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More on Verizon’s Tiered Data Plans and How Long You Get to Stay Unlimited

What you are seeing above is a Q&A sample that Verizon employees are being trained on which has to do with the new tiered data plans we first reported on earlier this week.  We’ve highlighted a couple of items that you will want to pay close attention to.

The first green box has to do with upgrades and renewals.  We’ve made it 100% clear a number of times that even after July 6, existing customers will be able to keep their unlimited data plans even during an upgrade or renewal.  The initial thought was that this could be for an extended period of time, but according to this screenshot, that has now changed to “at this time.”  How should we interpret that?  Well, I’m interpreting that as meaning there are plans to make existing customers convert to tiers at some point, much like they had to do with the New Every 2 deal that was axed at the beginning of this year.  This is just speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon gives existing customers all one last upgrade and renewal with unlimited data before making them choose a tier.

The second box is for those of you with feature phone lines that have unlimited data – it’s looking like you won’t be so fortunate come July 7 and thereafter.  Even if you have an unlimited plan on a “dumb” phone at this time, it apparently will not carry over to a new smartphone plan should you upgrade after the 6th.  You’ll have to choose a tier if you decide to upgrade to a 3G or 4G smartphone.

And apologies for the number of posts that have to do with tiered data, but we want to make sure that you have every little detail before this goes live.

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  • Daniel Hall

    what happens if i buy a phone outright from a separate supplier at full retail and upgrade my phone that way. Would I lose my unlimited data?

  • This pisses me off! I went to a store yesterday with the intent of getting another smartphone added to my acct and they said since I was grandfathered in it would be the same for me no matter when I added it LYING Jerk’s!!!

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  • Scott

    Sprint here I come!

  • Rob1035

    So is there any more info on the customers currently on 3g unlimited and wanting to upgrade to a 4g device after 7/7?

  • Noemail

    So heads up. I use to work for VZW? Here is what they will do. You get to keep the data plan for this round of phones. You will then upgrade to a new phone next go around. Those phones then wont support the plan and thus you will need to get a new plan with the new phone, losing the unlimited data plan. This happened all the time in VZW. New plans will come that are only supported by the new phones thus making you change. Its a complete circle. Just realize in two years, that unlimited data is gone.

  • Bigmammoth50

    Just looking for 3g to 4g upgrade after the 7th confirmation.

  • faber

    Verizon: no unlimited = no $ from me.

  • Jeremytoone1

    Does anyone know weather they are going to charge more for 4-G service? Sprint charges $10 for 4-G even though it’s not available here in NM. It sounded like if you upgrade to a 4-G now and they start to charge,you would be grandfathered in and escape future charges.

  • Lmbrocks

    No doubt setting up the4g net work iskw big bucks. They may have no choice but to raise pricing to cover cozt

  • I think it’s time for a price comparison graph between Sprint, ATT and Big Red please!

  • I’m glad I got the Samsung Continuum as my “toss around” phone vs using my old Samsung Intensity (feature phone)

  • Anonymous

    Verizon just got some fishing line and is reeling people in by the hundreds, thousands. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen post questions about this, yet they think they need to get that 4G handset now to lock in. I think this whole thing is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sucker customers/ future customers into new 2 year contracts.

    You’re gonna see people say I only use this amount of data, so I’m ok with the 2gig limit. Just wait until you start using 4G. You will use 1 gig in a hour, easily. Now, you will be on contract for 2 years, having to spend and at least an extra $10 a month for the overage on data.

    I have to say, Verizon has done a very good job. The carrot is at the end of the stick and people are chasing it.

  • Ziv

    .please keep reporting on this. It’s super important.


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  • jbonics

    Verizon there goes 20%, you never go full retard. Worthless 3G speeds, no i mean no new hardware.

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  • So I’ve got a question for anyone who might know..

    The Bionic/GS2 are rumored to be released by the end of  july yes? Could I use my upgrade at a retailer with a 30 day return/exchange program on the 6th to get grandfathered into unlimited 4g only to switch it out for either of those two?

  • antjonz

    It’s an excellent marketing ploy. Everyone that has a 3G smartphone will at some point get a 4G phone. Once you get used to unlimited 4G speeds for about a year or so, verizon will hit you with the news that “All existing customers with an unlimited data plan will be required to select a tiered data plan upon their next contract upgrade.”  It’s almost like drug dealing. Verizon gets you hooked, then keeps you coming back. We will have all known about the tiered data plans for a while, so will it really be a big shock when they hit us with that news?  It’s honestly a great strategy, as much as I hate to admit it.

    • jbonics

      Other companies already stepping up tiered data plans are for the birds

  • Guest.

    Bottom line…. Do i go get a 4g LTE phone before the 7th? I have a droid X now and use about 15 GiGs a month. Heavy email with attachments.  Also if i buy it at full retail and I upgrade in the fall/winter will I have to go to new tier data plan? 

  • Drake

    Where is this screenshot from?