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Verizon iPhone 4 Buying strategy
I'd like to get a Verizon 4 iphone before July 7 to take advantage of the unlimited data feature. However, my non-smart phone's contact runs out in July after that date. So if I upgraded to a smart phone I'd have to pay full price.
What I was going to do is this: Buy a new iPhone 4 (before July 7) opening a new account, thus getting the iPhone for 299.99 (32 GB) instead of paying full price. I would switch the number of the old phone to the new one, then after my old phone's contract runs out next month, simply discontinue that account. I would then have my new iphone 4 with an unlimited data package.
I chatted with a Verizon employee on line about this, and they said it is allowed. It all seems too easy for me to do, though. Am I missing something?
- 06-24-2011, 08:00 AM #2
- 06-24-2011, 08:24 AM #3
- 06-24-2011, 08:59 AM #4
Night Hawk - go to a store and they should be able to tell you if you're eligible to upgrade or not right now... or do it on-line via your account's MyVerizon page if you have it set up.
- 06-24-2011, 09:30 AM #5
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Fmflex appears to be right
Just went to my on line Verizon account, and the only upgrade path to a white 32GB iPhone is the $749.99 price.
I'll try going to the store, but if that fails, then I'll revert to my original strategy (which seems like a little "end around") for such a large corporation like Verizon. But, it does fit in with how the little guy is being squeezed in today's world (Sarcasm intended).
- 06-24-2011, 09:48 AM #7
- 06-24-2011, 09:48 AM #8
- 06-24-2011, 12:04 PM #9
this all seems strange...i had almost year left on my droid contract (got it on release day) and i was able to get an upgrade to use on the feb. pre-order date. so i got a 16g vip for the 199.99 new contract price.
i didn't even have to call verizon for it, it said i was eligible for an "early upgrade" in my web account so i did it.
- 06-24-2011, 01:01 PM #10
Usually they will bend over backwards to get a non-smartphone into a smartphone because of the money they will get from you going to smartphone. In the case of the Storm, that's about right because of the fact you already had a smartphone and Verizon wouldn't be benefiting from upgrading you from a Storm to an iPhone other then MAYBE getting 1 or 2 accessories.
At least this was the rule of thumb when I was a sales rep and things could have changed.
- 06-24-2011, 01:03 PM #11
- 06-24-2011, 02:12 PM #12
How about just buying or borrowing a cheap smartphone that requires data? For instance, grab a cheap blackberry or Android device, add the data plan and when it's time to upgrade just get your iPhone. And then sell or give back the cheap smartphone that you used as a place holder. That's easy enough right?
On a side note, I've had very good experiences with Verizon giving me upgrades. When I ported over to them a few months ago they required a security deposit of 200 per line (2 lines). I didn't mind so I paid it. But for some other reasons last month I left VZW, sold my iPhones and they applied my security deposit to the ETFs and I paid the remainder with the money I made on the iPhones. So I was good. So not even a month later I decide I had to go back to Verizon. Called them up told them I wanted to come back but I also needed to bring over 2 additional lines. So of course I'm think I'd have to pay deposits on those lines too, right? Nope. They re-ran my credit and said I could bring all 4 lines over with no deposit, reversed the ETF fees from before, refunding my original security deposit AND allowed all 4 lines to be eligible for phone upgrades. So I was able to get mine and my wife's iPhones back for the discount price. The only way they could have topped that service was to give me free service for a year
Last edited by scorpiodsu; 06-24-2011 at 02:19 PM.
- 06-24-2011, 02:25 PM #13
- 06-24-2011, 03:46 PM #14
he gets the i4 which means he'd have to sign a new service agreement. And
by that time they won't have unlimited data plans to offer anymore. I don't
know if they'd let him grandfather it.
- 06-24-2011, 03:51 PM #15
- 06-24-2011, 05:07 PM #16
Here's what's being reported on here and other sites:
Breakdown: Verizonís new data plans | TiPb
Verizon's tiered data plans reaffirmed by leak
As of this morning we have been given the green light to start training on the data changes Verizon Wireless is making effective 7/7/11.
$29.99 unlimited data will be discontinued effective 7/7/11
* EXISTING CUSTOMERS- That have our $29.99 unlimited data plan WILL BE GRANDFATHERED IN, they will keep their unlimited plan after 7/7/11
* EXISTING CUSTOMERS- That current have the unlimited data WILL BE ABLE TO UPGRADE AND KEEP the unlimited data feature (No known end date on this as of this moment)
* EXISTING CUSTOMERS- That add lines post 7/7/2011, will NOT be able to choose the $29.99 unlimited data feature
* NEW CUSTOMERS- Any customer that sets up service from now, until 7/7/2011 WILL BE ON, AND WILL BE GRANDFATHERED into our $29.99 unlimited data package
* NEW CUSTOMERS- Any new customer that set up service AFTER 7/7/2011, WILL NOT be able to choose the $29.99 unlimited plan.....
So all changes effective July 7th, 2011.
Existing customer KEEP their $29.99 unlimited data plan
If an existing customer upgrades from a feature phone to a smart phone after 7/7/11, they will NOT be able to add on the unlimited data package. They must choose from the new data plans.
Anyone who sets up new service with unlimited data, upgrades from a feature phone to a smart phone with unlimited data, or customer currently on the $29.99 before July, 7, 2011 will be grandfathered in.
The OP or anyone else should not have a problem switching between devices that already have the unlimited data. Now for blackberry that may be a different story since the plans are technically different even though the price is the same. But the release does not differentiate between unlimited plans it just says whether you have one or not. So who knows about BB. If I was the OP, I grab a cheap Android device a couple days before the 7th and add it with unlimited data and switch to the iPhone when they upgrade. They will be able to keep their plan.
Last edited by scorpiodsu; 06-24-2011 at 05:12 PM.
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