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Verizon Max $30 6GB Data Deal for Unlimited Data Users is Live as Well

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Last week, we reported on a new Verizon special called Verizon Max that was going to launch for a limited time on August 25 for unlimited data customers who want to participate in Verizon Edge, the upgrade-often, month-to-month plan that went live yesterday. The deal, which Verizon hasn’t exactly announced or promoted publicly, is live as expected for those with unlimited data. 

I hopped into my account moments ago, punched the “upgrade” button, chose the HTC One with Verizon Edge, and was almost immediately greeted with a pop-up message confirming that unlimited data no longer exists and that in order to participate, I’d have to go with a Verizon Max option. Yes, you read that right – you cannot keep unlimited data and use an Edge plan. At one time, we thought there was a chance that you could because with Verizon’s Device Payment Plan you could. However, Edge is different than that plan and is forcing you into a Max plan should you choose to participate.

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Once I chose “OK,” I was able to see the full breakdown of Verizon Max choices, which also includes an 8GB for $50 option that is bundled with tethering. The 6GB option does not include tethering. Should I have continued on with the process, you’ll see that confirmation screens show a drop of unlimited $29.99 data and an add of Verizon Max.

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And I’m not sure how clear this was, but if you are an unlimited data customers, this new Verizon Max plan essentially replaces your unlimited data, but does not change your minute or text plans. Those remain separate, so this does not automatically move you to a shared plan or give you unlimited talk and text. This is an individual line feature that is separate from shared data and is more of a data swap than anything. If you had say a 700 minute plan, with an unlimited text add-on, and unlimited data, your bill should in theory only change by a penny per month assuming you go with the 6GB option. Well, you would also add on the month-to-month charge for your new device that was purchased with Edge.

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Anyone thinking about jumping on the Max plans with Edge?

  • paradyme

    I purchased pre-order an APPLE IPHONE 5S an upgrade finally!, after almost 3yrs and after I was kept at bay from doing so due to threats of losing my 73715-EMAIL&WEB UNLIMITED $29.99 data plan. Each time I have visited a local Verizon corporate store location I was blatantly reminded and subsequently turned away from upgrading my current APPLE IPHONE 4 device using my new every two option as Verizon wireless employees seemingly on every level of customer service have been aggressively re-trained to almost forcefully suggest and persuade you (THE CUSTOMER) into conforming to an unfair data plan policy that restricts existing Verizon unlimited data customers from keeping their data plan when upgrading to a new device. I recently called VRZN customer care not knowing about the new Verizon EDGE option and after expressing my dissatisfaction with the upgrade policy I was told by the very pleasant representative that I could keep my unlimited data plan which I have had for almost 5 years as the EDGE program allows you to do so because you are paying full price for the phone.

    I spoke with my wife who also has the same plan on her own personal account and we both decided to visit a local store. Upon arrival we were both told this is not at all true, you will have to select one of the now available EDGE MAX data plans 6GB $30.00 and or 8GB w/Tethering $80.00. I was told this just 2weeks shy of the APPLE IPHONE 5S release as I contemplated giving in to VRZN’s current policy. I instead waited as the VRZN salesman suggested as he pointed out that at the time I’d be paying $749.99 for the older IPHONE 5 as part of the VRZN EDGE program spread out over 24months. The APPLE IPHONE 5S was later released on September 20th 2013 and I had all but given up on another APPLE IPHONE annual release upgrade when this past week-end I logged onto my VRZN online account and this time I chose to select the “BUY NOW” option under the APPLE IPHONE 5S. The next page presented an option to proceed as a new or existing customer, Next page invited to upgrade my current device. The next page presented color options for the APPLE IPHONE 5S and upgrade options that included the 2yr agreement, Month to Month and VRZN EDGE. I made my device color selection and chose VRZN EDGE.

    Next page was the option to choose your device by internal storage and then choose a plan. This is where things got tricky because my 1st and 2nd provided options were VRZN shared or individual plans neither of which allowed for me to select my current plan. Then came the 3rd option to select my existing voice plan. Surprised, I did just that and what followed was the option to retain my current unlimited data plan along side the option to choose the EDGE MAX plans. Shocked I called my wife and we decided that we would again visit a local VRZN store and purchase our upgrades in-store the next day. Again upon arrival we were told No, you could not keep your unlimited data plan even after I clearly explained that I was allowed to do so online the day before and unlike previous attempts to upgrade using the VRZN EDGE purchase option which previously advised via disclaimer you would have to choose the new EDGE MAX plans and loose your unlimited VRZN data plan. The store rep then said he would check with his manager to see if there had been any changes to the VRZN EDGE data plan policy. I then asked if they had the APPLE IPHONE 5S in stock and the rep advised that the device could not be purchased in store at this time and had to be ordered. My reply to this was that I would instead order my device online.

    My wife and I returned home where we both purchased the new APPLE IPHONE 5S devices following the same “BUY NOW” option found under the APPLE IPHONE 5S advertisement. And again this time both me and my wife were allowed to retain our VRZN data unlimited plans which we are scheduled to receive later this month. Now I believe what really happened here was that we at sometime were grandfathered into the unlimited data plans but why VRZN instead chooses to keep this from it’s paying customers is unknown to me? The damage here is when VRZN wireless store reps are clueless to it’s own customers options or benefits. The now-A-day approach from VRZN wireless is to disregard it’s loyal long standing customers. Aside from having 2 VRZN wireless phone lines. We also have VRZN landline/FIOS internet and cable. Yet VRZN feels it’s ok to hold no regard or consideration for our request to remain on the VRZN wireless plans of our choice. Please forgive me if my article comes off as a rant but I think I have shared with DROID LIFE some valuable information about our recent experience with VRZN. Included here below is a screen shot pic of my unlimited data plan that remained on my active VRZN account as my choice of data plan along with my current device insurance option. Please be advisedI have nothing against Android products. Thanx for listening.

  • Trent

    I use up to about 4 or 5 GB a month sometimes. 6GB would be fine with me, but only if I can do another contract with a discounted phone. If you are going to pay the full price for the phone, you’d might as well just buy the phone and keep the unlimited data as long as they allow it. You can still buy a new phone in 6 months or a year and sell the old one.

  • MaciQuatl

    Question: I heard from BGR article that Verizon will soon end unlimited data plans. Even for grandfathered verizon unlimited data plans?

  • rivers2run

    I have 450 minutes and pay per text plan which suits me fine since I rarely text I pay $70. If went to the new edge plan I pay $30 for the data and $40 for the phone. Currently I can turn tethering on and off as a feature, if I need it for a month I turn it on. With the Edge 6 gb I can’t tether at all, I would have to go to 8gb and the mifi feature for $50 to get tethering $90 a month and my existing plan restrictions. I’m not sure I want to pay $20 a month for tethering when I only use it 1 or 2 months out of the year. The only real advantage for me going to edge is I pay for my phone on payments rather than full price up front. Full price up front and I keep unlimited data. They also offered me my existing plan at $60 a month and 2gb cap, and no tethering options. If I tether I go to the full share your wallet plan at $100 nix on that one. I am looking at ATT options. The inability to keep tethering as an add on feature doesn’t thrill me.

  • PAL

    I currently have an unlimited data plan. I looked at my usage and I rarely ever go over 2 GB in a month. So I should be fine switching to Edge, right? Are there any other drawbacks I’m not considering?

  • kingsfan33

    verizon is making me crazy trying to get onto this plan: http://badvzwservice.blogspot.com/

  • Jared Smith

    I’d rather keep the unlimited…..Even the cost of a newer phone off ebay, minus the selling price of my old phone, I’d still pay more in data overages per year, had I given up infinite data for the convenience of a subsidized phone.

  • ams165

    You have to be truly off contract, not even if you have an early upgrade in play.
    Have to have six months of on time payment with $0.00 balance carryover.
    Tried to do this at my local authorized store..
    hope this helps.

  • Angela Moon

    I think Verizon pulled this plan already anyway as i just tried to do my upgrade and I didn’t see anything about Verizon MAX plan any wheres I had to choose one of the share everything plans

  • Theme Park Pro

    Hey Verizon kiss my a**. I tried doing an alternative upgrade through Newegg since they are selling the phone for 179.99 and not charging any tax by the way. They said if I transfer the phone to any other line within the first 181 days that they will charge me $400. No wonder Newegg has the cheapest price on contract. The lady I talked to was like you are eligible for an upgrade and I’m like you are on crack if you think I’m going to use my own line and lose unlimited. I’ll head over to Amazon and the pay $199.99 for no bs agreements. I read the fine print for Amazon’s agreement and it doesn’t say that I can’t transfer the phone. So thanks Amazon for not being an a**hole. Don’t buy the phone from Newegg if you are on unlimited doing alternative upgrades because the moment you transfer that phone to another line you’re SCREWED.

  • Joshua P.

    This works for me, I use more than 3gb but less than 6gb.

  • D.B.

    I am not eligible for an upgrade until January 2014 but I wanted to see what would happen if I try to upgrade at full price. Once I clicked on upgrade at full price, it gave me an option to add a phone to my cart using the monthly edge pricing. I kept going through the process and it actually let me keep my current plan, including the $29.99 unlimited data. I went as far as agreeing to the Edge Contract and the submit order screen. This is where I stopped since I am not sure I want to add $25 to my monthly bill for a new phone.

    From what I read so far, I thought they wouldn’t let me keep the unlimited data under my scenario or did I misunderstand something???

  • Radster

    Where would the benefit be for me to do this? I mean you’re already paying practically full price for the device. I don’t think it’s worth giving up my unlimited data for a new phone every 6 months.

  • RKSoni

    Verizon has taken good step and indeed it looks this is better than unlimited plan of t-Mobile………… http://www.telecomvibe.com

  • feztheforeigner

    Pay the same amount for literally infinitely times less… I don’t think so…

  • Brandon Kesler

    The crappy thing for people who actually want to use this is that you still have to be eligible for an upgrade. So I can’t use this until next June. Awesome.

  • T S

    is there a way to do this AND get the unlimited talk/text? or would that mean i get the upper hand? cause we all know the customer isn’t supposed to get a good deal.

    i can live w/out unlimited data. i only use 3 GB. they’ll take it away at some point anyway. forcefully no doubt.

    • mehhh….

      you can use the edge program and go with share everything 4 gb the price plan will be 70 and the line level will be 40 plus any additional features and taxes

  • jonnyrazr

    I’m doing the Edge plan, and I’m eligible for the Max data plan since I’m from the Unltd legacy plan. I switch phones all the time, so it’s worth it. After the six months, I’m scott free

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    What if I just want to switch to the Max Plans without enrolling in VZW Edge? My mother who has an unlimited line really needs a new smartphone (she is still using a Droid 2 for crying out loud) and she rarely EVER comes close to 2GB! Something like this would just be extra comfort incase something ever happens.

    • Brien Gerber

      This. Is this possible? 6GB is plenty but I’m not doing VZW Edge. Can anyone confirm this either way?

      • faganm24

        I talked with an agent today and she “confirmed” that I could use the Max plan without Edge. However I am super skeptical…

        • Brien Gerber

          I talked to a Verizon chat rep and he “confirmed” the exact opposite. I already ordered my Moto X and am giving up my unlimited data. I’ve never been close to 2 GB so all I’ll loose is a little peace of mind.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        I just went on the Verizon website and was able to use the chat feature in order to ask a Verizon sales person. They said you must sign up for the Edge program in order to receive the 6GB Data Max offer.

  • Adip

    Can I still pay full retail for a future phone and keep my unlimited data?

    • Phillies3429

      Yes, thank God

  • Taco

    Not sure how you got it to work for you Kellex. It’s forcing me to pay full retail for a new phone even though I selected the Edge option when sending the phone to the cart. It also is not displaying the Max data features and instead is letting me keep my unlimited as an option.

    • Brandon Kesler

      Are you eligible for an upgrade?

      • Taco

        I was until they changed their upgrade rules. It pushed my early upgrade all the way back to the last day of my contract in January.

    • jamie57

      Same problem for me, I called verizon and they said the system is having issues.

      • Taco

        Were they able to do something for you in terms of upgrading over the phone? Half the time I call them and I get some dim wit on the other end and I’m better off dealing with my issues.

        • jamie57

          They said they could upgrade me over the phone, but I haven’t decided if I want to try this or not. I was mainly trying it online to see if I could do it and keep my unlimited data like some people said they could.

    • Ron Perlman’s Jaw

      I’m getting the same options. I can buy at full retail and keep my unlimited or I can buy at a 2-year contract and only get offered the standard tiers. There is no option for Edge or Max. All lines are eligible for upgrade.

      • Taco

        It let’s me select Edge but when I go to checkout the max data options are missing.

  • JustNoOne

    Yes,
    I’m thinking about it because i want to be able to tether legally. I am rooted , etc but have never used any hotspot or tether hacks. This would give me enough data and still be legit. If I go with the 80 plan.

  • mcdonsco

    You know, its time to sell my unlimited verizon data account…

    1400 minutes
    Unlimited text
    Unlimited data
    mobile hotspot

    $160/month, around $180 after all charges and fees

    I think im done

  • Dcdanger

    Verizon is baiting, testing the waters if you will to see how best to prevent the mass exodus of their unlimited customers once they eliminate those plans. They hopefully sweeten the offer if this scam doesn’t attract enough people. I say wait and call their bluff, too much competition in this business to bow to Verizon on this bunch of BS.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28e4cFHVqE&context=C400d214ADvjVQa1PpcFOiLGlDqf2sJr2k4TNISoJzm8bFM7wgYKU= TheAndroid1

      Here’s my suggestion:
      -10gb of Data for all Unlimited Subscribers
      -All unused data will roll into the next months for two years (then reset and restart)
      -Keep the price the same as Unlimited users are currently paying
      -Include tethering
      -Don’t charge $5 for the feature that stops feeding you data once you’ve hit the cap.
      -*Wishful Thinking* – One month per year where Verizon will give you a free 2GB overage just in case.
      -Guarantee that this plan will stay in place as long as they remain Verizon customers.

      I don’t think that most people really need super large data plans, they just don’t want to have to worry about hitting a limit. They want to be sure that if there is one month that they need excessive amounts of data (like vacations) that they will not run out. Why else do we see people who average 1gb per month hold on to unlimited even though they could get a cheaper plan better tailored to their needs.

      I would jump on a plan like this immediately.

  • dshizzel

    I got mine automatically even after upgrading to my HCT One and electing the 2G plan. I never went over 2-3g the whole time I had unlimited since OG Droid days.

  • paradoxicat

    Can’t you just sign up for Edge, get the 6GB for $30 and then not do edge anymore and keep the 6GB? (This is of course if you don’t own Verizon service)
    Then that would be pretty awesome lol

  • Smarty4U

    I encourage everyone who has unlimited data to NOT jump on the Edge bandwagon. Edge itself is a ripoff because you are actually paying more than you were before and #2 if everyone jumps off unlimited data, Verizon will use this against the remaining people who still have it by either a) killing it off unlimited data in a year or two by 1) saying how “popular” all the other choices (Edge etc.) are or 2) saying people with unlimited data are now a minority and essentially will kill it off.
    DON”T DO IT!!!!!!! Verizon just wants your $$$$$$$

    • michael bourgoin

      they are goign to do it no matter what. its only a matter of time. The question is, will this offer/deal be better than the one they offer to the remaining people they eventually kick off unlimited. I dont think they would kick everyone off and offer them the standard data rate.

      • loyalty888

        If they kick me off, I leave Verizon. And per their contract agreement, if they change my plan without my consent, I can walk away without an ETF.

        • middlehead

          If you’re still on Unlimited, ETF is irrelevant anyway. You should be long since outside of the two year window.

          • Manthas

            Not necessarily; my two year isn’t up until January of ’14, and I’m still running unlimited on my Gnex.

          • King Lo

            Last month for unlimited was in June of 2012. I was trying to hold out for the Maxx HD, but had to cave early.

    • Jonathan Williams

      Don’t you worry, Smarty. I’m staying right here with unlimited until they want to fight me for it.

  • michael bourgoin

    anyone get a timeframe as to how long this data promotion will last? My wife wants the GN3, and if it’s around when that comes out, it might be a good option for her.

  • Victor

    I want to be able to get the latest phone when they come out so I was going to upgrade my wife’s unlimited plan to this cause she uses less that 1gb per month. The woman I spoke with last night told me I couldn’t upgrade until my upgrade date which is 8/28/13. After that conversation I’m going to leave everything how it is and pay cash for my phones. I’m sure that the unlimited plans may be gone by next year.

  • TheWenger

    Sure, I’ll give up unlimited data AND pay double for my device. It sounds like a great idea.

  • 213ninja

    hell no….but it makes me feel like when they finally pull my unlimited data from me, I may be regretting not jumping on a 6GB plan for $30, when everyone else is paying $30 for 2GB….bastards.

    • bizi

      If Verizon will pull unlimited for $30. What makes you think they won’t pull the 6GB for $30

      • 213ninja

        Absolutely nothing, but in the meantime, 6 would be better than 2.

  • John

    The 6GB deal is not bad. The Edge plan that you are forced to be on is robbery.

    • XphoneTroll

      I smell a Verizon rep here…

      • Jonbo298

        I don’t think a Verizon rep would trash the Edge plan as robbery.

  • Brad Dickmann

    Is this only available for the single phone line plans can someone who has four phones on their plan but not a shared data plan do this?