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Old 11-02-2007, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a family plan with 5 phone numbers. I'd like to upgrade one phone for a particular number however this number is not eligable for upgrade yet.

One of the other phone numbers in my family plan is eligable for upgrade. Do you think I can upgrade this phone number to a blackberry phone, then do a phone number swap with one of my other numbers to get the blackberry aligned with a phone number that isn't eligable for upgrade yet?

I know this normally works with verizon phones but will the fact that you have to sign up for a BB data plan at the same time affect this? Will the data plan be stuck on the original number? or will it change to the number the blackberry phone is using?

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Generally, if a phone is up for renewal and Verizon can get extra cash they will work with you. Now if you get a BlackBerry this will require a new phone service as it is data and I do not know of anyone with data on a family plan.

Expect to pay about $ 100 a month for 450 minutes with data, minimum text messaging (250), fees and taxes for a Blackberry. More minutes will increase the cost.
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I guess I need to put a call into verizon to see if I can even add a blackberry to a family plan...
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I had a bb with data on a family plan and had no issues.
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Let us know what you find out as my comments are based on my conversation end of May 2007 when I got my 8830. I have a family plan with the wife, kids, and parents on it. Originally I had planned on moving my phone number to the family plan to save some money and adding the data service but was told no. Maybe things have changed.
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I made an anonymous call as a potential customer and found out that you can add a blackberry to a family plan. It will operate as a normal phone under the family plan.

In order to take advantage of the BB data services, those would be an additional charge that only apply to the device ($44.99). I specifically asked if the data plan is appended to the phone number or the device and they stated it is a service that is added to the device.

I think it is safe to infer that I can upgrade one of my phone lines to a black berry device, add a data plan, then swap the phone number off with a phone number that isn't eligable for an upgrade yet.
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