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Cheaper to cancel your contract and go to verizon then pay the $250 +$36 upgrade fee

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!

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Sep 14, 2012 7:49:37 AM
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ln310 wrote:

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!


I'm pretty sure Verizon charges a $36 activation fee (same as the upgrade fee) so you really only save $50. You will also have to select one of their share everything plans which you may find is more than what your current plan is. You might want to price it all out before you switch because you may end up paying more in the long run.


ln310 wrote:

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!


I'm pretty sure Verizon charges a $36 activation fee (same as the upgrade fee) so you really only save $50. You will also have to select one of their share everything plans which you may find is more than what your current plan is. You might want to price it all out before you switch because you may end up paying more in the long run.

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Also, you need to check Verizon's contract terms. They may not allow anything other than a full price upgrade until the entire 2 year contract is over.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. All cell phone companies give the best prices to new customers. There are people at Verizon who have a 4S and it's cheaper for them to swap to AT&T than get a 5 from Verizon.
Also, you need to check Verizon's contract terms. They may not allow anything other than a full price upgrade until the entire 2 year contract is over.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. All cell phone companies give the best prices to new customers. There are people at Verizon who have a 4S and it's cheaper for them to swap to AT&T than get a 5 from Verizon.

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ln310 wrote:

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!


What's the better carrier?  I thought that you were going to Verizon Wireless. Smiley Surprised

 


ln310 wrote:

since ATT wants to lose a whole bunch of customers to Verizon- let them. For $200 you can terminate your contract, and walk into Verizon and get a iphone 5 for 64GB for $399. You'll save $86 plus get a better carrier. I've upgraded my Iphone every year at launch and had never paid some ridiclous $250 "fee" for what- who knows. If that $250 were canceling my contract, then fine. dont make me sign another 2 year agreement then. Hi Verizon! See you tomorrow!


What's the better carrier?  I thought that you were going to Verizon Wireless. Smiley Surprised

 

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Totally agree. I can not believe their customer service hung up on me. They asked me to buy a microcell because their coverage sucks. Can you believe their logic?

Totally agree. I can not believe their customer service hung up on me. They asked me to buy a microcell because their coverage sucks. Can you believe their logic?

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Hello xj_wanglu,

 

Thanks for posting here. I'm really sorry to hear that you're having reception issues. Is the coverage bad at home or other places too? Has it always been bad? Do you know if others have problems in those areas?

 

There are so many different factors that can affect network performance, especially inside buildings, Microcell is a good option, available to those that want to improve their coverage indoors. If you want to speak with somebody about it, We have a team of great managers that might be able to help! Send us a private message by clicking here, please include your name, phone number and the best time you can be reached and we will give you a call to discuss your options.

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

 

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Hello xj_wanglu,

 

Thanks for posting here. I'm really sorry to hear that you're having reception issues. Is the coverage bad at home or other places too? Has it always been bad? Do you know if others have problems in those areas?

 

There are so many different factors that can affect network performance, especially inside buildings, Microcell is a good option, available to those that want to improve their coverage indoors. If you want to speak with somebody about it, We have a team of great managers that might be able to help! Send us a private message by clicking here, please include your name, phone number and the best time you can be reached and we will give you a call to discuss your options.

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

 

Thank you,

Dmitriy


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Been a wireless customer about 5 years...How is this in anyway an upgrade deal?

 

I was browsing Iphone5 for fun earlier at $199, but there is no "upgrade" at a best price when i use this eligibility link.

 

It would be the same price if I was a new customer, and then you would charge me $36 for an upgrade fee???

 

Am i missing something???

 

If after 5 years treating me as a new customer is the "best pricing" AT&T can do,  I can switch carriers since my contract expired..I agree OP

Been a wireless customer about 5 years...How is this in anyway an upgrade deal?

 

I was browsing Iphone5 for fun earlier at $199, but there is no "upgrade" at a best price when i use this eligibility link.

 

It would be the same price if I was a new customer, and then you would charge me $36 for an upgrade fee???

 

Am i missing something???

 

If after 5 years treating me as a new customer is the "best pricing" AT&T can do,  I can switch carriers since my contract expired..I agree OP

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There are three prices available for the 16GB iPhone 5:  new customers/existing customers that are fully upgrade eligible get $199, existing customers using the early upgrade option get $449, and AT&T customers who are not upgrade eligible or do not wish to do a new contract get $649.  The $199 is the "best" price among the three options here.

There are three prices available for the 16GB iPhone 5:  new customers/existing customers that are fully upgrade eligible get $199, existing customers using the early upgrade option get $449, and AT&T customers who are not upgrade eligible or do not wish to do a new contract get $649.  The $199 is the "best" price among the three options here.

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Edited by acridcola on Jul 26, 2013 at 10:32:38 PM

Funny since I can go to Walmart and get the same Iphone5 with Verison for $129, and to the $499 option as the OP said, its cheaper to cancel and become a new customer than this "upgrade at best price".

 

All the companies generally charge $199 for an iphone 5 with a new 2 yr contract and I assume other phone models will be similar.

 

What's the point sticking with AT&T or having this "check eligible" link for an upgrade since my contract has now been fulfilled? Any new customer can get the same deal.

 

Seems like a gimmic trying to make current customers that have fulfilled or partially fulfilled their contracts think they are getting something special when they are clearly not.

 

I guess I have a different opinion of what eligible upgrade means.

 

 

I also love this NEXT program listed by my upgrade option. Its got "free" this and that written all over the place til you read monthly fee for 20 months and the fine print below that.

 

"Qualifying devices only. Upgrade after 1 yr.: Req. min. 12 installment payments, acct. in good standing, plus trade-in of current device in good & functional condition & purchase of new device/wireless agreement & service plan"

 

I'm done ranting its pointless anyway..

 

Funny since I can go to Walmart and get the same Iphone5 with Verison for $129, and to the $499 option as the OP said, its cheaper to cancel and become a new customer than this "upgrade at best price".

 

All the companies generally charge $199 for an iphone 5 with a new 2 yr contract and I assume other phone models will be similar.

 

What's the point sticking with AT&T or having this "check eligible" link for an upgrade since my contract has now been fulfilled? Any new customer can get the same deal.

 

Seems like a gimmic trying to make current customers that have fulfilled or partially fulfilled their contracts think they are getting something special when they are clearly not.

 

I guess I have a different opinion of what eligible upgrade means.

 

 

I also love this NEXT program listed by my upgrade option. Its got "free" this and that written all over the place til you read monthly fee for 20 months and the fine print below that.

 

"Qualifying devices only. Upgrade after 1 yr.: Req. min. 12 installment payments, acct. in good standing, plus trade-in of current device in good & functional condition & purchase of new device/wireless agreement & service plan"

 

I'm done ranting its pointless anyway..

 

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