I saw the original thread here https://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=1996&t=2742429
, which mentions that you can get your DVR and STB boxes upgraded for free without paying the $40 exchange fee. I read the thread and didnt see anything mentioning this explicit method. If some of it is a repost I apologize, but I feel like for the sake of being fool-proof, this is worth its own thread.
Instead of dealing with the possibility of having an idiot CSR screw things over, I just called the Verizon Fios Store near me, and they said they would swap my boxes out for nothing.
Edit: I wasnt aware that some people are getting the runaround from their local verizon store. I was using information from other HD forums as well as broadbandreports, and so far, only from this thread so I notice people getting turned down. very strange.
You heard that right...YOU ONLY PAY THE UPGRADE FEE WHEN YOU SHIP!!
I know gas is expensive, but Id rather drive 9 miles and spend the $2, than risk paying $40 or more to have them shipped, which takes too much time anyways.
Make sure you CALL , and place an order first, some stores dont have them in stock yet.
But since current deployments are using the same boxes as on the commercials (the new ones), theres no excuse for them to not have the new ones...if not, they probably just ran out of stock. But based on wall-st ramblings, Verizon isnt exactly selling fios like hotcakes, so there should be plenty.
For people who want to know advantages of swapping boxes:
Current DVR - Motorola 7232 - Faster CPU, 500 gig HD (160 in old ones), and the ability to use external hard drives by eSATA
Current STB - Motorola 7100 or Cisco (rare) - Faster CPU, more energy efficient (you lose your clock)
ALL NEW BOXES - Ability to use the new 1.9 IMG channel guide upgrade, which is sleeker, widescreen (!), and faster (you can use 1.9 on older boxes, but it will lag according to beta testers)