Full price from Verizon - service options?

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  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Looking at the current 5S options in anticipation that the 6 options will be the same or very similar.

    I'll be a new Verizon customer (leaving AT&T).

    My wife and I want a pair of 32 gig phones.

    I know that if I sign a 2 year contract and get 2 GB shared data, we would be looking at 2 phones at $200 each plus $36 activation each, and a monthly bill of $130/month, and tied to a contract.

    Edge doesn't look appealing, the whole leasing/renting thing and I'm sure you pay the most going this route.

    But what about full retail price with no contract? That would be $1500 right off the bat (ouch), but then what are our service options? The Verizon site conveniently doesn't show how service works when you pay full retail for a phone and have no contract.

    I'm mainly curious to see how much per month the same service as the 2 year contract would be (2 phones and 2 GB shared data)? It would have to be substantially cheaper than $130 per month considering I'd need to make up the additional $900 initial outlay of cash to buy outright vs. on contract just to break even.
     
  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    It's been rumored that if you pay full price or bring your own devices (or allow your contract to end and not upgrade), you can get the same discounts on the $40/mo access as Edge. But I can't seem to find anything on Verizon's website about that. Might be worth a call to customer service. I wouldn't bother dealing with a store unless you've already had a good experience.
     
  3. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Assuming the discounts are similar to AT&T's, I'd say it's not worth it for 2GB. On AT&T, discount on plans lower than 10GB is just $15/month per line so a total of $720 over a 24-month period. You usually need around 3-4 lines minimum and at least 10GB data before EDGE/NEXT starts to make sense.
     
  4. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'm not talking about Edge though, I'm just talking about buying a phone straight up and getting no contract service.

    ...or is EDGE what you have to get in that case as well?
     
  5. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure about EDGE but on AT&T, the discounts for NEXT and BYOD are the same. On Verizon, service discounts used to be EDGE only but I remember reading somewhere that they've extended the discounts to off-contract and BYOD as well. Again though, it doesn't really give a good enough discount to offset subsidized pricing until you reach 10GB.
     
  6. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    God that sucks, maybe I'll just drop the iPhone altogether and get some crappy Boost Mobile phone or whatever...tired of paying these scumbag companies so much for so little.

    When I was 18 my phone was $35/month. Now I'm at $80+ per phone, and I barely use apps or data.
     
  7. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Where do you live/travel that requires you to use Verizon? I would look into cheaper carriers or prepaid options.

    Also Straight Talk offers Verizon coverage but for a much lower price if you really require it
     
  8. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Full price from Verizon - service options?

    I doubt you'll be able to get a 32GB iPhone 5s for $200.
    Why not go with AT&T mobile share plan? You can get 10GB data for 160 a month for you and your SO with the data shared between the two of you.
     
  9. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Have to agree with the poster above - why the move to Verizon?

    If you're happy with AT&T service but want to cut the bill I'd look at Straight Talk - they provide access to AT&T's LTE (but throttled) for $45/month per line.

    Another option is T-Mobile. They are even even cheaper at $80 for both phones if you only need 1GB per line. Coverage will only be good if you live in a major city otherwise you'll see Edge. Their push to get LTE to rural areas won't be completed until sometime next year - but when it happens they will be a viable alternative to Verizon.
     
  10. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    AT&T is basically a deadzone in my apartment. Never really wanted them to begin with but when the 4S launched I couldn't get the order through on Verizon's site. I had Verizon prior to living overseas and that was fantastic service so I'd like to go back to that.
     
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    I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but Verizon Edge is 20 payments if you wanted to buy the iPhones that way. So it's not 24 months like T-Mobile.
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Curious, when did Verizon change the terms of their EDGE program? It used to be 24 months same as T-Mobile. Before, only AT&T was 20 months.
     
  13. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    you might want to look into this plan. it's 2gb data per line with unlimited talk/text for $60/mo, and it includes a phone subsidy. a friend of mine was on a two line family plan but switched to two of these lines, got more and saved money on top of that.
     
  14. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    Yeah 32gb 5s's are 300 bucks each with contract. Add a few more hundres :p
     
  15. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    Verizon DOES offer the same discounts as the EDGE program if you buy it outright. You just need to call and they apply it.
     
  16. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    smartphones are on sale at verizon right now. a 32gb 5s can be had for $200 plus tax.
     
  17. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Not sure, but I just saw it on their website. Makes a 32gb 5s $37.49/mo.
     

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