03
Jan
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Update: We all knew it was coming, so this shouldn't come as a shocker to anyone -- Verizon found the loophole. Not only has the "issue" been fixed, but Big Red is now taking the necessary steps to revert changed plans back to their tiered state. Sorry, guys - it was worth a shot.

So, you signed up with Big Red after it switched over to tiered plans, and now you're envious of all your friends who flaunt their unlimited data all over the place. Want to shut them up quickly by getting some unlimited data action of your own? Here's how to make it happen:

  1. Dial *611 from your Verizon phone, or 1-800-922-0204 from any phone.
  2. Wait for computer CSR to go through the main menu. You will need your Verizon phone number and account PIN or the last four digits of the Social Security Number attached to the account.
  3. Hit option four.
  4. When it asks you what you would like to do today say "Add a feature."
  5. If you have a 3G device: Say you would like to add the $20 2GB 3G Mobile Hotspot FEATURE to your phone
    If you have a 4G device: Say you would like to add the $30 Unlimited 4G Mobile Hotspot FEATURE to your phone. 
  6. Your data plan will now be the $29.99 unlimited data plan, and you'll have either the 2GB or unlimited Mobile Hotspot feature on top of that.
  7. {OPTIONAL - if you don't want the Mobile Hotspot feature} Log into My Verizon and remove the Mobile Hotspot FEATURE from your account. Many people recommend waiting a few days (at a minimum) to remove the feature. The $29.99 unlimited data plan should remain on your account.
  8. If they say they can't add that feature to your plan, or that you must bundle your data + mobile hotspot service together as a single data plan, tell them thank you, hang up, and repeat the steps above.

While we've seen a few reports that this worked without a hitch, VZW could (and probably will) put a stop to it at any time. Those of you who give this a shot (and succeed) should also be aware that Big Red can switch you back to a tiered plan at any time.

If you give this a go, make sure to drop a line in the comments to let us (and others) know how it went. Good luck!

[Cult of Mac via SlickDeals]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Freak4Dell

    Thanks to whoever was the jackass that first decided to write an article about this, the loophole will be closed soon, I'm sure. I'm not blaming AP, though...I saw other reports earlier than you guys had yours up.

    • Lamdroid

      if it already hit the deals forums like slickdeals and fatwallet, the dmg is already done.

      ..and thats kind of the point of these sites and forums. yes, it kills the deal fairly quickly, but at the same time, w/o these deals being posted publicly, 99% of us would never ever be able to take advantage of any of these deals and loopholes.

      • Freak4Dell

        It hit SD a couple of weeks ago.

    • Nope

      AP shares just as much of the blame for giving more unwanted attention to this deal. When you discover a loophole, the first thing to do isn't to blab about it on a popular blog you happen to work for. Also, if it weren't for that damn Apple fanboy site boasting the news yesterday, it would have likely lasted for a while and Verizon wouldn't be auditing accounts right now.

  • http://www.romalley.com Ryan O.

    Why goto the trouble if they're going to catch it and charge you for the full price of both anyway? Trash.

    • Lamdroid

      b/c u have nothing to lose (except maybe afew days of hotspot charge) and everything to gain if ur on the standard tiered plan anyway. you do realize that youre cancelling the hotspot almost immediately right?

      but with the double data promo and 95+% of ppl not using more 2gb anyway, ppl should really consider if unlimited data even matters to them.

  • Michael

    I'm a little confused. Will this make my data plan 29.99 and add a hotspot plan with an additional charge on top of that?

    • Cameron Summerson

      That is my understanding, yes.

    • Goukisan

      Wow read it again ....sheesh

  • ben dover

    I have the double data plan since I signed up during the holidays. I'm not going to risk them putting me back on 2gb/mo when they do catch it. my 4gb/mo is more than I need anyway.

  • billc

    With whats happening at Verizon, I wouldn't be surprised to see them return to unlimited data any way.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Really doubt this would happen, at least until Sprint rolls out LTE and only if they keep it unlimited and VZW starts bleeding subscribers.

    • Spankey

      what's happening at Verizon??

  • Michael

    I tried but I was told the feature I was inquiring about required having an unlimited date plan prior to July 2011.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107588147353361799868/posts//p/pub Klarth

    @billc I very much doubt it.
    People are trying to get back on because of the Nexus. Why should they throw a bone and give back Unlimited if new clients will come anyway?
    SO glad they still had it when I got the TBolt. It was the only reason I switched (mixed feelings now).
    You don't think they turned nice because of that $2 thing, do you? If only....

  • http://mobilegenius.wordpress.com JNM

    I gave it a shot and hopefully it will work. Plus, I kinda want the hotspot feature anyways.

  • Phil

    Delete my comment? Seriously? At least we know that criticism is taken well around here. Starting to lose respect for this site.

    • Cameron Summerson

      That wasn't criticism. It was a totally unjustified comment that had no backing whatsoever.

      • Phil

        So start writing some decent articles, that don't consist of BS hearsay and attacks on phones that aren't even final designs.

        And try to not delete comments just because you don't like them.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I deleted it because you added nothing to discussion and only insulted one of our main contributors.

          P.S. http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cameron-summerson/

        • Phil

          You're right, I've never seen a comment that didn't add to the discussion.

        • Cameron Summerson

          BS Hearsay? Not sure I've ever posted anything that could even begin to fit that description without a disclaimer that it's a rumor.

          As far as the D4 piece is concerned, you don't have to agree with my thoughts on the device. However, the design is most likely final, as the originally planned release date was in December and then pushed back at the last minute.

  • jbonics

    Your like cool it worked and then you get the bill... ooooooooooh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri Newsom

    Why would you post this? XDA took it doen from there website so verizon doesnt get a hint.

    On another note, i have it for my razr and galaxy nexus.

  • rey

    I tried no luck three reps .im a week old customer

  • Michael

    Worked on my fourth try. First three just kept saying the same thing. "To get that feature, you have to be grandfathered in to our unlimited data plan". They kept offering the bundled package. Finally, I told the fourth my company told me to call and ask for Feature Code 76153. I said the bundled package wouldn't work because my company needed the MHS feature itemized for re-imbursement purposes. She fumbled around quietly for 3-4 minutes and told me it was done. I've confirmed on the website.

  • Anthony

    Yup agreed.

    Really smart whatever idiot posted this on the front page of Android Police. Now way anyone from vzw will see this and correct this loophole now right?

    Are there any other loopholes that we can make vzw aware of as well?

  • Michael

    Calm down guys. This was posted on Slick Deals, Cult of Mac, Gizmodo, Reddit, etc long before Android Police posted it. With that much exposure, VZW is going to see it regardless. Can you blame Android Police wanting their readers to know about it before Big Red closes the loop hole?

    • Nope

      Think of the initial post on Slickdeals as a slowly dripping faucet. The homeowner couldn't care less and lets it leak until he can get around to fixing it, which could take months or even years. The moment this deal was posted on Cult of Mac, Gizmodo, etc, that leaking faucet became a burst water pipe. That homeowner is going to take it far more seriously and he'll want to fix it ASAP.

  • J-Dog

    Point of clarification please... From the article:

    6. Your data plan will now be the $29.99 unlimited data plan, and you'll have either the 2GB or unlimited Mobile Hotspot feature on top of that

    Is this meaning for 29.99 I have unlimited data and the mobile hotspot (ie tethering)? Or is it 29.99 for data + another $20 for the hot spot feature?

    If it is unlimited data + Hot spot for just $30/month, could those of us who were grandfathered into unlimited data use this to get the hotspot feature turned on as well so we won't have to worry about Verizon catching us tethering without it activated on our account - especially if its unlimited tethering....

    And I'm assuming this is phone only, but could something like this work to get us unlimited data on our tablets and/or one of those nifty mifi devices?

    • jab416171

      If you have an unlimited 4g plan already, you can just put your sim card in the hotspot and enjoy unlimited hotspot data. I did this for about a month, using over 13 gigs that month and haven't received any calls or complaints, and still have my unlimited data.

      • Beesley

        13 gigs? You are definitely part of the top 5 percent of users getting throttled. Enjoy your slow download speeds, cuz honestly, you deserve it.

        Its people like you...

        • Mike

          Actually, Verizon doesn't and CANNOT throttle a 4G device due to regulations from the FCC when they purchased all that 700 MhZ spectrum to deploy their LTE network.

          They only do that to 3G decives who use over 2G/month of data.

          So it's not people like him...lol.

        • jab416171

          Except I haven't been throttled.

          The company I work for had just changed offices that month, and we didn't have an internet connection at the new office for a few weeks, so we had to use the hotspots. So it wasn't just me gobbling up all the data, there were 5 of us using it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xypherfenix Jon Shepard

    I tried this several times today, there was no clarification if this was supposed to be done all over the "IVR" and when I would type my password in it would transfer me to an actual agent (real person) on the phones....so obviously this will not work in my case...I tried it at 5:30 pm central and just now at 10:00pm central.

  • Topgun

    AP why would you post this? I mean for those of us that figure it out on our own are probably gonna get screwed now because they are gonna go back and look at all changes in the last 30 days and put us back. Thanks

    • CoryK

      Yup, bc being on Gizmodo & other, more well-known (to the masses) sites for a few weeks would have no way of tipping VZW off. At least this post helped a few loyal AP readers get the deal. Think before you hit "submit comment", we will all be better off for it!

      • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri Newsom

        No I definitely agree with Topgun. Android Police is read by pretty much and phone tech/nerd/geek whatever the hell you want to call us. Even if it was already leaked, why would someone want to post this and make it bigger?! Now look, just 24 hours after AP posted this, VZW is trying to find fixes for it. I don't think this is a coincidence and I don't believe in them either.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I'm willing to bet the outcome would have been exactly the same had we not posted. Just as soon as I finish the time machine, you'll owe me $50.

        • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri Newsom

          And you'll owe me unlimited data. Even XDA took it down.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com Cameron Summerson

          Even XDA took it down? XDA was the only site to take it down.

        • http://www.facebook.com/barbie.doll.keri Keri Newsom

          They were obviously the only smart ones. Oh well. Too late now.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott

      In other words, I got mine, screw everyone else.

      • http://www.cricketusers.com Chris

        and now we're all screwed.

  • http://giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/arnie105 Martin

    You guys need to move to the UK, we have a new network that is run by its members and this keeps costs down!!

    We might not have 4g here although it looks very unreliable in the US but we do have truly unlimited data plans..

    I'm paying roughly $20 a month for 250mins, unlimited texts & unlimited data - to clarify this some members are sending 4000 plus texts and using 13gb+ of data every month. Seems we're getting a great deal here - maybe to make up for the lack of a 4g network...

    If there are any UK readers who are interested please check out...

    http://giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/arnie105

    • Sir Loin of Beif

      Yes but you all have bad teeth and ugly women as well. Not worth the trade off.

      • M3th0s

        Lol talk about being a retard:P

  • Inspiron41

    data plans need to be unlimited. we're just gonna consume more and more data. it's only a mater of time before smartphone data consumption surpass home desktop data consumption

  • Jack I.

    I literally just saw this article an hour ago (1/3/12 @ 5:00 PM EST). I just called using the code and talked to a support specialist. I believe it may have been patched at the top ranks, but i bet it still works at the lower levels tech support peoples.

  • bodi.s.woods

    How does n e body go over 2gig of data? Download a WiFi finder app, save all the free WiFi hotspots and that's it. The whole town of Naperville, il has free WiFi! Hardware stores, resturants, even a 3 seat cafe on the small island off the coast of Spain. We should try and use what is free, instead of all this b.s. Let me know if I am missing something.

    • simple

      No thanks. Public Wi-Fi is as slow as hell, unsecured and covers no more than about a 200 foot radius. I want to use a stable and fast internet connection that I've already paid for. Look at Japan, for example. They hardly have any public Wi-Fi hotspots because 3G/4G data connections are almost an essential need.

    • Jaz

      Public wifi is like going to the bathroom in a public restroom and leaving the stall door open. Its unsafe and doesn't feel good. Public wifi is good for a quick website lookup but thats it. When I go to a hotel I turn on my hotspot and use my own connection and this way if I need to go into my emails or bank account online I have risk of someone being able to see my info. Also I use my phone for twitter, websites,emails all day and some online videos plus tons of apps that run in the background and I go over 2gigs easily. Usually 3-4gb. So yes, its very easy to go over your alloted data if your not on unlimited like sprint. But at least big red is giving lte people 4gigs.

      • http://wejfieojsifsjifjelajfelajelwjiljlsafje.com Wong

        Amazing meta - make me feel all warm inside, haha

  • Topgun

    Because IDIOTS like this ADVERTISED the loop hole. Thanks asses for screwing it for the rest of it.

    • asses

      You're welcome!

      • M3th0s

        LMAOOO! Trolling like a bawss:D

  • Eddie B

    I know that this tidbit isn't $29.99 a month but VZW silently sneaked in the back door on us with a raise in administrative fees of $.16 a month per device on all voice and e-mail plans.

  • http://wejfieojsifsjifjelajfelajelwjiljlsafje.com Wong

    there working on 5G now, get it right, Japan and South Korea were on REAL 4G 5 years ago. Ours is still just 3.5 marketed to 4G

    • HughJohnson

      True, but they eat dog over there and have tiny wongs (no offense). I'd rather have slower data speeds.

  • http://androiidpolce.com Jeff

    Does this still work?, I was going to go get an Iphone today?

  • Mark Ramirez

    Well I work for a company that stills offer unlimited data for Verizon. We are located in westwood in Los Angeles but we do help around the country. If your tired of having caps and would like unlimited data then please call me at 310-569-0728 or email me at markiemarc14@gmail.com which is my personal just in case I am not at work. This goes for existing verizon customers that where not grandfather in and for even new accounts! So take this offer while it last. final if your from los angeles then I can send you the address and you can come to our shop thats been with verizon as a independent company for 22 years

  • Mark Ramirez

    If you guys are interested in getting unlimited data well feel free to call me at 310-569-0728 or email me at markyemarc14@gmail.com. I work for a private ompany that has Verizon unlimited data in Los Angeles. If you live near the Los Angeles area then I will email or give you the addres over the phone but if your out of state we can help too. Please no transaction deals from africa I will ignore you. We also have unlimited data for MIFI but only 3g

  • Richbrainerd

    Recently bought 4G razor with verizon rep. Stating since you are upgrading to a 4G phone you will unlimited hotspot usage for free. However my bill is showing a charge! I have called verizon to have them review the verbal agreement tapes with rep. Stating we are having some trouble finding the tape. Has anyone taken successful legal action with this type of case?

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