You Will Be Forced Off Unlimited If You Try To Buy A Phone Full Price At A Corporate Verizon Store

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    It would appear that Verizon is trying to do away with us grandfathered unlimited data users once and for all. For the past 3 years I have been buying my phones at full retail price to save my old school Altell plan. This plan gives me 500 minutes to share between myself and my wife, 10 family and friends numbers which are free to call, free calling after 7 and on weekends, unlimited text messages and unlimited data. Many people really wouldn't be able to justify an unlimited data plan, but for my family it is a must. I regularly use 40GB per month while my wife uses nearly 20GB per month. We do nothing abnormal just all the social media, netflix, youtube, and pandora we care to use all without having to worry about a stinking wifi hotspot.

    Today I walked into my local Verizon corporate store pretty stoked to be purchasing an LG G4. I literally had my debit card pulled out of my wallet as i walked up to the register. (A little bit of context here I have been buying phones at full retail price now for years. I don't know if the sales reps get a commission off of selling a plan or upgrading a device and get nothing when someone buys a phone retail, but when they see me walk in the store none of them seem happy to see me.) I was already expecting a bit of a struggle. Verizon is the only place that gives me a hard time when trying to hand them cash.

    The sales rep that greeted me asked for my number. I gave it to her she pulled up my account and asked if I would be using my upgrade that was available. I told her no in fact I would be buying the phone at full retail cost. Without hesitation she told me the system would automatically kick me off the unlimited plan and force me on another plan even if I bought the phone out right. I told them I wouldn't be interested in losing my unlimited data and they suggested trying to buy my phone from a third party. I called the corporate hotline. They told me that they didn't see any reason why the corporate store would not sell me the phone. They didn't think it would take away my unlimited.

    I returned to the store and asked for the manager. I explained to him what the corporate hotline had told me, and he said that we could give it a try, but the last two people who bought a phone outright returned a few days later raising cane because they had been kicked off their unlimited data plan. He said the system didn't show they were being kicked off the data plan, but apparently it had happened automatically when the phones were activated. They were surprised it had happened and they just wanted to make me aware of the situation before i bought a new phone and lost my unlimited data. The only way around this appears to be buying the phone from online and then using your existing sim, or you could buy a phone from a place like bestbuy albiet for an extra $100. I can not find anything official from Verizon stating that they are no longer selling phones at retail in the stores.

    Are there any of you still on an unlimited plan? Have you had this same type of experience when trying to buy a phone full retail from a corporate store lately? Please respond with your experiences.
     
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    If you bought a phone online or at a big box retailer, would it work the same way when you activate the new phone? I would think VZW's system would just see a new device and zap your plan.
     
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    That's what has me worried
     
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    It's like VZW saying don't buy from us which makes no sense..
     
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    I bought my S6 outright to keep my unlimited data. I dealt with several sales associates before actually buying the phone. I went in several times to ask about my options and none of them gave me any problems. I ended up buying it mid June.
     
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    I'm still using my Note 2 and it's about time to upgrade, I have one line that doesn't have unlimited that I'm tempted to use the upgrade for, except it will force that line to have data (it's currently an old school flip phone) and doesn't need data.

    so... use the upgrade pay the $30 a month for data... or buy the phone outright somewhere else.... I'm sitting at 20gb in about 2 weeks.... I don't tether often, only when my internet is down, I just watch alot of netflix and youtube and I'm always streaming google play music.

    it seems like Verizon is going to push us off unlimited eventually... I will definitely be porting my number out.

    what about this option.... but a phone on contract.... wait a month then cancel said line pay the ETF... that's pretty much the same price as buying it outright isn't it? $299 for the phone $50ish for the plan and $350 for the ETF..... $799....
     
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    Bought my Droid Turbo outright as well, but this was back in April so things may have changed since. Still on grandfathered plan, I hope the same for you. I'd ask other corporate locations for reassurance.
     
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    I upgraded to a Droid 4 with 4g LTE literally 2 days before all these new plans came out,... used it for a long while, and frequently received phone calls from Verizon Reps asking me if Id like to switch to their new plan. Around 5 months ago, I used some of the tax return to finally upgrade, and went in to buy a new phone. I was going to go with an S6, but the guy said they happened to have one Edge left, so I jumped on it. When he started to mess with my plan and talk about upgrades, it took me 3 explanations and 2 other sales reps to get them all to understand that I was payin CASH, outright, and that I would RAISE HELLFIRE and BRIMSTONE if they changed my plan. This eventually went to a manager level, and I was reassured that they would NOT change my plan. Still grandfathered with unlimited 4g and hotspot/tethering.

    AT&T was recently sued heavily over some unlimited plans stuff, and I think verizon is starting to get a little defensive about the issue. Legally, verizon isn't allowed to change your plan unless you fail to make payment or fall into their "upgrade" schemes,... but I have a feeling their legal department has been neck deep in contracts trying to subvert any contractual obligations that are in OUR favor,...

    The thing that gets me about what you were told, is that buying a new phone shouldnt have any effect on your contract at all if youre paying outright,... Ive switched my sim card between multiple older phones while testing ROMs and such with no issues what so ever. Even if for some reason you need a new SIM card, that shouldnt in ANY way effect any changes to your account and plan, its just a card lol. I find it very odd, and some what frightening.

    Not to call out employees or any thing,... but I wonder if that "accident" was a part of some "bonus" for "signing people on to new EDGE plans".... they were VERY offended when I told them that I dont like the idea of paying for my phone and increasing my monthly bill over it, and that I use at least 200 Gb of data monthly between all the apps, music and netflix. Oh, and the reps still call me 2x a months asking if I'd like to switch to one of their new plans LOL!
     
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    I have 4 lines that are unlimited... 1 dummy line..and I've been sitting and waiting...watching what drops..so far nothing so awesome I want to drop my turbo or note edge..

    I use one of the 4 lines to generate a hotspot for stuff...only because the WiFi services down here are a joke.

    On possible for way to check.. Have an extra phone laying around? Activate it and see what happens?? Idk..
     
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    I was told the same thing at my Verizon store. If I buy the phone in the store, when they ring it up their system will dump the unlimited plan and force the rep to pick a new plan. If I buy it elsewhere and activate it myself the system does nothing. It sounds similar to what they told you. It sounds like their system is setup to make the sales rep pick a plan at the time of purchase. Seems silly to me.

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    If you want to buy a phone at Verizon, this is what you do:
    1. Go to Verizon
    2. Find the phone you want to buy
    3. Then on your current phone open the Amazon App and buy it.
    :D
     
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    I'm calling shenanigans on your VZW store. I think they screwed two customers, and were set to screw you too. Just buy it from the website at full retail.
     
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