3G/4G Devices Require 3G/4G Plans - Be Careful, Unlimited Users!

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Friday, 16 April 2010

Sprint and Verizon 3G/4G Devices Require 3G/4G Plans - Be Careful, Unlimited Users!

Now that Sprint's and Verizon's 4G service is available in a number of cities across the US, many 3G users are interested in switching to a new 3G/4G device, even if they don't currently need 4G - simply so they can have the latest device and be prepared for when 4G becomes available to them. This is understandable, but for customers who currently have a grandfathered "unlimited" 3G account with Sprint or Verizon, it is important to understand taht Sprint's and Verizon's 3G/4G devices require 3G/4G plans, and you CANNOT activate a 3G/4G device on a 3G-only plan. If you switch to a Sprint or Verizon 3G/4G device - even if you purchase the device outright with hopes of doing a traditional ESN swap - you will NOT be able to keep your unlimited 3G service, because you will be forced to choose one of the 3G/4G plans (none of which include unlimited 3G service).

This may come as a surprise to some, since Sprint and Verizon do allow customers to do "ESN (Electronic Serial Number) Swaps" from one 3G device to another without changing your contract. Many people assume that they will be able to do an ESN swap from their 3G device to a 3G/4G device, continue using their unlimited 3G service for the time being, and be ready for 4G when it becomes available. This is NOT the case. You cannot do a simple ESN swap from a 3G device to a 3G/4G device. You can do a swap and not extend your contract, but you mus change the plan to the 3G/4G plan.!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2011 )
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