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Holy Crap Cell Phone Contracts are Convoluted (Solved)
When my old cell phone contract expired, I decided I wanted to jump to Verizon for their local coverage. My dad and his wife have a Verizon plan, and adding someone plus some extra data coverage is cheaper than opening and entirely new account. I haven't lived in the same state as them in 10 years, but Verizon apparently doesn't care. So I'm a tertiary line on a family member's cell phone account.
My blackberry went through the wash. I tried the usual tricks for saving it, but it was not to be. It was on when it went in, so it's shorted straight to death. None of the lines on our account are eligible for upgrades earlier than 2011.
I decided I should get a Droid X when it comes out. I considered just trying to ebay a used blackberry, but I'm concerned that I won't get a reliable phone that way, since there aren't any solid guarantees on buying a used phone that has all sorts of device failure possibilities.
Verizon has suggested that I open an additional line on our family account. This would cost me an extra $10 a month, basically. As I understand it, I open a new line and get the discount on the Droid. The droid comes with a requirement for a data plan if it's activated on a line. My blackberry also has that requirement, but if I get a non-data phone I can attach that to one of the lines and then I'll just be paying an extra $10 a month until I can cancel one of my lines. This is pretty comparable to the price I would pay buying a replacement phone off of ebay anyway. Is anyone familiar with this idea? Where's the best place to get a cheap, cruddy phone to fill that line with? I don't anticipate anyone using it at all.
Lastly there are phone numbers. I'm using X number on my current line. I will get Y number when I open a new line. My current line will be eligible for closing without a termination fee long before the new line will. Can I swap the phone numbers that are associated with old and new line, so that X number is on new line and Y number is on old line, so that when I close the old line, I only lose Y number and not X?
Apologies if this is convoluted. American cell phone companies like to make things as convoluted as possible.