Verizon to offer a $100 trade-in for basic phone customers to get a smartphone
1) Current customers with a basic phone that are eligible for a 2-year upgrade will have to purchase a new smartphone at the discounted upgrade price, re-sign a 2-year contract and add a smartphone data plan.
2) Current customers with a basic phone, but are still under a contract may be eligible for an early upgrade. If so, they purchase the new smartphone, re-sign a 2-year contract, and add a smartphone data plan.
When this is done, the customer will receive a special PIN Number to be used on the Verizon Trade In site, which will instruct them to mail in their basic phone within 30 days. After the phone is received, they will be sent a $100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card within 3 weeks.
Our tipster informed us that this info was given to Verizon Employees in the Western region, so it's not clear yet if other regions will be offering the same promotion.
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1. nerdydesi (unregistered)
Having worked at VZW recently, they really do want to push as many customers to smartphones as possible, wanting to generate higher ARPU (average revenue per unit), with required data plans and now capped data plans.
There was a recent article where a VZW head is expecting people to move from the 2gb/$30 plan to the $50/5gb and $80/10gb plans. They want to get people hooked on Pandora, Netflix, etc. and then milk them dry for data charges as much as they can.
I will hold onto my grandfathered unlimited plan for dear life, I don't care for buying phones off-contract, I wouldn't want to be in contract with Big Red anyways!
2. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)
It's horrible what wireless companies charge you! I'm grandfathered in to the unlimited data as well, and I can assure you that it was stay like that for quite some time! :)
22. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Here in sweden you can get unlimited data (i have 3 mbps unlimited data for about 17 $ / month) . Is there any operator in the US that has that as well ?
25. patrick_pack (unregistered)
you guys should say thanks... in brazil, the best plan is about 250kbps for a 200mb plan for about 10 dolars... now imagine a unlimited plan here would cost !!!!
26. biggles (Posts: 213; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)
Put it in perspective: Sweden is about the size of California. If any cell company here had to operate a national cell network and maintain/serve a customer base the size of California, unlimited would be much easier to implement at a low pricepoint.
3. ryan (unregistered)
nerdydesi... Verizon isnt a non profit orginization. Verizon is a public company and their profit/revenue is available to anyone with an internet connection. While they made more revenue than any other company they had less profit than at&t because they spend way more on their network. Almost all of Verizons current customers are on unlimited web so why would they want to get people addicted to high web usage?
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's a good plan. Unless Apple does a complete about face, btw, this won't apply to the iPhone. Which means people will have an extra incentive to buy the Bionic even if it IS 300 f**king dollars on contract. Yay. :)
7. what? (unregistered)
Where is Apple in this article?
11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Good question. Apple wasn't mentioned at all.
8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Not sure what you mean by about face. Also the credit is for turning in your basic phone so what will it matter which smartphone they upgrade to?
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I can answer both of your questions at once: Apple's price is Apple's price. They don't like anyone to get any kind of discount or anything. Now, with the way this is structured, it may not matter. But normally you can't f**k with Apple's price for better or worse.
10. ladyoftheA (unregistered)
It's not a discount off the phone - you dont get the gift card until after the phone is already in your hand (for at least 3 weeks - after the "I dont want this anymore" period) therefore it wont mess with apple's price at all or help with the cost of the bionic. Besides, at Target you can get 5% off an iphone with your redcard so how's that different?
12. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That's why I said "with the way this is structured it may not matter."
13. STARS (unregistered)
Where did the subject of Apple come in? Unless maybe you have a disability, this has nothing to do with the iPhone. $100 is being given to anyone who upgrades from basic to smartphone, and it is a gift card, which they can spend on any smartphone that they want. Do you really think that Verizon would give them money, only to turn around and tell them how to spend it? Honestly, Sniggly.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Honestly, Stars, maybe you need to read the part where I already said I was wrong.
Oh my. Untwist your panties, please.
24. Bobby12 (unregistered)
i got an white iphone from verizon for $150 since i was eligible for uprgrade bruh
5. mj (unregistered)
Long time VZW customer here. Just switched to Sprint. Couldn't be happier. $125 bill credit for porting my number, and no lousy Gift Card BS. Unlimited data. Lower monthly service fee, plus a 10% credit off my monthly bill because I belong to a credit union. Connection fee waived. The Photon's a torpedo! 4G, Gingerbread, world phone. VZW would be charging $250 with contract for it. Sprint stays at $200. Verizon no longer rules my wallet.
16. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
Wow..but I wonder why sprint losing 50,000- 100,000 customers every three months....hmmmmmmmmm!
20. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Sprint also won't do no contract sales. They force you into the 2 year agreement even if you're willing to buy a phone with no subsidy. No thanks.
21. xmrrushx (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Extremely long time Verizon customer. I hope you enjoy your non LTE 3.xg while i bask in my unlimited 3g/4g data until i die :-D. Also Enjoy your lack of great customer service and spotty cellular service.
6. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
but when do we start getting phones worth buying
15. VZW4LIFE (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)
Mj (unregistered), you might want to hold off on bragging about that $125 credit you received & all that money you're going to save. When my sister bought a phone from Sprint, she was supposed to receive a bill credit also. But, she didn't receive it. So, I called Sprint's customer service to have them correct the error. I called Sprint's customer service a total of three times (once each month.) Each time the operator assured me, I would see the credit on the following months bill. When the next months bill came, the bill was never credited for the amount. Also, on my third & final call to their customer service, the representative was extremely rude. It's true, Sprint's costs for voice, data, & text may be the cheapest out there. But, If you can't use it when you need it, why does that matter? Verizon has superior network coverage compared to Sprint. Verizon has better more reliable coverage while inside buildings, corporate parking garages, underground, etc... Verizon also has better more reliable coverage during extreme weather conditions. I have personally witnessed my friend's, co-worker's, or a complete stranger's, Sprint cell-phone be rendered basically useless, while in a particular structure or during severe weather. But, I, a Verizon customer, would have a full (or almost full) signal. Also, a final point I'd like to make. Even though Sprint's service fees are cheaper. When I've viewed bills for both Verizon & Sprint, Sprint seems to charge more for taxes & government fees (I determined this by converting them to a percentage of the service costs) than Verizon does (on the bills I've compared anyways.)
17. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
I've seen that as well, Sprint does have higher taxes and service fees. I think it has to do with the Nextel acquisition....Nextels fees were through the frickin roof!
18. joey18 (Posts: 560; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
i hate verizon bcs why charge alot for 2g 30 dollars att 25 for 2g all smartphnes needs alot data how make custumers get smartphones pay big bucks for the shiet thas why we need tmo and sprint stay with thos plans
19. VZW4LIFE (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)
Joey18, Even though Sprint & T-Mobile haven't followed Verizon's or AT&T's business models for pricing data, yet. Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, has recently eluded to the possibility that, that may eventually change. As for T-Mobile, they might cease to exist in a few more months, which will make them irrelevant anyways.
23. Former VZW Employee (unregistered)
I am not on contract with VZW and I will leave because all I want is a basic phone with keyboard and nice graphics. I tried the internet on the phone thing and it just does not work for me.
I will look at Sprint but I am not sure about their service. ATT is the same as VZW, but at least they have better phones.
27. joe (unregistered)
I had the LG EnV Touch and I upgraded to the unlimited data plan the end of June. I just upgraded to the DROID X2 and was told that I was not "grandfathered" in for the unlimited data because I had a "different, multi-media" unlimited data plan. This is a bunch of BS, there was only 1 unlimited data plan before July, and when I changed the plan, I was told by the Verizon rep that I could in fact keep that when I changed phones in the future. A bunch of lying scum-bags. They will either make the change to my account or the person I convinced to switch to Verizon yesterday and I will both leave. What is the incentive for someone to stay on Verizon when Sprint is available in our area? Unlimited data was the only thing keeping me with Verizon, but since they want to screw me out of that, I will leave. I know they don't care, but its the only thing I can do
28. auds (unregistered)
I am a Qwest employee who gets discounts with Vz and YES, I saw an add for this and started the process for my son. Due to the strike, I'll assume that's why the web is having so many issues, but we lost the page and can not locate it AT ALL now. Hoping to see it again as it's a great deal for upgrading a basic phone and hoping to do this instead of moving him to T-Mobile!!!
29. Cynthia Sepesko (unregistered)
30. VERIZON SUCKS (unregistered)
VERIZON JUST LIKES TO KEEP CHANGING THERE PLANS AND PACKAGES SO THAT WE HAVE TO PAY MORE. THEY NO LONGER OFFER ANY BASIC PHONES THAT ARE WORTH A DAMN TO GET. YOU USE TO GET BASIC PHONES THAT WERE GREAT AND DIDN'T REQUIRE DATA PLANS. NOW ANY PHONES THAT ARE WORTH ANYTHING REQUIRE A DATA PLAN. ALSO IF ITS CONSIDERED A SMARTPHONE, YOU HAVE TO GET THE $30 DATA PLAN. THAT IS A BUNCH OF BULLs**t. VERIZON JUST LIKES TO SCREW THERE CUSTOMERS OVER AS MUCH AS THEY CAN.