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Won't offer long-running incentives in preparation for iPhone 4

Now that Verizon has the upcoming iPhone 4 to tout, along with the next wave of top-tier Android phones and first LTE-enabled 4G devices, the company has done away with a perk that could have helped some customers pay for said devices. Verizon has confirmed (via SmartMoney) that as of Sunday, January 16, its New Every Two and early upgrade policy will no longer be available to new customers.

The New Every Two program offered customers $30 to $100 toward the purchase of a new phone every two years. Current customers will be able to use this discount one more time within 6 months of reaching 20 months into their contracts. New customers will not be offered the perk.

Verizon's early upgrade program -- perhaps even more attractive than New Every Two -- offered “new-customer” pricing on devices 13 months into their contract. Customers will now have to wait a full 20 months before they are offered the upgrade price.

"The longer you can get customers to go between upgrading their phones, the stronger the profitability for the carrier," Michael Hodel, an analyst for Morningstar, told SmartMoney. As evidence, Hodel points to last year's iPhone 4 release, when AT&T allowed many subscribers to upgrade early, sometimes even waiving the $18 fee. This resulted in shrinking profit margins for the carrier. 

Verizon, on the other hand, can count on a number of AT&T iPhone users to jump ship for its CDMA version of the device -- without having to offer much extra incentive.

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RE: And things like this
By rudy on 1/18/2011 5:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
You know coverage was like year 2000 talk. Every carrier out there has basically blanketed the US with roaming agreements. Speed, etc... Now days the only one who could break ahead is if someone figured out some crazy way to penetrate buildings and ground much better. Most towns have limited towers and they make all the carriers put up panels on the same tower. Sometimes one carrier or another has more or less ability in a certain spot. But the only really important thing that people neeed is to check who has the best coverage in their home and work. The other factor is price. I could care less if verizon has slightly better signal if it cost me more than I am willing to pay to get data what good is it. I can have everything on another carrier for less . Maybe sometimes I need to walk 10 feet to get a better signal.

RE: And things like this
By Smilin on 1/20/2011 1:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
Not so.

I just switched to AT&T and there are some dead zones near my home. Verizon was fine. They might have agreements with other carriers but doing "roaming" in the suburbs of a major US city in this day and age would be unacceptable.

But.. I'm still happy. Verizon is letting it's success get to it's head and is really treating customers like crap.

AT&T is a stopgap for me. I'll probably check Sprint near the end of my contract.

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