Verizon iPhone Buyers Get $200 Credit for Recently Purchased Phones
If you're a Verizon customer frustrated with the recent Verizon iPhone announcement because you just barely bought a new phone, there's good news. Verizon plans to give recent phone buyers $200 towards a new iPhone.
On the Verizon Wireless iPhone FAQ page, the company explained what options there were for those who recently purchased a new phone but want an iPhone now that it will be available. Verizon posted the following:
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.
Getting a $200 debit card sure is a nice gesture, but keep in mind that iPhone buyers will still be paying full retail price instead of the subsidized contract price. That means the $200 will go towards a $599 price for the 16GB iPhone and $699 for the 32GB model .
If you are unsatisfied with the phone you bought during the eligibility period or you just really want the iPhone, this Verizon program will help cushion the blow of that price tag. However, if you think you can get more than $200 for your new phone on eBay or at another sales venue, it would still be better to take that route. And if you still need help deciding whether to buy the Verizon iPhone, consult our list of pros and cons .