upgrade day! losing unlimited, next best?

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    Not what i meant to do lol! Upgrade went into effect today. Was thinking of pre ordering and occurred to me i have to pick a new plan! Losing unlimited, next best? Or cost effective? Don't watch movies on phone or anything crazy so not really worried about going over. Have family share with husband(doesn't have unlimited) and son who has a simple phone. I would appreciate any suggestions!
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    I suggest keeping your unlimited, data is only going to get more expensive and apps are going to continue to eat more and more of it! :)

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    Can't afford to buy a phone full price, and don't want to keep my bionic!
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    Is your husband or son available for an upgrade? If so just use the other line for the upgrade, activate the phone on it, then reactivate their original phone, and then activate the new phone on your line. Sounds complicated but is supposedly pretty simple and the best way to do it from what I've been told. (If I'm wrong someone please correct me!)
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    My son does but he had a simple phone for starters, also thought Verizon had gotten wise to that, and you couldn't do that anymore
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    Depends on the rep helping you. I was able to upgrade from my Droid RAZR to the Note2 and keep my unlimited data. I upgraded my son's dumb phone w/ the Note2 and transferred the Note2 to my line all w/o having to add a data plan to my sons number.

    VZW rep made it all happen. Apparently, she was doing the same thing on her plan w/ an extra dumb phone and her unlimited data plan.

    Win.
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    Some Best Buy’s will do this too. Also, Verizon has the new 12 month payment plan for phones over $400. Must be done at a corporate store.
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    Worth a try i guess, so just flat out ask them to help me "cheat"?
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    Don't think it's worth it to spend that much, especially when i never go over if i didn't have unlimited
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    I just gave up my unlimited data as well, but it didn't hurt all that much. I didn't need it in the slightest. I was just holding onto it for the sake of holding onto it.

    I switched to Share Everything with 6GBs of shared data for 3 smartphones. I have the primary line, and my parents are on my account with me. They both have iPhones and rarely use data.

    It was the only way to really make things work. My dad just recently started a new job, and the company offered to cover his portion of our cell phone bill, but only if he had a plan with unlimited minutes because he had to be one the phone so much. They'll also cover a portion of our data.

    Prior to dropping my unlimited, I was average about 200 megs a month, and my dad was using even less. We're on WiFi nearly all the time and don't do anything data intensive. Plus, I'll be getting a check for $70 a month from his company to put toward the bill.

    I suppose it really all depends on the cirumstances of your plan. In my case, it would have become more costly to hold onto my unlimited data, and quite frankly, I just didn't need it.
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    Yeah, pretty much where I'm at too. My husband has never had unlimited and never had home over. Don't think i would either. My son still has a simple phone cause he doesn't want to spend the extra money for a data plan. Guess i need to go in and figure out what is cheapest
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    I just ordered my phone and paid full retail so I could keep unlimited. They really screwed that up big time... I can get 2GB/Month for $30, or keep my unlimited for $29.99.

    What a deal verizon!
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    Right there is why I haven't jumped over to an S4 yet. Looks like a fantastic phone. But I stream a lot (5 to 10 gig a month) of music via spotify and shoutcast. I'm already shelling out 135 a month to these guys for a single line and a 3 gig per month tablet, and now they want more. I'm gonna ride my Razr until the darn thing blows up in my hand. Then deal with it afterwards. :p
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    Hahaha thats pretty funny. I use my unlimited data a lot too. I have a bionic but want a new phone. Debating on this one.
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    Im in the same boat.

    If you sit and do the math it actually makes sense to buy the phone at full price.
    Your bill will go up when you upgrade, and I found that it all evens out over the 2 years. So basically if you upgrade or buy retail your going to spend the same money.

    Just put it on a credit card and pay it off over time if you cant afford like I am doing and keep unlimited
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    Just checked my husbands plan he's getting 4gig for $29. No idea how he got that, must've been the special they had when he upgraded last year. guess I'll have to see what they offer me when i go in next week. Definitely want the sg4, that much is decided, so waiting impatiently for launch day!
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    Yup. For the amount of data my family uses per month, I'd definitely be paying more out of pocket over the span of 2 years versus buying a phone at full retail.
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    Not the case for me, we never go over, so wondering what best plan would be for us.
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    I agree with the general consensus that, when possible, it's most cost effective (in the long term) to buy the phone outright and keep your unlimited data, especially if you're a heavy streamer. I was strongly considering going that route, until I got the word that my father's company would hand me a $70 check each month, so long as he had unlimited minutes. That brings the cost of our plan down dramatically, still gives me plenty of data to work with, and saves me money right out of the gate.

    My two options looked like this...

    KEEP UNLIMITED:
    $238 (give or take depending on tax) per month - 1400 shared minutes (which my father could wipe out in 15 days), unlimited texting, unlimited data on 1 line, 2gb on each additional line

    SHARE EVERYTHING:
    $200 (plus tax), minus $70 (company input) - unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, 6GB of shared data

    Nearly $100 a month in savings because of the money from the company. It was a no brainer for me, but I know it's certainly not the norm for most people. I would have never considered share everything until that check came into play. They were hesitant to contribute any money if he didn't have unlimited minutes because they could have put him on a corporate plan for less, but he'd have to ditch his phone number. His job involves a lot of phone communication, and he's built such a wealth of contacts over the years that they actually considered his phone number an asset and were willing to pay a little extra to let his phone stay independent.
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