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Unread 06-23-2008, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Default Upgrading phones before 'contract' expires

There has to be a lot of people who like the latest and greatest in technology who upgrade their phones every chance they get. I am not one to do this but I need an 'organizer' and thought of getting a smart phone. However, if I 'upgrade' the phone, will I have to pay the 'full retail price'?

How do you deal with 'upgrading your phone'?
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Unread 06-23-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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If you keep your current service you will have to pay full price. To get the phone cheap, you will have to sign a new contract.
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Unread 06-24-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: High Bridge
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How long do you have until you are eligible for an upgrade? The "new contract" date isn't always the same date as upgrade eligibility, and they will typically work with a long term customer.
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Unread 06-24-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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How long do you have until you are eligible for an upgrade? The "new contract" date isn't always the same date as upgrade eligibility, and they will typically work with a long term customer.
May 2009. there are no provisions for 'long term customers'. Big disadvantage of Verizon.
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Unread 06-24-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: High Bridge
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May 2009. there are no provisions for 'long term customers'. Big disadvantage of Verizon.
Sure there are... but you're barely a year in. In total, the CSR's took great care of me, taking 3 extra months off (November contract, which means september renewal, just got my new phone last week). I've been with Verizon for around 4 or 5 years now.

What about ebaying for a smartphone, trying it out on the cheap for a while, learning the likes and dislikes, and then around the end of the year ask for an early upgrade?
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Unread 06-27-2008, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I upgrade my phone when ever I feel the urge to do so; I have yet to wait until my contract expires and when I would be eligible for free phones by renewing my contract. I have T-Mobile, so I just pay the reduced price that they offer to new costumers by agreeing to a new two-year contract. So, I never pay full price for a phone. Occasionally I will buy a used phone or get one off a friend or coworker when they upgrade. The thing with T-Mobile is that everything is based on the SIM card and as long as my SIM card is in a phone that I purchased second hand or what ever, it will work as my own.
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Unread 06-30-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Verizon doesn't let you upgrade like T mobile. Oh, well.
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Unread 07-23-2008, 01:59 AM
 
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Verizon doesn't let you upgrade like T mobile. Oh, well.
I had Verizon for awhile, and I got spare phones from ebay. They all worked fine, until I moved to an area where Verizon didn't have the coverage they'd promised. Then I switched to AT&T and got a new phone free, then got another spare from ebay for .01, plus shipping, which meant it cost me a grand total of 10.01. Just be careful you don't end up paying more than the carrier would charge, if they are having on-line specials. I've seen some used AT&T phones go on ebay for considerably more than the same one would have cost new, on sale.
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Unread 08-22-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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buy mobile phone
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Unread 08-22-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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I got my storm on ebay. Thought I would test it out before the storm 2 comes out.
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