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    Default Re: Verizon to allow early upgrades for upcoming new phones?...

    Quote Originally Posted by cadzilla74 View Post
    I'm not sure what the OP meant by "early upgrades"? My wife wasn't due for an upgrade on her BB Bold until next March but she got an e-mail from Verizon offering an early upgrade. We both have unlimited data on our shared plan. We hit the store today to check out a Droid3 because she insists on having a physical keyboard. She liked it, we bought it and got it for $199 and still have the grandfathered data plan. We had to pay a $20 fee for the early upgrade and she's getting $100 back on the Bold trade-in.
    Although I originally heard this on the news, I did find a few articles regarding the early upgrades. Interesting enough, it doesn't state these early upgrades are for those who don't have smartphones yet but it does make sense that's what it's for. Here is one of the articles I was able to find online:

    Verizon Wireless Offering Early Upgrades to iPhone 5 and Motorola Droid | Headline News
    Rooting my phone has made it a very pleasant phone to have now. But I sure wouldn't mind an early upgrade to get my hands on the TB successor, Vigor (only if I get to keep my unlimited of course..hehe)
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    I just wish there was some deal that would let me keep my unlimited data and dump my thunderbolt for a bionic....
    you will always have your unlimited data plan unless you come off of it at anytime. know the policy before criticizing?

    apparently you arent alone. you have unlimited forever regardless of how often you switch phones as long as you maintain a smartphone plan at all times. quit crying
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    My upgrade date is March 2012. They let me upgrade early due to issues. They waived the 20.00 fee and also gave me a leather case. Customer care. Not store level.

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    Anyone here noticing odd upgrade dates on their phones in general? I got this phone in March 2011 when it came out on the last of the 1-year contracts and Verizon's website says I can't upgrade until 11/17/12......
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    Quote Originally Posted by upz3 View Post
    Anyone here noticing odd upgrade dates on their phones in general? I got this phone in March 2011 when it came out on the last of the 1-year contracts and Verizon's website says I can't upgrade until 11/17/12......
    I'm almost positive that the 1-year contracts ended prior to March 17th, 2011. For consumer accounts, anyway. I know certain corporate accounts operate by different rules and often allow 1 yr upgrades. Even today, I think. Just sayin'...

    Sounds like you might have been misinformed by CS. Or... the website might not have been updated correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upz3 View Post
    Anyone here noticing odd upgrade dates on their phones in general? I got this phone in March 2011 when it came out on the last of the 1-year contracts and Verizon's website says I can't upgrade until 11/17/12......
    They definitely offered a one year option on the bolt. I would call and have that fixed.
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    It's pretty common knowledge that both NE2 and "early" upgrades are a thing of the past, at as it is written onto the contract.

    I am still willing to bet, however, that VZW will still send out occasion offers to "loyal customers" with limited-time deals to upgrade to new devices, specifically the more highly-anticipated, highly-advertised phones, such as the iPhone 5 and Android phones like the Bionic. I could be wrong, but it makes sense to keep people happy and makes more money for them (if you buy a device when it first comes out and the 2 year contract price is at it's highest), plus it extends your commitment to them, since you would naturally have to renew/extend your contract in order to get the deal. They've done this in the past, and I don't see why they would stop.

    Either way, if you're not willing to pay retail for a new phone, make sure the one buy is one you can live with for at least 18 months, because there is no guarantee you'll be able to upgrade before then.

    As far as "unlimited" data goes, yes, Verizon has stated that everyone with current unlimited data can keep their plan, even if switching to a new device as long as it's on the same contract. What I am waiting for, however, is when certain new phones "no longer use your particular plan, so you'll have to choose a new plan for phone 'x'...", kinda like they did with the America's Choice plans and such. And then, tell you that their new line of plans no longer support unlimited data. In other words, if you want to keep unlimited data, you'll be stuck using an older device and be unable to activate the newest ones (i.e. the ones you want to buy). Again, nothing but speculation here...here's hoping I'm wrong!
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    I too can confirm that the 1 year contract was an option when I got my Thunderbolt at the end of March (ordered online via my personal Verizon account).
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    Default Re: Verizon to allow early upgrades for upcoming new phones?...

    Quote Originally Posted by potatolover1102 View Post
    They definitely offered a one year option on the bolt. I would call and have that fixed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Synycalwon View Post
    I too can confirm that the 1 year contract was an option when I got my Thunderbolt at the end of March (ordered online via my personal Verizon account).
    My mistake. It was April 17th it was eliminated. Not before the release date of March 17.

    Verizon Officially Eliminates 1-year Contracts Online, Before April 17 - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog

    There were however very few exiting Verizon consumer plan customers who qualified for the 1 year contract option, because if you were still within an existing contract and "upgrading" at the discounted rate, they normally only offered it as a two year contract. This definitely applied if you used the "early annual upgrade" (which I did). This of course was not specifically related to eliminating the one year contract. Just mentioning that very few existing customers on existing contracts were eligible for one year pricing/contracts at the time of the ThunderBolt release. Some were though.

    Just to clarify... some folks think the term "annual upgrade" is the same as a "one year contract". It's not. Entirely different animal. 'Course, that's gone now too

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    Well I've been a verizon wireless customer, uninterupted, since the days of the original motorola fip phone and they haven't sent me an offer to upgrade to bionic. How "loyal" do you have to be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Well I've been a verizon wireless customer, uninterupted, since the days of the original motorola fip phone and they haven't sent me an offer to upgrade to bionic. How "loyal" do you have to be?
    When they had the cup and string line phones. Lol.
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    No they were discontinued a week after the TBolt was released. I know I was able to get 1 year contract because I checked online. I'd be able to verify my purchase if my basement didn't flood due to Irene with the receipt. I do remember getting the phone at 1-yr for $239 (my upgrade discount played into that somehow) if I did 2-yrs it was going to be well under $200.

    My last 2 year upgrade was in 2008 with the LG Voyager.... that lasted a year until the Eris came out (which I purchased at a 1 year contracted price).... I was up for a new contract on since August 2010 waiting for the Thunderbolt. I'm going to play it safe and go to my local Verizon store this week and get it fixed.
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    Loyal customers may get the option, it'll be via mail or email. I was able to upgrade from my Droid X to the Bolt only after 6 months of having the X. I was mailed a flyer with my phone number on it telling me I could upgrade. I was the only person that the verizon store had seen when I brought in the flyer, but they processed it without a question. I've been crossing my fingers they do the same for the Bionic, but I'm not holding my breathe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Well I've been a verizon wireless customer, uninterupted, since the days of the original motorola fip phone and they haven't sent me an offer to upgrade to bionic. How "loyal" do you have to be?
    Less loyal than you, apparently.

    Seriously, you've been an uninterrupted customer since the days of yore, how much trouble do you think they'll go to in order to keep you? It's like politics - if you've always voted Demublican, and you tell everyone that you will continue to always vote Demublican, and the day you vote for a Republicrat is the day you'll keel over and die, then neither the Demublicans or the Republicrats are going to expend a whit of effort to gain your vote. You've already made it clear that they are either wasting their time because they can never lose your vote, or because they can never gain it.

    Call Verizon and mention that you're considering "jumping ship" because other companies have rollover or this or that or the other thing (just be sure it's some feature they can match or have a chance of making happen for you - don't say things like "your phones suck" or "there's no coverage at my house" or something they CANNOT resolve for you, but do say "I'm not happy with my current phone and I'd like a new one, please") and allow them to convince you to stay. Be polite, but make it clear that you're thinking about possibly (and regretfully) breaking a long-term loyalty to them.

    You've been with them so long they are probably depreciating you as a long-term asset with furniture and fixtures. Make a little noise, make sure they know you exist, and make sure that they know that a little effort will keep you around.

    Hey, it never hurts to ask. Plus if you shop seriously with another carrier, the fact that you've been a loyal customer of their competitor might make them come up with some interesting and creative ideas to earn you as a customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Well I've been a verizon wireless customer, uninterupted, since the days of the original motorola fip phone and they haven't sent me an offer to upgrade to bionic. How "loyal" do you have to be?
    Honestly, if you were referring to my previous post, all I really meant by "loyal" is "current smartphone subscriber". For the last 3 phones I've had on Verizon, I've bought each one after I got an email or snail mail flyer indicating that I could upgrade the "latest and greatest new phone" (Most recently the Thunderbolt) at the 2 year contract price well before my actual update period was actually up.

    It's almost something I've come to expect. If you've had your current phone for at least 12 months, check your SPAM filters and junk mail...it just may be there. I received an offer once after only having my then-current device for 8 months. I'm a new device junkie, so I almost always jump at the offer.

    For what it's worth though, I've been a Verizon wireless customer since the late 90's (then Bell Atlantic Mobile I believe).
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    I believe I first came on board in 1989. Still have that flip phone with the extended battery around the house somewhere. Weighs about 2 pounds! I should find it and take a picure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natehoy View Post
    Less loyal than you, apparently.

    Seriously, you've been an uninterrupted customer since the days of yore, how much trouble do you think they'll go to in order to keep you? It's like politics - if you've always voted Demublican, and you tell everyone that you will continue to always vote Demublican, and the day you vote for a Republicrat is the day you'll keel over and die, then neither the Demublicans or the Republicrats are going to expend a whit of effort to gain your vote. You've already made it clear that they are either wasting their time because they can never lose your vote, or because they can never gain it.

    Call Verizon and mention that you're considering "jumping ship" because other companies have rollover or this or that or the other thing (just be sure it's some feature they can match or have a chance of making happen for you - don't say things like "your phones suck" or "there's no coverage at my house" or something they CANNOT resolve for you, but do say "I'm not happy with my current phone and I'd like a new one, please") and allow them to convince you to stay. Be polite, but make it clear that you're thinking about possibly (and regretfully) breaking a long-term loyalty to them.

    You've been with them so long they are probably depreciating you as a long-term asset with furniture and fixtures. Make a little noise, make sure they know you exist, and make sure that they know that a little effort will keep you around.

    Hey, it never hurts to ask. Plus if you shop seriously with another carrier, the fact that you've been a loyal customer of their competitor might make them come up with some interesting and creative ideas to earn you as a customer.

    indeed. I was with AT&T before signing a new contract with Verizon. Stayed with at&t for roughly 10 years. as a "loyal" customer all I had was a title of being their valued customer. not until I wanted to switch that they gave me a 25 dollar credit just for being a valued customer.

    yes you get more for not being loyal it looks like.
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    I remember back in the days of calling cards for long distance (back when your local carrier charged outrageous rates for long distance and you couldn't change carriers, but you could order a calling card from your choice of carrier and call an 800# to make long distance calls)...

    I had an AT&T card for about 3 years. I finally decided to go out and get a Sprint one, because Sprint had better rates. Sprint called me and announced that they could actually become my long-distance carrier of choice if I wanted, for even BETTER rates, and they'd give me some ungodly number of free minutes to switch. So I did. Worked great for about three months of free calling, then I started paying again (but pretty cheap rates for the time).

    AT&T noticed I wasn't using their card any more, and called to ask me why. I explained that Sprint was now my LD carrier. AT&T offered to send me 1,000 free minutes and a check for $100 to switch to them as my LD carrier. I did and they did. My wife started enjoying basically unmetered long distance.

    Sprint then noticed the switch after a few weeks, called me, and offered me $150 and 5,000 free minutes. After I used up my AT&T minutes, I switched back to Sprint.

    AT&T offered me another $50 and another 5,000 minutes, so I switched again once my Sprint minutes were used up.

    Net result: I paid nothing for long distance for well over a year, and netted about $200.

    Sometimes, it pays NOT to be so darned loyal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjboucher View Post
    Verizon will gladly let you buy a Bionic. I really love how you are praising a phone that isn't even out yet and a phone that was supposed to be launched 5 months ago and still isnt out.
    ooo its out now its been out sence last week and it is a bad *** phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by natehoy View Post
    I remember back in the days of calling cards for long distance (back when your local carrier charged outrageous rates for long distance and you couldn't change carriers, but you could order a calling card from your choice of carrier and call an 800# to make long distance calls)...

    I had an AT&T card for about 3 years. I finally decided to go out and get a Sprint one, because Sprint had better rates. Sprint called me and announced that they could actually become my long-distance carrier of choice if I wanted, for even BETTER rates, and they'd give me some ungodly number of free minutes to switch. So I did. Worked great for about three months of free calling, then I started paying again (but pretty cheap rates for the time).

    AT&T noticed I wasn't using their card any more, and called to ask me why. I explained that Sprint was now my LD carrier. AT&T offered to send me 1,000 free minutes and a check for $100 to switch to them as my LD carrier. I did and they did. My wife started enjoying basically unmetered long distance.

    Sprint then noticed the switch after a few weeks, called me, and offered me $150 and 5,000 free minutes. After I used up my AT&T minutes, I switched back to Sprint.

    AT&T offered me another $50 and another 5,000 minutes, so I switched again once my Sprint minutes were used up.

    Net result: I paid nothing for long distance for well over a year, and netted about $200.

    Sometimes, it pays NOT to be so darned loyal.
    you dam right and anymore that metro pcs thing is where its at anyway unlimited everything and no contract for 40 a month including taxes i think im going there next
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    Quote Originally Posted by ji001 View Post
    indeed. I was with AT&T before signing a new contract with Verizon. Stayed with at&t for roughly 10 years. as a "loyal" customer all I had was a title of being their valued customer. not until I wanted to switch that they gave me a 25 dollar credit just for being a valued customer.

    yes you get more for not being loyal it looks like.
    I can't very well "threaten" to change carriers since my wife and I each have over 1.5 years remaining on our contracts. I panicked and bought a tbolt in early summer fearing I'd lose unlimited data if I didn't buy a tbolt b4 rates went up. Its how vzw sold a lot of tbolts. Now I know I could have kept my og droid til today and unpacked my new bionic with unlimited data tonight!
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    It is bad business to use a phone to get an upgrade done. I sold wireless over 3 years for a Verizon indirect. I never used unprofessional maneuvers to get an upgrade or a new contract. Even today as a customer if I doubt something I will call customer care. I do know two reps and a manager I trust. But customer care usually is correct. I also have them document my account what has been discussed. Nothing is misinformed this way. Also early upgrades can only be done by customer care. They have more clout than the stores for the most part.

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