Can someone please clearly explain verizon edge too me?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by metzy25, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. metzy25 macrumors 6502a

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    So today my 5s was lost/stolen and I didn't have any type of insurance on it so I bought out my line and started a new line. I was going to pay the $200 for a two year agreement but they convinced me to do edge but I believe I was lied to. I was told when I upgrade I just bring the phone I have now which is the 5s I got today, and trade it in and the payment I pay for per month would go away, and I'd be paying for the new phone I upgrade to the same way I was paying for the 5s. That's not how edge works right? Can someone explain it to me?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The new Verizon Edge, AT&T Next and T-Mobile Jump all basically work the same way:

    You pay per month for your Voice, text and data.

    You pay per month for your phone. Usually this is split up over 20-28 months months. You have the option of just making the monthly payment until it is paid off, paying it off early, or trading it in towards a new phone after a certain amount of time, usually about 12 months.

    Verizon offers a discount on the monthly plan when you use Edge, but that discount goes away if you bring your own phone or pay your phone off early. AT&T also offers a discount on the monthly plan if you use Next, but this discount doesn't go away when the phone is paid off. I'm not sure how T-Mobile works.
     
  3. tremlock macrumors 6502a

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    The discount sounds nice, but if you're paying $27 a month for the phone and get a $20 discount you're still wind up paying more than if you sign the 2 year deal. I'm also sure the trade in value is much less than you can get via selling yourself.
     
  4. metzy25 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So how does it work if I upgrade in 6 months for the new iphone?
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So you sign up for something you don't know or understand.
    And then you ask questions about it here?
    You're a salesmans wet dream:D
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If you upgrade yearly on a 2 year deal, then you're paying $649+ out-of-pocket to upgrade halfway through the contract. That's a deal breaker for some.

    On Edge, you can trade for a new phone when you've paid 50% of the balance. So that's essentially your trade-in value, no? So $325 for a 16gb iPhone. In my area, that's about what you'd get for selling on Craigslist. I've sold for more on eBay but after all the fees were said and done, I didn't net much more than Craigslist.
     
  7. tremlock macrumors 6502a

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    I see. That's a decent breakdown
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    You have to pay off 50% of the current phone before you can upgrade.

    50% of a $649 16GB iPhone = $325

    At 6 months, you would have only paid 25% of the current phone ($162)

    So to upgrade, you'd have to pay another $162 to upgrade on month 6.
     
  9. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    Don't you also have to give them back the phone unless it's paid off?
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Correct.
     
  11. metzy25, Feb 24, 2014
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    So whatever I pay off comes off the $325, and pay that?
     
  12. metzy25, Feb 25, 2014
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    Does it take any money off when I trade the phone in? Or basically I pay half of what the remaining balance of the phone is?
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    You do not get any money for the phone. The $325 (half the phone price) is due and you must give them the phone. The new plans are really a rip off to customers. You are leasing a phone which makes zero sense. The best option is to pay the phone in full so you own it, and then sell the phone and put that towards a new device.

    I know at tmobile if your phone is paid in full you can finance a new phone over 24 months. Verizon may not let you do that even you have the phone paid in full, not sure though. They may still consider it an "upgrade" to get the 0% financing and make you trade in the old phone. I would think if the phone is paid in full they would give you a credit towards the new device though.

    Your best bet is still call verizon and ask them about different scenarios. I would say go in store, but often times they are clueless.
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The plans are only a rip off if you choose to trade the phone in after it is halfway paid off. If you pay it off early or just make the payments for 20-28 months, its your phone.
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Can someone please clearly explain verizon edge too me?


    Do they also charge a fee for having the plan? I know tmobile makes you have jump so you pay an additional $10. You are better off using a 0% credit card.
     
  16. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I didn't realize T-Mobile was charging for Jump.

    AT&T doesn't charge a fee for Next, I don't believe Verizon does for Edge.

    I mean, in the end, I'm going to be paying cash for my phone. The payment plans that AT&T and Verizon are offering aren't a bad alternative because they don't charge any interest.
     
  17. aristobrat, Feb 25, 2014
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    How do you figure? You're paying the full price of the phone (spread over 24 months, with no interest), and then you own the phone. You also have the option to trade the phone in halfway through your payments, if you want to upgrade early.

    Assuming you upgrade phones each year, at the end of two years, I don't see where there's much of a difference in cost between EDGE vs. the two year contract. To me, the big difference is that with EDGE, you're not paying $649 (in one payment) for your year #2 upgrade, and you're not having to take the time of selling your phone on Craigslist or eBay each year.

    Verizon EDGE (for two years, on a 10GB+ Share plan):

    $480 for service ($20/month x 24 months)
    $648 for the two iPhones ($27/month x 24 months)
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    $1,128

    Typical 2-year contract:

    $960 for service ($40/month x 24 months, on any Share plan)
    $198 for the two iPhones ($199 - $325 + $649 - $325)
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    $1,158
     
  18. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Actually I think you have to pay $10 a month for EDGE as well. I have no idea where you are getting these $20 and $40 a month plans from verizon at....
     
  19. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It doesn't look like it:

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/devices/edge.html

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    He's calculating the the monthly cost of a single line and excluding the $100-ish data charge because it's the same in both plans.
     
  20. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    For a phone on a 2-year contract, it costs $40/month to add it to a Verizon Share plan.

    For a phone on an EDGE plan, it costs $20/month to add it to a Verizon Share plan (10GB+).
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    gotcha, but it is still cheaper to use a 0% credit card and go prepaid since the plans are much cheaper. I don't know the exact dollar values but prepaid 2gb plans are around $60-$65 a month (verizon/att). The same post plan cost nearly $100 if not more.

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    it is weird that tmobile charges for jump, but you can immediately cancel it and still take advantage of 0% financing.
     
  22. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    True, prepaid has always been cheaper for people with 1 or 2 lines.

    I'm on AT&T Next with three lines (family) and 10GB of data, and it works out to $48/month per line. That's cheaper than if we all had pre-paid. To me, the nice thing about EDGE and Next is that the two biggest carriers are finally giving discounts on monthly service to people who aren't using carrier subsidizes to buy their phones.

    As for 0% credit cards, I don't know of any that have a normal APR of that. Limited introductory-period, yes, but not usually in effect 18 months later.
     
  23. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Yup, as aristobrat stated, pre-paid certainly is the way to go if you only have one or two lines.

    I've got 4 smartphones + 1 dumbphone on AT&T with 10GB shared data right now. I pay $175 a month before my FAN discount, but none of the phones are subsidized or on the Next plan. When it's time to upgrade I'll weigh my options, but I'll probably just pay cash and buy the phone outright.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Too bad Verizon stops the discount once the phone is paid off or if you bring your own phone.
     

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