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how to replace old phone and keep current service

by ringer8 / May 27, 2009 1:51 AM PDT

i have verizon wireless with old samsung phone that i own with a $15 a month rate "grandfathered" in that i don't want to change.... Can i buy a new cell phone and do i have to pay 2-300$ just because i don't want to have a new contract?

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ebay or craigslist, also...
by Pepe7 / May 27, 2009 2:16 AM PDT

Those are two possibilities. Granted, I don't know enough about Verizon and how they handle very old grandfathered plans compared to ATT. It's unlikely though you will get a full featured smartphone for a heavily subsidized price w/o having to sign up for a new plan however, and probably one at least $50/month.

Truth be told- if you pro-rate the total cost over the same time period you could potentially end up ahead by buying the handset outright though. YMMV. Think about is from a two year forced stream of payments-

Unsubsidized version-
24 mos. x $20/mo. (including taxes)=$480 + $200 for new handset= $680
(=$28/mo. over a 24 mo. period)

Subsidized version-
24 mos. x $60/mo. post paid plan cost to get handset discount(avg.)=
$1440 + $0-100 for new handset= $1440 or $1540 depending on subsidized handset price. Again, avg. per month is $1540/24= $64 over a 24 mo. period.


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keep service without a contract
by popeye3678 / May 27, 2009 5:05 AM PDT

I ran over my 3 yr old motorola razr phone last week. My contract expired a few years ago and I've just been paying the [$24.99/mo for 100 mins] on the bill they keep sending me.

I went on eBay & gat an exact replacement for my razr V3c, slightly used, for $39.99. Mine was used anyway & the eBay replacement was 'better', but identical.

I love it.

So, I just took my eBay phone to the Verizon Store & got it activated, no charge.

Verizon tried to 'trick' me into a 2 yr contract, though.
Been with them for 10 years and will not get a contract. Also, always pay cash when you 'have' to use their store.

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by ringer8 / May 27, 2009 6:10 AM PDT

i would like to buy another samsung or other verizon wireless compatible phone (per cnet) just the basics so...i should be able to jsut walk into a verizon store with new phone and account info and they can activate right????
again thanks for taking the time....

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Do that over the phone
by Pepe7 / May 27, 2009 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks

You are less likely to get roped into buying something else if you try to do this in a retail store. Try online first. Just have your statement(s) in front of you for reference. Hope you can find a good deal on a phone you like online ;).


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good to go
by ringer8 / May 27, 2009 8:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Do that over the phone

Thanks i'm going to try and find the appropriate phone

in a few days i'll let people know


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