I Fought Big Red, And I Won!!! haha
Let me first start out by saying, that all companies have their pros and cons, and Verizon is no different. As a carrier in the U.S., I think they are the best cellular provider we have available, their coverage is unmatched. That coverage definitely comes at a premium, but as they say (i know, who they hell is “they?”), you get what you pay for. I am 32, and have been a loyal Verizon customer since before cell phones could be bricked, they WERE actually bricks .
But lately I have become increasingly irked by their continuing modifications to their plans, none of which actually saves me any money, or gives me any extra data allowance. They seem to be charging more for their data plans, while giving you less data. Its not like these phones now a days use LESS data. All of this, I am sure, you are already aware of. So if you are like me, and you want to keep all your unlimited data, but want one of these new fancy 4g, blazing fast smartphones: This is my story:
When Verizon tells you that when you upgrade your phone, you will lose your unlimited data, they aren’t telling you the whole story. You only lose your unlimited data plan if you upgrade your phone as subsidized pricing, untimately signing you to a new contract with a limited data plan. Normally these prices fall between $100 up to $300. I know you are probably thinking, if that is the normal pricing, how much is an non-subsidized phone? Generally they cost about $400-$600. Don’t worry, I don’t expect anyone to gladly pony up that much money, otherwise this would be one crappy blog post. In my case though, if I purchased one of their subsidized phones, I would go over the 2 gigabyte data limit early and often, so that definitely wasn’t a realistic option. This is where I took a risk that would benefit everyone. Based on previous transactions, I wasn’t comfortable purchasing a phone off ebay. There are some real hearless, soulless, scammers on there. I did some research and came acrossed a website, www.digicircle.com, that sells lightly used cell phones at a great price. Not only that, but they offer a 30 day warranty on their used phones, which did put my mind at ease a little. I ended up purchasing a Motorola Droid Razr for $250, and while it was called used, I couldn’t find a mark or scratch anywhere. I couldn’t be happier. Now don’t forget, you are not done here. I was going from a 3g Motorola Droid X, and while in the past, Verizon users have never had to use SIM cards. Things are different now, when moving to a 4g phone, you have to purchase a 4g sim card from Verizon, which isn’t a big deal except for the fact that I got home with my phone and tried to activate it at 10:00p.m. before finding this out. So the next day I drove up to my local Verizon store and purchased a 4g sim card for $10. I simply popped it into my phone, logged in on my Verizon account, and selected “activate a new device,” type in my sim card ID, and I was good to go, unlimited data and all. When you are activating your device, it will bring you to a screen where it wants you to change plans, but it is just wanting you to select a 4g friendly plan. Just remember not to remove the unlimited data.
So there you have it. I am running a 4g phone with unlimited data, and I didn’t spend much more than I would on a subsidized phone. And just out of spite, I stream movies while I sleep just to use up as much data as I possibly can, even when I have wi-fi available. No, not really. hehe. Just a side note for those of you with Asurion insurance on your current phone. I checked a few days after I had switched to my new Razr, and sure enough, my Asurion phone insurance now covers my new phone. So now if anything happens to this phone, I am not faced with the unthinkable, going back to my old boring, slow, 3g phone, or purchasing another used phone.
I hope this is some help to those of you out there in a similar situation. Then again, they are a very large company, I don’t want them coming after me, maybe I shouldn’t publish this………… =]