As I explain further below, be sure to ask your carrier if you're told you can't upgrade at a discount. The situation may change if you're looking to leave. Last year, I found it crazy. It made more sense for me to leave my carrier, eat the termination fee, and buy a new iPhone with another carrier than stay. A year later, that wacky world remains true on iPhone 5 pre-order day. Stay for $650..Consider my current situation with AT&T. I purchased the iPhone 4S last year when it came out, so I'm not eligible for an upgrade. I can't even do an "exception upgrade," where AT&T will let you upgrade early by adding $250 on top of the two-year contract price for a phone. There are no exception upgrades for the iPhone, I was told by AT&T, when I called yesterday.
Instead, if I want the basic 16GB iPhone 5, I have to pay the full $650 list price, rather than the $200 discounted price for those who sign a two-year contract, That's a $450 difference, Or save $225 by leaving?This is where jumping ship to Verizon makes sense, If I go over to Verizon as a new customer, I'll pay the $200 discounted price, I'll also have to pay my AT&T termination fee, That started at $325, then was reduced by $10 for each month I apple - iphone 8/7 leather case - soft pink had the phone, It's now $225, Adding that to what I'd pay Verizon means the total price of my iPhone 5 would be $425, That's $225 cheaper than staying with AT&T and paying full price..
Plus trade-in value!Sure, there's also the Verizon activation fee I'll also pay of $35. Even including that, I'm still ahead. I'm even further ahead if I use Verizon's trade-in service. Currently, it's offering $230 for the base model of the iPhone 4S from AT&T. Yes, Verizon will accept AT&T phones. If I do that, I've pretty much offset that AT&T termination fee. I've got my nice shiny new iPhone 5 at a low price. All I had to do was abandon AT&T. Termination fees not so scaryThat's the crazy part. The idea behind a termination fee is to help ensure that the carrier recovers the discount it gave on the phone at purchase. The fee is supposed to deter customers from leaving. But with the iPhone, the policy against early upgrade discounts works against this.
What I've described above also works for Verizon customers considering jumping ship, If you got an iPhone 4S last year, Verizon tells me there's no discounted pricing, Instead, you'll have to pay the full $650 for a base model iPhone 5, Alternatively, you can leave to AT&T and pay only $200 with a new two-year contract, Your Verizon termination fee that started at $350 when you got your iPhone 4S would have reduced $10 per month similar to how it works with AT&T, making it now $250, Add that into the costs, and your new iPhone apple - iphone 8/7 leather case - soft pink 5 will total $450 -- $200 less than staying with Verizon..
Next, sell your old phone through the Amazon trade-in store (currently worth up to a $370 gift card value) or any number of other outlets like Glyde (worth up to $280 currently) or Gazelle (worth up to $274 currently), and you'll save even more. Jumping to and from Sprint may also work as I've described with AT&T and Verizon. I just haven't explored that. But if you're with Sprint, or are thinking of going to the network, it's pretty easy to do the math as I've described above. Things to considerOf course, switching does come with the hazard that you might lose some old unlimited data plan you have or some other option that's no longer offered. You have to consider this.