questionsshould i keep verizon and upgrade?

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If you take the discounted upgrade you lose the unlimited data. If unlimited is important to you you're better off keeping the phone you have.

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@samstag is correct, to my understanding. Upgrading means losing your unlimited data. I'd definitely avoid an iPhone as you're basically already invested in Android.

Don't let losing unlimited data discourage you from an upgrade though. When I upgrade I know I'll be losing it but most of my phone data is through wifi, so it doesn't count against me. So for me personally, 2 gigs should be plenty. But you could be different, of course. I'd recommend starting by checking your data usage. If you are consistently over 2 gigs a month, then you might want to avoid the upgrade.

Another alternative is to buy a new phone yourself (or a refurb of the one you've got now) and take it to a Verizon store so they can do a swap. I've had this done without question in the past and my roommate just did it less than a month ago. None of these involved smart phones though, so I don't know if the rules are different. [cont]

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If you bring the old phone and a new and just tell them the old one broke, it should be ok. But this is something I would check with the store before buying a new phone. I'd ask about both circumstances too. Something along the lines of "My phone isn't charging anymore, if I buy a new one online and bring it in, can you activate it for me?"

I don't see them treating smart phones any differently in that respect, but it's always good to make sure. It might not be the most powerful phone, but it could let you keep your unlimited data.

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You don't need to play any games to keep the unlimited data. You only lose it if you take an upgrade offer to get a new phone at reduced price. You can buy a new/used verizon phone at full price and just have them transfer the account to the new phone.

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The Verizon guy I talked to yesterday said I was OK if I change now. I will be watching closely if I do upgrade to make sure. I was planning to stay with my current phone until this new pricing plan. I am thinking I should get a newer phone to last longer with the unlimited data.

It is not a critical thing but it sort of makes sense or I am trying to talk myself into spending for a faster phone that I do not really need. Talking to a Verizon salesman is not the one for advice!

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I have added phones to my account and I am not worried about that if I buy one somewhere else. The price difference without a contract is quite a bit. I will likely wait until they come down some if I go that route. I am leary with used from unknown people.

I do use 2+ data. I checke dmy account when I was pricing some options.

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I left AT&T and am giving Boost Mobile a try. Up until now I haven't had a smart-phone or data plan (got both of those with Boost). Even factoring in the cost of buying the phone it's still cheaper over the two years than a new contract would have been and that was on my old plan which only had calling and texting.

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@hossdawg97: I did the same thing. I get unlimited everything for $45 a month (not Boost, but a similar deal). I haven't seen a data cap or slowdown yet.
I bought an unlocked, used, android phone for $100, and they sent me a sim card.
I figure that even after the price of the phone, I am saving $500 a year.