Want to replace older cell phones but keep same service plan if possible
Bear with me as I explain. My wife and I have LG VX8300 phones through our Verizon Family Share Plan 700 and pay $83.00 per month with no data. However, due to the age of our phones, replacing the batteries with new ones that hold a charge has become just about impossible. Both Ebay and Amazon have sold us replacement batteries that won't hold a charge either. I guess they are selling new, old stock or factory pulls and they just won't hold a charge for more than a day or two. If we use the phone for a lengthy call, the batteries will fade and the phones start beeping to signal the battery is about to go dead mid call. What I would like to do is replace our old phones with new ones but keep our current Verizon service plan. Verizon won't let us do that without selling us a data plan driving the monthly cost up considerably. The Verizon rep further told me that even if we buy Verizon compatible phones the company will want to charge activation fees and require the addition of a data plan anyway. So what can we do? We don't text or web surf with our phones; that's why we have high speed internet at home. I simply want newer phones with more reliable power packs without increasing our costs. Anyone face this before or have any recommendations on a workaround? Thx!
BTW, the service providers in our area include Verizon, T-mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Unfortunately, there are also lots of complaints of weak, fringe coverage with all but Verizon so if I change carriers, I may inherit weaker signals and unreliable service.