Verizon begins sending customers early upgrade promotions

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  1. NeoandGeo

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    2 years additional on top of your current I would bet.
     
  2. jtmcclain

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    New 2 year contract. Not 2 years plus 14 months
     
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    Hmmm, what new phones are coming out, wondering if Verizon is beginning to feel threatened by any other companies?
     
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    I never get offers or stuff like this. I must be on someones s**t list.
     
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    I also never seem to fall within the timeframes for these promotions. I would love the X, but I am not showing any upgrade promotion on my account. Has anyone else shown no upgrade on the account and called and able to get the upgrade? Please let us all know!
     
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    So that's the benefit.

    I've always been under the impression (maybe uninformed or unscrupulous reps) that you could upgrade whenever you want so long as you tack on an ADDITIONAL 2yrs to your current plan (and why not, it's all about locking you in).

    Almost have the Droid running perfect exactly as I want it, just a few memory tweaks to get all the way there. So I won't be upgrading for anything less than an LTE phone, provided I have LTE in my area. More ram and storeage is always nice, too, so happy to wait.
     
  7. kodiak799

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    Anyone know what eventually happens to 3G? Does the LTE rollout replace existing 3G towers, or do they just eventually take the 3G stuff down? I wonder if they aren't trying to fill up and maximize 3G now with upgrade offers trying to milk 3G as long as they can (which also has added benefit of slowing LTE demand so it doesn't outstrip expansion).
     
  8. RETG

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    From Verizon's viewpoint, this keeps people from shopping other carriers. Lock them tinto anther two-year contract now, and then in two-years time, do the same. Verizon makes their money on the montly charges, not on the costs of the phone.

    As for those who do not receive an offer. I'm wondering why I have not received one. Could it be Verizon knows I'm in an area that they are the only decent carrier? Sprint has some limited areas, you cannot get AT&T 3G in this area, so the only real answer is Verizon.

    Also, wondering if they have some agreement with RIM. I know a few others, like myself, who want to switch from BB to Android; all of use have new every two coming up before the end of the year, and not one of us have been offered an early out.
     
  9. kodiak799

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    Interesting points....I'm guessing VZW negotiates prices with mfrs on various issues, such as guaranteeing a minimum number of sales and as you point out, RIM also cares about the length of contract (although I doubt individuals matter - RIM would have server contracts with the company).

    I'm not sure how the whole 3G to LTE conversion is working, but I have a suspicion that some of the motivation here is VZW pulling LTE customers forward and locking them into 3G for another year or two, which makes sense on a number of fronts. Plus, the rumored Q4/Q1 beasts coming are probably going to kill sales of existing handsets, so they could be trying to artificially stimulate demand a bit to hit promised sales targets.

    My gut feeling is those of us hoping to get a shot at an early upgrade to LTE are going to be disappointed. By the way, leaving 3G unlimited and going tiered on LTE is another way to try to balance demand on the two networks.
     
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    i wonder how long you have to have the phone to upgrade with this promo because the next upgrade on my account is dec. 2010.
     
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    I got my droid a week after release...I dont get an upgrade until July of 11
     
  12. TheCheeks

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    It all makes sense now. My phone broke 2 days ago, contacted VZW to see if I could magically upgrade 2 months early (Sept 24th upgrade date), and they said "yes, I'm special". Or something like that ;)

    That was yesterday though, so start asking and checking snail mail confirmations!
     
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