Well it's 2013, and I assume anyone reading this who really is interested in Android will be looking for something new. I know I was, and I had my eyes set on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. But there was just one problem: I refused to give up my unlimited data. I knew that the general consensus was you either cough up full retail price for your phone, or you simply don't get one and that was the only way to keep this data package. Well I have some good news for you guys who might be looking to move past this device, I have a working method that will let you buy a new device at subsidized pricing, AND keep your unlimited data! Interested? Read on :D
-Line with unlimited data
-De-activated dumb phone
This process can be done anyway you feel most comfortable with, whether it be over the phone, on the website, or in store. I personally did this alone myself on the website, but I did later in the process go into the store to finish it up. Here's how the process looks:
1) Add a new line to your account
2) Order on this new line your phone of choice at subsidized pricing
3) Add a tiered data package to this line only, leave your primary plans alone
4) Add a pay-as-you-go text messaging plan
5) Once you have your new device, activate it on the new line
6) Take your dumb phone and activate it over your new device
7) Remove the tiered data plan and sub it with a pay-per-MB plan
8) Get a new SIM card that fits your new device and activate it on your primary line
That's it! Congratulations you now have a new device and kept your unlimited data! Here's how the pricing breaks down using the Galaxy Note 2 as an example:
Full Retail = $700
Subsidized = $300
Activation Fee = $35
Monthly Increase = $~12 x 24 months = $288
Total Cost = $623
You are saving approximately $70 however the main principle is you are not paying that all in one shot. With this method you are essentially able to finance the phone off while keeping that precious unlimited data.
I hope this helps some of you guys! I think it's time we all move past this thing so go ahead and give this a shot, for me it was totally worth it and my wife and I are 100% happier with our new devices. There's no comparison between the two phones and I won't even begin to go into that. There's plenty of material all over the web and forums to show you why it's worth your money.
Good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to post them! Enjoy!
Edited by DaRkL3AD3R, 03 January 2013 - 11:58 PM.