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    Default [Instruction] How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon

    We all know that we want to keep our unlimited data plans if you are lucky enough to still have one and we also all probably don't want to pay full retail if we don't have to. Well, to help, I have an ongoing thread in the HTC Thunderbolt forums about keeping unlimited data and I wanted to clean that thread up a bit and post up a step by step set of instructions here of one method that you can use to keep unlimited data with Verizon Wireless. You can read through the thread here but the instructions below pretty much sum up the most common method without purchasing at full retail: http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...-question.html

    I have not completed this process as I am still waiting for the phone to arrive (Note 2) and once it does, I will edit this post and revise the instructions if need be. This is exactly how I am upgrading to the Note 2 while keeping unlimited. You can see in the Thunderbolt thread that this method has been verified to work previously and has also been verified by VZW that it will work. I don't always trust the VZW people but this is pretty straight forward and I can see how it works. Maybe an "insider" can post up their thoughts or any additional instructions.


    How to Keep Unlimited Data-Currently in a Family Share Plan-with this method, you must meet 2 criterion. First, you must currently already be on a Family Share (not Share Everything) plan and second, you need to have an upgrade available on a basic line that is currently on that plan.

    (1)Figure out which lines are available for upgrade within your plan. DO NOT use an upgrade that currently has unlimited unless you have no other choice because you will lose unlimited data on that line. Example: You have a family share plan with 3 lines. 2 are smartphones both with unlimited data and 1 is a basic phone with no data. You would want to use the basic phone line for the upgrade. If you only currently have 2 lines and both are smartphones with unlimited data, using this method, you will have to lose unlimited on one of the lines in order to upgrade but you can switch the newly purchased phone over to the unlimited line.

    (2)Use which ever line you chose for upgrade, ideally a basic line, and purchase the new phone at the subsidized price making sure that you are using the basic line upgrade and not your unlimited line upgrade. You will have to temporarily add data(choose the 2gb $30 plan) to that line and you'll see why in STEP (3).

    (3)Once you receive your new phone, activate it onto the line that you used to upgrade which will deactivate the current phone on that line.
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    Yeap and whenever one of the unlimited data lines qualifies for an upgrade TRANSFER THAT UPGRADE TO THE FEATURE PHONE LINE. RINSE AND REPEAT.



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    Default Re: [Instruction]How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon

    Quote Originally Posted by Droid3r View Post
    Yeap and whenever one of the unlimited data lines qualifies for an upgrade TRANSFER THAT UPGRADE TO THE FEATURE PHONE LINE. RINSE AND REPEAT.



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    I haven't verified that this would work yet and I do indeed have an upgrade available on my main unlimited line. What is the process for transferring upgrades?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckawd View Post
    I haven't verified that this would work yet and I do indeed have an upgrade available on my main unlimited line. What is the process for transferring upgrades?

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    Go to vzw website they give you the option of transferring an upgrade to another line

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    When it was time for me to upgrade my phone (Black Friday), the Verizon rep suggested that I open an extra line for each Unlimited Data line that I had and use that supposed basic line for my upgrades while keeping my unlimited data plan paying it month to month. All they would have to do is to switch the phone numbers and data plan so the unlimited plan is reflected on the new phone and the new lines have some cheap basic phones. After two years, upgrade the basic phones again and do the switch as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid3r View Post
    Go to vzw website they give you the option of transferring an upgrade to another line

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    Confirmed that this method works, but I had to call in to have the rep activate my phone.
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    I actually worked for a vzw retailer.
    In order to keep unlimited data you only need 1 extra line. (Your upgrade to line) it can be either a basic or smart without unlimited. Also that line has to have been in contract at some point. Might as well have an extra upgrade lying around too right?
    So anytime you want to upgrade one of your unlimited data lines activate to the basic/teir data line. Best part is you can use the upgrade from the line with unlimited data since that is not the activiating line it will not change the unlimited data lines features!!!
    I have done this exact thing with 6 or 7 of my friends lines.
    As you should know you can not do this on share everything and once you switch to share everything there is no switching back!!!!
    Good luck and if you have any questions pm me or post to the thread.
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    Does anyone know if this would work with the Nationwide Loyalty Share plan? I've been grandfathered for a LONG time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid3r View Post
    Yeap and whenever one of the unlimited data lines qualifies for an upgrade TRANSFER THAT UPGRADE TO THE FEATURE PHONE LINE. RINSE AND REPEAT.
    I just chatted a rep that said you will loose unlimited data if you use your upgrade in any way, including transfers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roonie Q View Post
    I just chatted a rep that said you will loose unlimited data if you use your upgrade in any way, including transfers.
    That's not true, though.
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    Default Re: [Instruction]How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon

    will this work for 3g upgrading to 4g? anyone have any luck?
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    I don't know why you needed to post this question 3 times in a row in 3 different threads, but yes, it works.

    Please see my thread/experience here: Very confused about upgrading and unlimited data..
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    its true in henderson nv . upgraded to new phoone lost unlimited

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnieusa View Post
    its true in henderson nv . upgraded to new phoone lost unlimited
    If you use the upgrade on the line that has unlimited without transferring it to another line, you will lose unlimited data on that line anywhere in the US. So don't do that if you want to keep unlimited data.

    However, if you transfer the upgrade from the unlimited data line to a line without unlimited data and use the transferred upgrade on that non-unlimited data line and then switch the device to the unlimited data line, you won't lose unlimited data on the line that had it.
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    As long as you do not directly upgrade to the unlimited data line is features will not change. That means if you use an upgrade that's on an unlimited data line on a non unlimited line it will not effect the unlimited data line. Then you can rearrange phones

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    I have the family plan not the shared everything with 2x unlimited data lines . Dummy line is eligible for upgrade. I would like to get the HTC DNA or S3 by adding data to the dummyline, activate it, deactivate it leaving it back to the dummyline and transfering it to my unlimited line with no penalties.

    My question is can I only get the new smartphone via Verizon or can I get it at BB, Sams club etc? And if yes, do I tell the workers there to activate, deactivate and activate on my unlimited data line?

    Thanks in advance
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    Will this also work if I want to use an upgrade from a tablet? My tablet is eligible for upgrade but my phone is not. On the tablet I have a 1 gig plan, and on my phone I have family share with unlimited data
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    Quote Originally Posted by khoos View Post
    I have the family plan not the shared everything with 2x unlimited data lines . Dummy line is eligible for upgrade. I would like to get the HTC DNA or S3 by adding data to the dummyline, activate it, deactivate it leaving it back to the dummyline and transfering it to my unlimited line with no penalties.

    My question is can I only get the new smartphone via Verizon or can I get it at BB, Sams club etc? And if yes, do I tell the workers there to activate, deactivate and activate on my unlimited data line?
    You can only do that at VZW without penalty. All of the 3rd party sellers, like Best Buy, charge you a $400 fee if you downgrade or remove your data plan before 181 days on the line that you used for the upgrade. You can of course move to a more expensive data plan without penalty.
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    I upgraded from a 3g samsung s1 to a galaxy note 2 on sat and there is a loop hole on the verizonwireless.com website that allow you to keep your unlimited data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Harding View Post
    I upgraded from a 3g samsung s1 to a galaxy note 2 on sat and there is a loop hole on the verizonwireless.com website that allow you to keep your unlimited data.
    What is the loop hole? Its it the same way as the above? TIA
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    Default Re: [Instruction]How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon

    \ I have seen where you go online and upgrade the unlimited line with another upgrade and it lets you keep unlimited. The other line loses the upgrade but they activate the phone straight to the unlimited account and it says you keep unlimited data
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    Ok, as I read the first post. I see that I may be in the cat bird seat. I have my main unlimited data line, I have a dummy non smart line. 9$ per month) its due for an upgrade. I also am on family share plan. It seems I'm in the best situation but ?I'm curious and confused as to what to do first and where and how to go about each step. I.e. Do I go to verizon store and get the phone I ultimately want via upgrading the dummy / non smart line to smart line and add cheapest dat?a
    plan to it? If that's right, then what is the very next move. Do I then go home
    and call to cancel the just added data plan or deactivate it then go back to Verizon and swap the new now deactivated phone over to my unlimited line???thanks. Typing on this forum stinks
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    I went ahead and got my DNA on Saturday. It has to be at the VZ store or VZ website. to get this done. I went to the store because I found an experienced employee that knows the loop hole. She did this all for me at the store.
    1. Add data to the dummy line choose your new smartphone
    2. Activate the new smartphone
    3. Deactivate and cancel the smartphone
    4. Transfer the smartphone to your line.

    TADA its done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dynomite1 View Post
    Ok, as I read the first post. I see that I may be in the cat bird seat. I have my main unlimited data line, I have a dummy non smart line. 9$ per month) its due for an upgrade. I also am on family share plan. It seems I'm in the best situation but ?I'm curious and confused as to what to do first and where and how to go about each step. I.e. Do I go to verizon store and get the phone I ultimately want via upgrading the dummy / non smart line to smart line and add cheapest dat?a
    plan to it? If that's right, then what is the very next move. Do I then go home
    and call to cancel the just added data plan or deactivate it then go back to Verizon and swap the new now deactivated phone over to my unlimited line???thanks. Typing on this forum stinks
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    Default Re: [Instruction]How to Keep Unlimited Data on Verizon

    How long does it have to be active for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefmcfuz View Post
    How long does it have to be active for?
    Ok, just did this yesterday. It's easy. As the op stated I first went to Verizon rep and explained my intentions. He looked kinda surprised and said yeah "I don't see why not". So he upgraded my second line (dumb phone) on the family share plan to the phone I ultimately wanted, Samsung Galaxy S3. After upgrade, he immediately deactivated the S3. Then he did a device swap on or esn swap on my bionic to the S3. Then he reactivated the original dumb phone like if was when I walked in. He stated himself that it not much different than if I bought the S3 outright and came in for a device swap. The key thinking is...... As long as you don't directly upgrade the unlimited line you are fine. It just shows as an esn switch. Just have to do the dirty work on a spare line and preferably a dumb phone. There were no data charges for the five second addition on the dumb line. It was very smooth. My theory as to why Verizon has not closed the loophole is as follows....... Because if you have several lines on a family share plan you should be able to move lines around within your plan all you want to. Closing that loop would stop you from control your phones within you family share plan. With that being said, I wasn't waiting around for the next best thing fearing that bug red would find a way to close the loop. Line they could say.... "anytime you upgrade any phone in your plan you loose unlimited data" who knows. So I got it while a could and this photo editing is the best I've ever owned hands down.
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