1. badkitties's Avatar
    I have a two lines on my Verizon account.

    Line 1 = unlimited data, still under contract

    Line 2 = basic phone, data block on the line, out of contract

    (this question is not about keeping unlimited at all)

    If I use Line 2 and order a new Verizon smartphone from BestBuy.com,
    will I be stuck with the 2-year $30 data requirement? (assuming that I do
    not power on the phone upon receipt and remove/destroy the SIM card
    immediately) I will continue to use the existing basic phone on that line
    for another 2 or more years.

    I'm getting so many conflicting answers from all over the place. Just trying
    to get a definitive answer. (yes, I realize nobody can GUARANTEE anything )

    Thanks!
    08-27-2016 11:20 PM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    Yes the contract is still valid.
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    08-27-2016 11:23 PM
  3. badkitties's Avatar
    Yes the contract is still valid.
    but if I use the upgrade to buy a basic flip phone, then data plan will still not be required, right?

    Thanks!
    08-27-2016 11:27 PM
  4. Mr. Toad's Avatar
    If you throw away the sim and never turn on the phone the data will not be added to the account.

    If you switch phones or call *228 the data will be added to the account. Probably for the next 2 years...
    08-28-2016 12:05 AM
  5. badkitties's Avatar
    If you throw away the sim and never turn on the phone the data will not be added to the account.

    If you switch phones or call *228 the data will be added to the account. Probably for the next 2 years...
    what happens if I throw away the SIM and put a foreign(UK or German) SIM card and use the phone to roam in the US on T-Mobile or AT&T networks?

    thanks!
    08-28-2016 12:10 AM
  6. Mr. Toad's Avatar
    what happens if I throw away the SIM and put a foreign(UK or German) SIM card and use the phone to roam in the US on T-Mobile or AT&T networks?

    thanks!
    You will still be bound by the two year contract subject to the ETF if you cancel.
    08-28-2016 09:28 AM
  7. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    My understanding is if you buy a new phone on a contract, they check your upgrade eligibility and once bought they activate the phone which then notifies the provider and then you're locked into your two year contract. However, if you buy the phone outright at full cost, that's it, you're done. Do with it what you will.
    08-28-2016 09:34 AM
  8. Rukbat's Avatar
    The contract has nothing to do with the SIM - if you buy the phone with the contract, y9ou're stuck with the contract. (And with a Verizon phone, unless it also has GSM capability, you're stuck with Verizon.)

    If you want a phone without being stuck on a data plan you'll have to buy one for the retail price (look on Amazon for the outright purchase price for the phone you're interested in. If it's a high-end Android, you're probably looking at $600 and up.)
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-28-2016 01:26 PM
  9. RHChan84's Avatar
    Doesn't matter if you keep the SIM or not or power it up. Best buy will scan the phone so they know which serial number you have and activate it on the line you want. So all that data is already done before you turn on the phone. They power it up to make sure it's working and that's it.

    Pay full price if you don't want a 2 year contract and so that your phone bill doesn't go up.
    08-29-2016 12:08 AM

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