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    I bought my girlfriend a new phone thursday. It is on my account which i upgraded to a family plan. Well looking at my account it says that line is eligible for an upgrade as of when I bought the phone. Is this normal or will I lose the upgrade tomorrow?
    Also I have a thunderbolt. Problem is I am having some problems with it. I was going to transfer her upgrade to my number and use it to choose a new phone. I see the bionic is incredible but it is also $300. Are there better phones coming out that may be cheaper that I can use my upgrade on?

    thank you
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    I can use my hubby's upgrade or upgrade early in December. I'm waiting!

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    You bought her a new phone with contract or used and just added it. If it was add on using your equipment, it will qualify for upgrade. I'd wait for November when new phones coming out

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    I went to walmart and bought her a phone. Then I upgraded to a family plan and put her phone on the family plan with me.
    I just don't want to make the mistake I did with the thunderbolt. Now I wish I would have waited because the phones coming out now are so much better and the new ones can run ice cream sandwich which I don't think the thunderbolt will ever run.
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    So phone you bought from Walmart was a new activation and you signed a two year contract?

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    yes to both. Somehow it still shows up as eligible for an upgrade.
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    Lol I wonder if its a glitch. I remember when I was on Att, it happened to me. I jumped on it cuz I knew it was a glitch

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    so I'm guessing it will revert back tomorrow? I don't want to buy a phone right now and regret it later and the verizon store rep assured me it wouldn't revert.
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    Wait on it. If it stays tomorrow you might be in good shape.

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    I would wait with your upgrade not too long though. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is comming out (new os, like froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb...) and new phones are comming along with it. before you use the upgrade, wait for the upcoming phones such as the Galaxy Nexus (one im waiting for) and the droid razr. these are probably going to come out either this month or early november. earliest it can possibly happen is the 18th/19th where ics is going to be released, and hopefully the galaxy nexus as well.
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    what is the droid razor and galaxy nexus going to be like? Will they be better than the bionic? Any other phones coming before christmas?
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    razr and galaxy nexus are going to be ridiculous. obv i dont know cuz it didnt come out but the strongly rumored specs for them are amazing. if you like apple, which im guessing you dont because this is a droid forum:D, then you cant go wrong with the iphone4S. Im not sure about the other phones coming before christmas but 1 newly released phone, the galaxy S II, is also a good phone. my friend has it so i know its good first hand.
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    yeah I forgot to say the phone has to be 4g and hopeully under $200. I don't want to fork out $300 for a phone. Especially when I paid $250 for my thunderbolt.
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    the galaxy nexus will probably be $300 and hopefully not more. Id just wait a few days to see what happens on the 18th/19th depending on where you live when they unveil ICS and a few other things.
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    how much will the razr be and will it be as good as the bionic or nexus?
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    not sure how the razr will be. and i never really found out much about the bionic or nexus. read this article for some info about the galaxy nexus and the droid razr. Nexus Prime (Galaxy Nexus) vs Motorola Droid Razr? the razr price should be high as well.
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    No one here can really tell you what to do. Speaking as someone who has a bionic i can say this thing fast an has great batterylife. All i really care about , you may want different things. All i can say is samsung is notoriously bad on battery life an they're making the Nexus. Also no phones have concrete release dates.
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    will the thunderbolt run ice cream sandwich or are it's update days over?
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    No one here works for HTC so we can't be sure. I would say, imo mind you, i think the Thunderbolt will get ice cream sandwich ...though i could be wrong.
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    Not knowing the OP, this is a tough question to answer. But, if he is at all a phone or tech geek, it is bad advice to tell him to burn his upgrade on the Bionic.

    I was just in his situation. I had an upgrade in hand, and since VZW has the 14 tryout period, I decided to give the Bionic an honest shot.

    After having for ~10 days, I really tried to talk myself into keeping it, to avoid the minor hassle of shipping it back. But, despite the fact that the Bionic is a decent device, ultimately I had to send it back. Because I am a bit of a phone/tech geek.

    Yes, there are always newer better phones just "around the corner". But in this instance, just around the corner appears to be REALLY soon. As in the next few weeks. And the reported difference between Bionic and Nexus (and the other devices) appears to very notable.

    The combination of how quickly these new devices are supposed to be dropping, how cutting edge they are reported to be, the fact that Nexus is going to have Ice Cream Sandwich, and the very poor execution of several features of the Bionic are mostly what did it for me.

    If the Bionic had a screen that had even a little bit of "wow" factor, and if the Bionics camera was not absolutely horrendous, I may have decided to just stick with the Bionic until my next upgrade.

    Power/specs wise I dont think the Nexus is going to be light years ahead of Bionic, but it is ahead. Size wise they are similar, but there is more screen real estate apparently on the Nexus. They are both pretty similar in these regards. But.

    I am a big fan of high tech screens and this to me, is the biggest difference. Every time I looked at my Bionic, I was reminded that my phone had a very mediocre screen. Only upside was viewing it outside. In every other regard, it was disappointing. I am coming from an HTC Incredible and am used to AMOLED and its rich colors. The Bionic really disappointed here.

    And the Nexus screen by all accounts is going to be outstanding. I cant wait to see Super Amoled Plus HD. That is huge to me. A cutting edge device is supposed to wow you with its screen and I expect the Nexus to do just that.

    Also, I have a Nikon DSLR for when I must have great photos. This is fairly rare. So, a cell phone with a decent, quick and easy point and shoot camera built in is very nice, because then you always have a camera/camcorder on your person. This is part of what makes them smart phones as opposed to cell phones. I dont need DSLR quality and am quite happy with the results I get from my 2+ year old HTC Incredible camera. This is the biggest flaw in the Bionic, IMO. I would have been perfectly satisfied with mediocre, but current mediocre technology in this phone. Not only was it not current, it was not even mediocre. The Incredible camera was superior in all regards. You can pull it from your pocket, unlock the phone, touch the camera icon on the screen and snap a really good picture in about 3-4 seconds. With the Bionic, you simply cannot. Focusing is a nightmare, and very slow. Then, after finally getting a shot you can live with, it is very grainy and noisy. I cannot imagine how poor it would look if blown up on a 20" computer monitor.

    Between that and the pedestrian-at-best screen, I knew I would have a ton of buyers remorse with the Bionic, especially with such great devices this close to being released. But to be honest, even if there were no Nexus or Razor or Vigor or whatever right around the corner, I still would have sent the Bionic back, because after using it for a little over a week, I realized that overall, device vs device, I would rather have my Incredible straight up over the Bionic.

    That is why I think the OP, if he has any interest in having a cutting edge device, or EVER uses the camera on his smart phone, would be very prudent to wait a couple weeks and see what drops between now and the end of November.

    Good luck OP, you have some great options.