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ElDorito 7,478 1,374 June 4, 2016 at 06:40 AM
I went to upgrade and am out of contract.. when I do 2 year plan and get the s7 edge+ for $299, it still shows a $25 line discount.. but when I talked to verizon they said that I would lose the $25 discount if I upgrade... Is the website right, or should I go with the verizon CSR?

If I go monthly plan, they said I keep the $25, but then I end up paying almost $800 for a phone over 2 years... Just trying to figure out the most inexpensive way to upgrade my S5... I'm tired of the crappy camera and focusing issues...

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I went to upgrade and am out of contract.. when I do 2 year plan and get the s7 edge+ for $299, it still shows a $25 line discount.. but when I talked to verizon they said that I would lose the $25 discount if I upgrade... Is the website right, or should I go with the verizon CSR?

If I go monthly plan, they said I keep the $25, but then I end up paying almost $800 for a phone over 2 years... Just trying to figure out the most inexpensive way to upgrade my S5... I'm tired of the crappy camera and focusing issues...

There is no such thing as a discount these days on phones. They roll the price of the phone into monthly payments one way or the other and then get you to commit to a 2 year deal. $25 X 24 months = $600. It is all a scam by the carriers imo.

The best way to beat these guys imo is to buy a used phone in mint condition via swappa. If you really have to have the latest and greatest model like the s7+ edge you are not going to save much if anything though (but you get away from a contract and save the upgrade from the carrier). However, if you can live with something like an S6 edge, you can get one in mint condition for around $325. Personally I would not go anywhere near any phone that does not let me change the battery, so an s5 for under $200 is what I would look at, but that is me). My 2 cents.
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There is no such thing as a discount these days on phones. They roll the price of the phone into monthly payments one way or the other and then get you to commit to a 2 year deal. $25 X 24 months = $600. It is all a scam by the carriers imo.

The best way to beat these guys imo is to buy a used phone in mint condition via swappa. If you really have to have the latest and greatest model like the s7+ edge you are not going to save much if anything though (but you get away from a contract and save the upgrade from the carrier). However, if you can live with something like an S6 edge, you can get one in mint condition for around $325. Personally I would not go anywhere near any phone that does not let me change the battery, so an s5 for under $200 is what I would look at, but that is me). My 2 cents.
I have an s5 and love it... Just the camera is terrible... I have a DSLR, but having the phone with me all the time is why I want a better camera
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I have an s5 and love it... Just the camera is terrible... I have a DSLR, but having the phone with me all the time is why I want a better camera
For the price of an s7+ you can buy a very nice DSLR with telephoto lenses or get yourself a very nice, compact point and shoot with optical zoom. Depends on your personal needs, but I am old school and the quality of a picture taken with a real camera with a quality lens and optics is going to be far better than what you get from the lens of any phone camera imo.

Yes phone cameras are a lot better than they used to be, but I look at it as how much quality do I need for a camera in my phone to take a quick snapshot in an unexpected moment (and no I do not go around and take selfies or post my trip to the supermarket online lol)? How often does it happen. If it is a kids birthday or a vacation somewhere, I am using my real camera, not a phone to take the picture, but that is me.
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We lost the 25.
3 phones on payment terms using the XXL. ($80 after discount)
you don't get the $25 using their newer S M L XL XXL plans.
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I talked to like 4 people at verizon and they said the $25 will stay since that's what it is showing now.. but for some reason I have a feeling verizon is going to screw me..
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I talked to like 4 people at verizon and they said the $25 will stay since that's what it is showing now.. but for some reason I have a feeling verizon is going to screw me..
Yes, NEVER go by what Verizon reps say to you. You can trust me on that.

You will lose the month-to-month off-contract discount you've been receiving, but there is currently a new '$300 off any $400+ phone' promotion running (no trade-in involved), so now may be a good time to purchase anyway. Check out this thread if interested: http://slickdeals.net/f/8808423-verizon-300-off-on-smartphones-above-400-sitewide?t=8808423

For some, the math works out to be around the same or better switching to the Verizon plan after sticking with their previous package past the contract end date. Since the device is paid off by the end of the term, they credit that portion of your monthly payment, but based on calculations I've seen done in other threads, it would seem the subsidized phone is not the deal many people once thought it and perhaps, not in your best interest.
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Yes, NEVER go by what Verizon reps say to you. You can trust me on that.

You will lose the month-to-month off-contract discount you've been receiving, but there is currently a new '$300 off any $400+ phone' promotion running (no trade-in involved), so now may be a good time to purchase anyway. Check out this thread if interested: http://slickdeals.net/f/8808423-verizon-300-off-on-smartphones-above-400-sitewide?t=8808423

For some, the math works out to be around the same or better switching to the Verizon plan after sticking with their previous package past the contract end date. Since the device is paid off by the end of the term, they credit that portion of your monthly payment, but based on calculations I've seen done in other threads, it would seem the subsidized phone is not the deal many people once thought it and perhaps, not in your best interest.
spent forever in chats and on the phone with several CSR.. they said oh yea, it shows as still having the discount... then long story short.. order was canceled due to system maintenance... couldn't do it myself online anymore.. and they said it will go up $25 a month.. so basically 8 to 9 hundred for the s7 edge if I go that route or payment plan... I don't see what incentives verizon offers to stay with them... Frown
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Everyone phone carrier is the same. You either finance the device and get $15-$25 off your monthly plan, but he phones cost about $15-$25 a month. Or you get a 2 year contract, get charged $25 more a month, but if you get a $800 phone it adds out to be the same.
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Everyone phone carrier is the same. You either finance the device and get $15-$25 off your monthly plan, but he phones cost about $15-$25 a month. Or you get a 2 year contract, get charged $25 more a month, but if you get a $800 phone it adds out to be the same.
I get the 25 off a month now since I'm out of contract...I remember the days when verizon would not only have no upgrade fee, but also give you 100 dollars towards a new phone every 2 years...
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I get the 25 off a month now since I'm out of contract...I remember the days when verizon would not only have no upgrade fee, but also give you 100 dollars towards a new phone every 2 years...

If people are crazy enough to pay $700+ for a phone, why would you expect the carriers to do differently? Apple drones have been doing it for years, what the carriers realized is that a good number of Android users can be brain washed almost as well lol. Seriously, some people are paying more for their phone than they pay for their laptop\desktop which I find totally laughable, but that is me. Call me old-fashioned, but a phone's primary function is to make and receive telephone calls. And any decent smart phone from the S4 on wards can adequately do apps, phone games, video.

To me, phones have become like cars, your best deal is usually with slightly used. If you insist on having the latest model when it comes out, then you will just pay close to list\street.
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If people are crazy enough to pay $700+ for a phone, why would you expect the carriers to do differently? Apple drones have been doing it for years, what the carriers realized is that a good number of Android users can be brain washed almost as well lol. Seriously, some people are paying more for their phone than they pay for their laptop\desktop which I find totally laughable, but that is me. Call me old-fashioned, but a phone's primary function is to make and receive telephone calls. And any decent smart phone from the S4 on wards can adequately do apps, phone games, video.

To me, phones have become like cars, your best deal is usually with slightly used. If you insist on having the latest model when it comes out, then you will just pay close to list\street.
yea... I agree... it's insane what people will spend... I had so many garbage apps and games on my s5 that I was running out of storage and the phone became a bit sluggish... i still have a lot of apps, but dumped a ton... like you said, primarily need it for texting/calls... the only thing that I would add is internet browsing.. I use it more than my pc because I usually have it right next to me...
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spent forever in chats and on the phone with several CSR.. they said oh yea, it shows as still having the discount... then long story short.. order was canceled due to system maintenance... couldn't do it myself online anymore.. and they said it will go up $25 a month.. so basically 8 to 9 hundred for the s7 edge if I go that route or payment plan... I don't see what incentives verizon offers to stay with them...
I know what you mean there - Verizon makes it really hard to justify staying with them.
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Not really. People with cricket were without phone access for 10 hours. That can be critical for people making money.

since upper 80's, Verizon has been the one that always works. The customer service has gone down.

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yea... I agree... it's insane what people will spend... I had so many garbage apps and games on my s5 that I was running out of storage and the phone became a bit sluggish... i still have a lot of apps, but dumped a ton... like you said, primarily need it for texting/calls... the only thing that I would add is internet browsing.. I use it more than my pc because I usually have it right next to me...

Yup...I have a 16 GB S4 and with a microSD card in it have had to clean out some apps once. Other than that, I have been fine and I will stay with my S4 until it breaks...at which point I will go get an S5 on swappa lol (will not get any phone that does not let me change the battery).
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