Hello lalaelha! I can address your concerns about your plan options when you upgrade! You have the option to keep unlimted data on that line, if you purchase your next phone for the full retail price. Accepting a discounted phone, will mean that you must choose a tiered data plan. We offer a 2GB, 5GB or 10GB plan options. Please let me know if you need additional assistance.
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To answer the OP's question:
Via the FCC, Verizon cannot tell you which device you put that SIM card in. You must first change the plan from 3G to 4G by borrowing a friend's 4G phone and activating it on your line. If you don't already have a SIM card, bringing the phone into a Verizon store and asking to activate it should get you a free SIM card. Once 4G LTE is associated with your SIM card, you can move that SIM from device to device and retain unlimited data (and your friend can have their phone back).
Wrong. The broadband data plans on Verizon Wireless are quite different from the smartphone data plans. A 4G LTE USB modem, MiFi devices were NEVER allowed on an unlimited broadband data plan. For the OP to keep their unlimited broadband data plan, they need to keep purchasing 3G only broadband devices.
This doesn't mean you can't do it. Sad that the government had to step in and regulate instead of consumer demand doing the job. I recently upgraded my unlimited data plan from a 3G iPhone 4 to a 4G iPhone 5 and retained unlimited data. I also have my MiFi 4510L on an unlimited 4G LTE SIM attained by the method described. Would I lie about this? I've done it myself. The photos don't lie:
You're the complacent consumer that allows VZW to get away with it. The airwaves are free and the FCC is the only thing keeping consumers from getting the shakedown by carriers. Here's where Google stepped in and saved our butts during the spectrum auction:
"Prior to the bidding process, Google asked that the spectrum be free to lease wholesale and the devices operating under the spectrum be open. Currently many providers such as Verizon and AT&T use technological measures to block external applications. In return Google guaranteed a minimum bid of $4.6 billion. Google's specific requests were the adoption of certain policies
- Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
- Open devices: Consumers should be able to utilize a handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
- Open services: Third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
- Open networks: Third parties (like internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee's wireless network."
Only the first 2 were adopted. Google was outbid, but the stipulations stayed. Verizon sued, and then dropped the suit.
Enjoy this more recent FCC enforced regulation, spawned by the terms of the spectrum auction:
Just think, all of that 87GB I used last month took place over the frequencies that used to be UHF channels 52-69 on your TV.
Enjoy your Family Share Plan. I'll keep my freedoms.
You realize that if everyone use 87 GB on 4G the network would slow to a crawl if not shut down outright. Which color crayon shall I use to color that point so you understand that? What the frequencies USED to be for doesn't matter.
freedoms? yes unlimited data is in the US Constitution. Anyway enjoy your "freedoms" until July 2014. Perhaps sooner.