I ended up returning my Galaxy s8 after my Samsung Pay experiment. I just could not justify a $750 phone just to get 3x points on Altitude. If any of you guys out there could suggest where to get a cheap Galaxy Note 5 used I would be down with that connected via WiFi just to use at POS terminals. I got the S8 phone back to Verizon within 14 days and paid the $35 restocking fee for a full refund. I had already paid the $30 activation fee for the new line, so I went ahead and moved the line to a unlocked iPhone 5s that I had laying around so my kid could watch You Tube Kids on long car rides.
There was an article from Greg at FM that was emailed to me that talked about transferring a line from Verizon to Sprint for an entire year worth of free unlimited data, phone and texting. I rushed to the website to get it done before the 30 June 2017 deadline. However, the deal has been extended until 31 July 2017. Take your time and think about it. Even try to pick up a SIM card from the store to avoid the $10 overnight shipping fee.
The article did not have a data point on how old an account needed to be, and suggested adding a new line to Verizon for the sake of transferring to Sprint. I added the line and just a 14 days later I logged into Sprint and entered the phone number, MEID, and it said it would send me a $3 SIM card at $10 overnight shipping. There was no place to request picking up the SIM card from the store to save $10 in overnight shipping as suggested my Greg. When I got the SIM card, I just entered the new SIM card number, phone number, MEID, Verizon account number, and account PIN. It took about 10 minutes to transfer the account over, and sure enough I am being charged only $2 a month admin fee for an additional line! The tethering and personal hot spot on the device has been limited to 10 GB a month, but still works! Planning on using this also as my loaner phone for my out of country guests. Details here:
Bring your eligible phone to Sprint and get FREE Unlimited data, talk and text for one year. There’s no annual contract and you can keep your phone, number, accessories, photos, apps and music. It’s really that simple.
You’ll get Sprint’s fully-featured Unlimited including:
- Unlimited data, talk and text
- HD streaming:
- Video at speeds up to 1080p
- Music at up to 1.5mbps
- Gaming streams at up to 8mbps
- Unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else. Data deprioritization applies during congestion.
- 10GB of high-speed data per line to use toward mobile hotspot, VPN and Peer-2-Peer usage. Once your 10GB is used up:
- Continue at up to 2G speeds (32 Kbps) on our network for no additional cost, or
- Purchase more on-network high-speed data for $15/1GB to tide you over for the rest of your bill cycle
This introductory pricing:
Free service for 1 year for new customers who switch to Sprint and sign up on sprint.com/1yearfree between 6/9/17 and 6/30/17. Save until 7/31/18.
- You’ll save more than $900 (compared to Verizon’s one-line unlimited rate plan) in the first year
- Switch your whole family and save even more!
- A standard $1.99 admin fee, $0.40 regulatory fee and other taxes and fees apply
- Your $30 activation fee is waived as part of this promotion. The fee will appear on your first bill and a credit will appear within 2 bills.
Requires a Sprint SIM card, eBill and Sprint AutoPay ($5/mo./line discount applied within two invoices)
- If AutoPay is cancelled, you’ll pay $5/mo./line
- If AutoPay and eBill are removed, a $7.99/mo. charge will apply for Account Spending Limit customers
- Your Spending Limit is the monthly maximum amount of spending per phone on your account based on your credit decision
- For accounts with multiple phones, the total spending limit is calculated as the number of phones on the account multiplied by the spending limit per phone
You must own the phone(s) you’re bringing to Sprint.
After 7/31/18, pay:
Line 1: $60/mo.
Line 2: $40/mo.
Lines 3-5: $30/mo/line
Pricing shown with AutoPay. Add $5/mo./line without AutoPay
I got a follow up call today asking to transfer more of my lines. I inquired about upgrading equipment and they said I had to wait 120 days, I would not be able to use the SIM card in any other device than the one I switched with. Sure enough when I put the SIM card in another device it locks out the Sprint network. The phones listed are okay for the deal:
- Apple iPhone 5C (Verizon only)
- Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon only)
- Apple iPhone 6
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus
- Apple iPhone 6S
- Apple iPhone 6S Plus
- Apple iPhone 7 (Verizon only)
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon only)
- Apple iPhone SE
- Google Nexus 5 (Verizon only)
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6
- Google Nexus 6P
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Motorola E4
- Motorola Z2 Play
- Motorola G4
- Motorola G4 Play
- Motorola G4 Plus
- Motorola G5 Plus
- Motorola X Pure Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition
If you have a phone lying around from Verizon, it might be worth it to add a line for $20 a month just to transfer over to take advantage of the deal. I currently get a nice 10% military discount with Verizon, and have been with them for over 10 years so I don’t have any intention to move any existing service over.