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I'm not sure why this hasn't been posted here but it's been possible for a long time now. This is not related to methods about swapping upgrades or buying extra lines. My wife and I upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $100 at Bestbuy.com during their last sale, got the free $50 gift cards from the February promo, and we still have our unlimited data. Unfortunately the S5 is back to $150 at Bestbuy right now. If you didn't join in on the $50 promo, you won't be able to join in again this year. I attached some images from my Verizon account and email. But hurry you never know when this will be patched. And as always, do this at your own risk!

Another positive side effect to this trick is that myself as well as others have reported that the $35 one time activation fee per phone did not show up on our bill when using this method. It may be because the upgrade fee is also attached to the "switch order"? (The switch order is explained later)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/veriz...1300050002

Instructions
Purchase your phone through Bestbuy.com and choose the option to ship the phone to your home. Do not purchase instore, activate instore, or choose instore pickup. While adding the phone to your cart it'll ask you to provide your Verizon login credentials; do so but choose the option "Keep existing plan". When you choose add to cart you'll see "There's a change from Verizon Wireless for unlimited data plans. Verizon Wireless has ended this plan option, so when you upgrade you'll be switched to their most common 2GB plan by default." but we've all ignored it. Once your phone arrives at your home, DO NOT TURN IT ON!!!!! Pull the SIM card out of the back of the phone and chop it up. For some phones, the SIM will come in a small box that you can toss out. Turning your phone on with the new SIM card or calling Verizon to activate the new SIM card WILL remove your unlimited data plan.

Take your SIM card from your old phone and place it into your new phone. Your SIM is already activated so there's nothing more you need to do. Your phone should be good to go and your Verizon contract will be renewed for 2 years but your unlimited data will stay intact. As required, your contract is renewed and as specified on Bestbuy's website you said you wanted to keep your unlimited data so you're not breaking your terms of service or doing anything unethical.

All SIM cards are not created equal. There are 3 common types of SIM cards; Mini SIM, Micro SIM, and Nano SIM. The Mini SIM is in some older phones. I can tell you for certain that the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and S5 all use the micro SIM card. Some iPhones use Nano SIM cards. The HTC Thunderbird uses a mini SIM card. However, they are all basically the same SIM but different sizes. This means you can cut your SIM to a smaller shape if need be or you can buy an adapter to make it bigger. If you're nervous about cutting your SIM, you can buy a special cutting tool to do it for you. I started a wiki for adding each phone and the SIM card size it uses.

This Youtube video provides some great instructions for cutting your SIM card.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6T1Mygucak

Here are a bunch of different SIM cutters on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...d%20cutter

We didn't have to cut our SIM cards. My brother in law cut his HTC Thunderbolt mini SIM card down to a micro SIM card and it worked perfect. If you destroy your SIM card, you can visit a Verizon store to get a free one. (It's not free at the small shack like / mall Verizon stores) However, I would avoid that at all costs as they might see you just bought a new phone. However, unless you have a mean Verizon rep, your UDP should stay intact.

If at any time Verizon or Bestbuy says there's a problem with your order and requests you to call in DON'T! Cancel your order with Bestbuy, return the phone, and try again later. Some users have reported that this occurs because they're upgrading on a secondary line. I personally had no trouble but their solution has always been to transfer the upgrade to the main line through Bestbuy's website.

FACTS
  1. You must already have an unlimited data plan (UDP)
  2. Only possible ONLINE through Bestbuy.com* (Moto Maker uses the Bestbuy system so some people have reported success with them as well)
  3. You MUST ship the phone. You cannot pick it up instore.
  4. You CANNOT use the SIM card that comes with the shipped phone. You must use your old SIM card. If it is too big you will have to cut it down.
  5. This trick will leave a "switch order" on your Verizon account preventing you from making any account changes. If you need to make a change, a tier 2 tech can remove it. Check out the quote below from a few Verizon reps who posted to this thread.
  6. Using your old SIM, some features/apps on your new phone will not be available ex. Isis Wallet. (*Once you activate with your old SIM it is possible to get a replacement SIM to fix this issue)
  7. If you run into a problem with your Bestbuy order CANCEL IT! Don’t call in and give them your Verizon info or you will lose your UDP!
  8. Bestbuy's website does have a few disclaimers about losing unlimited data but we've all ignored them.
  9. Some people are unable to check out due to order problems. This is usually because your have an outstanding bill due.
  10. Keep an eye on your Verizon account to make sure your plan doesn't change and your contract end date extends two years.
  11. Some who accidentally activated the new SIM were able to gripe and complain to get their UDP back
  12. If your phone is too old to have a SIM card in it, there are some tricks available. Verizon allows you to activate any Verizon phone on any account. (Assuming no past bills are due on that phone or stolen) So you can take your friends phone into a Verizon store and say, "My friend gave me his/her old phone and I would like to activate it on my account". Verizon will be happy to do so. They will head to the back of the store, grab a SIM card that fits that phone, and activate the SIM card to your Verizon account. At this point, you now have a SIM card for your account. Take that SIM card out of the phone you just activated and place it into the new phone you just bought from Bestbuy.com. You or your friend will have no phone during this time while you wait for the Bestbuy.com order. You should obtain the SIM card using your friends phone BEFORE ordering on Bestbuy.com. As noted before, you'll have a "switch order" on your account so you'll want the SIM before the "switch order" hits your account.
  13. On that note, just to clarify, your Verizon account is attached to your SIM card, NOT your phone. That means you can pull your SIM card from your phone and place it in most other phones and it'll work perfect. This is intentional and is a feature.
  14. As far as we can tell, the only way to lose your unlimited data is by using the SIM that came with the phone or by walking through the activation process with Verizon on the phone.
  15. And finally, here's 38 pages of questions, answers, and success stories from which this method originated. You'll want to quickly move a few pages in as the first few are a little confusing - http://forums.androidcentral.com/...price.html

NEW FACTS
  1. Users have confirmed the same process "partially" works for Amazon.com. The difference is the "Customer Agreement" receipt for Bestbuy.com states "Keep Existing Plan" while the Amazon orders state that you chose the "2 GB Plan". Despite this receipt notice, users are reporting that they're unlimited data stays in tact. This may or may not make a difference in the long run. (Open the Verizon app, click "Profile", and then click "View Receipts")
  2. Users have confirmed the same process "partially" works for Costco.com. Users have reported the same "Customer Agreement" receipt issue of showing the 2GB plan.

Worthy Quotes
Quote from kalel33 View Post :
I was a supervisor with Verizon customer care and this method should work. The change in the data plan is attached to the switch order that comes when you activate the sim card. If the sim card that came with the new phone is never activated then the feature is never changed. The only problem this causes is that there will now be a switch order on the account that won't allow you to change anything(minutes, text, etc.) If you get a rep that knows the backdoor way of deleting a switch order then you'll be lucky.
Quote from tiny8291 View Post :
Over the phone the store will mess it up... To remove the switch over, tell them that you reactivated your phone and now you can't make a plan change and that last rep said you need to talk to tear 2 tech. And they can remove it in about 2 min
Quote from chauntbuckler View Post :
just received my S5 upgrade from S4. worked like a charm!
Quote from bucky13 View Post :
just got my s5, upgraded from the droid4, swapped the sim cards and getting txts w/o issues.
Quote from drealiT View Post :
Worked like a charm, Galaxy S3 to HTC One (m8) upgrade complete. Thanks OP!!!

Seriously.... destroy the new SIM. You don't want someone getting a hold of that.
And there are several other users who have reported success in this thread!
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#346
just purchased yesterday, shipping out next week. hope this works.

If i want to return the phone in the 14 day period, would i need to return it with the new sim?
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#347
I also got a slim card mailed to me by calling Verizon. Two questions 1) So I can't just put this new slim card in the phone I am planning to buy from Best Buy to activate it? 2)If I activate it in my friend's phone first, will it delete all his contact and other save info?
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#348
If the phone I received with a dent on it, is it safe to exchange at local BestBuy store?

I have inserted the old SIM card into the new phone and turn the power on. My Unlimited Data is still there.

Thank you for your help.

Edit:
They first told me I had to mail-in for the exchange, then I show them the packing list that I can exchange in store. I was able to get another phone. I was afraid they void my Unlimited Data but I checked and it is still there. I will keep my eyes on.
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#349
Confirmed working.

Had unlimited data since 2010. Contract ended in 2012 with Droid Incredible. Bought a Galaxy s3 from eBay and replaced.

Ordered this last Tues from Bestbuy seleting shipping and keep existing plan. Received today. Immediately removed sim card and replaced with S3 sim card. Powered phone on and was greeted with phone already activated message. No further activation was needed. its ready to go and is on network.

Checked Verizon.com and the device automatically replaced my S3 and is still showing same plane with UNLIMITED data.

Freakin awesome!
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#350
not sure if i should wait for note 4 :/
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#351
Quote from IsThisRealLife View Post :
not sure if i should wait for note 4 :/
It will be locked down like crazy (just look at the S5, no root or unlock bootloader).
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#352
Quote from IsThisRealLife View Post :
not sure if i should wait for note 4 :/
Do you really wanna risk Verizon shutting this loophole down and miss getting a subsidized phone?... note 4 is a long ways out. I'd grab a note 3, on sale for 200 right now, you'll be able to sell it for more than that easily when the note 4 hits.
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#353
Is this trick still working?

Is it possible to buy a iphone 5s using my upgrade, sell it and continue using my unlimited data Moto X?
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#354
It looks like Verizon 'fixed' this. There is no option for keep existing plan but Upgrade my device and some text at the bottom.

"There's a change from Verizon Wireless for unlimited data plans.

Verizon Wireless has ended this plan option, so when you upgrade you'll be switched to their most common 2GB plan by default."
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Quote from dustin84 View Post :
It looks like Verizon 'fixed' this. There is no option for keep existing plan but Upgrade my device and some text at the bottom.

"There's a change from Verizon Wireless for unlimited data plans.

Verizon Wireless has ended this plan option, so when you upgrade you'll be switched to their most common 2GB plan by default."

The original message in this thread says to IGNORE that quote....
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#356
I ordered my phone last week and received it last night. I was just checking here before switching over it to make sure there were no surprises.

One thing to note--the new SIM card came in the phone already--this is a change from the past. It was difficult to get it out--but I did.

I am pretty sure that this is not just a Best Buy thing--but how the system is set to work.

Previously I had purchased a RAZR Maxx when there was a buy 1 get 1 free promotion. I was not going to get two but the Verizon rep talked me into it using a dumb phone line a person in my family had. She said it was like paying for a warranty on the phone and I would not be charged for the smart line unless I activated it. The phone sat the for over a year, until I dropped my phone and cracked the screen. I took it out, switched sims and was good to go.
I will confirm later that this worked...getting the last of my Internet in just in caselook around
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#357
Quote from mordak View Post :
The original message in this thread says to IGNORE that quote....
I think what he is trying to say is that the option to "Keep existing plan" is no longer available. It now says "Upgrade my device". Not sure there is a difference, but they certainly did change the lingo, so it sounds like they may be on to this.
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Quote from Millions Knives View Post :
I think what he is trying to say is that the option to "Keep existing plan" is no longer available. It now says "Upgrade my device". Not sure there is a difference, but they certainly did change the lingo, so it sounds like they may be on to this.
The button to "Keep Current Plan" is still on the next screen after you've entered in your phone # and SS # and it shows my UDP details there, so I think this is still valid.
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#359
So you can still do insurance and everything and it shows your new phone in your account right? I'm thinking about doing this. Even if they bump me off unlimited oh well. I need a new phone anyways.
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#360
To note!

......I'm highly confident you could do this shell game via verizon's website still. That's how I did my upgrade.....

Of course, assuming you have a family line
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