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Reminder: Pre-ordering the Galaxy S3 on Verizon Allows You to Keep Unlimited Data

Here is one last Share Everything data plan note/reminder and we should have just about covered it all. And actually, we talked about this back when the Galaxy SIII first went up for pre-order, but we have seen some confusion on the subject in the comments and on Twitter and decided to talk about it one more time. I cannot say this any clearer – if you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy SIII before June 28, you can keep your unlimited data plan (assuming you already have an unlimited plan). 

How do we know for sure?

Well first of all, we heard directly from Verizon’s top communications director who told us as plain as she possibly could, that if you pre-order this phone, that you can keep your current plan. There was no beating around the bush or tricky word phrasing – she told us straight up that this is the deal.

Second, I walked through the process myself last week and as you can see from the screenshot below, unlimited data was a part of my checkout process. Third, I had Tim walk through it on his account today, now that Share Everything plans have been announced, and he also was able to select his current unlimited data plan and not a tier or share of any sort (pictured above).

We have heard from readers that spoke with VZW support reps who are for some reason under the impression that this isn’t the case. I hate to say this, but I’m not sure they know what they are talking about. The only way Verizon could get me off of unlimited data after going through this pre-order, would be to void my contract and force me onto a shared plan. They can’t do things like that, folks. Even if the phone ships on July 9 (after shared plans are live), I have already locked in according to the document that you are seeing below. When I activate the device whenever it does ship, it won’t matter because it’s all about the date that you sign the new contract, which for me, was last week or for you would be this week.

Think about it. If you pre-order and the phone arrives on July 9 at your doorstep, how is Verizon going to change your plan? When you pre-ordered, you told them what you want your plan to be, so that when the phone shows up, you can simply activate it and be on your way. It’s not like you would have to go back online once your phone arrives, and re-select plan features that would take you off of unlimited data. That wouldn’t make any sense.

What about Best Buy pre-orders?

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the tricky situation here that involves Best Buy. When you pre-order a phone through Verizon (at least online), you purchase the phone as if you were walking out of a store with it today, which means you choose plan and feature options and then extend a contract. The only difference between buying a RAZR MAXX today and the Galaxy SIII is that you don’t get the Galaxy SIII until Verizon is ready to ship it. But again, if you pre-order through Verizon directly, you get to lock into that contract.

Best Buy on the other hand could be very different. When you pre-order with Best Buy, all you are doing is holding a device for $50 until it arrives in store. When it arrives, you then cruise into your store and finish the process which would involve extending your contract and paying for the rest of the device. Seeing the problem here? If the Galaxy SIII does not come out until after Share Everything plans are in effect, there is a pretty good chance that you will have to move from unlimited onto one of these new plans because you did not lock in beforehand.

We are hearing that Best Buy is telling customers that pre-ordering and putting $50 down will keep their unlimited data plans safe, but I’m having a hard time believing that to be true. If you are going to pre-order through Best Buy, I highly suggest that you ask as many BBY employees, including managers, as you can to be 100% certain. I would hate to see a bunch of unlimited data users receive bad news on Galaxy SIII launch day.

Did you pre-order?

If you pre-ordered any time over the last week from Verizon, we would love for you to confirm in the comments that you kept your unlimited data. If you pre-ordered through Best Buy, we would love to hear exactly what their sales reps are telling you as far as keeping unlimited data is concerned.

If anything else changes from what we have told you today, we will be sure to let you know.

  • Kris Mcmartin

    Expecting fedEx to knock on my door any minute now, with 16gb white S3 on hand.
    Doing last minute thetering on Droid X before putting it to rest. If pre ordered before june 27 unlimited retired data will still follow with new device.. Cant wait

  • How do we know if @vzwsupport is really Verizon and not some jerk screwing with us?

  • Just got a call today from Verizon Rep. telling me my order was being processed and that she was calling to let me know that I would be losing my unlimited plan. I placed my order back on June 15, 2012. I made her a copy of this page and emailed it to her, after about 10 Min. she came back to the phone and told me that I would not be losing my unlimited plan.

  • j.d.12

    i was too late to keep my unlimited i called and they said you have well had to upgrade before June 28…. 🙁 oh well cant wait for my galaxy s 3 to get here upgrading from Samsung fascinate.

  • Tc.Hunter

    i am up grading from the Droidx as well. I pre ordered my Samsung s3 from BB after talking to three diffiernt people at verizon, and all of them telling me that I would indeed keep my unlimited data, one of them being a supervisor. I ordered the 16g because I have a 16g card to put in it so I thought I would save the extra $50.00 and just format the card to the new phone. The kicker is that I did not need to put anything down on the pre-order, but my paper work says it was ordered on the 25th and Verizon told me that is the way BB does it and that is good enough to keep my unlimited plan. I hope everyone enjoys their phone when it arrives. The days are counting down.

  • chase h

    Guys, i missed this. Is there anyway now to keep unlimited when i preorder?? Or am i just way to late…

  • Marky McDroid

    I just ordered mine at Verizon. You can keep your plan, but unless you’re going over 4Gb the new plan is cheaper. I’m on wifi a lot and only using 1.5 Gb a month. The 2Gb plan was cheap.

  • Preordered my phone with my cousin who is a manager at verizon and he assured me you can keep your unlimited. To say you cannot is a badly informed rep.

  • Raven

    Ordered the blue 32GB. Upgraded from Droid Incredible. Keeping my unlimited plan.

  • I had no idea about the switch and elimination of unlimited! I went online to order my phone today and it said my plan was not compatible. 3 days makes all the difference, are you kidding me?! Verizon Customer Service will be hearing from an extremely unhappy customer. Some warning about this would have been great, for not incredible tech-savvy me! Does anyone have any good advice?

  • Ok here’s the deal. If you are on an individual plan and not a family planyou can get unlimited data still. My issue was that I was on a family plan which made me switch to share everything thus losing unlimited. I wasn’t about to switch to individual and pay an extra 50 bucks to keep my unlimited data.

  • Melissa Schatzberg

    Went yesterday and was told unlimited ended the day before. Sadness ensues.

  • 2muchball

    Upgrading from Droid X to SGS3 and it let me keep my unlimited.

  • I pre-ordered the 16GB version last week.(June 21), and was able to keep my unlimited data plan, as seen in the screen shots here. Although I couldn’t quite figure out the Shipment Date, because it went from 10/29/9850 (yes, no kidding…have screen shot with proof), to not available, to the current date of 07/11/2012.

  • Jesse

    I just confirmed with Verizon that so long as I have proof I pre Ordered before 6/28.. even from Best Buy that they will honor my Unlimited plan.

    • Jesse

      I am also a Droid X user… going to GS3… Can’t wait

  • I just talked to a Verizon Rep and they confirmed that Pre-Ordering from Best Buy will secure your unlimited data. As long as you pre-order before June 28th.