Verizon Is No Longer Making A Bundle Off UsI wish I had done this a long time ago, but to be honest, I'm not savvy enough to figure out how to do certain things without researching them a bit. Mostly because, I don't want to go to some business and make an ass out of myself.
No doubt many of you are aware of Pay-as-you-go or PrePaid cell plans, but it might seem a little daunting to try to switch to one. It really wasn't for us, but we did have to pay off our contract. That detail was a personal choice dictated by time constraints (I wanted this new plan in place before summer travel season), and I waited as long as possible to get the pay-off amount down to something workable.
Here's what we had to do to change plans:
- Go to our local Verizon store (not a kiosk) and tell them we wanted to switch to their Core plan.
- We will have to change our calling habits somewhat, but we were only using 27 minutes a month on our old contract plan and that just seemed like a waste of money at around $72/mo. We're not cell phone junkies though, and we only use them to call if we're traveling, etc. Since some of our friends and family have Verizon too, as you can see by the schedule above we have unlimited calling to them.
- It was a tiny bit more involved to change both of our phones over to the new plan, but we had two really adept Verizon employees who got it done quickly for us. We signed the agreement to pay off our contract balance, and opted to pay $100 to the new prepaid plan so we didn't have to worry about running out of paid minutes. (You can also opt for a low balance auto-refill if you so choose).
- They opened up the backs of both our phones and reset them (for the new plan, I'm guessing), leaving intact all of our contacts and settings. One thing to be aware of is that with the plan we went with, should we change phones they do not have the contact backup available through their website anymore. That is for contract customers only. "Daring" people that we are (not), we decided to "take a chance" and we can re-input them again if necessary.
This is not a paid article or anything. It is entirely my own opinion and experiences, and I have related them here in hope that it will, in turn, help someone else.