Verizon customers able to upgrade to new iPhones without losing unlimited data plans [Updated: Loophole closed]

Engadget is reporting that a number of Verizon customers who are on the grandfathered unlimited data plans are able to upgrade to the new iPhones without losing their unlimited data plans.

As you are aware, Verizon put an end to grandfathered data plans last year, forcing customers to switch to one of their Share Everything data plans when they wanted to switch from 3G to 4G LTE for the iPhone 5.

According to reports, Verizon customers have managed to upgrade to the new iPhones without losing the grandfathered unlimited data plans using Verizon’s website and also via third party retailers. Engadget reports:

There doesn’t seem to be any bit of trickery required to make it happen either — folks just go through usual upgrade motions to get a brand new phone on subsidy, and come out with an order confirmation that has all-you-can-eat data still onboard.


It is not clear if this is a glitch that will be fixed soon or Verizon has changed its policy to prevent customers from switching to other carriers. We doubt Verizon will force these customers to manually switch to their shared data plan.

So it looks like it’s a great time to upgrade to the new iPhone if you want to continue using the unlimited data plan on Verizon. Let us know how it goes in the comments.


It looks like Verizon has closed the loophole, as a number of readers have pointed out that they’re being forced to switch to the shared data plans.

[Via Engadget]