*Update - May 15: Some new information we have received specifies that the new 18-month period will be initiated as a test model for the Northeast region, applying to secondary lines only.
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1. souleater93 (Posts: 86; Member since: 20 Mar 2009)
will that apply to all the contracts or just new ones?
8. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Everybody who signs a contract after next week will be affected immediately. As they have done before in the past, all those who are currently in the system will have to have their upgrade date changed manually. In either case, everyone benefits.
22. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
More than likely this will take effect after a certain date and after y0ou have taken advantage of your current promotions, typically if your within 6 months of your new contract changes like these that could benefit you will become avaialbe. kind of like the VIP program. Sounds like its a great deal to me.
2. bigfanboyred (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
or they can increase the MIR, also. big red, please dont pimp me!!!
5. bigfanboyred (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
matter of fact; we all get pimped by our carrier. paying date plans, family share plans, unlimted this and that... they should be giving us customer, specially longterm customer, a larger phone discount. big red, big blue, sprint, and t-mo, all make bank with their plans. the discounts should be a lot larger. making good phones free, and not pieces of crap free. all the free phones are trash. phonearena... you hearing me about the TWITTER!?! BGR does it, why cant you?!
4. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)
So they they let you upgrade 6 months before your contract ends, lowered the prices of most phones (especially online) and your still complaining PhoneArena? Nice. Soul, I imagine it will apply to all contracts. While it may technically only be new ones just call and be nice to the rep and I don't imagine they will have a problem honoring it. Pretty sweet deal all in all. Don't forget VIP customers get to upgrade every 12 months (without the extra credit of course but still 2 year pricing.) Does any other carrier allow you to upgrade that early and give a credit on top? Does anyone else even give a credit after 20 months beyond two year pricing?
14. bronxbomber (Posts: 82; Member since: 10 Apr 2009)
yes with sprint you can upgrade your phone every 12 months if you have an individual plan of at least 69.99 or more and for family plans the main line get an upgrade every 12 months for plans of 99.99 or more. i think its a better deal than verizon plus the plans are cheaper.
15. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)
Yeah I mentioned in my post VZW also allows customers to upgrade after a year if plan is 69.99 or more, single or family. I I didnt mention price though. And in general, at least online, VZW phones are cheaper and after you add in extra discount the phones become even cheaper.
19. killingthemonk (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Feb 2009)
Actually, Fan, single line plans and primary lines on a family share, as long as they are more than 34.99 a month, get to upgrade annually. VIP customers get the annual upgrade with another $50.00 discount.
20. SilverPearl (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Jul 2008)
It's 49.99/month or higher for annual "upgrades" for single and family share lines. I've yet to see any $50 discounts on 12-mo upgrades for VIP members, though... at least in this area.
6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1974; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
awesome...verizon is probably doing this so people can buy the new and cool phones more often.
7. ravensfan55 (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)
AT&T's been doing the same thing for a long time, letting you upgrade every 18 months. You're still in a 24 month contract, but you can upgrade after 18.
9. bigfanboyred (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
but with vzw if your VIP you can upgrade annually! vzw is for me. i get 22% off from my plan (from work), & i get reception in the hospital were i work! iphone doesn't get any reception in here!
10. E2EKIEL (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Mar 2008)
Quick question how do you get the VIP status with Verizon?
13. vzw fanman (Posts: 1974; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i am the account holder and i upgrade annually too
16. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)
Monthly access of $79.99 or higher for single and Family SharePlans®, Plan access requirement must be met for only one line on the account, On an eligible plan for the past 6+ months, 12+ months of service tenure, and Account is not 60+ days past due.
24. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Here we go people some posistives, 22% off? Whoa yeah! and Anual upgrades thats what Im talking about...Sprint what?
11. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
I love it how people feel that they're entitled to additional discounts. Its completely up to VZW to give you that extra discount towards the end of your contract. Look at the price differences between AT&T and VZW. The Bold is what, $399.99 BEFORE a mail-in rebate on a 2yr agreement and VZW's Storm is $199.99 on a 2yr agreement. VZW clearly has cheaper prices on their phones and people STILL have the nerve to bitch about not getting $100 off on top of that (not to mention getting a rebate on top of THAT too). If you dont like VZW pricing, go to AT&T and enjoy getting rammed from behind based from a price standpoint. :D
17. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
You have no idea, the NE2 isn't enough for most people, they want every phone we have to offer, because they've been good customers for so long with us. Regardless of the fact that we have to shut them off for non-payment every month, and they always want credits, they're still great customers... I am happy that we've moved the requirement up to 18 months, but don't expect this one to change again. VZW is putting the iron fist down about going above that. So if you have a week to go, remember, it's 6 months early already, so that 1 week does make a difference, and you will have to wait that 1 week.
18. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
Whoops, I mean they want every phone we have to offer for free.
21. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
It just pisses me off that customers feel that should be greeted with a red carpet the moment they walk into the store. Me: "Um...no Sir, im sorry.....you have only been a customer with us since 2007 and you have been hotlined four times in the past year" Cust: "So what, I want a free BB storm. Otherwise I will leave Horizon (yup, they call it that) for Cingular" Me: (thinking to myself) "Good luck trying to find a Cingular store, dont let the door hit you on your way out"
23. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
You have a good ethic sir, you are right about a lot of things. You shoud post more.
12. bigfanboyred (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
already got my twit about imagines of the storm 2 from bgr! come on phone arena !
25. metalpoet (unregistered)
What verizon needs to do is if you are in a contract and ur 1 yr into it then all u should have to pay is the upgrade price with a mail in rebate, and then if u have had ur phone for 2 years then u should receive a 100 dollar instant credit. 50 bucks these days doesnt do much with the way pricing is going on the current"good" phones.