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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. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Wow! They (Verizon) are going the wrong way... Didn't T-mo start no contract, pay over time iPhone sales today?
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      I was legitimately thinking about switching to verizon today. Guess this changes everything.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Have a feeling other carriers will follow this trend. POOP!
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      Verizon is getting better and better
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      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.
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      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.
      AT&T ******* blows.
    1. urkel782's Avatar
      urkel782 -
      Sprint is 22 months
    1. Mannyphantom46's Avatar
      Mannyphantom46 -
      Verizon's is cool, but am going with t-mobile if they have unlimited data.
      Verizon's doesn't have unlimited data at all. It will cost $70 for 4gb data from Verizon's. so that two payment to pay.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Atleast it's contracts after jan 2014 that are affected, mine ends (early) in June... Perfect for the next iPhone
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by plumoso View Post
      Verizon is getting better and better
      Joking right lol
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mannyphantom46 View Post
      Verizon's is cool, but am going with t-mobile if they have unlimited data.
      Verizon's doesn't have unlimited data at all. It will cost $70 for 4gb data from Verizon's. so that two payment to pay.
      Same here. What's tmobile's data plans?
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      Same here. What's tmobile's data plans?
      $20 unlimited data. The bill is like $99 that's include $20 for the iPhone if u don't pay full price and also $7.99 for insure.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zplit View Post
      $20 unlimited data. The bill is like $99 that's include $20 for the iPhone if u don't pay full price and also $7.99 for insure.
      Way better then what I'm paying on vzw for 2gb of data
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      AT&T ******* blows.
      ?... I have never had any issues with AT&T. I have been with Cingular/AT&T for 14yrs.
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      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.
      I love AT&T.!!
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      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.
      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.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      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.
      Not sure what you mean by "anchor" but I've been doing "cross upgrade" for a few years now. I have a 2nd line (dumb phone) that I pay $10 a month and my primary and secondary line upgrade eligibility is one year apart. That's why I've been getting every iPhone release since 4. I had 4, 4S, 5 and I'm eligible to upgrade in October for the 5S. My secondary line stays on a Razr V3xx (those days at modmymoto.com).

      On another note your new avatar looks like "Wells Fargo gone bad" as in the black Spider-Man. Lol.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Not sure what you mean by "anchor" but I've been doing "cross upgrade" for a few years now. I have a 2nd line (dumb phone) that I pay $10 a month and my primary and secondary line upgrade eligibility is one year apart. That's why I've been getting every iPhone release since 4. I had 4, 4S, 5 and I'm eligible to upgrade in October for the 5S. My secondary line stays on a Razr V3xx (those days at modmymoto.com).

      On another note your new avatar looks like "Wells Fargo gone bad" as in the black Spider-Man. Lol.
      Yes, Vin. I know the little cross grade trick. I do it too with my wife's phone. But it's a pretty specialized trick. People were talking pretty generally and I didn't want them to be confused by your statement. From iPhone 2G to iPhone 4S you could get a new phone at the lowest price 199,299,399 on just YOUR ONE phone - without having to do a cross grade with 2nd phone. The tiered upgrading just started last year with 4S to 5. So in short AT&T's plans are in keeping with the trend and no better than the others. Verizon likely also has a cross grade option.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      AT&T ******* blows.
      AT&T is awesome.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      From iPhone 2G to iPhone 4S you could get a new phone at the lowest price 199,299,399 on just YOUR ONE phone - without having to do a cross grade with 2nd phone.
      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.