Best way to save on new phones switching from old Verizon Wireless contract to new non-contract plans?
I am still on one of the old Verizon Plans (NATIONWIDE TLK&TXT SHARE 700). My contract term has completed, but I have not yet switched to one of the new "Verizon Plans" that are non-contract. It looks like switching to one of the new plans will have a significant savings. Currently, my wife and I own our phones but are eligible for two year upgrades/discounts on contact plans.
My thought was that we could do the upgrades for a 2 year plan extension, but then switch to one of the new plans. Is that possible, or would we be stuck for two years in the more expensive plans. If we had to pay a fee to switch plans, would it be worth it considering a new phone discount?
If you get locked into one of the old contract plans and can't switch to the verizon plan, it would make more sense to buy the phones from VZW, ebay, etc. Our phones are old, but I haven't seen anything worth upgrading. However, I figured since we want to switch to the new plans I would see if we could get a discount on the phones first.
Also, I recall reading somewhere that if you don't buy the phone through them and bring your own from eBay or just use your existing phone, you may a surcharge. That didn't seem right that they charge your for not paying monthly for a new phone, but I thought I'd double check.
I saw some trade in deals a few weeks back for an old phone with verizon, not sure if those make sense and work with the new non-contract plans.
Any advice on how to get the best deal given my situation would be helpful, thanks!