Carrier Verizon - How to avoid upgrade fee

krishmk

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I am waiting to pre-order an X and was wondering if I can buy a sim-free phone from apple and pop up in the sim from ip7 into it.

Then give the iP7 to my spouse and we have spare nano sim that she will put in and hoping to get it activated without an upgrade fee. She has an older phone which uses a bigger sim, not nano. I am hoping to activate without an upgrade fee.

By doing this, can I avoid paying upgrade fees on both lines? I hate to pay a dime as I am not going to buy thru version and hope to keep the payments on ip7 from Verizon (ip6 trade-in offer).

You guys see any loop holes in this?
 

krishmk

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Or you could just.....wait for it..PAY the fee...
Well if Verizon charges and upgrade fee then so be it. But was wondering if my strategy works?

The way I see is, I am doing BYOD to Verizon, so why pay upgrade fee?
 

BigMcGuire

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I had to pay the fee even though I did it with iUP via Apple.com. Not happy about it but ... Verizon has to make their billions somehow. ... :/
 

krishmk

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I had to pay the fee even though I did it with iUP via Apple.com. Not happy about it but ... Verizon has to make their billions somehow. ... :/
As I read it, if you do IUP from Apple, you will have to give your Verizon account and hence they charge an upgrade fee.

If you have bought it outright with sim-free model, then you might not have to pay it. It is like BYOD. That is how I read here from people who did not pay the upgrade fee.
 

BigMcGuire

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As I read it, if you do IUP from Apple, you will have to give your Verizon account and hence they charge an upgrade fee.

If you have bought it outright with sim-free model, then you might not have to pay it. It is like BYOD. That is how I read here from people who did not pay the upgrade fee.
Ah ok - hope you get that removed. I know I've asked Verizon a few times especially when I've purchased my own and got a resounding "NO" - the only time I've had it removed was when I was in a verizon store and upgraded - the rep was super nice, I told him how awesome the store was, then they "as a thank you" removed the upgrade fee. But that was Note 3 days.
 

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I am waiting to pre-order an X and was wondering if I can buy a sim-free phone from apple and pop up in the sim from ip7 into it.

Then give the iP7 to my spouse and we have spare nano sim that she will put in and hoping to get it activated without an upgrade fee. She has an older phone which uses a bigger sim, not nano. I am hoping to activate without an upgrade fee.

By doing this, can I avoid paying upgrade fees on both lines? I hate to pay a dime as I am not going to buy thru version and hope to keep the payments on ip7 from Verizon (ip6 trade-in offer).

You guys see any loop holes in this?
If there was as sim-free version available at launch you could buy it from Apple and avoid the fee. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there will be a sim-free version available at launch. I buy my phones outright and usually bitch and moan about the fee to customer service until I find a rep that will refund it or I until I feel I’ve gotten $30 in entertainment at their expense.
 
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C DM

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This is bad advice. No one should give corporations any more than absolutely necessary.
When a payment is due and can't be avoided, then the choice is to pay it or not use the services/products that would result in that payment being due.
 

C DM

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True, you either pay it, complain to customer service and ask to have it removed or switch carriers.
Essentially. With Verizon unfortunately complaining (or begging) to customer care generally doesn't change much when it comes to the upgrade fee.
 
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Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Yes, that's what I been hearing from everyone about Verizon.
They will not give in when it comes to fees or charges in general. It would kill them to lose any single dollar of revenue :D
With AT&T for many years they would be easy to waive, then towards the last 3-4 years they would deny you also but after a few calls to customer service you'd get someone that would remove it.


Essentially. With Verizon unfortunately complaining (or begging) to customer care generally doesn't change much when it comes to the upgrade fee.
 

krishmk

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If there was as sim-free version available at launch you could buy it from Apple and avoid the fee. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there will be a sim-free version available at launch. I buy my phones outright and usually bitch and moan about the fee to customer service until I find a rep that will refund it or I until I feel I’ve gotten $30 in entertainment at their expense.
You ae right I am not seeing an option for sim-free on X. Either I wait for sim-free or pay the upgrade fee now to get the X, if I am lucky to get the preorder go in.
 

Droidbricker

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You ae right I am not seeing an option for sim-free on X. Either I wait for sim-free or pay the upgrade fee now to get the X, if I am lucky to get the preorder go in.
Right, it’s really a shame that you can’t buy an unlocked flagship iPhone from Apple on release day. I miss the days when Apple made the carriers their bitch.
 

TravisPNW

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I just called them and told them I'd appreciate getting the upgrade fee back on my 8 Plus and iPad Pro 12.9...

When I told the rep I had been with Verizon since my Nokia 5120 in 1998 she said they appreciated my loyalty and it wouldn't be a problem. I got a $60 credit on this month's bill.
 
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LA_LEE

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I just called them and told them I'd appreciate getting the upgrade fee back on my 8 Plus and iPad Pro 12.9...

When I told the rep I had been with Verizon since my Nokia 5120 in 1998 she said they appreciated my loyalty and it wouldn't be a problem. I got a $60 credit on this month's bill.
Exactly...you never know until you ask! Some people just like to mindlessly follow rules...they need structure - sad for them really. Congrats to you however for not being one of them!
 
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Relentless Power

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To avoid the Verizon upgrade fee:

When you check out online, use the promotion box and type in CHAT30.

Enjoy.
 

Damstr

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As I read it, if you do IUP from Apple, you will have to give your Verizon account and hence they charge an upgrade fee.

If you have bought it outright with sim-free model, then you might not have to pay it. It is like BYOD. That is how I read here from people who did not pay the upgrade fee.
I just talked to a rep to fix some things on my account and they confirmed no upgrade fee is using IUP. Guess we will find out soon enough.