1. AllenRulz's Avatar
    Ok I have a question. My 2 year contract is up in May. If I get an Android on a ONE year plan, am I paying more on the phone itself or is it my montly payments that will be more???

    I heard that your paying more when doing 1 year so I wanted to know which I'm paying more on.

    Thanks Forum,
    Allen.
    01-17-2011 11:41 AM
  2. TinGodz's Avatar
    You pay more for the phone. The plan rates remain the same. The subsidy for the contract-price phone is just a little less than it would be if you had signed for two years.
    01-17-2011 12:34 PM
  3. AllenRulz's Avatar
    You pay more for the phone. The plan rates remain the same. The subsidy for the contract-price phone is just a little less than it would be if you had signed for two years.
    Sweet, thank you. I'm thinking of doing 1 year with the Thunderbolt and then upgrade to something even newer (hopefully dual core) by that time. Doing a lot of research and thinking on what I want to do.
    01-17-2011 12:57 PM
  4. TinGodz's Avatar
    Sweet, thank you. I'm thinking of doing 1 year with the Thunderbolt and then upgrade to something even newer (hopefully dual core) by that time. Doing a lot of research and thinking on what I want to do.
    No problem. I'll more than likely end up doing the same thing myself. However I may go with the LG Revolution over the Bolt unless the Revo takes forever to come out.
    01-17-2011 01:15 PM
  5. AllenRulz's Avatar
    No problem. I'll more than likely end up doing the same thing myself. However I may go with the LG Revolution over the Bolt unless the Revo takes forever to come out.
    I can wait longer if I know if HTC is doing Dual Core THIS year, but then it's going to be a little harder staying with this crappy @$$ BB Storm.
    01-17-2011 01:30 PM
  6. BSG75's Avatar
    I got a one-year contract in the Summer. I'm eligible for a new device on 3/24. It cost me $270 up front, and I was done with me previous 2-year contract. I definitely recommend a one-year contract. I can probably sell my Incredible for $250-$300 (so says ebay) and use that for a new one-year contract phone again.
    01-17-2011 01:59 PM
  7. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    If you can't do off-contract pricing, I definitely recommend one year contracts as well. You'll pay more up front, but it's a lot better than being locked down for 2 years and, like BSG75 pointed out, you can usually recoup most, if not all of your investment.
    01-17-2011 02:01 PM
  8. netposer's Avatar
    About 2 weeks ago I chatted with a Verizon rep about the Droid X on a 1 yr contract instead of a 2 yr contract. So it's about $70 more on a 1 yr vs a 2 yr contract.

    Karlee: This phone is $269.99 after the mail in rebate with a 1 year contract, or you can get a 2 year contract and pay $1.99 more a month for an extended warranty.
    01-17-2011 03:36 PM
  9. Icon's Avatar
    yeah I definitely advise 1 year contracts if you can afford the extra money for the device you want. A little side note, if you currently have a NE2 (new every 2) or annual upgrade available, you are able to keep and use those. But from the 16th going forward, those options will not be available.
    01-17-2011 03:53 PM
  10. striperhound's Avatar
    Second phone I've used on a one year plan. I picked up a Droid X Saturday. I'd rather pay a little more up front so I can "try" keep up with the newer technology and features. I say "try" because we're always chasing the future.
    01-17-2011 05:50 PM
  11. AllenRulz's Avatar
    Thanks for the heads up everyone.
    01-17-2011 09:13 PM
  12. iBowToAndroid's Avatar
    To save some money, most indirect sellers don't charge extra for a phone on a 1-year contract, so says a source of mine. Definitely worth checking out. But then please don't be a **** and go to a Verizon store and ask them to set it all up for you when you just gave your business to the store down the street.. Not cool..
    No problem. I'll more than likely end up doing the same thing myself. However I may go with the LG Revolution over the Bolt unless the Revo takes forever to come out.
    Why the hell would you want a Revo?? :P
    01-18-2011 05:58 PM
  13. Icon's Avatar
    To save some money, most indirect sellers don't charge extra for a phone on a 1-year contract, so says a source of mine.
    Your source is wrong. MOST indirect retailers can't even do 1 year contracts, and the ones that do, will charge more.
    01-18-2011 06:23 PM
  14. iBowToAndroid's Avatar
    Your source is wrong. MOST indirect retailers can't even do 1 year contracts, and the ones that do, will charge more.
    Pretty hard to be wrong when I asked him myself. And I think he would know since he works there. As you said, MOST.
    01-18-2011 06:30 PM
  15. ceriem's Avatar
    He might be mistaken. People do two year contract like it's nothing, chances are this guy might not have done a one year contract in months, if not years. When I went to buy my Droid X, the guy at the store didn't even know Verizon offered one year contracts, and he has worked there a few years now.
    01-18-2011 07:20 PM
  16. iBowToAndroid's Avatar
    No he specifically mentioned that he's been doing a bunch of them over the past year or so because there's always a better device out every 6-8 months now
    01-18-2011 07:34 PM
  17. Smitty_82's Avatar
    I am done with 2 year contracts with all the new changes.
    01-18-2011 07:36 PM
  18. Icon's Avatar
    Pretty hard to be wrong when I asked him myself. And I think he would know since he works there. As you said, MOST.
    I manage a indirect retailer, and we don't offer 1 year contracts. What retailer does he work for? If he can, which I still doubt, his retailer is 1 of the few. So next time instead of saying:

    To save some money, most indirect sellers don't charge extra for a phone on a 1-year contract, so says a source of mine.
    You should say: "To save some money, IF you can find a indirect seller that does 1-year contracts without a charge, that would be the way to go."
    01-19-2011 08:46 AM
  19. netposer's Avatar
    He might be mistaken. People do two year contract like it's nothing, chances are this guy might not have done a one year contract in months, if not years. When I went to buy my Droid X, the guy at the store didn't even know Verizon offered one year contracts, and he has worked there a few years now.
    Verizon offers 1 yr contracts. There's even a drop-down in the online ordering process when browsing phones. By default it's set to 2 yrs but you can change it to 1 yr and all the prices go up. But not by that much considering you are cutting your contract in half.
    01-19-2011 10:04 AM
  20. eric6052's Avatar
    If I can whebmn it
    01-21-2011 02:17 PM
  21. michael styles's Avatar
    Another great thing that most forget is that when you do a 1yr contract you don't loose that NE2 option. Just cause it has been taken off by VZW doesn't mean you can't still have it. Remember it's gone going forward for new customers & exsisting ones who upgrade with a 2yr contract.

    So if you have that additional $30-$50 off for the NE2 & do a one year you still have the NE2 option still attached to your acct.....I have done some research & confirmed it from different sources. My contract was up @ the begining of Jan & I will upgrade My OG Droid if I feel the need to but only on a 1yr pricing so I still keep my NE2. If I'm totally wrong please do tell but then my personal source in VZW would have been told wrong or just lied to me which I highly doubt.

    Also most phone reps & instore reps will always come up with a ton of objections as to why a 1yr contract isn't a good idea when it really comes down to them not getting paid as much for it & in a way doesn't count as a true activation. As we all know these carriers want to lock us in for 2yrs not 1(yr) as they don't make as much profit from it.

    That's just my 2cents of course but a 2yr contract is something i probably wont ever do again....last lil tid bit I've heard is that VZW is just leading the charge to change the upgrade policy & the others will sure follow this year or next. Count on it!
    01-22-2011 09:09 PM
  22. iBowToAndroid's Avatar
    Another great thing that most forget is that when you do a 1yr contract you don't loose that NE2 option. Just cause it has been taken off by VZW doesn't mean you can't still have it. Remember it's gone going forward for new customers & exsisting ones who upgrade with a 2yr contract.

    So if you have that additional $30-$50 off for the NE2 & do a one year you still have the NE2 option still attached to your acct.....I have done some research & confirmed it from different sources. My contract was up @ the begining of Jan & I will upgrade My OG Droid if I feel the need to but only on a 1yr pricing so I still keep my NE2. If I'm totally wrong please do tell but then my personal source in VZW would have been told wrong or just lied to me which I highly doubt.

    Also most phone reps & instore reps will always come up with a ton of objections as to why a 1yr contract isn't a good idea when it really comes down to them not getting paid as much for it & in a way doesn't count as a true activation. As we all know these carriers want to lock us in for 2yrs not 1(yr) as they don't make as much profit from it.

    That's just my 2cents of course but a 2yr contract is something i probably wont ever do again....last lil tid bit I've heard is that VZW is just leading the charge to change the upgrade policy & the others will sure follow this year or next. Count on it!
    Sorry to burst your bubble but in order to get NE2, you have to complete a 2-year contract and sign another 2 year contract. So unfortunately you won't get your credit if you don't sign a 2-year credit. From the old NE2 T+C:

    The New Every Two program is available to you when you sign up for a two-year plan of at least $34.99 per month and by fulfilling 20 months of that term. You will qualify for a free phone, up to $30 (plans $34.99 - $79.99) or $50 ($79.99 or more) depending on your plan, with a two-year renewal, if you enrolled in the program on February 15, 2009 or later.

    Also, as part of doing away with NE2, they're only giving you 6 months after your contract ends to use your NE2 if you have it- then you lose it. Pretty messed up, but eh, w/e. I'm definitely doing 1 years from now on too..
    01-22-2011 09:46 PM
  23. michael styles's Avatar
    Oh wow thanks for the heads up....I actually confirmed this too. That is just ridiculous but hey that's why there is a 1yr option right even if they dont want you to.
    01-23-2011 05:35 PM
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