You have 5 lines, 2 are smartphones with unlimited data, 3 are dumbphones.
Now which line is eligible for the upgrade? You said the smartphone line is eligible. If you use the upgrade from a smartphone line, you will lose unlimited data. You can't transfer the actual upgrade eligibility between lines; you can only transfer the phones after the new contract begins.
Online, I transferred the available upgrade to one of the dumbphones then added an iphone 5 to the cart under the dumphone line and went through the checkout process. All information and plan changes involved the current dumbphone number that I was upgrading...no mention at all of the droid x plan or any changes to that line at all.
Is this loophole below to keep unlimited data legit? I think the gist is that you upgrade some other line to iPhone or another subsidized device, then transfer it to the line with unlimited data. For some reason a dumb phone needs to be involved. Some of the posts in this thread suggest the same loophole.
I would think if true 1) every website would be running with it or 2) Verizon would close the loophole.
Has anyone have threaten to cancel and been able to get both the subsidized price and keep their unlimited data? I'm curious about this one because I am thinking about pulling this one when I can upgrade in a few months.
Long answer: No.
For certain systemic reasons that can't be gotten around.
*edit* Systemic reasons if you're on a individual plan at any rate. On a family plan, if you use someone else's upgrade and DON'T process it as an alternate (i.e. you attach the order to the number whose upgrade you're actually using) THEN activate the phone on the line you want to keep unlimited data on... well, it does work. It's just a lot more futzing about with things. This of course assumes that the other line isn't a smartphone with unlimited data.
Does that mean its never happened? I'm sure it's been waived or credited by someone somewhere at some point. But I'm also sure that rep/supe had some explaining to do to their Associate Director or Center Director.
Use 3's upgrade to get an iPhone 5 on tiered and activate on 2 or 1. Then go back to feature phone on 3. How's that work? Doesn't upgrading 3 to get the iPhone subsidized mean you're locked into 2 GB tiered plan for 2 years?
1. smart upgrade available
2. smart upgrade available
3. dumb upgrade available
3. use dumb upgrade to get $200 iPhone 5 on tiered data. Activate iPhone 5 on 1 or 2.
NEXT switch phone number between 1 and 3. The phone # that was on 3 should now be on the unlimited data plan and #1 will be on tiered data plan, still having his upgrade available.
So then the #3 will have yet another upgrade available since he just switched from #1... Could he again upgrade to an iPhone 5 for $200 and just stick with the tiered data plan while letting #1 and #2 stay unlimited?