I am going to be signing up with another carrier for a few weeks to try it out. Am I able to simply suspend my Verizon account with the reduced $10 billing? I am getting mixed answers about this. Some say you can't suspend a nationwide plan for $10 and some say you can? Please let me know. Thanks!
Just contacted Verizon phone support and asked the same question. He had me on hold, while he was researching, but I didn't care since I wanted a definitive answer.
If you have a grandfathered plan and suspend it with $10 reduced billing, you will lose your grandfathered plan.
I suspected this might be the case, since Sprint does the same thing. With Sprint, they offer an $8.99 seasonal standby plan, the line is suspended and you pay $8.99. However, it is actually considered a separate plan, so when you switch to Seasonal Standby, it kicks out whatever plan you were on, in favor of the $8.99 standby plan.
When you come off of season standby, you are forced to chose a plan that is currently available at that time.
Verizon, after i spoke to the phone agent, has the same policy. The $10 Reduced Plan will kick out whatever plan you were on and make you choose from a currently available plan after you return.
Obviously, this means I would lose my grandfathered plan.
There are a couple options I can see:
1. Suspend your phone as Lost/Stolen for up to ONE MONTH without billing. After a month, I believe it would stay suspended, but you would be paying your normal monthly plan rates.
However, I think you can only do this once every 12 months.
2. Suck it up...LOL and pay your regular Verizon bill while you try the new carrier. Hope this helps.
Just wanted to add: If you are on a grandfathered plan with more than one line in a family plan, this isn't quite so dire, since you could put one line on $10 reduced billing and still put it back on the Grandfathered family plan, after you decided to reinstate.
However, anyone that is on a single line plan and goes to $10 reduced billing, would lose their grandfathered plan when they resumed.
The only other option I could see would be to have a representative fill out an inactive pricing request. However, that can be hit or miss, since you won't know whether your request will definitely be approved. It could be denied.
The policy, should they ever dig it up, is the reduced cost billing is only for certain circumstances. Like military deployment, long term illness, jail. Trying out the competition isn't cause. Besides, what if the other carrier stinks?
FYI most prepaid carriers coverage is not the same as postpaid. ATT for example, limits prepaid to ATT towers only, no partner towers. It can significantly effect coverage.