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MacPerforma

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Verizon did away with 2-year contracts and subsidized phones a couple of weeks ago, yet I noticed today that the iPhone 6 is still available on Apple's website at a subsidized price through Verizon, provided that you're an existing Verizon customer and sign a new 2-year contract.

I'm with Verizon and was planning on getting the new iPhone 6s next month at a subsidized price, as my existing 2-year contract expires in early September. I thought I was out of luck when Verizon announced that they were dropping 2-year contracts and phone subsidies, but judging from Apple's website, it looks like the subsidized pricing is still available to existing Verizon customers.

I heard nothing about existing Verizon customers being able to sign new 2-year contracts and get subsidized phones, but from what I'm seeing on Apple's website, this appears to be the case. Can anyone confirm or verify this? I guess we'll have to wait and see if the same offer will still be made available to existing Verizon customers when the 6s is released.

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C DM

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Contracts and subsidized phones are not an option for those on the new plans that were introduced recently. For those on older plans, the same upgrade options that they had before still exist (including 2 year contracts).
 

maflynn

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Yes, VZW is only killing subsidized pricing for new customers, existing customers can still have access to a subsidized phone program.
 

dcgore

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How come the financing option is not available on Apple's website? Only at retail stores. What gives?
 
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MacPerforma

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A quick update to this thread...

I visited a local Verizon store this afternoon to inquire about whether existing customers can sign a new 2-year contract and get a subsidized phone, and I was told that this is no longer an option. Evidently Verizon was originally going to allow existing customers to sign new 2-year contracts when they switched to their new plan structure last month, but then at the eleventh hour they backed down and changed their mind. Strangely, though, as of this afternoon it appears as though a new iPhone 6 can be purchased on Apple's website at a subsidized price for existing Verizon customers.

So what's the deal? Was I speaking with a misinformed Verizon representative, or are new 2-year contracts no longer available even for existing Verizon customers? If the latter is the case, I wonder why apple.com still lists iPhones as being available at a subsidized price through Verizon.

Any thoughts?
 

gabo864

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A quick update to this thread...

I visited a local Verizon store this afternoon to inquire about whether existing customers can sign a new 2-year contract and get a subsidized phone, and I was told that this is no longer an option. Evidently Verizon was originally going to allow existing customers to sign new 2-year contracts when they switched to their new plan structure last month, but then at the eleventh hour they backed down and changed their mind. Strangely, though, as of this afternoon it appears as though a new iPhone 6 can be purchased on Apple's website at a subsidized price for existing Verizon customers.

So what's the deal? Was I speaking with a misinformed Verizon representative, or are new 2-year contracts no longer available even for existing Verizon customers? If the latter is the case, I wonder why apple.com still lists iPhones as being available at a subsidized price through Verizon.

Any thoughts?

Verizon reps work on commission and they make more money when people switch to the Device payment plan, that's why sometimes they tell customers they don't do 2 year contracts anymore, I hear about this all the time from customers who come to our store from our local verizon store. I work for best buy mobile we don't work on commission and we always try to look out for the customer, at least some of us do. Verizon does allow existing customers to get a new device on a 2 year contract. The device payment plan is not a bad option depending on what plan you are on and what device you're purchasing, sometimes it's even cheaper n the long run compared to a two year contract, again it depends on the plan you're on and the device you want.
 
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Rud3Bwoy

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so wait since i am still with verizon i can still get a discount on future phones with my contract ends?i thought that was for everyone.
 

ultravisitor

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so wait since i am still with verizon i can still get a discount on future phones with my contract ends?

I believe it depends on what plan you're on right now. If you're on a contract that included a subsidized phone, then yes, you should be able to renew with the same contract once your contract ends. But I don't believe you can change plans. Once you let go of your plan, I believe that's it.

Personally, I never go into the store and listen to reps. Store reps do nothing for me. I only ever do business with Verizon over the phone. That way I can speak to a rep and can get offered plans that I wouldn't be offered by the store reps, such as the loyalty plan I'm on right now.
 

Rud3Bwoy

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I believe it depends on what plan you're on right now. If you're on a contract that included a subsidized phone, then yes, you should be able to renew with the same contract once your contract ends. But I don't believe you can change plans. Once you let go of your plan, I believe that's it.

Personally, I never go into the store and listen to reps. Store reps do nothing for me. I only ever do business with Verizon over the phone. That way I can speak to a rep and can get offered plans that I wouldn't be offered by the store reps, such as the loyalty plan I'm on right now.

thanks ill let my mother know because she listen to the reps etc
 

ultravisitor

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thanks ill let my mother know because she listen to the reps etc

Honestly, if your mom only listens to reps, then she might not listen to you. It might just be easiest to show her online at MyVerizon. For instance, if one of your lines is eligible for upgrade, then if you sign into MyVerizon and choose to upgrade your device, the website will show you the two-year pricing for the phones. You can then shop and upgrade like normal.

You have to be signed into your account for that to happen, though. Otherwise, it won't show you the two-year pricing.
 
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mlsusa

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I just went into the Apple online store and if I wanted to I can get a subsidized 6+ as a new customer. The attached screen shot shows the page I land on after indicating I'd be a new customer. Or will this not work when I try to check out?
 

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MacPerforma

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Doubting what I had been told in the Verizon store earlier today, I called Verizon this evening and spoke with a representative who confirmed that existing Verizon customers with contracts due to expire can, in fact, sign a new 2-year contract and get a subsidized phone price.

It's a shame that the sales representatives at the stores are misinformed on this issue. I'm sure it's a common question from existing Verizon customers currently on contract, and it's a shame that some customers will undoubtedly not be presented with the option to sign a new 2-year contract instead of switching to one of Verizon's new "pick a size" plans.
 
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Doubting what I had been told in the Verizon store earlier today, I called Verizon this evening and spoke with a representative who confirmed that existing Verizon customers with contracts due to expire can, in fact, sign a new 2-year contract and get a subsidized phone price.

It's a shame that the sales representatives at the stores are misinformed on this issue.

Again, you don't even have to speak to anyone at Verizon about this. All you have to do is log onto MyVerizon, and if you're eligible for upgrade, you can choose to upgrade the eligible phone and then it will show you the two-year contract pricing. That's what it has done for me ever since I became eligible for upgrade on August 29.

I wouldn't even assume that the store reps are misinformed. They might just be lying to get people to move from a contract to a device payment plan. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Verizon was giving them special bonuses for being able to move more and more customers to the device payment plan from the contract model.

I never do business with the reps in the Verizon stores. Ever. They simply do not provide the best level of service.
 
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