Verizon to offer a $100 trade-in for basic phone customers to get a smartphone

Verizon to offer a $100 trade-in for basic phone customers to get a smartphone
We've received word that Verizon is about to roll-out a new $100 incentive for their basic phone customers to get a new smartphone between August 18th and September 30th. There are two possible ways of having this done:

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

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 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: Aug 03, 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: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Good question. Apple wasn't mentioned at all.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That's why I said "with the way this is structured it may not matter." My mistake.

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: Jun 02, 2011

Wow..but I wonder why sprint losing 50,000- 100,000 customers every three months....hmmmmmmmmm!

20. superguy

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 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: Aug 07, 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: Jun 29, 2011

but when do we start getting phones worth buying


Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 11, 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: Feb 12, 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: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 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


Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 11, 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


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