So I would very much like to upgrade to the iPhone 5 when it's available to pre-order this week. I currently have the iPhone 4S on a 2-year contract that I bought on launch day (October 14,2011). My brother, who has an Env-Touch, has been available for an upgrade for over a couple years now & he's ready to upgrade. If I transfer his upgrade to my line and buy the iPhone 5, could I give him my old iPhone 4S and he can just get the number transferred to my old iPhone? How does that kind of thing work, when you buy a phone off a family member?
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Is his phone on your account?? If not you can still do what you want but he will not be able to to upgrade again for 2 years. And if he has an unlimited data plan, he will lose it if you are planning on getting the device at a subsidized price
I called and talked to Verizon today about this same thing. I was told I would lose my unlimited plan if I did an alternate upgrade. However, if I used my wife's available update, to get the discount and replace her dumb phone. I could set it up using a "$30 2gb plan", instead of being forced out of my unlimited plan. Then I could imediatly reactivate her old phone with her old number and activate the new IPhone on my number. The 30gb plan would just cancel and and I would be charged $1 or so for the one day of use. If you are not concerned about being forced out of a plan you can do the same thing... and just do an alternate upgrade. Once you get the new phone activate it on your line. Then your old 4s will be free to be activated on your brothers line, (if his has a data plan).
if you have an umlimited data plan you will lose it if you use your verzion upgrade you have to pay full price for the phone to not lose it.
wow... sorry to be dense, but I don't get it. so if I have unlimited data on a family plan with 4 lines and 2 lines are now eligible for an upgrade (one is a smartphone one is not), I can't transfer one of them to my line and get the iphone 5 without losing my unlimited plan??
Upgrade one of the other lines first then switch the new iphone to your line and you can keep unlimited data. The contract on the other line is extended but you can switch the old phone back onto that line with no changes to your contract.