How to check if you are eligible for a phone upgrade with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile
0. phoneArena 22 Nov 2012, 08:06 posted on
If you're anything like us, you are probably tempted to ditch that old phone of yours and buy a brand new one this weekend. And how could one not be with all of these great Black Friday deals on smartphones and tablets that the nation's carriers are already teasing us with? However, taking advantage of any of these awesome discounts requires your signature under a new 2-year contract with the respective carrier. Do you know if you are eligible for an upgrade already? In case you aren't sure, we've made it a bit easier for you to look up your upgrade eligibility status with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-mobile. It turns out that doing so is easier than one might think...
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1. psycc (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
With AT&T you can dial *639# (*NEW#) from your phone and it will send you back a text with your eligibility results.
2. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Phonearena, I know this is kinda off subject but I have a request...I'm doing a social studies/science fair experiment about what people know about their cell-phones. As I got to doing my experiments (surveys) I learned that people have become confused about the term 4G. All these Sprint, T-mobile, Verizon, and AT&T adds claiming that they have the best, largest, fastest 4G is utterly confusing to them. Verizon doesn't even claim that T-mobile has 4G because of HSPA+. AT&T claims they have the most 4G around the nation because of its LTE & HSPA+. Verizon has the most LTE coverage period (I can vouch for that because, I recently got Verizon's LTE in my stretch of the swamp). I wish could explain them the difference but as a kiddo with nomadic ambition, I'm pressed for time. Seriously, though, I talked to a woman who I explained the difference between LTE and HSPA+ and it made her decide to switch from Verizon's postpaid network to T-mobile's prepaid network. But I'm only one person. Black Friday is coming around and I have a lot of survey's to do. I'd really appreciate it if you can rectify this for your non-geeky website users.
(P.S) I have no preference to LTE or HSPA+ Because in my use of the two, HSPA+ performs as good as LTE.
6. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I do not believe that Sprint claims to be the fastest - their 3G is the slowest and their 4G barely exists. Recent tests show at&t is fastest overall, but between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile it just depends on where you live and how well built up their '4G' networks are.
3. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Sprint customers can text upgrade 1311 and also usage to 1311 for usage
4. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
First, I'm on a value plan with t-mobile and second I think everyone that comes to this website knows the tricks to the companies that they're with
5. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Another pointless article by phonearena
7. inertiatic (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 May 2012)
If you are in a two year contract and get an upgrade after 20 months and sign another two year contract, does your new contract last two more years or two years and four months more? Just curious.
8. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I believe 2 more years. You just sign a new one a little early, prior to the existing contract expiration.
9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I like that you can spend less on a phone when you upgrade to a new contract with your respected carrier, but i dont like the amount of time you have to wait until you are eligible. I have AT&T and I had to wait over 18 months to upgrade. you should be able to upgrade after a year because of the rate of newer mobile phones that are available.
technology doesnt wait for a carriers upgrade to unveil their new products lol
10. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 510; Member since: 20 May 2012)
I want a Note 2 bad enough I may add a line to my note 1 account, get Note 2 at Costco with second line for discount price, and then cancel line a few weeks later.