I've been stuck with my phone for the past 3 years and in desperate need of a new one. How can I upgrade my phone without losing my unlimited data plan. I've spoken to several Verizon reps who tell me something different every time. I've also heard of several ways to upgrade without losing it. Why can't we just be grandfathered in like AT&T does? This issue is extremely frustrating.
You can retain your unlimited data by not signing a new two-year contract for a subsidized phone. In other words, you'll need to pay full retail price, buy a used phone from somewhere like ebay or swappa, borrow a phone from a friend, add a line to get a subsidized phone (and then, of course, you'll be paying for that new line each month until its contract ends), or upgrade another line on the account (if one is available) and move the new phone to the unlimited line.
Thank you StreetDocRN for your reply and offer to help. One thing you might do for me is to tell me how to access the data usage function online. I cannot seem to find it nor is it available on my Jetpack. It says "not available.
Thanks for any help
There is two ways to preserve unlimited data.
1) pay full price for the phone. You keep unlimited data.
2) use Verizon device payment plan. Pay the full price over 12 months. You must make the first payment and full tax with a $2 finance charge on day of device purchase. Then 11 payments with a $2 finance charge each month there after.
Please note in both cases don't let Verizon tell you that you lose unlimited data. You do not. Or that it is just for tablets. They will lie to you to get you off unlimited data.
This must be done at a Verizon wireless corporate store only. No resellers.