Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to Rothrock)
A little more research seems to indicate that I have been signed up for a post-paid account. Which doesn't seem like something I want. I think I'm going to head back to the Verizon store.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to specialk04)
It seems that Verizon does offer prepaid, but they want to make it so scary and spread a lot of FUD around it. The rep told me there is a $35 fee each time I activate it. Which according to this link isn't/wasn't true.
I think they want to make money off the post-paid plan and get my SS#. I'm really quite ****** about this.
I'm waiting at the VZ store, we shall see.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 2:23 PM (in response to Rothrock)
The plan that that article references is the month-to-month plan. It is not a prepaid plan. You will receive a bill every month until you cancel the account. Keep in mind that the article you referenced is also a year old. Terms and conditions may have changed.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 2:50 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
I know it is old, hence the "isn't/wasn't" true. However I would think that if there were crazy rumors about this with the introduction of the iPad2 it is likely the same junk is still going around. Additionally I do not see any thing in the article referencing whether the month-to-month is pre or post paid. Just that it is no contract required.
In any event, what I wanted was the ability to manage my plan from my iPad — something touted by Apple and even built into the Settings. And it seems that there couldn't possibly be a $35 fee for reuping a $30 montly service, as Pouge said, "That seemed so user-hostile, so outrageous,.."
Here is what I have found out from my hour at the VZ store.
- 4G iPads sold through a VZ store must be activated in store and signed up for a plan — either pre- or post-paid. Neither requires a contract of any sort.
- There will be a $35 service charge either way.
- There is no service charge for using the on-device account activation.
- Oddly enough it seems that you must have wifi to activiate the account. Which seems strange to me.
Of course I got home and tried to use wifi to acivate my account. And now I've got "Invalid Sim card."
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 2:56 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
As I said Verizon does offer a prepaid plan! I have two of them at this time. I prepay with my debit card and buy the data plan that suits my needs. I have had a prepaid plan since I bought the IPad 2 in March 2011. The plan that you purchase automatically renews each month unless you cancel it before the end of the 30 days.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 3:04 PM (in response to Rothrock)
Call VZW customer service and tell them to refund your $35 fee. Ask them to convert you to a prepaid account and you will be able to manage your data from your iPad. You may need to get a new SIM card if they did an in-store activation.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 3:39 PM (in response to specialk04)
Yup. Need a new sim card. But the VZ store doesn't have the tool to pop it out or anyway to get me a new sim. So now I'm in the monster line at the Apple store. Maybe they can help.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to Rothrock)
Be careful at BB they will try to sign you up for a postpaid plan because they receive a commission. A small paper clip should open the SIM card tray. Please be careful because I have never done this before! Try at your own risk.
Ask a VZW CS supervisor to call your VZW store to give you a new SIM card since they mislead you from the beginning.
All the best.
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