If you purchase direct, IE on vzw.com or through telesales (800-922-0204) or in a corporate store, you can buy your smartphone or whatever on any plan you please and switch the next day to any plan you please. There will be no change whatsoever, there is no charge/limit to changing plans on verizon equipment. The only time you extend a contract is when you purchase equipment or do a 3rd party promo like this thread (there's also the month of free service "bill credit" promo for upgrading a primary line, search around here for details on that one).
if you purchase from an authorized retailer like bestbuy, wirefly, simplexity, letstalk, amazon, walmart, target, cellular sales, johnny down the street cellular - these guys have the option, and exercise it to various extents, of adding a data contract on the line (see "instant savings discount" on this page [wirefly.com] for an example). What this means is, that if you purchase the equipment from say wirefly, and change the plan the next day, they can charge you a 2ndary plan termination fee, up to about $300. This is not the same thing as the ETF, which VZW charges for terminating the contract (you took your number somewhere else or you stopped paying the bill), which can be up to $350.
-employee discount of 20% works with this plan only on the primary line voice charge. I have it, can see it on my verizon page, and my bill.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY (which is not necessary for deal, is necessary to receive email):
as per post 1214
The rep I spoke with explained that there were three criteria to be eligible for the promotion.
1. Must have 1400 minute or higher family plan (if on a family plan)
2. Must have unlimited texting
3. Must have two or more phones already on the unlimited data plan.
(need all 3 to get the email)
SINGLE PLAN PRICING:
---- needs to be updated (please include your state and tax) ----
FAMILY PLAN PRICING:
1ST LINE: 110 dollars
Each additional line: 19 dollars
must have 2 lines
insurance/tax/charges for first line ~ 20 dollars
insurance/tax/charges for each additional line ~ 8 dollars
therefore rough cost for monthly bill is
2 lines = 157 (110+19+20+8)
3 lines = 184 (110+19+19+20+8+8)
4 lines = 211 (110+19+19+19+20+8+8+8)
5 lines = 238 (110+19+19+19+19+20+8+8+8+8)
if you have a discount it applies only to the first line 110 dollars, therefore a 20% discount would give you 22 dollars off your plan.
the price includes taxes, fees, and insurance for all phones based off my bill (from New York). If you don't get insurance its about 7 dollars cheaper for each phone / month. If you state has low taxes (like the 0 taxes in alaska) then itll be different. check your current plan price and if its close to 110 for the first line then your taxes should be close to the same. use the same method to check the additional lines and their taxes.
Picture of advertisement attached below
Plan works with any phone that can access the internet, including smartphones
One year extension only required if you have less than a year left on your current contract.
If you didn't get Friends and Families, call them again to get that.
Data must be added to all lines on a family plan
check employee discount - HERE
link to advertisement - HERE
You don't need to lie about receiving an email. Just tell them you are calling about such and such plan and read off the terms. If they give you ANY hassle, just hang up and call back and you will get someone thats not too lazy to change your account for you. Takes all of 15 minutes.
Yes the unlimited data part includes smartphones. I did it with my droids.
STOP LYING ABOUT RECIEVING THE EMAIL. THEY CAN TELL AND ITS A RED FLAG WHEN THEY DONT SEE IT WAS SENT TO YOU. ITS NOT REQUIRED THAT YOU RECEIVED AN EMAIL TO GET THIS PROMO. JUST TELL THEM YOU ARE CALLING ABOUT THIS PROMO.
**NOTE** According to the CSR I spoke to, Caryl, (who mind you seemed to know her Sh** compared to some of the ones I have talked to) said that THIS PRICE IS ONLY GOOD FOR ONE YEAR. This price is achieved by means of a $20.00 CREDIT to your account for 12 months. After that 12 months the credit STOPS and your bill goes back to 89.99 (what it costs for this same setup if you add the features separately). This is similar to the crap they pull with their fios deals. This is not a deal breaker for most people but for me, this plan only beats out my current (very old) plan value wise as long as it stays at the 69.99 price. When it jumps back up to 89.99 after 12 months it is no longer a better deal.
**NOTE** I asked the rep when it expired and he said it showed 2035 as the expiration. he said if you change plans down the road you wont get it back if it is not a current plan offered.
**NOTE** The rep and supervisor informed me that when I joined the plan I would have to sign a 1 year contract, but they mentioned that it doesn't mean that your promotional price will end in 12 months. They also mention that the terms stipulates Verizon has the right to end the promotional offer, but does not state that after 12 months they will terminate your promotional price. "the good for one year" claim seems to be i incorrect.
Worked NYNY - called 7 times, finally got mad and told them I'm switching to Tmobile on the 7th try, she ok'd the plan - merged for seperate lines into one family for cheaper then each line... upgraded from dumb phones with no text messaging capabilities to 4 smartphones!
Worked in Ft Myers FL - took 3 phones calls but it worked!! Got the family plan for 2 phones: $90 w/ 700 min, free unlimited text, free limited pix. When I finally got someone cooperative, the call lasted 5 min!
Worked - wisconsin - called 12/14 - first rep was a jerk and said it ended in october. Called again and second rep said no problem, he also said I would still get employee discounts.
Worked-Rome,GA-12/7-Called and asked to have current plan changed to the 139.99 family plan. Got an "absolutely!" and he made the change. Kept military discount as well. Painless.
Worked in Jacksonville NC - Just called and said "I wanted to change my plan to the new $69.99 unlimited data, txt, and Mobile to Mobile" and I was off the phone 5 min later.
Worked in Hickory NC - No problems...took 5 minutes
Worked in Metro Detroit - just said "I'm calling about an e-mail regarding a new plan..." very simple.
Worked in Central MN on 11/15 - Said I had heard about unlimited data plan. He said yes that is a current promo we are running. No expiration on promo unless you change plans. Went with the 2000 min family share plan for $10 more.
11/15/10 Charleston, SC - Called and got it first time. Just said I was calling in about the $69.99 unlimited text/data 450min promotion. I didn't mention an email or anything. No contract extension. No hassle. Called again for a friend, and again, no problems, no hassles, no extensions. They said I would see a $20 discount on the bill, and "it would be like getting the data plan for $9.99 instead of $29.99"
Worked in Northern California Bay Area (Rep initially said i was not eligible. Threatened to go to Sprint, Rep changed my plan immediately. )
Worked in Tallahassee Fl -- just said I saw it on-line. No problems.
Worked in Baltimore MD - Just be nice to the CR and they will set it up.
Worked in Los Angeles CA - had to call FOUR times and finally worked when talked to supervisor. I had the exact same plan prior to this and asked for the new rate, supervisor agreed.
Worked in Columbus OH - Called in to 611 and they said no. Called the number on the link here and he did it no problems. Does not work with any work discounts you get, but the 20 dollar credit saves me an additional 4 bucks or so over the 19% from work and gets free friends and family so I went with it. Since i had over a year on my contract it didn't even extend my contract a year.
Worked in Tacoma, WA - first call, the lady said since I didn't get the email, I can't get the plan, and it was only a trial thing to see if maybe they would make it a plan later. Second call the rep set it up no questions asked. Just be nice and don;t tell them anythign other than you want to switch to the $69.99 unlimited text and data 450 minutes a month plan. Like everyone says, if they give you any grief, just end the call and try again in a few minutes until you get someone who will do it. Also - my rep told me the plan was forever, thoguh others here say it goes away after a few months. We'll see.
Worked in Atlanta, GA - Activated BRAND new line at around 7:30 on 12/30/10. Called into Verizon at 8:45 and 5 minutes later, I have the plan/credit activated on my accout. Didn't check for a single email, short and sweet. "Can I get activated on the 69.99 plan?" "Sure, we'll see if we can activate it ... it's been activated" "Happy new years" "You too bud" ... HAPPY CAMPER HERE!
jrlcopy - Worked on 01/17/2011 - Called, no issue having it added (I did get the email), still have my corp discount on it as well. I'll update what I pay once I get a bill. 19% ACCESS DISCOUNT / 20% - FEATURE DISCOUNT / 100% OFF PUSH TO TALK BLCKBRRY / FRIENDS & FAMILY 1 YR CONTRACT /TALK & TEXT PLUS DATA $20 DISC
Worked in Raleigh, NC - Was actually offered the plan when I called in for an entirely different reason, would assume that they wouldn't give you a hassle if it's being freely offered. Called back a few weeks later to verify when promotion was ending and was told by a CSR that it would only end if I changed my plan (single line with 2yr contract, 450 minutes, unlimited data and text on a Droid X), otherwise, the promotion will apparently end in 2038
Worked in Rochester, NY 11/22. Had to be persistent: took about 25 minutes on the first call. The plan showed up correctly in minutes on my Verizon account.
Did not work:
Did not work in Phoenix, AZ - Rep said he could not override the system to get the deal.
Did not work in Phoenix, AZ - Customer Service representative said that this plan was sent out to testing groups and the information was leaked online; not an official plan.
Did not work in Philadelphia, PA - First thing the Rep said when I was connected was "If I was calling about a promotional offer I personally received in the mail or email". Would not make exception. Rep said deal targeted longtime customers.
frankida - 16 Nov 10 Called and it did not work. Rep said I wasn't on the email distribution list there for I wasn't elgible. I'm not a fan of lying for a deal but they did check (quickly - like 2 secs)
STRATEGIES FOR GETTING THE PLAN ADDED:
what is the best number to call?
the one on the flyer: 1-877-873-3278
what to say ask?
my friend informed me about a new plan the 69.99 for 450 with unlimited m2m txt data, I want to add that plan to my account. and go from there.
if your switching to verizon:
"Well it's not like you can call them up and say you were offered the plan.. So I would call and say a family member got the deal and told you about it and you had been thinking for a while now about switching to VZW and you definitely would if you could get in on it. Play dumb and act like you're under the impression that anyone can get the promo- say something along the lines of "my family member just got this great plan deal so he told me to call about it."
If you called multiple times (they notate your account so they will see how many times you were rejected):
call and ask for it again, if they say no tell them that you've called before and wanted to try one last time before switching to t mobile (or any carrier) since they have the same promotion with more min. that should get them to give you the deal right away. If for some reason they call your bluff they will have to transfer you to the termination dept in which case just hang up or tell the rep in the dept you don't know why you got transferred there and hang up. So far no one has been denied with this strategy (if so please update).