Originally Posted by MichaelB
Here is the concern I have. We paying for the data plan $80 a month for 6 GB of data. We can now get $70 a month for 6 GB of data. Smartphones each cost an additional $40 a month access charge. The announcement says " Additionally, for a limited time customers who choose MORE Everything plans of 6GB or higher can add smartphones on Verizon Edge for only $15 a month after a $25 access discount per line." You can how get 2 of those for $15 a month.
At first, I thought that was good thinking that instead of paying $150 for those 2 phones and our monthly data service (we actually have 4 phones on the line but the discount is on 2) we could instead pay $100 a month. ($70 plus 2 phones at $15 a month each instead of paying $80 plus 2 phones at $40 a month each)
But I see 2 potential problems.
- we currently are under a promotion for 2 years where for each line on the plan we get an extra GB of shared data usage for no additional charge. So although we are on a 6GB data plan until the end of September 2016 we actually get 10GB of data each month.
I am concerned that if I change from the $80 a month 6GB plan to the $70 a month 6 GB plan I will lose the extra 4 GB of data.
We actually do use that extra data so I don't want to lose it.
If doing this loses it, then what I really have to compare is the cost of a 10GB plan.
That is $100 a month and if 2 of the phones could be $15 a month access instead of $40 that is $130 a month. That is still $20 less than we are paying so would be preferable. But...
It is not at all clear to me you get the $15 a month access for phones that are already on the plan and that discount appears to be limited to Edge
accounts. The language above says that for a limited time we can add
smartphones on Verizon Edge
for $15 a month.
Verizon Edge is where you pay over 24 months the full undiscounted price of the phone and then upgrade more often. Edge is not cost effective to us.
My Conclusion -
I don't think we get any access charge discount since we don't have phone on Edge and don't want to. So, if we lose the extra 1 GB a month data switching from our current plan to the new cheaper plan, we would pay $10 less a month to get 4 GB less data. If we want to continue getting 10 GB data a month we would need to upgrade to a $100 a month plan in which case it makes more sense to stay with our current plan.
Does anyone know if you lose the extra bonus data you are currently getting (if you are) if you upgrade?