In a valiant effort to make themselves less of a value proposition and squeeze even more money out of their customers, Verizon announced today that customers will no longer be able to upgrade their phone every 2 months. Also, for those of you that have some old ‘New Every Two’ credits lying around, you better upgrade soon or Verizon will take those from you as well.
20-Month Upgrade Going the Way of the Dodo
There was a time when I was a Verizon customer until I had enough of their anti-consumer practices and left. It is days like today that make me even more happy that I switched to a Nexus 4 on Straight Talk.
Up until customers that purchased a phone on a two-year contract on Verizon have been eligable for an early upgrade at the 20-month mark. Well, if you bought a phone any time in 2012 you will not be eligible for an early upgrade until you’ve completed all 24 months of your contract. Boo!
If You Have ‘New Every Two Credits’, Verizon is Taking Them Away
Next, in January 2011, Verizon expired their old ‘New Every Two’ program. The program used to give Verizon subscribers anywhere from $50 to $100 toward the purchase of a new phone when they signed another two-year contract with Verizon. It seems that lots of people are still holding on to their phones from a bygone era and have a ‘New Every Two’ upgrade credit in their account. If that is you, you’d better act quick. Starting April 15 your credits are going bye-bye. Verizon is taking them away from everyone. So act quick because your credits’ days are very very short. Hurry up. You have until next Monday to do it.