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Verizon: $200 for late Android buyers moving to iPhone 4

updated 12:10 pm EST, Tue January 18, 2011

Verizon offers credit towards iPhone for buyers

A new discovery in Verizon's FAQ for the iPhone 4 has revealed a promo that shows an expectation that many recent buyers will switch. The offer will give anyone who bought a phone between November 26 and January 10 a $200 Visa debit card if they buy the iPhone 4 at its full price before the end of February. It doesn't amount to a full discount but is worded such that Verizon fully anticipated some Android and BlackBerry users had bought devices only on the assumption they couldn't get the iPhone.

"I just purchased a new smartphone during the holiday season, but if I knew that iPhone 4 was going to be available soon I would have waited," the FAQ question reads. "What are my options now?"

The carrier was known to have been evasive in its language regarding the iPhone this fall but is thought to have done this to protect its existing smartphone sales while it waited for its Apple deal to go public. Significant hints might have led some to hold off and hurt Verizon's holiday sales, even if it could count on a recovery this quarter.

Until this month, Verizon had always been one of the most public advocates of Android and given the platform its full attention. Signs have emerged that it may still be dissatisfied with Google as it has become the predominant OS on the network but hasn't been enough to prevent a rapid slowdown in smartphone sales where AT&T has owed nearly all its fast growth in recent months to the iPhone. [via BGR]



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  1. sharpeone

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    What about the poor suckers?

    What about those poor suckers who bought the Droid X on launch :)? I would love to get rid of it for the iPhone.

  1. kenspi

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    What a scam!

    OK, so you're someone who got a Droid X or other device in December, at which time you had to pay $200 *and* sign a new 2-year agreement, Now VZW is offering you a fancy iPhone 4, *if* you return that Droid X *and* you pay FULL RETAIL for that iPhone. Oh, but they'll give you $200 back in a debit card. So that iPhone is still costing you $650, and you're still stuck with a 2-year contract and a phone that doesn't work in Europe.

    So, tell me again, why do people love Verizon so much?

  1. technomaster

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    Not a bad deal...

    Not a bad deal, certainly they're offering much more flexibility than you'd see typical for a carrier.

    Used Verizon smartphones get very good value on eBay. A quick peek found Droid X's going for about $500.

    So it's conceivable that with the $200 debit card, you could break even... or even better (depending on how much you paid for your original phone).

  1. technomaster

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    Not a bad deal...

    Not a bad deal, certainly they're offering much more flexibility than you'd see typical for a carrier.

    Used Verizon smartphones get very good value on eBay. A quick peek found Droid X's going for about $500.

    So it's conceivable that with the $200 debit card, you could break even... or even better (depending on how much you paid for your original phone).

  1. DerekMorr

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    misleading headline

    Verizon's policy is for any smartphone, not just an Android device. The headline is misleading; it implies that there will be a surge of VZ Android users that switch to the iPhone. Can't this site stop with the anti-Android FUD for a single day?

  1. RonC

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    I would switch but...

    ... that deal sucks.

    Let me see if I get this right: I just paid Verizon ~$200 for a fancy new Droid 2 Pro (for example), then I get to pay them $649 MORE for an iPhone AND I have to give them the Droid 2 Pro back? For that, I get a $200 debit card.

    I'd rather just add a line to my account, pay the $199 and the extra $10/month until my contract runs out, "lose" or "damage" my Droid 2 Pro and put a lame "feature phone" on that line (and drop the data package, btw), and sell the "not really lost/damaged" Droid 2 Pro on eBay for a decent amount of money.

    Hmm. That seems like a better deal to me.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Nice of them. I see Verizon is doing some good deeds and am happy for them. Just keep up with getting LTE in as many places as possible and don't ever force us to use that crappy Bing search engine on the iPhone, like you do on some of your other phones, and I won't have a problem with you. I may even buy an i5 from you guys when there released.

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