what happens when my 1 year contract is up?

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    I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong forum.
    I think I'm going to buy the Bolt with a 1 year contract. What happens when the 1 year is up? Do I stay on unlimited until I do something my contract? Or does VZW force me to pick a tiered data plan when my 1 year expires?
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    If you're going to do it, you have to do it by next Saturday. Beginning April 17th, Verizon will no longer offer one year contracts. That said, history says that when your contract ends, you are on month-to-month and whatever features you have you get to keep (grandfathered) until you make a change.
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    Thanks...and yes I did read about VZW taking away 1 year contracts...bums.
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    Your contract is up, you answer your own question.
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    More specifically you go on a month to month without any ETF should you decide to cancel the phone line.
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    Hi,

    Not trying to hijack the thread, just think this is relevant to the topic.

    So I bought a TB today and paid an extra $70 for a 1 year contract so I can upgrade in 10 months. I go onto MyVerizon and indeed it says I'm eligible for upgrade 02/2012. So I can buy a phone at the reduced rate next February and will still be grandfathered into the 29.99 unlimited data? Sorry, new to the smartphone scene :icon_eek:

    Thanks.
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    Yes.

    No.

    You will sign a new two-year contract when you get another subsidized phone and will be subject to whatever tiered pricing (if any) is available at that time. If you want to continue to have the unlimited data, you may want to look into alternate routes of acquiring phones (Ebay, Craigslist) that don't require signing a new contract.
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    You'll be able to purchase the new phone with a 2 year contract. My feelings are that Verizon will grandfather you in with the unlimited data.

    If you're using it for hot spot however, they will probably put an end to that after your trial is up so you may have to pay more for that data.
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    The answer to part 2 is definitive. The truth is, we don't know. They may grandfather us in as long as you don't make any changes or the may force us to update to a tiered plan. I've been on my same AllTel plan even though I've upgraded phones several times through Verizon

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    Same here for the Alltel plan. I actually mixed and matched. I changed my phone over to a Verizon plan, by my own choice, but my data card is still on my old unlimited Alltel plan.

    If you get in on the unlimited 4g, I believe Verizon will leave you unlimited until you change your plan, not your phone.
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    This is interesting. So by that argument, we should all get grandfathered in with unlimited 3g as long as we choose not to upgrade to 4g?

    Let's say tiers start July 1... I upgrade to a new 3g phone on July 2... I get to keep my unlimited despite the fact it is no longer offered?

    (from Beka's DX)
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    I believe all data will be tiered, not just 4G, so no that probably wouldn't work. They stated that the only reason 3g has remained unlimited is to get new Iphone customers. After that it will all be tiered just like At&t. Maybe not the same packages but tiered nonetheless.

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    Coming from Alltel (Whom I miss so, so badly), I haven't been a Verizon customer long enough to be certain, but I believe Verizon will leave your unlimited 3g alone until you make a plan change.

    There are people out there with unlimited data for their data cards or mifi, even though it hasn't been offered in some time. I just upgraded from my old kpc680 to a mifi and kept my unlimited plan that I had through Alltel, even though my phone is now on a Verizon plan. I was out of contract on my data card with Alltel, and remained so until getting the Verizon mifi. Now I am locked in a 2 year contract with unlimited 3g data to my computer, so I'm fairly certain it will be the same with our phones.
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    There is no such thing as "grandfatering" unless it is specifically within the contract. A month to month agreement is not only at your option. If it's truly month to month than, unless otherwise stated in the agreement, Verizon Wireless can terminate that agreement and tell you that the only month to month agreements it offers are the current offers. It's an unsettling situation considering that there is virtually no ability to move to another carrier with your phone to obtain different service.
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    This may be the case but when Verizon wants to make you change they just tell you that the phone you won't is not compatible with your plan. That's when you're stuck.

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    While that is true, Verizon has historically grandfathered people's plans and features. For example, while for certain phones (i.e. Voyager) Verizon did require people to switch to the newer Nationwide plans and lose their older America's Choice plans, for others (i.e. smartphones) you could keep AC and just add the smartphone data plan.

    Also, Verizon offered the Talk, Text and Data promotion where you got $20 off of each line with unlimited data, but did away with the promotion a couple of months ago. Although the promotion is no longer available, it did not drop off for the people who got it. And for people (like myself) that did a plan change (changed from one unlimited data plan to a different unlimited data plan) which triggered the promotion to automatically drop, it was a simple matter of calling in to have the promotion (even though no longer available) added back.

    So making a blanket statement that says because there is no specific wording in the contract that says Verizon will grandfather does not necessarily mean that they won't.
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    We are seeing announcements about serious imminent changes in data plans with tiered pricing and 2 year contracts only. To even suggest that we should rely on how a company acted during another time and with another economic situation would be foolish. What can or can't be done will be determined by what VZW decides to do, not pointing fingers to what happened in the past.

    For all I know, Verizon Wireless might give you a free Motorola Bionic after your 1 year Thunderbolt contract is up. The point is that unless you have an enforceable contract right, you're at the mercy of Verizon Wireless. And basically, you're agreeing with me.
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    If your contract is up and you sign a new one, you only be able to get the plans that are are available at the time, regardless of what your previous plan was. If unlimited plans are gone in a year, you won't be able to get one.

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    It's a good question. This is what makes me wonder what will happen in 11 months. I am sure that all of these companies will provide options for users to continue to use their phones. Whether or not they will be "fair" or appropriate is a whole other ball game. What I'm saying is that all of these people who are telling you to tell Verizon Wireless that you were "grandfathered in" have no clue what they are talking about without anything they can use to point out that right as a matter of law. Will Congress back that position? I have no idea. Just don't rely on the word of people here without more.
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    Interesting, becasue I remember a while ago when changing phones that Verizon would basically tell you that basically the phone you were getting wasnt eligible for your current plan and would force you to change the plan. I know they did that at some point because it happened to me. It was a while ago though.

    It would be awesome to lock in unlimited 4g, unless of course the tired data pricing is even better, which is always possible. I mean we really dont even know what its going to be yet. It could be all this hulabalu is for nothing. However though previous experience with Verizon shows other wise. V$ had never had the best pricing by any stretch.

    Still it make me wonder about all these "cost cutting" measures they have been taking lately that they have something up their sleeve comming down the pike soon possibly/hopefully related to pricing.
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