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Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: July 05, 2011 09:05PM
What happens when a new phone is released?

I have Verizon as a cell provider.

What happens when iPhone 5 is released? Do they let you upgrade to a new phone and keep everything else about your contract (like having the unlimited data plan) the same?

Can you upgrade to the newer phone at any time or is there a specific time you can upgrade?

Thanks!



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him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: decay
Date: July 05, 2011 09:12PM
i think it depends how long you've been a customer, how much you pay for your plan, when you got your last free/discounted upgrade phone, etc.

often you can check eligibility online at verizon's site.



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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: July 05, 2011 09:30PM
I'm sure it also depends on how much you want to pay for the phone. If you want to pay full price (i.e. $600+), I imagine they'll let you upgrade whenever you want. If you want a subsidized phone, you're probably going to have to wait 2 years between upgrades.
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: miK.
Date: July 05, 2011 09:42PM
You are probably asking this due to the unlimited data plan going away, no?
I just read this [gizmodo.com]

I was waiting for the iPhone 5 (figured this summer) in order to get in on Verizon's
unlimited data plan. Now, that plan goes away for new customers on 7/7 but the
new phone is months away.

The article at the link suggests this, which might actually be worth doing...

"If you're thinking about switching to Verizon in the near future, your timetable
just got moved up. Sign up for a Verizon account today. Then reap the unlimited
data benefits tomorrow, like when you get an iPhone 5. Yes, you'll pay more up
front for the phone in a few months since you're blowing your subsidized load early,
but if you stick to your contract and squeeze Verizon's pipe for all it's worth, it'll pay
off in the long run."




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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: decay
Date: July 05, 2011 09:44PM
"blowing your subsidized load early," barf smiley



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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 05, 2011 09:56PM
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decay
"blowing your subsidized load early," barf smiley

Premature subsidization.
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 05, 2011 10:16PM
Happens to me all the time but not as much as in my naive youth.

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GGD
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decay
"blowing your subsidized load early," barf smiley

Premature subsidization.



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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: July 05, 2011 10:28PM
Is that where the nick name comes from? Speedy?

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Speedy
Happens to me all the time but not as much as in my naive youth.

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GGD
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decay
"blowing your subsidized load early," barf smiley

Premature subsidization.
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 05, 2011 10:53PM
MacArtist,

You may also learn that you don't want to keep the unlimited plan. My wife kept her unlimited iPhone plan and typically uses ... a coupe hundred MB a month of data. That's an extra $15 each month wasted ($30 unlimited/$15 250MB)
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: July 05, 2011 11:03PM
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deckeda
You may also learn that you don't want to keep the unlimited plan. My wife kept her unlimited iPhone plan and typically uses ... a coupe hundred MB a month of data. That's an extra $15 each month wasted ($30 unlimited/$15 250MB)

Except there is no low-cost option on Verizon. It's $30/unlimited now or $30/2GB in the future. The low cost option, $10/75MB is only for feature phones, not smartphones. So may as well grandfather into the Verizon unlimited, if it's not too much trouble.



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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: lipskidder
Date: July 05, 2011 11:44PM
I was told if you switch phones in the middle of your unlimited plan, you will be switched to tiers. If your current phone breaks down and you need a replacement, you can buy the same phone. But if you decide to get a different one, say the iPhone 5, you won't get to keep your unlimited. That's what a Verizon B&M employee told me this weekend. He was a manager.
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: July 06, 2011 02:27PM
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miK.
"If you're thinking about switching to Verizon in the near future, your timetable
just got moved up. Sign up for a Verizon account today. Then reap the unlimited
data benefits tomorrow, like when you get an iPhone 5. Yes, you'll pay more up
front for the phone in a few months since you're blowing your subsidized load early,
but if you stick to your contract and squeeze Verizon's pipe for all it's worth, it'll pay
off in the long run."

I just "upgraded" to unlimited data for my ancient LG phone (it has data, but it is pretty clunky). We'll see what happens when the iPhone 5 is released in September (I hope).
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Re: Another iPhone related question...what about upgrading to a new phone?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: July 06, 2011 09:28PM
"I was told if you switch phones in the middle of your unlimited plan, you will be switched to tiers. If your current phone breaks down and you need a replacement, you can buy the same phone. But if you decide to get a different one, say the iPhone 5, you won't get to keep your unlimited. That's what a Verizon B&M employee told me this weekend. He was a manager."

And he is wrong. EXCEPT: if you get a non-smartphone, and choose to remove the unlimited data feature, then you will not be able to get it back. But all who have the unlimited data feature are grand-fathered in for the future. How long into the future? Who can predict? But I will share my observations on Verizon and grand-fathering: I have customers on 10 year old plans, ridiculously cheap, who are able to upgrade to new phones with the same plan. And old Alltel plans, same thing. And Verizon's old UNLIMITED $59.99 data plans for aircards, upgradable to new aircards without a problem. So Verizon has allowed grand-fathering to continue for quite some time. Past performance may not predict future performance, but so far, they have allowed it to continue for years.
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