Contract Extension VS New 2 Year

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  1. androidian

    androidian New Member

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    I don't see a category for verizon's service discussion, so Il stick it here.

    A new droid x is FREE with a 2 year agreement, which a contract extension its $40.

    My contract ends 4/19/12.

    So, why not quit once your contract is up, and start over again with a new 2 year, and get the droid x for free, instead of renewing the contract for 2 years and paying $40?
     
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    cause it's all personal preference.

    2012 seems like a good year for more phones to come out and it's flexible to their customers. Wait to get a new phone when your contract is up or upgrade early for a very small price on the phone.
     
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    Well from people I talked to, you cant upgrade early. I tried to upgrade to the droid X, but it said I was not upgradeable until 4/19/2012
     
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    incorrect. I'm on a family plan and the main lines are eligible for upgrade after one year of contract has been met. I had the opportunity to get my added on line upgraded to a Droid Incredible from my original Droid, it just requires a renewal of another 2 years. Verizon was able to move the upgrade eligibility from the main line to my add-on line.

    Normally an add-on line takes 20 months (maybe less?) before eligible upgrade, but a main line is i believe 12 months.
     
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    Goody. Thx for the info. 4/19/11 is one day before my birthday. Should I get a droid incredible or a droid x?
     
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    There should be plenty more phones released by then, even some dual-core ones. You'll have many more choices than what's out right now, patience will pay off.
     
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    Dual core? For real? I thought the fastest cpu on a phone right now is one ghz.
     
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    by the time you upgrade the phones will be far more advanced. the cell phone and computer industry moves very fast. by the time you get your new smartphone, it will be obsolete in practically 3 months, well not obsolete, but no longer the fastest phone on the market.

    however, don't ever look at it that way, or else you will never truly enjoy your phone. i had the original droid for just a couple days over the 1 year mark and loved it. rooting,ROMing, customizing it. Sure it may have lacked in hardware compared to the DX or Dinc, but it was fully customizable, something the other two, or no other phone on verizon had for that matter.

    You'll be in for a real treat once its time to upgrade your line. The DX or Dinc probably won't even cross your mind anymore by the time your upgrade arrives.
     
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    I'm confused about the option here. Did you have significant time remaining until your NE2? Doesn't make sense otherwise.

    Leaning towards wanting to get my plan on annual renewals. Phones are changing fast and are very soon going to become a realistic option for me at times in lieu of lugging around my laptop. Maybe if I upgrade to a more expensive plan than the base $40 for 450 minutes I'll get annual upgrades. Just not sure I trust that and it's a lot of cash (so in the end you pay the same amount regardless, which makes sense).

    Hmmm....Need to convince a family member or friend to trade their upgrade for my old phone.
     
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    I have a family plan, 4 people; 2 main lines and 2 add-ons (i am an add-on). The two main lines were eligible for upgrade and instead of upgrading those lines, verizon allowed me to upgrade my add-on line with one of the main line upgrades. The main line can be upgraded after 12months i believe, an add-on line can be upgraded after 20months. By doing so i upgraded from the original Droid to my Incredible now. However, as any renewal, it requires a renewal of contract, meaning I'm with Verizon for 2 more years (not that I'd leave anyway).

    Annual plans are more expensive since the commitment isn't as long. Unless you plan on switching carriers due to various reasons, they set up the 2yr plan to be flexible like that. Main line can upgrade after one year of contract, the add-ons get same opportunity, just at a later time. In the end it depends who's on your plan and such and their willingness to sacrifice their upgrade for your line, I was lucky enough
     
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    I guess I've never looked at it. I understand the subsidy is less for 1yr plans but didn't realize the minutes is maybe higher priced.

    Just trying to figure out how to manage upgrades without getting into tacking on another 2 years to my contract every year. I don't see myself ever leaving VZW but I don't necessarily want to rack-up a 5yr commitment, either.
     
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    1 pro - You get to save $40 on the new phone.

    2 cons - You will probably lose your current number and will probably have to pay an activation fee associated with the new account.

    So....it would save you paper work and time to just pay the $40...no real savings to get a new account.
     
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