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    Quote Originally Posted by dgcamero View Post
    I can not get anyone at Best Buy to help me out :-(

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    Hi

    Just want to let everybody know that the "transfer upgrade" technique still works as of 11/24/13. We were on our way to a Costco to try this but we passed by an independent Verizon store (authorized retailer, non-corporate?) so we stopped in.

    We've got 2 smart phones and 1 dumb phone. All with upgrades available.

    The guy at the independent Verizon Store initiated the conversation with us about upgrading. I told him we would if we could keep unlimited data. He said there's a way around things to keep unlimited. He did all the thinking and work. I've read this thread and other websites about this technique and I still don't understand how it works but it works! We paid $200 for 2 new phones each + $30 each new phone for the upgrade fee.

    Thanks guys.
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    @steven,

    You were able to upgrade and keep unlimited data? Maybe I misread?

    I'm currently on the old verizon nationwide talk and text plan, 1400/min w/ unlimited data on 2 smartphones.

    Our upgrades have been available for almost a month. Havent used them bc the vzw in-store rep said wed lose our unl data. I don't know what do, our contact is up at the end of Dec. I'd love to stick w/ vzw but I use so much data and the tier plans are insane. I don't have the cash for retail phones or I do that and stay off contact.

    Decisions, decisions...advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    @steven,

    You were able to upgrade and keep unlimited data? Maybe I misread?

    I'm currently on the old verizon nationwide talk and text plan, 1400/min w/ unlimited data on 2 smartphones.

    Our upgrades have been available for almost a month. Havent used them bc the vzw in-store rep said wed lose our unl data. I don't know what do, our contact is up at the end of Dec. I'd love to stick w/ vzw but I use so much data and the tier plans are insane. I don't have the cash for retail phones or I do that and stay off contact.

    Decisions, decisions...advice?

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    You need a limited line or dumbphone to be able to use the when around. Otherwise you can use one unlimited line first, losing unlimited. But then doing the work around and get a new second phone while keeping unlimited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    @steven,

    You were able to upgrade and keep unlimited data? Maybe I misread?

    I'm currently on the old verizon nationwide talk and text plan, 1400/min w/ unlimited data on 2 smartphones.

    Our upgrades have been available for almost a month. Havent used them bc the vzw in-store rep said wed lose our unl data. I don't know what do, our contact is up at the end of Dec. I'd love to stick w/ vzw but I use so much data and the tier plans are insane. I don't have the cash for retail phones or I do that and stay off contact.

    Decisions, decisions...advice?

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    You should try reading through this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Turtleman View Post
    You should try reading through this thread.

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    183 pages? Umm no thanks.

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  7. #1832  

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    183 pages? Umm no thanks.

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    There is a lot of help in here and the thread didn't get to 183 pages without anybody helping. His point is if you really want to keep unlimited bad enough you should put some effort into it instead of just asking questions right away. No effort so it really doesn't mean that much to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tx_tuff View Post
    There is a lot of help in here and the thread didn't get to 183 pages without anybody helping. His point is if you really want to keep unlimited bad enough you should put some effort into it instead of just asking questions right away. No effort so it really doesn't mean that much to you.

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    Agreed. If you wanna do it right, put a little work in and read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    @steven,

    You were able to upgrade and keep unlimited data? Maybe I misread?

    I'm currently on the old verizon nationwide talk and text plan, 1400/min w/ unlimited data on 2 smartphones.

    Our upgrades have been available for almost a month. Havent used them bc the vzw in-store rep said wed lose our unl data. I don't know what do, our contact is up at the end of Dec. I'd love to stick w/ vzw but I use so much data and the tier plans are insane. I don't have the cash for retail phones or I do that and stay off contact.

    Decisions, decisions...advice?

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    At least skim through the thread.

    Calculate the cost over 2 years. The cost is about the same if you get a 4GB plan or buy new phones off contract and keep your unlimted.

    It's my first whole day using my first phone with LTE and I've already used 1 GB. I usually do 2 GB/month with my old 3g iPhone 4. No way would I have got by with a teired plan!
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    Could someone confirm if I've got this down:
    1. My mom's smartphone line has unlimited data and is eligible for an upgrade.
    2. My dad's smartphone line is the only line in the family plan that isn't unlimited.
    3. I'm trying to upgrade my phone, which is also on unlimited data.
    4. So I transfer the upgrade from my mom's line to my dad's.
    5. Buy new phone and activate phone on my dad's line.
    6. Reactivate his old phone.
    7. Activate new phone on my line.


    Is this correct?

    Also, a relatively dumb question, do contacts get transferred when activating phones? To elaborate, will the new phone I buy have all my dad's contacts on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPKim View Post
    Could someone confirm if I've got this down:
    1. My mom's smartphone line has unlimited data and is eligible for an upgrade.
    2. My dad's smartphone line is the only line in the family plan that isn't unlimited.
    3. I'm trying to upgrade my phone, which is also on unlimited data.
    4. So I transfer the upgrade from my mom's line to my dad's.
    5. Buy new phone and activate phone on my dad's line.
    6. Reactivate his old phone.
    7. Activate new phone on my line.


    Is this correct?

    Also, a relatively dumb question, do contacts get transferred when activating phones? To elaborate, will the new phone I buy have all my dad's contacts on it?
    You can activate the phone without signing into anybodies account I believe. But if you have to sign in you just use your Google account and all your info will be put on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Robinson1 View Post
    At least skim through the thread.

    Calculate the cost over 2 years. The cost is about the same if you get a 4GB plan or buy new phones off contract and keep your unlimted.

    It's my first whole day using my first phone with LTE and I've already used 1 GB. I usually do 2 GB/month with my old 3g iPhone 4. No way would I have got by with a teired plan!
    I did skim through, there are so many responses that it's overwhelming. Everyone has there own unique situation. I have 2 phones on unlimited data with upgrades ready, contract ends next month. From what I've read in this thread, the only way to keep my unl data is through the dumb phone method or to buy 2 new phones at full retail, is that correct? Full retail is out of the question b/c I would be dropping around $1800 on phones. I'm not quite understanding the dumb line method which is my only hope I'm assuming. I'm confused on how adding another line wold allow us to upgrade our 2 phones and keep our unlimited data? I'm paying roughly $175 month now for 1400min/unl data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    I did skim through, there are so many responses that it's overwhelming. Everyone has there own unique situation. I have 2 phones on unlimited data with upgrades ready, contract ends next month. From what I've read in this thread, the only way to keep my unl data is through the dumb phone method or to buy 2 new phones at full retail, is that correct? Full retail is out of the question b/c I would be dropping around $1800 on phones. I'm not quite understanding the dumb line method which is my only hope I'm assuming. I'm confused on how adding another line wold allow us to upgrade our 2 phones and keep our unlimited data? I'm paying roughly $175 month now for 1400min/unl data.
    I also still don't understand 100% how or why the dumb phone method works. The guy at the store did everything.

    Once the confusing smoke clears, it's just important to make sure that:
    1) You'll still have unlimited data on the lines you want.
    2) Your bill won't increase (minus the upgrade fees)
    3) No early termination fees
    4) anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tx_tuff View Post
    You can activate the phone without signing into anybodies account I believe. But if you have to sign in you just use your Google account and all your info will be put on the phone.

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    Cool, thanks. Can you tell if I've got everything else down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPKim View Post
    Cool, thanks. Can you tell if I've got everything else down?
    Yes you do

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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    I did skim through, there are so many responses that it's overwhelming. Everyone has there own unique situation. I have 2 phones on unlimited data with upgrades ready, contract ends next month. From what I've read in this thread, the only way to keep my unl data is through the dumb phone method or to buy 2 new phones at full retail, is that correct? Full retail is out of the question b/c I would be dropping around $1800 on phones. I'm not quite understanding the dumb line method which is my only hope I'm assuming. I'm confused on how adding another line wold allow us to upgrade our 2 phones and keep our unlimited data? I'm paying roughly $175 month now for 1400min/unl data.
    It is my understanding that Verizon allows a customer to move phones within their own account to a different line. So the idea is you upgrade a dumb line with the phone you want then reactivate the dumb phone and move the new phone to a different line/number within that account. Transfer upgrade to the dumb line and repeat the process. You will still have a contract for two years on the new phones you upgraded but they are now on the phone numbers you wanted. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cozbyrt View Post
    It is my understanding that Verizon allows a customer to move phones within their own account to a different line. So the idea is you upgrade a dumb line with the phone you want then reactivate the dumb phone and move the new phone to a different line/number within that account. Transfer upgrade to the dumb line and repeat the process. You will still have a contract for two years on the new phones you upgraded but they are now on the phone numbers you wanted. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
    Ok so I'm paying 175/month for two phones. I get 1400min and unl data.

    Few questions..

    - Since I have two phones will I need two dummy lines? How much $ will be added to my month bill. This means ill have two open phone lines doing nothing?

    - My current plans stays the same, meaning my 1400min and data? But ill be able to get new phones at upgrade price but two yr contract will need to be renewed?



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    You only need one dummy line.....you can transfer an upgrade to it, get the new phone, then move that phone over to an unlimited line. Then you repeat the process with the upgrade from the other unlimited line...transferring the upgrade, getting the new phone, then switching that phone over to the unlimited line. If I read correct, the dummy line will cost you about $10/month additional.

    Your new "dummy line" will be under a 2 year contract, essentially locking you in. Your 2 unlimited lines will not be locked into the new contract.
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    Quote Originally Posted by took2089 View Post
    Costco best buy and Verizon it can be done at.
    I hope I can find a "nice" rep at either that will do this for me. I've decided on the HTC One and the Max plan realy seemed tempting only because I do not use data like I used to streaming music. I like the Edge plan if I had to get a 2 year contract due to the early upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofryj View Post
    You only need one dummy line.....you can transfer an upgrade to it, get the new phone, then move that phone over to an unlimited line. Then you repeat the process with the upgrade from the other unlimited line...transferring the upgrade, getting the new phone, then switching that phone over to the unlimited line. If I read correct, the dummy line will cost you about $10/month additional.

    Your new "dummy line" will be under a 2 year contract, essentially locking you in. Your 2 unlimited lines will not be locked into the new contract.
    I was told this tonight during the chat with a verizon rep on vzw.com

    I see ok so then here is what we can do for you! we add 2 ghost lines for $10 each a month and use the devices
    you get with that to transfer over and keep your unlimited data!

    You add a line as you normally would by ordering with me then you would follow a small process to
    manually accept the terms and conditions of the line whereby releasing your new device to be activated on
    your current line without disrupting the data leaving the new line deviceless and as a basic line so you can use
    that upgrade to keep unlimited each upgrade cycle.
    I would need two dummy phones?
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    No, you only need one dummy line. It can be on a single line plan or part of a family plan, but it must be on the same account for the transfer to work.

    1. The line or lines that transfer the upgrade to the basic line---i.e. the ones that have Unlimited Data in the first place---can be considered the "donating" lines, since they are transferring their upgrade to a line that isn't upgrade eligible.

    2. The basic or tiered line that doesn't have unlimited data and is not normally eligible for an upgrade, can be thought of as the "receiving" line, since it is receiving an upgrade from the donating line.

    The receiving line can accept multiple upgrades from multiple donating lines, so that's why you only need one per account.

    When a donating line transfers an upgrade to a receiving line, the donating line will have their contract extended for 2 years but keep unlimited data.

    The receiving line will lose unlimited data if they had it, or get a tiered data plan regardless. However, it will NOT have the contract extended.
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    Im all set to do this, but one thing that i need to know is...will this ONLY work if i purchase the phone from verizon?

    I want to purchase the phone from amazon or radioshack, would it still work?
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    Hi everyone,

    Great thread. Learned a lot of information. I would just like to verify that I would still be able to do the following as Motorola has a sweet off-contract deal for the Moto X on this coming Monday (32Gb for $400) and will grab that in case the following does not work.

    I'm on a family plan with the following set up:
    Mom - smartphone - 2Gb
    Dad - smartphone - 2Gb
    Myself - smartphone - unlimited - upgrade available
    Brother - smartphone - unlimited - upgrade available
    Sister - smartphone - 2Gb

    Proposed method: I transfer my upgrade to, and purchase the Moto X through my mom's line. Moto X arrives at my door and I activate it as planned on her account. I then deactivate the Moto X, and reactivate her phone. Leaving the Moto X to be activated on my line and allowing me to retire the ol' Bionic.

    Hopeful outcome: I have Moto X on my line with unlimited. She keeps her fruit phone with 2Gb limit. All is happy.

    Am I missing anything?

    Any information is helpful, and thank you to those who've already contributed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kancerstick View Post
    Im all set to do this, but one thing that i need to know is...will this ONLY work if i purchase the phone from verizon?

    I want to purchase the phone from amazon or radioshack, would it still work?
    Seems to me that there are two scenarios -- with regard to switching lines -- which might (or might not) trigger a deactivation -- with a 3rd party vendor (such as Amazon or Wirefly).

    1) Upgrade (or Add) Dummy Line with Tiered Data Plan -- transfer upgrade to it -- then downgrade Tiered Data Plan to Basic later (after switching lines.)

    or

    2) Existing Line already HAS SmartPhone with Tiered Data Plan -- transfer upgrade to it -- no change in Services/Data Plan afterwards (after switching lines).

    In Scenario 1 -- Verizon loses revenue. (Going from Tiered Data Plan to Basic.)

    In Scenario 2 -- no loss of revenue.

    Therefore, it seems more likely that Scenario 1 would trigger a deactivation -- and kick in the Secondary ETF. Make sense? (And would explain why some folks have reported no issue with it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by drpepsi View Post
    183 pages? Umm no thanks.

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    You could read the original post.

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