Here is the catch. Verizon implemented a policy that the top 5% of data users will be throttled. So that means that if you are tethering "illegally" then you can potentially be in this top 5% and get throttled. That stands for 3G or 4G.
Okay, to stop some mis-information here.
1.) If you have TEC before adding CPE (customer provided equipment) it remains on the acct unless you ask it to be removed and remains in effect with the CPE. That is verizon policy. Some care reps will remove it without asking, but if that occurs verizon has a policy that covers that which allows you to get a replacement phone for the same price as the insurance phone and get Insurance or TEC back on the acct.
2.) If TEC is on an acct, it doesn't matter where the equipment came from, it is covered under both an extended warranty and insurance replacement.
3.) If a phone is purchased from an authorized 3rd party verizon will warranty the phone with a certified like new replacement. If it is in the 14 day return policy verizon "WILL NOT" exchange the phone for a new one. In order to do that you must go back to the authorized 3rd party and get them to exchange it.
Call Technical Support (800) 922-0204 Choose Option 3.
Your chargers are part of the warranty through Verizon, just like the phone and battery. What is not covered anymore by Verizon is the SD Cards. They will refer you to Sandisk or the manufacturer of the phone to get it replaced.
Now, as for smartphones at this point Verizon is keeping all people that upgrade from 3G to 4G smartphones get to keep there unlimited data plan. And the current 4G data plan is unlimited. There has been no rumors of this changing in the near future. The only thing undecided at the moment is the mobile hotspot cost for 4G devices.
First, I've been a Verizon customer for 5, almost 6 years. I have purchased my new phones wherever I pleased and have always had them warrantied through Verizon.
I've also worked in a Vendor VZW Tech Support Call Center for 7 Months and that hasn't ever been the policy in that time.
The only policy was for Worry Free Exchanges, or now the exchange/return policy. If not purchased through VZW you had to go back to the place of purchase during the first 30 days, now 14 days.
I'm currently with AT&T and would like to move to Verizon sometime this summer - I'm waiting to see what other phones are likely to be release in the next several months.
Anyway, my wife would also be moving to Verizon with me which brings me to my question - Can I purchase a Blackberry or Droid type phone outright and activate it on the network and avoid the datapack plan fee?
My wife would like a better phone than the typical feature phones that are offered without the datapack, but she doesn't use her phone for much other than texting and calling so I don't want to pay $30/month for a dataplan she doesn't need.