using upgrade while grandfathered

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    Oh, they are so full of it. They don't need to activate it for you. All you need to tell them is you need a sim card because you would like to activate a phone you will be putting on your line, that you are capable of doing the activation yourself, and that rather than having to make another separate trip into Verizon, you want to be able to activate it as soon as able. You could even let them know that you plan to move the phone from your mom's line to yours and that is within their policies.

    Myself, I have no problem telling them politely what my plans are... it gives me an opportunity to explain that I plan to do everything I can to maintain my unlimited.

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    She looked at me like i was stupid and laughed n was like haha we can't just HAND you a Sim! You have to bring in the phone.
    Then i waited there for over a half hour and was never assisted so i just left. I'm gonna try to find another store nearby cause those people are dumb. All i wanna do is spend a few hundred bucks ni can't get them to take my money
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    Why don't you just order the phone online, activate it on your mother's line, unactivate it, and then put it on yours?
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    The last time I did that they said it had to be on the first phone number for three days.
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    Yeah, they told me that the contract on the line should be immediately updated as soon as the phone is activated on that line but that I could check my account online to make doubly sure that the contract was updated on the tiered line before switching the phone.

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    Jwilly, go into the Verizon store, buy the s3 on your mother's line, tell Verizon that you need a spare sim because you will be eventually transferring the s3 to your line. Let them know that you have already checked to make sure this is possible and that the reason you are doing it this way is because it is the only way Verizon allows you to take advantage of the new every two while keeping your unlimited data.

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    At this point I would switch carriers, or contact VZ customer support and complain about the service I'm receiving at this particular location you keep going back to. Like everyone here said, call VZ directly and don't go through this location. However, since they're jerking you around so much, wouldn't it feel nice to move over to Sprint/T-Mo/or a pre-paid and pay less, keep unlimited and be able to upgrade in the future without fear of losing unlimited?
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    I got my s3 :) thanks for all your support
    I got my s3 and kept my unlimited data! I found a loophole so now I can Use upgrades whenever I want
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    Umm. Please share.
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    The thread wasn't intended to be about the loophole so sorry for leaving that part out. This doesn't help the single line people but I just had to give my mom my upgrade, use the alternate upgrade to get the s3 on her line then put her LG dare back on her line and they just stuck MY microSim into the s3.
    Using this method, I can use upgrades whenever I want and still keep many unlimited.
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    Glad you got it to work :)

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    OK, so I specifically registered to ask a few questions. I am basically in the exact same position as the OP: I have the unlimited data plan on the original HTC Droid Incredible and able to upgrade. Both my parents have iPhone 4S's with the tiered data. My plan is to transfer my upgrade to one of my parent's lines, order the S3 online, activate it on said parent's line which in turn deactivates the iPhone, reactivate the iPhone via verizonwireless.com, which leaves the S3 deactivated, and ultimately reactivate the S3 on my line, all without losing my unlimited data.

    1. Since my Incredible doesn't have a sim card, will getting one from Verizon directly screw up my plan to keep my unlimited data?
    2. Will the fact that both my parents having iPhones on a tiered data plan also screw up my plan?
    3. Am I missing anything from my plan to keep unlimited?

    I may have a few more questions down the road, so please bear with me :)
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    Welcome to DroidForums 1nsertnamehere. There is a person that reported that he was able to successfully transfer his upgrade to a tiered line and keep the unlimited on his line. The one thing is certain...you must activate the new phone on the tiered line before switching it & activating it on the unlimited for it not to change your unlimited.
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    How long does it have to be activated on the tiered line for? Someone mentioned it has to be for 3 days or so? But I don't think there was any confirmation on that.

    About the Sim card, if my Incredible doesn't have one, will getting one from the store for my new S3 somehow meddle with my unlimited?
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    Supposedly it should only be a couple hours. I've heard it recommended to wait to make sure the tiered line shows the updated two year contract when you check your account online. I know some people have switched right away. The Sim cards are free at Verizon so that should be no problem.
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    For a family plan, I've read you can activate the new phone online yourself directly to the unlimited line and everything works -- subsidized new phone and keep unlimited data.


    10/5/2012 3:15 PM UPDATE...

    I transferred my upgrade to the 2nd line and ordered a new subsidized phone on the 2nd line. My email confirmation said I was upgrading and activation was pending on the 1st line -- not what I did. Called VZW and they told me that a transfer still applies to the line that owned the transfer and that my unlimited data would be lost. I canceled the order.
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    Hmm, both seem to be viable options although activating the new phone into the tiered plan first and then switching it over seems to be a safer route (at least to me).

    I will be transferring my upgrade, purchasing, activating, and switching the phones online (picking up the new SIM card in person). Any reason to do everything in-store instead?

    Besides replacing the SIM card with mine, do I have to do anything with it first before activating it on the S3 into my line?

    Thanks again for the replies and patience :)
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    I would call Verizon first to make sure you won't lose your unlimited by transferring your upgrade to the tiered line. There was one person that reported he did it successfully but others, like mule, has said that the available upgrade has to be on the tiered line. The safest thing is to call Verizon and ask them specifically if transferring your upgrade will you be able to keep your unlimited. You don't want to find yourself with the shock a month down the road that you no longer have unlimited.
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    Damn, looks like they caught on. Only way to get a new phone is to buy used or outright at full price. Damn.
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    Yup, just called. If you transfer the upgrade from the unlimited data line to a tiered data line, the unlimited data line would burst into flames and from the ashes, a tiered data line would emerge.

    Verizon has caught on.
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