Urgent Tech Update: As of June 28th, 2012  Verizon Wireless will change the rules on how your billing programs will be structured going forward.

One of the differences that could matter to you is occurring if you currently have an Unlimited Data Plan on your smartphone and want to keep it.

Here’s the scoop: If you want to retain your Unlimited Data plan AND want to still buy your phone at the Verizon Discounted Price when you are eligible for an upgrade, you MUST upgrade your phone now.

To take advantage of this right now you must:

1.) Be within your Upgrade period (about 18 months from the last time you took advantage of the Upgrade policy discount.)

2.) You must have your order for your new phone choice approved and in process by June 27th.

On June 28th and beyond, to retain your Unlimited Data plan vs the new Tiered Data Plan they are bringing out for new or renewed contracts,  you will no longer be able to pay the Verizon subsidized price for your upgraded phone and keep your Unlimited Data Plan.

For example: If you upgrade right now to a Motorola Razr Maxx (a Great phone!-PG) under the upgrade terms, the price is $199.00.  The non-discounted price however is $650.00.

Paying $450 extra, even if you justify it over 18 months ($25/m averaged), to retain your unlimited data plan is likely something you won’t do unless you’re a very heavy data user.

So, if you are in a position to upgrade in this next week, are currently grandfathered on an Unlimited Data plan for your smartphone and want to make the move to 4G on an really outstanding device, like the Motorola Razr Maxx, with up to 21 hrs. Talk Time!, super slim design, a 4.3″ high resolution screen for much easier reading, texting and handling, tough Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar rugged casing, this would be the time!

You can only get the Razr MAXX version, the version of the Razr I recommend, by calling Verizon Wireless directly or ordering it through a store to be delivered to your home (about 2-3 days).

The MAXX version is the only phone on the market that has both an excellent smartphone design and has brilliantly integrated a big battery into a very slim profile (no big BUMP out the back, like the “extended” batteries cause.) .

When it arrives, just take your new phone (and your current phone) to the store to have it set up for you. It does come with activation instructions in it, but I suggest making the trip to the store so all your contacts are transferred and the basics like your emails are all set up for you.

I own this phone based on our research.  I paid the $199 for it and the detailed review is in progress now. But don’t wait for the review if it means you’ll miss this opportunity!

Here’s why:

If you live in a 4G area, with a 4G phone you’ll quickly find how easy it is to download info that you would not have bothered to in the past, especially if your have a larger screen to read it on.

Because it is fast, many things you wouldn’t have considered doing on your phone before because of speed, you are more likely to do, so up goes the data usage numbers. (Verizon wireless knows this too!)

This will be your last chance to be one of the few who can move into 4G now, retain an Unlimited Data plan for the next two years and do it on the best network for coverage and service.

FYI: Verizon and AT&T are both adapting to our shift from actually talking on the phone (how old fashioned!) to the increasing time we spend using Data services (web browsing, videos, Facebook, Pinterist, live games, interactive apps, picture sharing, video sharing, etc.)

The new plan for Verizon will give you unlimited Voice and Text, but create a tiered plan for each level of Data usage you choose.  Just like the “old” voice plans, running over your plan limits in Data will likely get expensive fast.

Cheers,

PG

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