Verizon Offers $200 Incentive to Upgrade to iPhone 4

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News Posted: Wed, Jan 19 2011 12:12 PM
Uh oh big fella, did you jump the gun on a smartphone this past holiday shopping season thinking that the Verizon iPhone 4 rumors would never come true? If you did, and assuming you were interested in the iPhone 4 to begin with, then you're probably left with a serious case of buyer's remorse. Bummer.

Don't despair. If you really, REALLY must own an iPhone 4, Verizon will help make it happen. There's a new entry in the wireless carrier's iPhone 4 FAQ that reads like this:

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

A: Current Verizon customers who purchased and activated new smartphones, feature phones, or certified pre-owned phones between 11/26/2010, and 01/10/2011, are eligible to receive up to a $200 Visa debit card when they purchase an iPhone 4 at full retail price by 02/28/2011 and return their existing phone. Note: This offer is only available on consumer accounts with five lines or less, who are purchasing iPhone 4 through Verizon Wireless retail stores, telesales, or through verizonwireless.com.



Before you jump for joy and damage your ceiling fan, keep in mind that Verizon's full retail price for the iPhone 4 is $650 for the 16GB model and $750 for the 32GB variant, so you're looking at a $450-$550 upgrade. But hey, if you absolutely have to have one, a $200 Visa card is better than nothing, no?
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Specjre replied on Wed, Jan 19 2011 6:15 PM

Also out anything you paid for the phone you just bought.

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realneil replied on Wed, Jan 19 2011 8:22 PM

no thanks,.............

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Jan 20 2011 9:22 AM

Maybe if they were to pay the AT&T cancellation fee it might sway a whole lot of folks.

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meegeek replied on Fri, Jan 21 2011 1:47 PM

I fall directly into the target market for this offer. Was out of contract on ATT and dropped iphone for DroidX on verizon in mid December. Can sell the iphones for $200 ea so will break even on the switch as it is. The real show stopper is how much I love the new phone over the iphone. I am a closet apple fanboy, but they really blew it on the timing of this not doing it until Android started to take some share. Reactive marketing....not good.

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