Early Upgrades on Verizon

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by orangebluedevil, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. orangebluedevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    Hey guys - I've always been on ATT, but switched last year to VZ when I got my iPhone 5. Also, I've always got the new iPhone every year. With ATT I just paid the early upgrade cost ever year, which was roughly subsidized cost + $200 (as opposed to full cost of +$400).

    On Verizon, what is the best way to upgrade every year to the newest iPhone?

  2. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Add a new line. And than pay the ETF. Still cheaper than paying full price. Or keep line up and pay $10 plus taxes a month and have flip phone on that line for 24 months.

    Verizon and att and sprint stopped giving out early 12 month upgrades

    Heck ATT and Verizon stopped giving out 18-21 month upgrades also and all new people have 24 month upgrades.
  3. orangebluedevil, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    orangebluedevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    $40 new line + $350 ETF + $400 iPhone 64GB = $790

    Interesting, that is barely lower than Unlocked 64GB which is $850. But then I have to do it again the next year. If I just buy it Unlocked this year, then I can get the full subsidy next year - so pay the $60 more this year, to save $400 next year. Seems like it's better to buy Unlocked every other year?

    Add: Yea, it sucks they stopped with the early upgrades. I still got one on ATT because I was the main line on a huge bill. I got it every year somehow.
  4. metzy25 macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    What I'm doing is starting a new 2 year contrac, and buying out the line I'm currently using. Not sure how I'd get the same number tho? I'd be paying $200 for the phone and $250 for wtf so about $450!
  5. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    No. $35 activation fee for new line plus $350 ETF plus $400.

    $785 is still cheaper than $850.

    Look the reason ETFs went from 175 to 350 was cause Verizon knew peeps were doing this.

    But they still make it a little cheaper. Especially when u find sales from best buy Walmart etc who don't charge a double ETF.

    Lots of peeps got 96 cents Galaxy S3 from SAMs club during thanksgiving and promptly paid ETF. $385 for brand new S3 in 2012 was sweet no contract.

    But watch for resellers who will charge a double ETF. Stick with Official verizon store apple store of best buy Walmart etc.

    Stay away from amazon lets talk or authorized resellers
  6. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    I plan to do this on thanksgiving if the note 3 is offered for free.
  7. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    I wanted to do the same, but stopped and will wait for my contract to end. Was told that I had to port the number over or something, and close the other account, pay the ETF. Think that was how it worked to keep the same number. Call Verizon to be sure.

    Someone that has done it should reply
  8. orangebluedevil, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    orangebluedevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    "No." is kinda harsh for a $5 difference.

    Option 1: $785 this year plus $785 next year = $1570
    Option 2: Unlocked 64GB this year then get subsidy 64GB next year = $850 + $400 = $1250

    Option 1 still looks shortsighted to save $50 this year.
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Verizon is supposed to launch some alternate payment plans this month that rival what AT&T and T-Mobile have done. Otherwise, it sure does sound like a lot of hassle for not much of an upgrade. I switched with the 4S, and you probably know how much of a speed upgrade the Verizon LTE network is compared to its 3G offering.
  10. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    AT&T's "early" upgrade means they tack on an extra $250 on top of the subsidized price of whatever capacity you choose.. granted Apple doesn't change anything (16gb $199+$250, 32gb $299+$250, 64gb $399+$250)
  11. orangebluedevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    Which is what I've always used in the past and was a great deal actually. They took it away now, and I moved to Verizon also.
  12. keitarou macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2012
    Just so you know, you can't use "unlocked" iPhone on Verizon. iPhone unlocked is only for AT&T and T-Mobile. So your option is limited to getting full price Verizon locked phone from Apple and then subsidized one second year, or getting a second line and then paying ETF to cancel that second line and then upgrade second year using subsidized price.
  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Verizon's iPhone 5 would be unlocked.
  14. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    This is accurate. FYI, I am using a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T, currently.
  15. keitarou macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yes it's unlocked but I meant locked to Verizon that its a Verizon phone. It's not an unlocked version where you will get AT&T LTE. With Verizon "unlocked" iPhone, you are limited to only "4G".
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You won't get AT&T LTE, but you can still use it on AT&T, or basically any other carrier. Also, you can get LTE on a lot of other non-US carriers--the Verizon iPhone 5 is actually the non-US unlocked GSM iPhone 5 that is sold throughout the world (outside of US).
  17. orangebluedevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    Sorry, I was using ATT termilogy as an old ATT customer. I meant "buy unsubsidized" when I said "unlocked" which as you said are not the same on Verizon.

    So I would buy a "full cost unsubsidized" iPhone 5S from Verizon.

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