Keeping Unlimited -- Clarification, please

Andy Adler

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Hello all, and greetings from New Orleans. I need clarification on one or two points, please. Currently I have a galaxy S3 with an unlimited plan that is eligible for upgrade. I also have a $9.99 line with a dumb flip phone, and that line is also upgrade-eligible. If I activate a new One on that "dumb" line, can I simply take the SIM out of my S3 and put it into the One, and have my unlimited plan preserved (extended through 2015 on the new contract)? Of course I want to keep my current S3 number. Is any transferring of upgrades necessary (I'm thinking no, because the dumb line is already eligible)?

Many thanks in advance...A.
 

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When you get your new device, take it home, swap sims, and transfer numbers through my Verizon's website. Do not upgrade the S3's line.
 

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I did exactly that.
But...for some reason the SIM from my HTC DNA would not activate the 4G in the One so I had to use the SIM that came with the One.
The sales people at Verizon are familiar with the process. Just tell them that you want to use the upgrade on the "dumb phone" extending the contract 2 more years but use the new HTC One on your other line. Again, this exactly how I phrased it and they understood.
Be careful though, I did this same thing when the S3 came out....the salesman person said they understood but managed to take me off unlimited. We had to call VZW CS to fix it.

Good luck!

Hello all, and greetings from New Orleans. I need clarification on one or two points, please. Currently I have a galaxy S3 with an unlimited plan that is eligible for upgrade. I also have a $9.99 line with a dumb flip phone, and that line is also upgrade-eligible. If I activate a new One on that "dumb" line, can I simply take the SIM out of my S3 and put it into the One, and have my unlimited plan preserved (extended through 2015 on the new contract)? Of course I want to keep my current S3 number. Is any transferring of upgrades necessary (I'm thinking no, because the dumb line is already eligible)?

Many thanks in advance...A.
 

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Hello all, and greetings from New Orleans. I need clarification on one or two points, please. Currently I have a galaxy S3 with an unlimited plan that is eligible for upgrade. I also have a $9.99 line with a dumb flip phone, and that line is also upgrade-eligible. If I activate a new One on that "dumb" line, can I simply take the SIM out of my S3 and put it into the One, and have my unlimited plan preserved (extended through 2015 on the new contract)? Of course I want to keep my current S3 number. Is any transferring of upgrades necessary (I'm thinking no, because the dumb line is already eligible)?

Many thanks in advance...A.

Yes, you can. Activate it on the dummy line first. Then do all the switches after.

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Hello all, and greetings from New Orleans. I need clarification on one or two points, please. Currently I have a galaxy S3 with an unlimited plan that is eligible for upgrade. I also have a $9.99 line with a dumb flip phone, and that line is also upgrade-eligible. If I activate a new One on that "dumb" line, can I simply take the SIM out of my S3 and put it into the One, and have my unlimited plan preserved (extended through 2015 on the new contract)? Of course I want to keep my current S3 number. Is any transferring of upgrades necessary (I'm thinking no, because the dumb line is already eligible)?

Many thanks in advance...A.
Transfer upgrade to dumb phone line. Purchase and activate the One as an upgrade on the dumb phone line, adding the $30.00 for 2Gig data plan. Go home. Power off the One. Power on the dumb phone, dial *228, select option 1, when prompted enter phone number of the "dumb phone line" (you might also get prompted about the data feature not being compatible and will be removed), let it complete the activation and reboot the dumb phone. Once the dumb phone is back up and running, make a test call. If it works, take the SIM from your S3, and put it in your One.

Keep in mind, it can take some time for the device change to clear in Verizon's system. If there is any delays in Verizon's system, it will impact this process by not allowing you to change phones. Usually it takes a few minutes for the change to clear, but there are those times it can take over night.
 
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OK, I've ordered a One (online, to be delivered tomorrow morning) to be activated on my "dumb" line. So you're saying I must explicitly reactivate the dumb flip-phone on that line before my S3's SIM into the One. Can I bypass the whole *228 dance if I switch number assignments via My Verizon?

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OK, I've ordered a One (online, to be delivered tomorrow morning) to be activated on my "dumb" line. So you're saying I must explicitly reactivate the dumb flip-phone on that line before my S3's SIM into the One. Can I bypass the whole *228 dance if I switch number assignments via My Verizon?

Thanks again all...A.
Since Verizon's system doesn't like having 1 phone active on two lines at the same time (what you would be doing if you didn't activate the dumb phone before putting your S3 SIM in the One and turning it on), I would recommend re-activating the dumb phone first to reduce any potential issues.

As for avoiding *228. Even with using the web site to re-activate the dumb phone on the line, you usually have to do a *228 anyway. And its just as easy to by-pass the web site and do the *228, entering the line's phone number you want to activate the phone on as it is to go to your PC, log into the web site, click the links to activate, etc...
 

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I have a small, hopefully unimportant issue with my dummy line: the flip phone was originally a pay-as-you-go phone, which after 6 months is allowed to be put on a shared line. Verizon, however, for some reason hasn't yet recognized this fact, and still thinks it's a prepaid device. May have to go through customer service to sort things out.

I just don't want to somehow screw up and lose my unlimited service. So slow and steady it will be... :)
 

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I have a small, hopefully unimportant issue with my dummy line: the flip phone was originally a pay-as-you-go phone, which after 6 months is allowed to be put on a shared line. Verizon, however, for some reason hasn't yet recognized this fact, and still thinks it's a prepaid device. May have to go through customer service to sort things out.

I just don't want to somehow screw up and lose my unlimited service. So slow and steady it will be... :)
what phone is on that dumb phone line now? Vzw should allow it back on after the switch, but yeah it may require a person and makes it way more complicated and risky.

I know about the trying to use a pre-pay phone on post pay line. Did it many years ago with a moto V3Cpp phone, never used as PrePay, on my post paid line, before they closed a loop hole in their system. :) ahhh the "good old days" when I had time to hack.
 

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I hope you can keep it.. These guys above know what they are doing though! :).

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Phone arrived at 8:45 this morning (thanks, FedEx). Activated on my dumb line, then put the S3 SIM into the One, powered up the phone, and all is working normally with my S3 (unlimited) number. Can I now simply cancel the data portion of the dumb line, or must I still do some kind of explicit device switch via My Verizon?


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Phone arrived at 8:45 this morning (thanks, FedEx). Activated on my dumb line, then put the S3 SIM into the One, powered up the phone, and all is working normally with my S3 (unlimited) number. Can I now simply cancel the data portion of the dumb line, or must I still do some kind of explicit device switch via My Verizon?


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Wait. So the One was active on "Line2" and your S3 on "Line1" and you just pulled the SIM from the One, and put the "Line1" SIM into the One, leaving the "Line2" sim with no phone? Yes. I would recommend you activate an actual "dumb" phone on "Line2" as it will cancel the data, and make sure the ONE is no longer tied in any way to "Line2"... which is why I suggested you re-activate the dumb phone in post #5 of this thread.

If Verizon's system still thinks there is a Smart Phone on "Line2" it will not allow you to cancel data. IF their system has been improved to notice that particular One is now being used on another line, I don't know what status "line2" will be in.
 
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Andy Adler

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Understood. But I have come up with another solution. I'm going to move my daughter's Rezound from its current month-to-month plan to the line with the new contract extension. I will then cancel the month-to-month line.


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