Because OP would be opening the 5th line as a "ghost" line ($70(2 lines) plus 3 extra lines for total of $100 for 700 voice minutes. Plus $30 for text plus $90 (3 lines/2GB data) plus $30 for his keeping his unlimited plus zero for 'ghost line/feature phone.
My calculations were based on 4 lines (4 smartphones) with Verizon's new shared data. There is no need to add the 5th "feature phone $30 add a line" in my calculations. So the $250/month with 8GB shared data with 4 smartphone still applies. (he doesn't need the 5th line with going with shared data)
So the difference is zero between what he is trying to do vs trying to keep things simple and not add a ghost line he doesn't even use.
I usually support government regulation, but It is unfortunate that the government over-regulated and killed the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
The best explanation of the pricing nutiness in the industry.
Why Sprint and T-Mo will always suck.
The only way to end the pricing insanity is to eliminate contracts and subsidies.
I want Wifi calling on AT&T.
If you text while driving, you're an idiot. End of story.
What feature phone costs $650?Paying $450 vs $650 for full retail would be a $200 savings. Better than nothing right?
Even if the line was ostensibly opened for use with a feature phone, you'd have to commit to a data plan to get a smart phone upgrade.
So as we have stated multiple times in other threads. For some heavy data users it may be worth it to try other methods in order to maintain unlimited data. This adding a line and keeping it as a spare line works as long as the OP only has 4 family members. If they have a fifth family member than Verizon won't let them add a sixth line with the old plans.
The new plans allow 10 connected devices.
Or if you know an old person who needs a basic cell phone for emergencies or something...
Once the new plans go into effect won't the upgrade on the 5th line automatically require a change to the entire family plan? Presumably there won't be any data on the line and you would be upgrading to a smart phone on that line then switching back to a dumb phone. The subsidy would require the entire account to switch to the new plan. I don't see this as a viable alternative anymore...
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