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Verizon iPhone buyers can keep older plans, see shipping

updated 04:55 pm EST, Thu February 3, 2011

Verizon may allow legacy data plans with iPhone

Electronista has received word from those pre-ordering Verizon iPhones that they may have the opportunity to use a different cellphone plan. Those who pre-ordered the device are told that, while Apple's device normally requires the $30 or $45 data plans, they can keep the deprecated 150MB plan. Customers would only need to call a number afterwards, the message said.

"This device requires a selection of a $29.99 or $44.99 data feature to process this order," it said. "If you have a certain existing smartphone data feature (e.g. former Alltel customer, 150MB plan or a bundled voice & data plan) you can still activate the phone by calling customer service at 1-800-XXX-XXXX [our edit] upon receipt of phone & activation, and stay on your existing calling plan."

The implementation could let light users pay as little as $55 for a basic voice and data plan combo, similar to what's available at AT&T. It could also let those with grandfathered plans keep potentially better rates with their new devices. It may, however, be boilerplate language that might apply to other smartphones and was attached to the iPhone by accident.

Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed that older plans would still work.

Along with the plan changes, a handful of early buyers have claimed that their pre-orders have already shipped. Apple is only officially telling Verizon iPhone buyers to expect delivery by the February 10 wider availability date, but real shipments could see some existing subscribers with the CDMA model in their hands early next week or, in ideal conditions, on Friday.



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  1. facebook_Justin

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    I love my $25 2GB data plan, I'll never use more then 2GB, so I save at least $5 a month on data. Might even downgrade to 200MB next month, and save a whopping $15, compared to the minimum required for Verizon. xD. Also loving how my data doesn't disconnect while I'm on a phonecall :).

  1. facebook_Mitchell

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    Verizon iPhone Shipping

    I actually not only got the status it is shipped, I received a tracking number as well. And after checking, it is in the FedEx system as picked up.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Whoever downrated my above comment is just sad they don't get AT&T signal and are forced to use Verizon, xD!

  1. Fast iBook

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    As far as data plans...

    I'm on att with 550x2 But my bill just went down 7 dollars a few months ago, so there's not really any point in switching from unlimited to a 2 gig limit. Since verizon can't do voice and data at the same time, it might make more sense if you're with vz to get the lower cost plan, since you'll be doing data stuff and voice stuff not at the same time, and therefore probably less.

    - A

  1. CarlRJ

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    @facebook_Justin

    Why are you even reading all these articles - you KNOW that they must all be LIES, right, since the iPhone will NEVER come to Verizon, right?

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