Thinking about getting one of those new shiny Verizon iPhones as soon as they are available for pre-order on February 3th? If you are an existing Verizon Wireless customer, here are few things to keep in mind before making the switch.
Disclaimer: This is not one of those should you or should you not buy the Verizon iPhone 4, just information for those thinking about it.
The most important thing to check before getting your hopes up is if you are eligible for an upgrade or not. If you signed a 2 year agreement when you signed up or got your last phone, you must be at least 20 months into that contract to be eligible. You can check eligibility on verizonwireless.com by signing into your account or by calling customer service. Verizon has specifically stated that there will be no early upgrades for the iPhone 4 like they have done in the past. If you are not eligible, you can still purchase the phone at full retail price. This price has not been announced yet, but it should be over $600, but no contract is needed.
If you currently are eligible to receive the extra New Every Two discount, this can also be applied to the price of the phone. This discount can range anywhere from $30-$100. Check with customer service to see if this applies to you.
Whether you get the phone through upgrade or purchase it outright without a contract, you will need to be on a current nationwide plan with a data plan. Verizon has not announced the data rate plans for the iPhone 4 yet and their FAQ site says it will be announced at a later date. This may mean the pricing for data on iPhones will be different than current smart phones, which run $15 for 150MB or $30 for unlimited.
There will be a 2 year agreement involved (unless purchased at full retail), which is to be expected. Verizon’s current ETF is $350 for advanced devices, which the iPhone 4 is. This is reduced $10 each full month of the contract term. If you purchase from a third party dealer there may also be an additional termination fee from them as well. Check with the store you are purchasing from if they have this policy. There is no information right now if purchasing from an Apple store has an additional fee, but it’s something to ask.
If you already have a smart phone from Verizon, any applications that you may have purchased will not transfer over to the iPhone 4 and are not refundable since they will not work on the iPhone 4.
You will need iTunes installed on your computer at home to activate your phone and sync it with the iTunes store. If you do not currently have an AppleID you can create one the first time you connect your phone.
Verizon stores will carry all accessories for the phone. Accessories sold through 3rd parties for other versions of the iPhone should work; however, some cases may not fit the Verizon iPhone 4 that were made for the AT&T version. Cases should be purchased at the Verizon or Apple store that you purchased your phone from.
If you recently purchased a phone within 30 days of the day you purchase the iPhone 4, Verizon will honor the 30 day exchange policy as long as everything is included (including device, charger, battery, instructions, and any other components) in the original box in like new condition. Check with customer service if you purchased a phone prior to today and plan to pre-order on the 3rd to make sure this is okay.
Most of this information came from Verizon’s iPhone 4 FAQ. If you have more questions, check with customer service or stop by a local store. I recommend the Kenwood Store at 7790 Montgomery Rd.