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Top message:  Galaxy S4 Release by sparker781   Mar 19, 2013, 6:42 PM

Replying to:  Re: Galaxy S4 Release by sparker781   Mar 20, 2013, 10:42 AM

Re: Galaxy S4 Release

by Below.Me    Mar 20, 2013, 12:04 PM

sparker781 said:

I am but people keep telling me I can't keep it....How do I keep the unlimited data? or find out if I'm grandfathered in?

It has been stated many times that that only way to keep the unlimited data feature is to purchase a phone at full retail price or buy a used device on ebay, craigslist or anywhere on line that will not renew your contract. There is no more "grandfathered in" in regards to unlimited data.

There is no secret way of getting to keep it at the store, over the phone, or online.

You could add a line of service to get the phone you want. Pay for the discounted phone. Then cancel the line of sevice and only pay the termination fee, activation fee, and partial month service charges. At this point the phone has a clean history and can be activated on any account.

Depending on the device it might save you a little bit.

Example Math:

Best Buy Sells the S3 for 99.99 with a 2 year

99.99 for phone
350 term fee if cancelled first month
35 activation fee
50 estimated prorated plan charges and taxes

$535 total estimated charges. So you save $65 off the listed full retail price that Verizon has at $599.99 on their website

So if you want to put up with a couple strange looking bills, it is technically a way of keeping your unlimited data.

Scenario 2. If you have a family share plan and want to minimize upfront out of pocket cost.

You can add a line of service and switch the device to a basic phone if you have one around somewhere. Then activate the new smartphone on your number and keep the unlimited data.

Adding a basic phone to an old family share plan is only 9.99 a month. so there is a slight increase in your monthly service and you have a backup number for home use.

99.99 s3 at best buy
35 activation fee
336 estimated $14 monthly service riding the contract to zero term fee on the number over 24 months

$470 total cost for a savings of $130

There are ways of keeping unlimited data if you jump through these hoops.

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