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Verizon iPhone 5 now $100 cheaper, but only for basic phone users

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Verizon iPhone 5 now $100 cheaper, but only for basic phone users
As predicted, Verizon now has the iPhone 5 available for $100 on a 2-year contract – a whopping $100 cheaper than the smartphone's regular on-contract price. However, it turns out that the deal isn't available to anyone eager to get Apple's finest. It has been confirmed by Verizon itself that the promo is open only to select customers – those who are still using a basic phone, yet are expressing interest in upgrading to a smartphone.

Verizon will be the one identifying which of its basic phone customers are eligible for the deal, but what criteria will these lucky few have to meet remain unclear. Note that a page on the carrier's website with further details about the promo does not seem to be present as of this writing. Instead, subscribers who qualify for the $100 iPhone 5 discount will be notified via email about the promotion. 

Those who have been picked by Verizon and are interested in the $100 price drop will have until June 30 to make the transition to an iPhone 5. Has anyone received a notification email by any chance? Let us know in the comments!

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posted on 16 May 2013, 05:48 11

1. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


only basic phone users? that would cover bout everyone who wants to buy an iphone.

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:19 5

3. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I see what you did there.

I have actually come across a couple of people who talk about replacing their Android phones with iPhones. For whatever reason they still aren't happy with the support our lack thereof. One uses an HTC Sensation, the other an Xperia Play (can't blame him). iPhone is still the logical conclusion for those who want hassle-free ownership and software support.

I'm still trying to get the Sensation guy into a Nexus 4 though.

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:33 1

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Everyone who wants to buy an iPhone wants to buy one because it just works right out the box.

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:37 1

14. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


ALL phones work right out of the box.

You, however, have never worked right since coming out of the womb.

posted on 16 May 2013, 13:38 1

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2814; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And yet iphone lost 6% market share right :D :D

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:37 1

15. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAH​AHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Golden!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:05 6

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Why do I have the feeling that iPhone 5s might get Tim Cook fired?

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:46 4

4. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Because you are fanboy!

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:59 4

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Just like the disappointing 4S caused the catastrophic decline of Apple. Oh wait... it didn't.

What will get Cook axed is a lack of anything new to follow the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:31

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Here's the criteria:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to offer a $50 or $100 Bill Incentive Credit (BIC) to target Basic Phone customers who upgrade to an Apple iPhone 4S or Apple iPhone 5 on a 2 year Customer Agreement on a Postpay Service plan. The BIC is effective 5/15/13- 6/30/13 (“BIC Period”). This BIC is subject to change by VZW at any time upon notice to Agent.

The BIC promotion is only for targeted Basic Phone customers (Personal Eligibility Type) upgrading from a Basic Phone to either an Apple iPhone 4S or an Apple iPhone 5.
 ALL OTHER VERSIONS OF THE iPhone DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE BIC.
 Qualifying customers will have the following message in Account Analysis: B2SP Apple Upg Promo
 The BIC payment will occur within 2 billing cycles from date of Upgrade.

***This covers the 4S 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and the 5 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:56

9. TheMan (Posts: 371; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I'm always interested most in the business case for a course of action. I see two likely reasons for VZW to do this:

1. Increase revenue via the addition of data plans.
VZW's done this before by allowing never-had-smartphone subscribers far early upgrades if they move to a smartphone. But they've never restricted to a given model or two for this type of promo. There's only been one type where they've done so...

2. Inventory dump.
VZW, when faced with high inventory often drops the price to manage inventory levels. Could this be the case with the 5 and 4S, or is VZW just avoiding that possibility ahead of a 5S (or whatever) launch?

Who knows? No, I'm really asking, does someone know?

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:27

10. alouden (Posts: 186; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


My first thought was reason #1 you gave above. But I think you're right about #2. Guesses on my part too.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:16 2

7. kindlefireowner (Posts: 329; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


99% of all Apple hate is based on nothing factual.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:45 4

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Dude, you simply can not be serious right now. I am a huge fan of Apple products and I hate a lot of the crap they do. It true, a lot of Apple hate is just fanboyism, but Apple brings most of their hatred on themselves.

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:39 2

12. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


woah! then that 1% based on facts is pretty large. most recent being this:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Faulty-power-button-on-the-Apple-iPhone-4-leads-to-5-million-suit-against-Apple_id43096
or apple maps being dangerous, or ur holding it wrong attitude, or lawsuits based on silly patents(rounded corners?). Apple has earned most of the hate itself dude.

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:20 1

13. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Your name says it all...getting a kindle fire instead of a normal android tablet is sacrilage! Next time you feel like posting that utter rubbish on a heard where nobody is really bashing apple...dont!

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:34

18. kindlefireowner (Posts: 329; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I love android. But I hate android users like you. I bet you're waiting for Key Lime Pie while your phone is stuck on ICS. When Key Lime Pie is released, you will post it's the greatest thing ever. But I thought Jelly Bean was the greatest thing created? Go back and put some extra sugar in that Android Kool-Aid in drink by the gallons.

posted on 16 May 2013, 14:15 1

17. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


My biggest problem with Apple is pricing.

A.) They fix their prices for a year. There is no such thing as a random sale on an iPhone.
B.) They absolutely gouge you for increased storage. $100 for an extra 16 GB that costs them $10 to install, or $200 for an extra 48 GB that costs them $20. No wonder they're so profitable.

I get that people will pay a premium for a premium-feeling device and the Apple name, but why put up with them remaining so uncompetitive with Android and WP prices?

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