Welp, LiveDiablo may not be so crazy after all, cause I was effectively told the SAME thing, a few minutes ago by a Verizon representative who checked TWICE at my request:
1. I am grandfathered in on the $59.95 broadband data plan (not Smartphone). I have a UM175 device. I use a lot of data.
2. I was interested in upgrading to Windows 8, which does not support the U175.
3. I called Verizon to verify that if got another 3G broadband device that was supported by Windows 8, that it would not negatively impact my grandfathered unlimited data status.
4. The first rep told me explicitly, no problem, any 3G device would not impact my grandfathered status.
5. Because I'm not a total idiot, I called back and talked to another representative. This one told me that if switched to another 3G broadband device, it WOULD impact my grandfathered status, totally the opposite of what the prior rep said. HOWEVER, she put me on hold and came back and told me that if I paid full price for any of their broadband products (and we're talking 4G here, not 3G since Verizon doesn't carry those any more), that I COULD keep my grandfathered unlimited $59.95 data plan. I found that most interesting, although I declined and told her I'd do nothing for the time being. First time ever heard of any option to keep the REAL unlimited data usage broadband plan under 4G.
So LiveDiablo's recount of his call with a Verizon rep, was indeed accurate. If I was going to do that, you can bet I'd want it in writing to me,, but found that very, very interestinig.
What was communicated to you is partially true.
1. If you buy a 3G device at full retail price you should be able to keep your old 3G Plan.
2. Word of Caution because its happen to so many people, If you buy a 4G device at full retail price Forget it.
You will not keep your old plan, they will change your plan. The ACSS Billing System does not allow 4G devices to be placed on 3G Price Plans.
While Verizon does not sell 3G Devices you can still pick one up from 3gstore around $54.99 to $69.99