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Can someone explain Verizon phone upgrade pricing?

blotsome 150 50 June 19, 2016 at 04:38 PM
I've been with Verizon for a while and have had 4 different phones with them, 2 of them smart phones. The first phone I received was free (do they even have free phones anymore)? Then when I went smartphone, with my 2 year upgrade, the price of the phone was heavily discounted, like $150-200 for the new smartphone, but I could only do this once every 2 years. Otherwise, I would have to pay full price for the phone. It appears Verizon has stopped subsidizing new phones, and only offer full price now? Is that correct? I'm highly reluctant to buy something that all of a sudden has tripled in cost, so I'm just writing to see if I understand the new Verizon phone pricing structure.

What are some tips on getting deals on Verizon now? I need to buy the phone outright as I am on a company billing plan, but it has been over 2 years since my last phone so I am due an upgrade (if that still exists). I'm interested in an S7 or Droid Turbo 2. And I'm used to paying $200 for smartphone upgrade, not $700+. So give me the bad (or good) news.

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I've been with Verizon for a while and have had 4 different phones with them, 2 of them smart phones. The first phone I received was free (do they even have free phones anymore)? Then when I went smartphone, with my 2 year upgrade, the price of the phone was heavily discounted, like $150-200 for the new smartphone, but I could only do this once every 2 years. Otherwise, I would have to pay full price for the phone. It appears Verizon has stopped subsidizing new phones, and only offer full price now? Is that correct? I'm highly reluctant to buy something that all of a sudden has tripled in cost, so I'm just writing to see if I understand the new Verizon phone pricing structure.

What are some tips on getting deals on Verizon now? I need to buy the phone outright as I am on a company billing plan, but it has been over 2 years since my last phone so I am due an upgrade (if that still exists). I'm interested in an S7 or Droid Turbo 2. And I'm used to paying $200 for smartphone upgrade, not $700+. So give me the bad (or good) news.

The phone subsidies are all gone. They now scam people by charging so much a month for 2 years to cover the price of a new phone which shows up as an extra charge on your bill. The carriers realized that many people were just so stupid and\or obsessed with their phones and willing to pay ridiculous amounts to get new ones that they did not have to subsidize them any more, esp if they put them on an installment plan lol.

As to the best way to deal with this, imo it is to go to swappa.com and buy a used phone in mint condition. As long as you can live with the previous model (S6, S5 for ex) , you will get a significant discount usually. For ex, an S5 in mint condition is going for around $180. If you want the latest model, then you are basically going to be out of luck though as no one has any reason to discount that to any great degree.

My 2 cents.
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