Update to this thread:
My wife is due for an upgrade, so I called the VZW Loyalty Dept this morning. She said my options are:
(1) change to Share Everything Plan
(2) pay full retail with no changes in plan
(3) subsidized phone with data capped at 2GB but still keep promo discount pricing
A few other tidbits. The rep said the online ordering system may not give you a selection for option 3 above. If you encounter this, do not complete the order online. Order directly from the Loyalty Dept so they can keep the discount in place. The rep went on to say that I will not be forced into Share Everything when I want to upgrade my son's dumb phone to a smart phone. She said that I could add a 2GB data plan to his line for $30/mo, which is still $10 cheaper overall than Share Everything when factoring in the promo discounts on my other two lines.
My wife and I rarely use more than 1GB, so I'll probably go with option 3. Good luck with your decision.
Thanks for that update!
Just goes to show you, over time VZW will need to modify their "everyone's moving to Family Share" idea. It's wrong, and customers won't stand for it.
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It all boils down to what's more important to you. A lot of people are willing to pay full retail to keep unlimited data. We're not because it doesn't make financial sense based on our usage patterns. In my view, I'm still getting the best of both worlds -- super cheap data plus a subsidized phone -- 2GB/line is more than enough.