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  • Verizon Extends iPhone Upgrade Wait Time


    Citing the evolution of the wireless business for a number of changes at Verizon today, the nation's largest carrier confirmed that Verizon subscribers in possession of an iPhone will now have to wait a little longer before qualifying for an upgrading to the next generation iPhone.

    "In alignment with the terms of the contract, customers on a two-year agreement will be eligible for an upgrade at 24 months vs. today's early upgrade eligibility at 20 months," the carrier posted today. "This change aligns the upgrade date with the contract end date and is consistent with how the majority of customers purchase new phones today."

    The first customers impacted by this change are customers whose contracts expire in January 2014. As always, customers may purchase a new phone at the full retail price at any time.
    Foreshadowing the complete dissolution of the carrier's 'New Every Two' program, which ended in January of 2011, Verizon Wireless said today that it has continued to allow customers to utilize these expired credits. But, as of this Monday, April 15, these credits will no longer be available.

    Fortunately, Verizon confirmed, customers may continue to share an upgrade with another person on an account but only if that customer is upgrading to a device within the same equipment category.

    To read this morning's announcement in full, click here.

    Source: Verizon
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Extends iPhone Upgrade Wait Time started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      This is not true anymore dude. They stopped the 1 year upgrade pricing last season. Well at least the lowest price at one year point was stopped. For all phones on a family or shared data plan with AT&T you get 'partial upgrade' pricing at 12 months and full upgrade pricing at 18 mos. There is no more "anchor" line on the family plans that gets special pricing.
      Yea you are right, I just checked my eligibility for a new iPhone and its April 2014, 18 months after the iPhone 5 came out. Oh well, 18mo is still better than 24mo.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      How do u do that? Is that for AT&T or all carriers? You can PM if you don't think you should post.

      Just curious.
      Read carefully Vin.. I said "until" iPhone 5 was released. Now it can't be done anymore. Cross grades weren't necessary until last fall when AT&T changed policy to 'lowest' price upgrades every 18 months. Prior to Fall 2012 - you could upgrade every 11mos - no cross grade necessary.
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Well I simply buy my phone outright so I can keep my unlimited data plan on Verizon. I use 4g literally all day. Hahaha... I swear they try their best to sucker me into upgrading so I can lose my plan but I simply tell the to bite me.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      Well I simply buy my phone outright so I can keep my unlimited data plan on Verizon. I use 4g literally all day. Hahaha... I swear they try their best to sucker me into upgrading so I can lose my plan but I simply tell the to bite me.
      Didn't Verizon start throttling you after 5GB to try and force people off unlimited. I don't believe any of the carriers have TRUE unlimited.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Didn't Verizon start throttling you after 5GB to try and force people off unlimited. I don't believe any of the carriers have TRUE unlimited.
      I don't believe so? Verizon I'm almost positive doesn't throttle, but to keep unlimited data, you have to buy the phone at full price. So they shafted us there
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Didn't Verizon start throttling you after 5GB to try and force people off unlimited. I don't believe any of the carriers have TRUE unlimited.
      They only do that if you are using 3G. On 4g that do not throttle.
    1. Darkmousy's Avatar
      Darkmousy -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      I don't believe so? Verizon I'm almost positive doesn't throttle, but to keep unlimited data, you have to buy the phone at full price. So they shafted us there
      Verizon definately throttles My friend is on verizon and has shown me text messages where they have said they were throttling him and he could confirm they were. Then again he was definately on the top% at about 30GB+ those months one month was at close to 100GB and yes this is on LTE
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkmousy View Post
      Verizon definately throttles My friend is on verizon and has shown me text messages where they have said they were throttling him and he could confirm they were. Then again he was definately on the top% at about 30GB+ those months one month was at close to 100GB and yes this is on LTE
      What the hell is he doing on that phone lol.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      What the hell is he doing on that phone lol.
      Seriously. I have hit big numbers on a desktop, 2TB+ in a month, but even with heavy usage on my phone I struggle to hit 5GB.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      ?... I have never had any issues with AT&T. I have been with Cingular/AT&T for 14yrs.
      Ive never had issues with AT&T's cell service but their customer service and business practices are the absolute worst!!!! 4 TIMES in 3 months they pulled $368.25 out of my bank account. Don't ask me why they pulled that amount out, my bill is less than1/2 that. Each time I had to wait 28-30 days for them to put the $ back because they had to "investigate" it. Oh and the kicker is I NEVER had autopay, they accessed my account without permission. After all is said done I still have them as my carrier because they were actually going to charge me to break my contract after that. Yes my ***** is still sore......
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I hope AT&T doesn't start this. Being the primary line on a 4 iPhone plan all with unlimited data, my upgrade is only 12 months. The other lines are 18 months.
      Uhmm...unless your lines haven't upgraded since 2010 you are under the 20-mo agreement w/ At&t. They started that for all consumer lines in early 2011. So, regardless of how much $$ is spent on each line, once you upgrade it's a flat 20 months to the next upgrade. You might wanna go check your upgrade date(s) again...

      EDIT: Oh, never mind.NewdestinyX got it, for the most part.

      And just for the record, At&t followed VZN with this 20-mo model two months after Big Red so it won't surprise me at all to see them implement this 24-mo mess in 2014 as well.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by RoloDiva13 View Post
      Uhmm...unless your lines haven't upgraded since 2010 you are under the 20-mo agreement w/ At&t. They started that for all consumer lines in early 2011. So, regardless of how much $$ is spent on each line, once you upgrade it's a flat 20 months to the next upgrade. You might wanna go check your upgrade date(s) again...

      EDIT: Oh, never mind.NewdestinyX got it, for the most part.

      And just for the record, At&t followed VZN with this 20-mo model two months after Big Red so it won't surprise me at all to see them implement this 24-mo mess in 2014 as well.
      Yes, you're right - it's 20 months not 18 - for the lowest price upgrades. But you can still do the crossgrade trick with a spouse's line every 12 months if you set it up right.

      And you're right too that the new upgrade periods started Fall 2011 with the rollout of the 4S. From that point, on one line you had to wait until May of 2013 at least to be eligible for an iPhone 5 at the 199/299/399 pricepoint.