Jun 27th, 2011

The picture is getting ever clearer as we inch toward the supposed D-Day for unlimited data. This time, a Verizon rep on their support account on Twitter has said that users will be able to upgrade to new phones after the tiered data change is made and still be able to keep their unlimited data package. The user asked the following question:

“Will unlimited 3G data customers be grandfathered into unlimited 4g data if we upgrade to a 4g phone after July 7th?”

And received the following response:

“Existing Smartphone custs can keep unlimited data pricing when upgrading to another Smartphone.”

Just like dealing with reps for anything else, you have to take this claim with a grain of salt as they’re often misunderstood or they often misunderstand the original question. The specific question asked about being grandfathered in after a switch from a 3G only phone to a 4G phone, which is a very good question. There may exist some clause in the customers’ contracts that would allow Verizon to force you into a new plan when upgrading to a phone with different data funcitonality.

I’m not saying this is the case, but it’s possible. We’re trying to get a clearer answer from our friends at Big Red and will be report back if we hear anything different. In the meantime, it doesn’t look like we have much to worry about in the way of grandfather concerns. [Droid-Life]

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