1. sandblaster109's Avatar
    I have an old Iphone 4 and am willing to buy a new phone outright if needed. I was told by the rep at one Verizon store that I would not be able to keep my plan even if I bought the phone or brought in a used phone...basically no matter what I did I would lose my plan. So of course I did not want to spend a bunch of money and then lose my plan anyway. So I'm reading the old threads on here (from about a year ago) that they were telling people this and it was a lie, but I'm wondering if it is still a lie or if they have cracked down on these plans now.

    If I can still keep my plan what is the cleanest way to do it.

    Also if I were to buy a gently used phone (I've looked a lot on the site Swappa) what am I looking for in terms of long term functionality. Clearly I've been happy living with an old phone for a while so I'm not one who needs to upgrade frequently (mine is 8g and is out of memory) but I want to be able to keep this next phone for a long time. I was looking at the 5S but thought maybe I just need to go ahead and move on the the 6? Also do I need to stay away from the ones that say factory unlocked or unlocked? Will those work with Verizon?

    Also I'm a little confused about SIM cards as my current phone does not have one. Do the phones I might buy online come with one or would I need to try to obtain one from Verizon?

    I appreciate anyone who is willing to walk me through this process. Thanks in advance.
    12-01-2014 10:43 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    I believe Verizon has discontinued unlimited plans for everyone but those that still have them - and a change of equipment will require changing to a currently available plan.
    12-01-2014 11:33 AM
  3. sandblaster109's Avatar
    Ok well I do have and have had unlimited for many years. I was told at one store as long as I bought the phone at full retail I could keep it yet while I was visiting family over the holidays and planned to buy the phone I was then told this story that I could not keep the plan under any circumstances.

    I just didn't know if I was getting the runaround or if the rules had changed.

    Thanks
    12-01-2014 01:12 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Ok well I do have and have had unlimited for many years. I was told at one store as long as I bought the phone at full retail I could keep it yet while I was visiting family over the holidays and planned to buy the phone I was then told this story that I could not keep the plan under any circumstances.

    I just didn't know if I was getting the runaround or if the rules had changed.

    Thanks
    Check these forums. I could swear I've seen fairly recent postings about how people got around this and kept unlimited data. Something to do with creating a data only iPad line. But I'm on AT&T so I don't know the details.
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    12-01-2014 01:20 PM
  5. travo112's Avatar
    If you purchase at full retail you can still keep your unlimited. I just was able to go through the process online choosing full price and it did not make me change my data plan, as it has allowed numerous times before. I also contacted people I worked with when I worked for verizon and they confirmed that this has not changed.
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    12-01-2014 01:27 PM
  6. sandblaster109's Avatar
    So it sounds like purchasing online is a better choice than buying a gently used phone which I assume has to be taken in the store to be activated?
    12-01-2014 04:43 PM
  7. HankAZ's Avatar
    Check these forums. I could swear I've seen fairly recent postings about how people got around this and kept unlimited data. Something to do with creating a data only iPad line. But I'm on AT&T so I don't know the details.
    Likewise, I’m with AT&T, so I am not an authority on what VZW does. My son is a cop, and as a city employee, their corporate sponsorship with VZW does continue to allow them to get subsidized phones and retain their unlimited data. That may very well be a "one off", but if the OP has a corporate sponsorship deal, he may be able to keep the unlimited data. Or not.
    12-01-2014 06:28 PM
  8. IamMasterChat's Avatar
    Also I'm a little confused about SIM cards as my current phone does not have one. Do the phones I might buy online come with one or would I need to try to obtain one from Verizon?


    =====GSM phones uses sim cards but CDMA phones don't have sim cards. I think Verizon only has CDMA phones.
    12-02-2014 08:23 AM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Also I'm a little confused about SIM cards as my current phone does not have one. Do the phones I might buy online come with one or would I need to try to obtain one from Verizon?


    =====GSM phones uses sim cards but CDMA phones don't have sim cards. I think Verizon only has CDMA phones.
    That was true before LTE. Verizon phones that support LTE have a SIM card but also have a CDMA radio for voice and fall back 3G data.
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    12-02-2014 09:17 AM
  10. kdeckels's Avatar
    With Verizon you can buy a used phone & they will give you a SIM card & activate it for you for free as long as it's a corporate store - at least in my area. I've done it several times & still have my unlimited. If you already have the sim you can do it online.
    12-02-2014 10:42 PM
  11. craftEcowgirl's Avatar
    I have Samsung note 2 with Verizon and it has a sim card. I plan on buying an Iphone 6 plus soon, going to buy at full price and keep my unlimited data
    12-08-2014 02:40 PM

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