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Comparison of the Verizon & T-Mobile "free" iPhone 7 with iPhone 6 tradein deal



 
 
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Old September 18th 16, 12:27 AM posted to comp.mobile.android,comp.mobile.ipad,alt.cellular
Horace Algier
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Default Comparison of the Verizon & T-Mobile "free" iPhone 7 with iPhone 6 tradein deal

Just in case you have an iphone handy (or a friend does)....
(If not, please ignore...)

Here is a summary of what I know about the T-Mobile and Verizon plans to
give you a "free" iPhone 7 32GB when you do two things:
a. You trade in *any* iPhone 6
b. You get an iPhone 7 which you can do *anything* with that you want
c. As long as you keep your service for the next two years
(NOTE: The phone does *not* have to be used at all - it doesn't matter what
you do with the actual phone - you just need to keep "a" service, such as
your current service, for two years.)

Here are the Verizon phone numbers:
http://www.tomsguide.com/faq/id-2346...r-service.html
https://www.800-numbers.net/verizon/
a. 800-922-0204
b. 800-256-4646
c. 800-526-3178

Here are the T-Mobile phone numbers:
http://www.tomsguide.com/faq/id-2346...r-service.html
http://www.t-mobile.com/contact-us.html
a. 877-453-1304
b. 877-778-2106
c. 844-270-0187

Here is a description of the Verizon trade in deal:
a. https://www.verizonwireless.com/
b.
http://www.verizon.com/about/news/ge...iday-september

Here is a description of the T-Mobile trade in deal:
a. https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-32234
b.
http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/apple-...BWFR9S6IA85960

There are three key concerns:
1. TRADEIN COSTS:
2. UNLOCK STATUS:
3. PHONE STATUS (vs SERVICE STATUS):

1. TRADEIN COSTS:
Verizon and T-Mobile both have the same iPhone 6 requirements
a. The iPhone 6 must turn on
b. It must not be visibly damaged (e.g., no cracked screen)
c. The water-damage sticker must be white (not red)
d. The iPhone 6 can be *any* number of gigabytes of storage

At both Verizon and T-Mobile, you can visit a brick-and-mortar store to
have them assess the iPhone 6 and annotate your service record that the
iPhone 6 passes the requirements above.

2. UNLOCK STATUS:
a. All Verizon phones are unlocked (even the iPhone 7 under tradein!)
b. T-Mobile iPhone 7s, if under the trade-in, are locked but can be
permanently unlocked after 40 days (if you tell them you're going to
Europe).

The catch with T-Mobile is that the iPhone 7 must be put on the service
line for those 40 days, whereas for Verizon, since the phone is unlocked,
it *never* has to be placed in service.

3. PHONE STATUS (vs SERVICE STATUS):
Verizon and T-Mobile both have similar requirements, with Verizon having a
slightly worse plan that T-Mobile on length of service.

In both Verizon and T-Mobile cases, they don't care *what* you do with the
iPhone 7 once you receive it.
a. You can put it on your service line
b. Or you can give it to a friend
c. Or you can put it in your desk drawer

They don't care *what* you do with the phone.

However, in the Verizon case, they charge you $27/month *extra* on the
first two bills for the phone, and then they reimburse you that $54 on the
third bill, and the credits start to take hold for two years. (So, I think
that means the Verizon 2-year deal is actually 2 years and 2 months.)

In the case of T-Mobile, the credits start on day one, so the 2-year deal
is a 2-year deal.

Both Verizon & T-Mobile must charge you the sales tax on the full price of
the iPhone 7.

Technically, the Verizon iPhone 7 is slightly better than the T-Mobile
iPhone 7 for two reasons:
a. The Verizon iPhone 7 is alredy permanently unlocked, and,
b. The Verizon iPhone 7 is CDMA & GSM (while T-Mobile is only GSM)

NOTE: The Verizon iPhone 7 has a Qualcomm modem which is both CDMA and GSM
while the T-Mobile iPhone 7 has an Intel modem which is only GSM.

Let me know if any of those details need honing.
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Old September 19th 16, 06:33 PM posted to comp.mobile.android,comp.mobile.ipad,alt.cellular
Horace Algier
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Default Comparison of the Verizon & T-Mobile "free" iPhone 7 with iPhone 6 tradein deal

On Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:27:52 +0000 (UTC), Horace Algier wrote:

Here is a summary of what I know about the T-Mobile and Verizon plans to
give you a "free" iPhone 7 32GB when you do two things:
a. You trade in *any* iPhone 6
b. You get an iPhone 7 which you can do *anything* with that you want


One other detail that I found out by calling Verizon on behalf of a friend,
is that if you have *any* time left on a current contract, then you can't
trade in *any* phone against that service contract (until the contract
expires).

Another detail is that on the Verizon plan (but not the T-mobile plan), you
have to *pay* $27/month for two months which gets credited at the third
month, whereas on T-mobile, they charge you $6.88 and then immediately
spread that $6.88 over all your phones in your contract, so that the only
cost (they say) is the sales tax.
 




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