I been a VZN customer going on five years now, probably nothing compared to some of the other customers on here. I currently own a iPhone 4, my plan that i have is a 900min, unlimited data and text. I know since back in June, Verizon was ending the unlimited data plan and I'm pretty upset with that, which I am sure a lot of you are as well. I been thinking of what i can do besides buying a used 4G phone or paying full retail. I dont have a dummy phone or another line to upgrade, i have called VZN of different matters including my plan, apparently the new plans wouldnt be good fit for me in the sense of the tiered data plans, last month i used 10.5GB, I was like holy hell, i couldn't believe it haha. So I am stuck and i want a new 4G phone but i dont want to give up my unlimited data plan, believe or not i have read some articles online about how customers have been able to keep their unlimited data plan after June and upgrade to a new phone, i mentioned this to the Rep. and they mentioned that YES in some Super RARE occasions they have seen customers keep there old plans with new phones but no clue on how.
So if there are any Reps reading this and can help me, Please respond or anybody have some thoughts.
As you said in your post, you can pay full retail price for your phone or buy a used one off ebay or someplace similar. Some people are adding lines to their account and moving the new phone to the unlimited line, then placing a basic phone on the new line.
Whatever you decide, keep in mind that a number of people suspect that unlimited will be totally gone in the summer of 2014, after everyone with unlimited is off-contract.
Some people are adding lines to their account and moving the new phone to the unlimited line, then placing a basic phone on the new line.
To me that's silly. Ok it's $9.99 for the 2nd line. I my area with the taxes and fees, it's just under $14 per month. Basically $165 a year to get a phone at a discount. So if one keeps the phone 20 months did one save anything vs just paying full price upfront? Even if one saved as it worth all that hassle?
Apparently it is worth the hassle to some, as they've reported doing it. No, I don't think it saves any money in the long-run vs paying full price, but some folks are saying they can't afford to pay full price, so going the 'add a line' route is like getting the phone on installment. I'm not advocating for the option one way or the other, but simply am providing options.
Oh I know you weren't advocating anything. As I said I'm not sure if there is savings in that. Honestly I wish Verizon would put an end to stuff like that. And thing like using another family member's upgrade then swap phones to keep unlimited. Maybe Verizon should insist that an upgraded phone must stay on the line it was upgraded on for 90 days.
Brian68 you are incorrect about the cost of adding an additional line to a current individual plan. The cost for the second line is typically $30/month (plus taxes) for that second line. Example: Individual 450 minute plan ($39.99) to 2 phone 700 minute plan ($69.99).
The $9.99 add a line scenario only apply's when you are already on a family share plan which the OP has stated he is not. $30 x 20 months = $700 (or more adding taxes) , much more economical to buy at full retail price.
So basically im stuck, i dont want to pay full retail, best bet is buying used 4G for now.
depends on the phone you want. many people want 50-75% of full retail for newer phones, if not more
look for a phone thats @ 1yr old or so to get the price down
if your wanting a used iphone 5, just pay full retail, the people on craigs list and ebay think they are made of gold
My son recently got all of his phones upgraded without losing his plan. He told me he called Customer Service rather than doing it online. I haven't tried it yet and maybe it wouldn't happen for you or me, but he was able to keep what he had.
I can assure you he didn't get a discounted upgrade and keet his unlimited data.
>Comment deleted. Stay on topic and refrain from making comments on others< Sample this - despite her interest in Verizon, my wife renewed her Sprint contract, coz of the data limit on Verizon, and I am getting rid of my verizon and getting added to her plan. >Comment deleted<
For the records - I use about 1.5 GB/month of data on an average, so technically I should stick with Verizon. But I used less data 2.5 years back when I upgraded to a smartphone, and I chose Verizon because it was offering unlimited data. So I never needed more than 2GB till date, but I want to have the capability and the choice. Who wants to care for data usage?? Anyone of us comfortable keeping track of that? Verizon thinks that we are appleboys and will stick with it forever. But hey, I AM NOT AN APPLEBOY. Going forward, I would have Samsung GS3, and I plan to use video calling a lot. There are other similar usages lined up, and that will shoot my data usage to 4-5GB/month. I paid about double than my wife did...every month...because of the unlimited data plan, and now when I actually need it, Verizon is showing its true colors. Bye, bye Verizon...you are finished...like all good things you came to an end.>Comment deleted< There is no coming back now...even if you rectify your mistake, none of my family is going to trust you again...and I have a BIG family
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Early this week I dropped my HTC Thunderbolt and broke the screen. I purchased the phone at the local MyBullFrog Verizon store. I also purchase a warranty on the phone for $120. I was told that the warranty covered everything, I asked: "if i drop it in the lake is that covered?", I was told "YES". I asked if there was a deductible and was told "NO". The reason I asked is that I understood that in a couple of years the phone would be worth very little, so having any substantial deductible would make the purchase foolish (I'm many things, but foolish isn't one of them).
So I took my injured phone back to the local MyBullFrog store to be told that there is a $100 decuctable on the warranty plan, you got to be **** me? The two gals at the store didn't have the slightest interest in trying to help my or resolve anything. Just a stonewall. So I came home and dropped MyBullFrog an e-mail asking them to contact me to discuss my situation. NOTHING! Not even and acknowledgment of the email, Next day another e-mail, NOTHING!
Also at that time I was sold an unlimited data plan for $30 and was told that getting it at that time grandfather'd me in to that data plan for as long as I was a Verizon customer. Turned out to be another tale tail by the folks at MyBullFrog.
Decided I'd never do business with MyBullFrog ever again and purchase a new Droid HD. As we were doing the paperwork I was told that I'd lose my unlimited plan, are you **** me? The salesman was very polite and showed my the Verizon policy.
So my experience with Verizon and MyBullFrog has been a whole lot less than wonderful. Think the major problem was MyBullFrog, that said, have you tried to read thru the Verizon policy? Reads like something you'd expect from and attorney or maybe the US Congress!
For the record, my new phone is great and I lover Ice Cream Sandwich, can't wait to see what Jelly Bean has to offer.
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A couple of final points on this issue: One, within 12 hours I received an e-mail from Consumers Report stating that my note was of value and would be passed on to several individuals who are doing research on this issue. How about that, a quality consumer friendly company who actual answers their e-mail.
Two: a point was made that every warranty has a deductible; really! The point of my note is that MyBullFrog personal did not inform me of the deductible clause and in fact indicated that there was none. If I had been informed that there was a $100 deductible I would have refused it, knowing that the phone would have little value in less that the "new for two" period.
The other major issue with me is that I couldn't get anyone from Verizon to answer my e-mail and that I was treated badly by the staff at my local MyBullFrog store. I also sent two e-mails directly to MyBullFrog and received no answer to either of them. In opinion MyBullFrog needs to change their name; the Bull part needs to be kept and an appropriate word needs to be added after the Bull. I have a suggestion if anyone from MyBullFrog would like to contact me.