Carrier Are tablets on Verizon plans eligible for 2 year discounts as well?

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  1. LincolnsiPod macrumors 6502

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    I'm awaiting the new iPad release, in the meantime my iPad line is eligible for the standard 2 year discount. However when testing this out by going through the motion of purchasing a new iPad the price was the same even with the discount "applied." :rolleyes:

    I've never used 2-year discounts for a tablet before, so I was wondering if this means they're only applicable for phones, at least as far as Verizon goes?
     
  2. quagmire macrumors 603

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    iPad's are not subsidized by the carriers. This is why you can cancel your service at any time without an ETF.
     
  3. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, that's what I needed to confirm. :)
     
  4. fleabite, Oct 21, 2013
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    Actually, it may be subsidized

    If you sign up for a new plan, it can be subsidized. I'm soon going to switch to Verizon and get an iPhone 5s and the new iPad mini. If you check that on Verizon's website, it gives a discounted cost on the 32 GB mini of $459, which is $100 dollars off, when I get the 2-year contract. It also gives a discounted rate on the phone. I discussed this with a customer rep, who confirmed it.:cool:
     
  5. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Both my iPad lines are month to month, if it turns out I can sign a two year plan specifically to subsidize a tablet I may go that route, but in your case the discount may have only worked as a result of you getting a new phone too. I'll have to keep playing around with the plan options, maybe Verizon might offer a deal once the new iPad gets released.
     
  6. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    It is possible to buy (solely) a subsidized iPad on a 2 yr contract. The discount for an iPad Mini is currently $100. The subsidies are no where near phone subsidies, but the plans are cheaper...
     
  7. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah even if it's $100 it definitely beats paying retail. :D
     
  8. bkribbs macrumors 65816

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    Only if you're sure you want the data plan for 24 months.
     
  9. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Been with Verizon for years, data and all, so I don't see that changing unless a meteor lands on my head.
     
  10. thefredelement macrumors 65816

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    I got the most bang for my buck by 'upgrading' my iPad line to an iPhone 5, then switched it back to the iPad and sold the iPhone 5.
     
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    Funny you mentioned that. There is a meteor on its way, it will pass by this time around, but the odds that when it returns, and hits the Earth is 1/89,000 in a few years . Pretty good chance you will get hit. :eek: :D

    http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/13may_2004mn4/
     
  12. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd sell my current iPad (latest gen) so I'd likely get about the same return.

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    Guess it all comes down to that age old question: Do I feel lucky? :D
     
  13. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Ha ha. Gotta love the FCC block C agreement. I use my verizon phone unlimited data line and exclusively put 4g lte sim in my verizon iPad. It has its own hotspot also. So truly unlimited lte data with no throttle.

    and I just took advantage of the transfer upgrade loophole to maintain unlimited data and purchased subsidized verizon iPhone 5S. I didn't resell it like you. I am using the verizon iPhone 5S on my "other" ATT lines.
     
  14. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    You also have the option of getting a wifi only iPad & tethering to your iPhone, wifi only is cheaper than 4g even with 100 bucks off & saves you the $10 a month to add an iPad to your share plan.
     
  15. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah it's definitely another option I can consider.
     
  16. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    Your best bet would be to subsidize a phone on the line. After you activate the phone, swap the line to a tablet with your new iPad (that you paid full price for). Then sell the phone. You'll get more than $100 out of the subsidy, albeit with a bit more work.
     
  17. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, combined with the money from selling the old iPad, I would just about break even going that route. Works for me.
     
  18. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Not about switching to another carrier, it's about paying for data you won't be using every month.
     
  19. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    With Verizon's new share plans it only costs $10 a month to add a tablet to your plan, but it costs $40 a month to add a new smartphone.
     
  20. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    Yes... you add a phone at$40/mo. Once activated, you switch the device to an iPad and change the line to a tablet line. You pay a prorated cost against a day of $40/mo and the rest of the time it is billed at $10/mo.

    Now you have a subsidized phone to sell, free and clear. Buy the phone which gets you the best net difference after selling. Probably an iPhone right now.

    This only makes sense if you planned on getting a contract for your tablet in the first place. You save money this way over just adding a tablet with $100 off the tablet cost.
     
  21. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    Seems like this would break your contract, whats stops people from doing this with their regular phone lines & only paying 10 instead of 40?
     
  22. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    Because you have to activate a tablet on the line to pay the tablet cost. Your contract is for the line. You can swap the type of line anytime as long as you have a device of the new type to activate on it.

    You cannot activate a tablet on it, swap to a tablet line for $10/mo and then use your phone. You could put the tablet SIM in your phone and use data, but you would have no voice AFAIK.

    They cannot prevent you from moving the SIM between devices, I believe that was part of the LTE spectrum deal. I move my cell SIM into data cards for Cisco routers on occasions. No ill affects to my bill. Unlimited data.
     

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