unlimited data plans

How can I upgrade my Verizon iPhone and keep my data plan?

Episode 1160

Jeff from Atlanta, GA
Apple iPhone 6

Jeff has unlimited data on Verizon and he wants to upgrade his phone, but they won't let him keep his data plan if he does. Leo says that is how they get people. He can pay the full amount for the phone, but if he tries to subsidize it, he'll be taken off of his unlimited data plan. He should check how much data he actually uses. He may not need to keep that unlimited data plan. The advantage of buying his own phone is that he can have an unlocked model.

Matt says that he had his unlimited data plan saved by a guy at the Verizon store by adding a line for $10 a month.

Should I give up my unlimited data plan?

Mark from Malibu, CA

Episode 1147

Mark still has the AT&T Unlimited data plan, but it's so expensive. Should he just keep it or downgrade to a smaller, more limited plan. Leo says that the CEO of AT&T is on record sharing his regret that he ever offered that option. But they've now incentivized enough to get people to give it up. It may be you can save money by giving it up, but they don't want to make it easy to give you the best deal. Leo advises going to the AT&T store and asking a salesmen to walk you through the options because you're thinking of jumping ship.

How can I get GPS data on my laptop?

Episode 1140

Jason from Auburn, ME
GPS

Jason uses a logging app that will automatically add GPS data when he creates an entry. It would take something from an external GPS through a com port, which is obviously something his laptop doesn't have. He found an app that allows for GPS over Bluetooth so he can use the app on his laptop. Most laptops have Bluetooth built-in, but the app is looking for that data from a com port. The chatroom recommends the GlobalSat GPS receiver for $35, and it works via USB. They also make USB to Serial port adapters.

How can I get an unlimited data plan with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Episode 1128

Jason from Warren, NJ
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Jason wants to get a new Galaxy Note 4, but he doesn't want to lose his unlimited data plan. Leo says that AT&T is always looking for a reason to take unlimited data away from those who are left using it. And frankly, most people who have it don't use that much data and they're really paying for what they don't use. Either Jason could get a plan that would cover the data he uses, or he could go to T-Mobile and get unlimited. Most of their plans are unlimited, but would throttle his speeds after he reaches a certain limit.

Is unlimited really unlimited on Verizon?

Johnny from Fontana, CA

Episode 1090

Johnny is being offered unlimited internet through Verizon. Leo says that unlimited is never really unlimited. They'll throttle him and slow him down after a few gigs. So he should pay attention to that. He currently has 3GBs through AT&T. Leo says it's hard to get past that unless he's streaming video. And if he has Wi-Fi, it's even harder. So check that the phone he is getting is going to have a hotspot capability, which most do natively. But he'll have to pay extra for it.

How can I keep my unlimted data plan?

Tricia from San Diego, CA

Episode 1003

Tricia has an iPhone 4S and she wants to keep her unlimited data plan with Verizon. She wants to upgrade to the iPhone 5S, but can she still keep her data plan? Leo says that according to Verizon, she may need to pay full price on the phone in order to keep the unlimited data plan. However if she's really nice and asks them politely, then they may waive the requirement.