Iphone 5's and keep old plan and get 2gb data on each for 30 dollars a piece. Then switch ESN's again and the end result will be 2 Iphone 5's with unlimited and my two old 4's with 2gb data each and old plan still with 60 dollars more. In September two phones will come up in cycle again do same process again Iphone 6 on two iphone 5's go to other two lines. Great but more expensive per month overall. However can be justified if 4g is so impressive you cancel your home internet and just tether all the time on your unlimited phones (battery Killer probably though) and yes you will be able to tether on new iphone since court ruled that Verizon cant limit tethering in 4g.If you dont have extra lines you can still add some to your existing plan the old way 10 bucks extra per month 30 for data etc.
Feeling like I will try option 2 with a 10gb package then option 1 after I visit couple stores and not sucessful. Had a chance to switch to ATT but I forgot my contract ends in February, not the same as my upgrade date in October so the offer from ATT will probably not stand until then. Hope this helps some people.