Verizon Wireless: pre-order the Galaxy S III and keep your grandfathered unlimited data plan

If you’re one of the many people who are currently on a grandfathered unlimited plan, you’re probably worried about what’s going to happen to your unlimited data plan now that Verizon has announced their new Share Everything Plans.

I got in touch with Verizon and asked about the new data plans, grandfathered unlimited plans, and pre-ordering of the Samsung Galaxy S III. There’s some good and bad news.

The good news is that you will be able to keep your unlimited data plan if you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III, assuming you’re eligible for an upgrade. So, if you are eligible for an upgrade, you might want to go ahead and pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S III. By doing so, you get a nice phone at a subsidized price and get to keep your unlimited data.

The bad news is that after June 28, you will be forced to get a new tiered data plan if you upgrade. The only way to keep your grandfathered unlimited plan after June 28 is to buy your devices at full retail price.

So, if you want to keep your unlimited data plan and get the Galaxy S III, you better go ahead and pre-order it soon. After pre-ordering closes up, the only way you’ll be able to keep your unlimited data plan is if you buy your future devices at full retail.

Jonathan converted to the Android platform from Blackberry with the original Motorola Droid. He currently has a Samsung Galaxy Nexus complete with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Verizon Wireless, a Motorola Xoom, and a Kindle Fire. Besides keeping up with Android news, he enjoys spending time with his family, gaming, reading, and computers. Google+

  • Jen

    I’m having a hard time trusting that they’ll actually grandfather those who pre-ordered. I don’t think a pre-order counts as a legally binding contract. I’d like to believe that they’ll base it on the pre-order date as opposed to the ship date or activation date, but it seems sketchy to me.

  • guest

    I just spoke to a Verizon Wireless customer service representative and they informed me I will not be able to keep my unlimited data if I pre-order the phone. As soon as I activate the phone I will be on a tiered plan.  

    • Davidk

       I just got the same answer as well when I called. I pre-ordered on June 6th, and even though my order confirmation has the contract terms (Email and web: $29.99) and the other features of my current plan, the rep told me that that my unlimited data will NOT roll over to the new phone. I had her check with her supervisor, as well.

  • Redstar184

    Unbelievable…we should start a campaign against this change. With enough public pressure they may allow pre-orders to shift over. it worked with the banks and their silly charge for checking accounts.

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