06-13-2015 03:06 AM
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  1. Climb14er's Avatar
    These newer phones are getting very expensive when you've got a UDP and you're off contract and have to pay full price.

    What are you folks doing? Paying full retail to keep your UDP?

    I just received a warranty replacement for my S4 from Verizon/Asurion due to my previous S4 breaking down and operating horribly.

    I can't see dropping $900 or more on a new phone. Maybe others can... just to keep UDP.

    If I have to, I'll buy new. But...

    Your thoughts? Your secrets?
    03-05-2015 11:40 AM
  2. aokusman's Avatar
    If you current phone works there is no need to get a new phone. Also phones have different prices from high to low. It's your choice to either spend $900 or $200 on a phone. My phone purchases since 2012

    Note 1 ..$300 contract
    HTC m7...$650 unlocked
    IPhone 5s...$750 unlocked
    Lg g2 ....$230 used
    iPhone 6plus...$850 unlocked.
    03-05-2015 11:56 AM
  3. cardboard60's Avatar
    If you call the carrier you are with. You can ask them how much data are you using in a month.
    I did . And I was using nowhere I thought I was. Asked if it wouldn't benefit me to go on a family plan. I really saved money every onth and got to add Hotspot where I can set up phone up and use my computer.
    Both the wife and me share 10gb and we live on the phone and have never came close to 10gb a month.

    Something to think about.
    In the long run the unlimited plan may hurt you.
    Some carries has said they were gonna discontinue it.
    And its making you pay more for new phones.
    03-05-2015 11:58 AM
  4. smalba's Avatar
    I'm on sprint with unlimited everything and I've been upgrading under contract and have not lost my unlimited. Who is your carrier and why are they forcing you to give up unlimited?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-05-2015 12:08 PM
  5. Almeuit's Avatar
    It depends on your data needs ... to me $900 for a phone is way less than the monthly cost of my data usage. I would be paying around $900-2k a month in data overage (even if I had the max plan) lol.
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    03-05-2015 12:16 PM
  6. Almeuit's Avatar
    I'm on sprint with unlimited everything and I've been upgrading under contract and have not lost my unlimited. Who is your carrier and why are they forcing you to give up unlimited?

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    He is talking about Verizon. Added it to the title to prevent confusion.
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    03-05-2015 12:17 PM
  7. Climb14er's Avatar
    Yes... Verizon, been with them long time. Use 10 to 20 gb depending on travel requirements. Sometimes 5 gb if I'm at home working on secured wifi.

    Have been on these threads since S6 was talked about months ago. And yes, the refurbished S4 is working well now that the old one was replaced.

    VZ offered me 6 gb and on contract with subsidized phone. That's big come down from UDP.

    Might just stay on insurance like I've always carried... and replace defective phones with whatever Samsung they have available.

    Just asking you folks as you might have better insight than me.

    Appreciate.
    03-05-2015 12:28 PM
  8. ibcop's Avatar
    You could always wait a bit after launch and wait tor the re-sells to hit the Marketplace here or Swappa. You'll be able to get a mint device for less than full retail. I'll probably spring for the S6 Edge and pick up the M9 from Swappa if the camera pans out.
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    03-05-2015 12:49 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    You could always wait a bit after launch and wait tor the re-sells to hit the Marketplace here or Swappa. You'll be able to get a mint device for less than full retail. I'll probably spring for the S6 Edge and pick up the M9 from Swappa if the camera pans out.
    This is an excellent idea! I would keep an eye out @Climb14er.
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    03-05-2015 12:58 PM
  10. AspenQn's Avatar
    Climb14er...how did you get VZW to offer you 6gb and go on contract for a subsidized phone?

    I currently have a S4 but want to upgrade to the S6, but since I have unlimited data, the outright cost will probably be astronomical. I'm thinking about going ahead and selling my S4 on Swappa now before the glut of phones hit, but since I sold my last phone (S3) to pay for the S4, will have to revert back to the original Galaxy Fascinate until the new phones become available. However I really need to look at switching -- hubby is transitioning from a company phone to paying for his own and we could go on a shared plan if it was cost beneficial. I've just been extremely reluctant to give up unlimited data...
    03-05-2015 02:36 PM
  11. Climb14er's Avatar
    Climb14er...how did you get VZW to offer you 6gb and go on contract for a subsidized phone?

    I currently have a S4 but want to upgrade to the S6, but since I have unlimited data, the outright cost will probably be astronomical. I'm thinking about going ahead and selling my S4 on Swappa now before the glut of phones hit, but since I sold my last phone (S3) to pay for the S4, will have to revert back to the original Galaxy Fascinate until the new phones become available. However I really need to look at switching -- hubby is transitioning from a company phone to paying for his own and we could go on a shared plan if it was cost beneficial. I've just been extremely reluctant to give up unlimited data...
    The reps and supervisors offered me 6 gb and subsidized pricing if I switch and give up UDP. I had them put this in my notes. Btw... I've got a business acct... don't know if this matters.

    They WANT us to give it up! Making us pay full retail is one way they're pushing us.

    The 6gb was a 'teaser' to get me back on contract and pay less for phone.

    I, like you and many others... do not want to give up UDP. VZ doesn't like this... but they like the monthly bill we pay and our loyalty. Right?

    Good luck... and be firm with them! They want to keep our business... albeit at a higher cost to us.
    03-05-2015 02:57 PM
  12. AspenQn's Avatar
    I am soooo confused. I have had a single plan with unlimited data forever, but now that I'm trying to figure what is more cost effective with having to add my husband into the mix, I am thrown for a loop. I just got off the phone with the VZW Loyalty Department but she was of NO HELP...talked so fast that she couldn't even understand herself!

    I guess I am confused if it would be better for me to keep my own plan and let him have his own plan, or if we would be better off by going with something like a More Everything Plan and sharing about 6gbs of data...but then when you throw in the added mix of something she called Verizon Edge to further reduce things, she totally lost me. Bottom line is that I want to upgrade to the new S6 and my husband will probably want a new iPhone. I typically keep a phone and upgrade every couple of years, he's been at the whim of his employer as far as upgrades, but he will probably stay on a new phone every 2 years now that he is responsible for his phone.

    Any thoughts from someone who has experience in dealing with all of this? They make it so much harder than it needs to be...
    03-05-2015 03:27 PM
  13. debdroid1a's Avatar
    I was with Verizon and had unlimited. Needed a new phone, 3 Droid 4's in the last year of using. If you upgrade without saying you're on unlimited, they will kick you off, happened to my cousin who was told it was for life when she first got it, and now she has a huge bill.

    I had two choices with Verizon Unlimited. Buy a new phone and add a monthly amount to my contract or pay out right for the new phone. Or buy a used phone. Either way my monthly amount wouldn't go down even though I didn't "upgrade".

    A family plan that offers more GB might work for those with more then one person. When I was thinking of upgrading, last I heard you had to ask for 6GB and go to a corporate store. I use up to 10gb a month and sometimes more.Currently I've used 6.2GB and my billing ends on the 15th.

    I ended up going to T-Mobile. My dad had it and a coworker had it (both had Samsung Galaxies), so I felt okay with it. They have unlimited. I now pay for my phone in monthly installments added to my bill, which is still less then Verizon. Only time I get lagging or no data is on Sundays. I guess when everyone is home watching Netflix. But that's just maybe once a month. By the way, I had to go to the Verizon store for my account number and the guy, looking at my account, offered me 2 gb and I had used 10gb that month.
    03-05-2015 04:51 PM
  14. GreenghostUvln's Avatar
    If you call the carrier you are with. You can ask them how much data are you using in a month.
    I did . And I was using nowhere I thought I was. Asked if it wouldn't benefit me to go on a family plan. I really saved money every onth and got to add Hotspot where I can set up phone up and use my computer.
    Both the wife and me share 10gb and we live on the phone and have never came close to 10gb a month.

    Something to think about.
    In the long run the unlimited plan may hurt you.
    Some carries has said they were gonna discontinue it.
    And its making you pay more for new phones.
    Who??

    Sent from my T-Mobile Galaxy S4 rockin 5.0.1
    03-06-2015 02:21 AM
  15. PsychDoc's Avatar
    Just be aware that UDP is not a guarantee for life so even if you pay full retail for your phone, don't be surprised at some point if Vz pulls the plug on you (and everyone else with an UDP). Look at your paperwork and you'll see that this is not guaranteed for the future. It just states that that is what you have right now.
    03-06-2015 05:57 AM
  16. Cigar-Junkie's Avatar
    I looked at my data use and decided it wasn't worth the hassle and expense to keep unlimited. With available WiFi I think it is difficult to go over 10GB for a plan but that is just music calls and checking email. If you watch a fair amount of movie and YouTube all bets are off.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    03-06-2015 06:26 AM
  17. debdroid1a's Avatar
    Just be aware that UDP is not a guarantee for life so even if you pay full retail for your phone, don't be surprised at some point if Vz pulls the plug on you (and everyone else with an UDP). Look at your paperwork and you'll see that this is not guaranteed for the future. It just states that that is what you have right now.
    That's true. All carriers have that in their contact. They can change any plan at any time. However UDP has been unavailable for 2 years. People are dropping off and I doubt Verizon cares at this point. Since they haven't canceled it, you may not need to worry. If the do stop it, and you've bought a phone outright and don't renew a contact, you can leave Verizon or get a suitable plan for your needs.

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    03-06-2015 07:45 AM
  18. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    until Best Buy goes out of business, anyone with UDP can continue to upgrade at contract prices and keep UDP.
    This is what I plan to do. Although my upgrade isn't until May so if it comes out before then, I'll just buy it full price and then when my upgrade comes around I'll go through Best Buy and just sell that one to recoup the costs.
    03-06-2015 08:00 AM
  19. Climb14er's Avatar
    There's no more keeping the UDP option at Best Buy. If you buy on any subsidized plan. Went there earlier. Gone away for good.
    03-06-2015 01:44 PM
  20. Stanley Kubrick's Avatar
    Personally if I want a new phone (Galaxy s6 edge to replace HTC M8) I just pay the piper. Then I sell the "old" phone and usually get half or more than what I paid up front. So really I am only paying about half of what a new phone costs. Lost UDP long ago and never really needed it. Don't watch anything on a 5" screen but rather on my 82" DLP!
    03-06-2015 02:13 PM
  21. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    There's no more keeping the UDP option at Best Buy. If you buy on any subsidized plan. Went there earlier. Gone away for good.
    There's a workaround. You can't do it in store though.

    Edit: unless you go near closing time and get an employee who doesn't want to do any work lol
    03-06-2015 02:32 PM
  22. ellisz's Avatar
    Can you upgrade a line with the 2gb data option and then swap the sim card? I could take the upgrade from one of my kids and give them my S4!

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-19-2015 12:31 PM
  23. KJ78's Avatar
    I pay cash as I'm on an UDP. I'm good for 10+ gb/month. It only takes a few months to repay my investment so it's a no brainer. I'll sell my prior device and recoup some of the cost too.
    03-19-2015 03:56 PM
  24. aokusman's Avatar
    These newer phones are getting very expensive when you've got a UDP and you're off contract and have to pay full price.

    What are you folks doing? Paying full retail to keep your UDP?

    I just received a warranty replacement for my S4 from Verizon/Asurion due to my previous S4 breaking down and operating horribly.

    I can't see dropping $900 or more on a new phone. Maybe others can... just to keep UDP.

    If I have to, I'll buy new. But...

    Your thoughts? Your secrets?
    Who says you have to drop $900 on a new phone? There are plenty of ways to get phones for less. My case I dropped $650 on the M7, then $750 on the 5s, then $230 on a mint used g2 and then $500 on a mint note 4.
    03-19-2015 04:06 PM
  25. Climb14er's Avatar
    Who says you have to drop $900 on a new phone? There are plenty of ways to get phones for less. My case I dropped $650 on the M7, then $750 on the 5s, then $230 on a mint used g2 and then $500 on a mint note 4.
    The phone with 64mb to 128mb plus accessories with tax will be approaching eight to nine hundred bucks.

    I've already made my decision and will be keeping my recently received S4 warranty replacement and bought a new Samsung battery off of ebay to go along with my other three used batteries as spares.

    The S4 I've decided is working very well and I'm in no hurry or haste to upgrade to the S6 at the moment even though I've been waiting on the S6 for sometime.
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    03-19-2015 05:25 PM
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