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Current Verizon Customers Won’t Ever Be Affected by Tiered Data, Only New Customers and Lines?

Yesterday was filled with the not-so-exciting news of tiered data plans that will launch at Verizon Wireless on July 7.  The whole day got kicked off when we received an initial pricing tip on how the plans would be structured which was then followed up by an employee email that hit more than a few major tech sites, including ours.  And after all of that settled, the executive director of communications for Big Red came out and confirmed that “usage based” plans would indeed be starting next month.  It was a wild ride, but we may have some news that will brighten up your day as an existing VZW customer.  

According to our friends on the inside and that screenshot above (which is unfortunately partially cut off), existing customers may be able to keep their current pricing and data plan when renewing or upgrading as long as they are locked in prior to 7/7.  And from what we’ve been told, that’s a forever type of thing – as in, you can upgrade a year from now and still hang out with your best friend, the unlimited data plan.  At the same time though, they only gave you one more New Every 2 after it was cancelled, so let’s not get too invested into forever.

With that said, we want to make sure you understand that this is for current or contracts that were just signed prior to 7/7.  What that means is if you add a smartphone line after that date, it will receive tiered pricing even though your other lines will all remain unlimited.

Update:  A non-cut off picture of the same document (Cheers @michaelfagan!):

Sound too good to be true?  It almost does to us too, but we’ve heard this a couple of times over the last day and a half.   File it away as a semi-rumor for now, until we hear something official from Verizon.

Cheers TheGhostbuster007!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristyn-Marley/1275841541 Kristyn Marley

    I called Verizon and spoke w/2 different ppl. they said they know NOTHING about it!!

  • Nate

    I’m confused. I don’t have a smartphone but am planning on getting a Droid 3 which is rumored to be released on, you guessed it, July 7. I’ve been in a family plan for a long time. Do you only get to keep unlimited if you already have it? And does this sound like a good idea: buy a Droid x2 (probably same pricing as Droid 3) under 2 year contract (I’m eligible for an upgrade) on July 6 and trade it in (can you trade in a phone within 14 days for free if it’s equal price?) when the Droid 3 is released. Help please! I hate my LG dare ssssoooooooooo much :(

  • Kornfag11

    Droid-life mentioned on Fox 8 news Cleveland this morning! They used your tiered data pricing for version.

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  • 737FRI

    If you have an unlimited data plan for a feature phone, can you keep that plan if you wanted to upgrade to a smartphone?

  • Anonymous

    If people are getting different answers from the reps, phone calls etc then it’s pretty obvious that nobody knows. Just because you talk to Ben on the 24th and he says you’re grandfathered in it doesn’t mean you won’t talk to Edna on the 9th and she’ll tell you you’re S.O.L. 

  • rs

    Does anyone know if the Droid3 will be 4G? 
    I’ve been waiting for a 4G w/physical qwerty keys.
    If it won’t be 4G, then I’ll just have to get a 3G so I can have unlimited before the pricing plan changes.
    Plz reply, thanks all!!

    • Bewara2009

      No the droid 3 is not a 4g its 3G.. 

      • rs

        Thanks Bewara2009,
        That changes everything for me.  I only wanted 4G so I could be on the phone & using the GPS simultaneously.  I’ll probably have to go w/Droid2Global to get the qwerty keys & the unlimited plan before it runs out. 
        Guess I’ll have to wait 2 yrs for a 4G w/qwerty keys.  
        Such a disappointment since Sprint has what I need–except for the coverage area. :/

  • rs

    I just used the Verizon chat on their website and th rep was practically yelling at me (using ALL CAPS at times, yes seriously) and swearing that they don’t know anything about any new plans and wont until the actual day that happens. useless rep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243740307 Will Kavanagh

      Got the same reaction from a Verizon chat rep just now. So useless…

  • Hellisloose

    Your all inquiring about verizons upcomming data rates in the wrong place. Try calling verizon or walking into a store. Prior to 7/7, all verizon sales clerks should be trained on the new data plans along with who is effected. These leaked/ PS’d images do not reflect what I was told by a store employee nor phone center employee. Better get lockede in on 7/6 at the latest

    • Anonymous

      Well then, what were you told?

  • http://twitter.com/Damn_ItsMike Michael C.™

    Sounds good, my brother and my father have the envy 2 with unlimited data for feature phones I believe so I may have to force them to upgrade before the 7th

  • Anonymous

    CAN I GET AN AMEN? seriously CAN I GET ONE. this is ABSOLUTELY GOLDEN 

  • Hellisloose

    I went to a. Verizon store today to inquire about the new data planes slated for 7/7. Since my current contract ends on 7/6. If I do not get locked into a 4g/3g plan on 7/6, I will be forced into the teired data plans since my contract ended. Your info for being grandfathered is incorrect. Your ony grandfathered if your currently on a 4g plan or 3g plan. Once you try to go from a 3g plan to a 4g plan after 7/7 your going to be forced into the new data structure.

  • Anonymous

    We need some hero on the inside to tell us what happens if we upgrade our phone to a 4G phone after 7/7 if we are already an unlimited 3G customer.

  • Hollis

    I bit the big one and called Verizon. The rep told me that current customers would be grandfathered in and that they would not force me to change my data plan. He also said that upgrading would not affect it either. He said the only way my data plan would change was if I called them and told them I wanted the new plan. :) im not freaking out as much now :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/techteenagertv Matthew Smith

    So, to clarify, even though I’m currently on a family plan (I have no data, although my parents do) I will be able to upgrade to an unlimited plan with the current pricing?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, to clarify you can’t not continue with your current pricing and plan. You can upgrade to unlimited as long as its not after 7/7

  • Oxlilxmanxo

    so even if you upgrade your plan you can keep the unlimited? with 4g too? if thats the case, SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 HOPE YOU COME WITH LTE CAPABILITIES!!!!

    • Anonymous

      it won’t be out by the 7th… i’m getting the charge on the 6th and praying the galaxy 2 comes out b4 my 14days is up so i can switch up…if its 4G if not i’ll stick to the charge

      • Bewara2009

        The galaxy 2 is not 4g, its 3g

  • kissrocks

    Looks like ill stick with Verizon. Ive used 300 gigabytes of data and i do not want tiered data!!

  • Anonymous

    just spoke to vzw cs and was told i’d have to upgrade to a 4G phone b4 the 7th to get unlimited 4G forever.

    i realllly wanted to wait but looks like i will get the samsung charge in 2 weeks. i can get it for 249 now but i can get it for 199 if i wait until the 6th of july…damn vzw y couldn’t u make the droid3 4G….only good thing is that phones will have lower prices so if i want to i can buy a phone i really want and sell the 4G one i get in 2 weeks.

    • Anonymous

      I spoke to one too and decided that they are still clueless.  I suggest you not put much stock in what you heard from a CSR.

      My plan is to wait until the 6th to make my decision.  Hopefully Verizon will clarify this issue by then.

    • rs

      Hi Droiduser27,
      Are you saying that the Droid 3 won’t be 4G??  :O

      I hope not, because I’ve been waiting for it thinking it will be 4G. 
      Thank you.

      • Anonymous

        only 3G not 4G

  • http://anonymous-x.live.com anonymous-x

    OK I’m safe. Just got off the phone & was told I’m grandfathered in. 

  • Nick

    I wonder if this mean you will be able to keep you unlimited plan even if you switch between from a droid to an iphone and maybe back to a droid… Who knows?

  • Nick

    I wonder if this mean you will be able to keep you unlimited plan even if you switch between from a droid to an iphone and maybe back to a droid… Who knows?

  • Jimmy

    if you’re in the “I have 3G unlimited right now and am eligible for an upgrade” boat, try this:

    buy a 4G phone week or a few days before the 7th.  Verizon has a 14 day return policy (at least the rep that I talked to told me that).  Once the 7th rolls around, you should have the definitive answer as to whether or not not the 3G and 4G plans are the same or not (ie, whether people with an unlimited 3G plan can upgrade to a 4G handset and keep their unlimited data).  If the 3G and 4G plans are different, you’re good cause you’ve already got the 4G unlimited (but you’ll have to keep your handset for awhile before you can upgrade OR upgrade at full price – the price you pay for unlimited 4G data).  If 3G & 4G plans are the same, just return the 4G handset that you just got, go back to your old phone, and upgrade when you find a 4G phone you want.

    • Maxim Maximus

      This makes sense! I’m in the exact same boat

       – I am currently out of a contract (been resisting upgrading for 3+ years) and i have unlimited data- I can either upgrade to a 3g or 4g phone

      – upgrading to 3g phone guarantees i keep my unlimited data  – official confirmation

      – upgrading to 4g could make me lose my unlimited data option – no confirmation

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243740307 Will Kavanagh

        It’s been confirmed by one of my friends who works support for Verizon that moving from 3G to 4G AFTER the 7th will cause you to lose your Unlimited Data Plan.

  • Rvguy

    It’s a business…and like any OTHER business…you do NOT have to buy their services.  Seeing as this APPEARS to be an American company…people won’t do a thing about it.  Just like gas prices. You continue to pay the price instead of staying home and shutting down the country.  Stop using Verizon’s services and they will drop their prices.  Actually, it’s quite simple economics…charge what the populace will bear………

  • mrcrusha829

    How about if you upgrade before the 7th and use the 30 day return policy…. and return the Thunderbolt for the Droid 3?

    • Djstar2k2

      that actually sounds smart becuz u would have beat the dead line

  • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

    So, question, say I have an EnV3 and am a Verizon customer and plan to buy a Droid3 on July 7th, will I have unlimited or not?  I don’t currently have a data plan but I am a Verizon customer. 

    • Djstar2k2

      you might wanna add a data plan now then get ur phone later

      • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

        Only problem with that is that I can’t afford it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/johncorfee John Corfee

          well, actually if I do decide to get the Droid3 on July 7th, then maybe I could buy the data plan the day before. hahaha that would be awesome!

      • Anonymous

        i hope this would work – i am in the same boat (no data plan but am looking at the sgs2)

  • http://twitter.com/CorpsemakerX Kyle Herrmann

    So. I do not have a smartphone currently. I have a feature phone. If I get a smartphone after 7/7 what kind of data will I recieve?

  • http://twitter.com/CorpsemakerX Kyle Herrmann

    So. I do not have a smartphone currently. I have a feature phone. If I get a smartphone after 7/7 what kind of data will I recieve?

    • Abc

      Tiered.

      • http://twitter.com/CorpsemakerX Kyle Herrmann

        Thanks

    • Abc

      Tiered.

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  • Rizzidy

    I talked to Verizon yesterday and had this question escalated.  The answer I received from Verizon was exactly the opposite of what this article is purporting to be the truth.  

    • Abc

      Like no wrong answers have ever been given out by VZW.

      • Rizzidy

        I never said it was gospel truth, I’m just telling you that there is evidence that contradicts the rumor in this article.

        • Abc

          What IS the evidence?  You are providing nothing except some story.  I woujld tend to think that the printed material provided here at DL presents enough actual evidence….especially as opposed to someone “saying” they heard domething.

          • Rizzidy

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            The story is the evidence.  Choose to believe it, or don’t.  That’s your prerogative.  Just as it’s your prerogative to choose to believe this article.  I’m just telling you what I’ve heard.  Sure, it may be false.  You are free to weigh it however you want.

    • Bigsacmcnasty

      Did you get that in writing sir?  lol
      Because if you didn’t?  Hearsay doesn’t hold up.

      And before you even think of replying with, “well, why would be lie to me?”
      The answer is:  he was misinformed OR Verizon’s actual policy has not been amended officially.

      Speculation is where we are at, but I’m inclined to agree with Clempka.
      If a system has 3G and 4G plans as “different” plans, then up until July 7th you will have
      “unlimited” 3 ans 4g data….Makes sense, right?

      After the switch?
      Changing your plan means changing your plan especially IF you have a 3G phone NOW
      and before July 7th, or thereafter.  

      • Rizzidy

        Hearsay is still evidence, champ.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243740307 Will Kavanagh

          I’ve got it in writing that Verizon is treating these two Unlimited Data Plans differently and that moving to 4G from your grandfathered Unlimited 3G Data Plan after the 7th WILL bump you off your Unlimited Plan.

      • Anonymous

        I tend to think that isn’t true.

        I’ll tell you why, 4G does not have even close to a national footprint right now. I know Sprint charges the $10 fee for their “4G” wether you are covered or not, but VZW is still not covered enough, I think, to make that distinction just yet on pricing between 3G and 4G. I think we are a little way off from seeing something like that happen.

        Alas though, no need for everyone to get snippy with each other here. It’s all COMPLETE RUMOR until we hear it directly from Verizon. Discussion and speculation are good things, so long as they stay relatively positive ;)

      • Anonymous

        verizon does not differentiate between 3g and 4g. they are both the same when it comes to pricing and plans.

  • Bittrblue

    according to my rep switching from a 3g to a 4g will not change your unlimited data plan.  I asked him directly.  regardless of feature codes he said this was accounted for

  • Anonymous

    hate to say i told ya so…but i told ya so

  • Screeme18

    “Existing customers can keep their current pricing when renewing or upgrading.” 

    Until they decide not to let you keep your plan.  I have a family plan that I got 2 years ago that includes unlimited data.  However, despite the fact that it includes unlimited data, if I want to upgrade my wife’s and my phone to smartphones, I have to change plans.  So, I have to change plans so each phone has its own data plan.. all told its going to be an extra $60/month for me.  So this may or may not be true.

  • Screeme18

    “Existing customers can keep their current pricing when renewing or upgrading.” 

    Until they decide not to let you keep your plan.  I have a family plan that I got 2 years ago that includes unlimited data.  However, despite the fact that it includes unlimited data, if I want to upgrade my wife’s and my phone to smartphones, I have to change plans.  So, I have to change plans so each phone has its own data plan.. all told its going to be an extra $60/month for me.  So this may or may not be true.

  • Screeme18

    “Existing customers can keep their current pricing when renewing or upgrading.” 

    Until they decide not to let you keep your plan.  I have a family plan that I got 2 years ago that includes unlimited data.  However, despite the fact that it includes unlimited data, if I want to upgrade my wife’s and my phone to smartphones, I have to change plans.  So, I have to change plans so each phone has its own data plan.. all told its going to be an extra $60/month for me.  So this may or may not be true.

  • Screeme18

    “Existing customers can keep their current pricing when renewing or upgrading.” 

    Until they decide not to let you keep your plan.  I have a family plan that I got 2 years ago that includes unlimited data.  However, despite the fact that it includes unlimited data, if I want to upgrade my wife’s and my phone to smartphones, I have to change plans.  So, I have to change plans so each phone has its own data plan.. all told its going to be an extra $60/month for me.  So this may or may not be true.

    • Anonymous

      Completely different situation than the above.  Family plans currently do not allow data to be shared.  You have to purchase data for each line that’s part of a family plan.  There’s no unlimited data for the entire plan.  So, if you or your wife currently don’t have a smartphone, then those lines don’t have unlimited data associated with them directly.  You have to pay for data for each line, so of course you have to adjust your plan.  What’s being discussed in the article is renewing a contract and keeping the plan for that line exactly as it is – with data already included on the line.

      There have been rumors that Verizon will introduce data sharing on family plans, but that will very likely be capped data and not unlimited data.

      • http://openid.aol.com/tropic117 tropic117

        If I were to get unlimited data now for a feature phone, then buy a smartphone later, would I have to switch to tiered data?

        • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

          yes becuase you have mobile web right now and not smartphone data.

          • http://openid.aol.com/tropic117 tropic117

            Dang okay, thanks.

          • http://openid.aol.com/tropic117 tropic117

            Dang okay, thanks.

  • T Hall

    Hmmm… Me thinks this is the Droid news I was looking for…

  • Anonymous

    My guess is they saw the reactions of several thousand posters going ape-s$#t about how they were going to cancel and made a quick revision to the plan.

    This is a good compromise by VZW. I guess loyalty counts for at least a little something after all.

  • drew

    okay so say i get the thunderbolt this weekend as a new line to a family plan. do i still get unlimited data since it is before 7/7? or will this require the new pricing?
     

    • Anonymous

      yes no

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  • Pete

    I called about this earlier this morning and was surprised.  I can confirm that if you upgrade a year from now, you’ll still have unlimited data at current price grandfathered in (their words) so long as you don’t cancel service or change your line in such a way where the smartphone data package has been removed.

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  • Anonymous

    I know this is a beaten down question but there are contradicting answers. If you have unlimited data currently and renew after july 7th then you do or dont get to keep your unlimited data plan?

    I know people that have renewed their contracts with verizon and were able to keep their grandfathered plans that are no longer available(text and voice)

    • Anonymous

      You get to keep your current plan when upgrading. Simplest explanation is that if you are a new customer or adding a NEW data line to your account, those lines will be subject to the new and “improved” pricing models.

      Clear?

  • sean Clark

    The only thing to do is to write angry letters and emails, and when that doesnt work just grumble every month when you get your bill.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drastik651 Jim Kalista

    hate to say I told you so.. but I told you so.. WE ARE GRANDFATHERED!!

  • Drnick124

    So they differentiate between a package with 3G and one with 4G? So if I were to create a new line with an older phone as a placeholder it wouldn’t count towards a 4G phone (Bionic or S2) when they eventually come out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243740307 Will Kavanagh

      That is correct. I have it in writing from a Verizon tech support rep.

  • Darin

    I’m on Verizon and have a voice only plan. If I want to upgrade to data (a smartphone) at a later date, would I get unlimited or tiered?

    • Truth

      You would get whatever the current pricing tier is since you hadn’t selected a data plan thusfar.

    • Drnick124

      Before 7/7=unlimited. After 7/7=tiered

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        and if you already have a contract, after 7/7=unlimited

  • Truth

    Verizon rep confirmed on the phone that if you’re on contract you get to keep whatever data plan you have already selected. Made him confirm it 3 times.

    Thunderbolt users rocking unlimited 4G rejoice.

    • Anonymous

      Does that mean if I upgrade from a 3G to a 4G phone I no longer get unlimited data?

  • Anonymous

    Seems as though Verizon foresaw a mass exodus if they didn’t put in this provision.

    • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

      I was already packing my shit.

  • Fg2srt4

    What if I were to upgrade from 3g to 4g data? Same boat or does it change?

    • Anonymous

       verizon does not differentiate between 3g and 4g. they are both same when it comes to pricing and plans.

      • Branshaw09

        For now… I find it hard to believe that once there is full LTE then there will be no difference in price.  Really makes me nervous about this tiered system.  I really want the Bionic, but am seriously considering using my upgrade on Charge and then when the Bionic drops selling and paying retail.  I have seen and heard that although it is the same price, in the system it is different coding.  This is what makes me want to lock in a 4G phone now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243740307 Will Kavanagh

        They do differentiate internally how the plan is handled. It shows up on your bill and everything as the same plan right now, but they ARE different plans.

  • Anonymous

    Great news. hope its true. Now, to see if Root will come to the Droid3 and Verizon can gladly lock me in for another 2 years.