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Old May 20th 12, 04:45 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Janet Wilder
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I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.
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Janet Wilder
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Old May 20th 12, 05:00 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Douglas C. Neidermeyer[_4_]
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On 5/20/12 11:45 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.


I'm always amazed that people agonize over a a hundred or two bucks--
spend it or save it-- for phone hardware when they are going to get
raked for +/- $2400 over the life of the service contract you have to sign.

If you like your phone and it's working OK, keep it. Just go month to
month; VZW will beg and plead with you to sign a contract. Tell them you
will-- but negotiate a lower monthly fee.

Depending on your usage, you may be able to save big bucks moving over
to Page Plus and bring your phone with you.
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Old May 20th 12, 05:05 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Jeff Grossman
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On Sun, 20 May 2012 10:45:10 -0500, Janet Wilder wrote:

I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.


If you upgrade now you will keep your unlimited data. Starting
sometime this summer when Verizon comes out with Data Share Plans,
they will not let you upgrade your phone or plan and keep the
unlimited data plan. If you don't want to upgrade your phone then
just stay with what you are doing. You will switch to out of contract
but all of your rates and unlimited data will stay right where they
are.

Jeff
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Old May 20th 12, 05:30 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Justin[_2_]
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Default Confused: What Do I Do?

Janet Wilder wrote on [Sun, 20 May 2012 10:45:10 -0500]:
I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?


No

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Old May 20th 12, 06:48 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
SMS
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On 5/20/2012 8:45 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.


Buy the Droid Incredible 2 and sell it to me (or someone) for $275-300.

If you plan to stay on Verizon then it makes no sense to not take the
subsidized handset since you're paying for the subsidy anyway. You can
get about $100 for the used Incredible 1 on craigslist (I have purchased
two of them for use on Pageplus, and in excellent condition they sell
for $100).

I think you could get $275 for the Incredible 2, maybe $300. The problem
for new phones on craigslist is that most people will buy it subsidized
with a renewal so the resale market is limited. Not many people would
pay $400-600 for an unsubsidized Verizon smart phone of any kind.
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Old May 20th 12, 06:53 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Janet Wilder
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On 5/20/2012 12:48 PM, SMS wrote:
On 5/20/2012 8:45 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.


Buy the Droid Incredible 2 and sell it to me (or someone) for $275-300.

If you plan to stay on Verizon then it makes no sense to not take the
subsidized handset since you're paying for the subsidy anyway. You can
get about $100 for the used Incredible 1 on craigslist (I have purchased
two of them for use on Pageplus, and in excellent condition they sell
for $100).

I think you could get $275 for the Incredible 2, maybe $300. The problem
for new phones on craigslist is that most people will buy it subsidized
with a renewal so the resale market is limited. Not many people would
pay $400-600 for an unsubsidized Verizon smart phone of any kind.


From what I saw on the VZW web site, the Incredible II is not available.

--
Janet Wilder
Way-the-heck-south Texas
Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.
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Old May 20th 12, 07:01 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
AJL[_26_]
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On Sun, 20 May 2012 10:45:10 -0500, Janet Wilder
wrote:

I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it.


I also have the Droid Incredible (Dinc). My contract is up in a few
months.

The only other phone like it that I see will cost me $200


Is it bigger? Do you really want bigger? Many of the newer phones are
physically bigger and tout larger screens. While they look nice, I
suspect they may have less battery life and would be a more difficult
carry. I find the Dinc the perfect size. Large enough to read easily
and still fit nicely in my shirt pocket when walking (mp3 or radio
streaming).

I want to keep my unlimited data


Losing Unlimited may not be that big of a big deal. Have you checked
your usage? The Verizon app that came on your phone will do that
quickly. I seldom go over 200MB but sometimes streaming radio brings
me closer to 1GB. In any case with my usage, losing Unlimited probably
would not make a big difference. YMMV. (and rest assured you will lose
it eventually anyway...)

and I want to stay with Android.


Ever tried an iPhone? I've never met an owner that didn't like one. I
own both an iPod touch (iPhone with no phone) and iPad (big iPod
touch) and like them both. If Verizon had been selling iPhones when I
went for my first smartphone I likely would be an iPhone owner now.

But now that I've used Android a few years on my Dinc I like it just
fine. And the Dink has one big advantage over the iPhone. You can
change the battery yourself.

BTW if you own a Kindle Fire (also Android) a lot of the apps on your
Dinc will also run on the Fire. That's good cause the Amazon store is
sourly lacking.

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?


I think that's what I'm going to do. Stay month to month with the
Dinc. Course I suppose by being off contract Verizon could cancel both
my grandfathered voice plan and my grandfathered Unlimited plan. But I
doubt that will happen. I'll take my chances...
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Old May 20th 12, 07:16 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
SMS
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On 5/20/2012 10:53 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
On 5/20/2012 12:48 PM, SMS wrote:
On 5/20/2012 8:45 AM, Janet Wilder wrote:
I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it. The only other phone like it that I
see will cost me $200 ($170 plus $30 "upgrade fee"). I want to keep my
unlimited data and I want to stay with Android. I don't care if it's 4G
or 3G.

Should I rush into the Verizon store and upgrade my phone now?

If I upgrade to a 4G phone now, will I lose my unlimited data?

Am I better off sticking with my existing phone and asking to have my
contract renewed?

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?

I need some help with decisions, please.


Buy the Droid Incredible 2 and sell it to me (or someone) for $275-300.

If you plan to stay on Verizon then it makes no sense to not take the
subsidized handset since you're paying for the subsidy anyway. You can
get about $100 for the used Incredible 1 on craigslist (I have purchased
two of them for use on Pageplus, and in excellent condition they sell
for $100).

I think you could get $275 for the Incredible 2, maybe $300. The problem
for new phones on craigslist is that most people will buy it subsidized
with a renewal so the resale market is limited. Not many people would
pay $400-600 for an unsubsidized Verizon smart phone of any kind.


From what I saw on the VZW web site, the Incredible II is not available.


Then get the iPhone. It will have the greatest resale value by far. I
should have said that in the first place. Someone on Pageplus would
probably want it. Even though officially Pageplus says no iPhones, many
people are using them on Pageplus.

I think Verizon is phasing out all non-LTE phones other than the iPhone.
When Apple has a 4G iPhone I doubt if Verizon will continue to sell the
3G version.

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Old May 20th 12, 07:20 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Janet Wilder
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On 5/20/2012 1:01 PM, AJL wrote:
On Sun, 20 May 2012 10:45:10 -0500, Janet Wilder
wrote:

I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it.


I also have the Droid Incredible (Dinc). My contract is up in a few
months.

The only other phone like it that I see will cost me $200


Is it bigger? Do you really want bigger? Many of the newer phones are
physically bigger and tout larger screens. While they look nice, I
suspect they may have less battery life and would be a more difficult
carry. I find the Dinc the perfect size. Large enough to read easily
and still fit nicely in my shirt pocket when walking (mp3 or radio
streaming).


I haven't measured the one I saw. It looks like an Incredible, but
newer. It's also an HTC

I want to keep my unlimited data


Losing Unlimited may not be that big of a big deal. Have you checked
your usage? The Verizon app that came on your phone will do that
quickly. I seldom go over 200MB but sometimes streaming radio brings
me closer to 1GB. In any case with my usage, losing Unlimited probably
would not make a big difference. YMMV. (and rest assured you will lose
it eventually anyway...)



I don't use much data normally, but there are times when we are
traveling in our RV that DH uses it to listen to baseball games on MLB
At Bat and I use extra data for computer stuff that I'd do on my netbook
if there was Wifi available. I also use the Google navigation when I'm
not sure the Magellan GPS is up to date. I don't stream Pandora more
than a couple of times a year. We have satellite radio in all vehicles,
having traveled with it since 1995.

and I want to stay with Android.


Ever tried an iPhone? I've never met an owner that didn't like one. I
own both an iPod touch (iPhone with no phone) and iPad (big iPod
touch) and like them both. If Verizon had been selling iPhones when I
went for my first smartphone I likely would be an iPhone owner now.


I don't want an iPhone. I am very happy with the Android and there are
other places than the Amazon store to get apps. I've even snapped a scan
of a bar code on my desktop and downloaded an app that way. There are
lots of good suggestions on the Android forums.

Also, I'm able to use a certain app that saves me money that VZW would
be charging me on my Android. I'd have to jailbreak an iPhone to use
the same app

But now that I've used Android a few years on my Dinc I like it just
fine. And the Dink has one big advantage over the iPhone. You can
change the battery yourself.


And do a restart by removing the battery and reinserting it if the phone
messes up, too.

BTW if you own a Kindle Fire (also Android) a lot of the apps on your
Dinc will also run on the Fire. That's good cause the Amazon store is
sourly lacking.


I haven't found a need for a fancy tablet. I have a black and white
Nook which is great for reading and a sweet little Samsung netbook

Should I let the contract expire and remain month-to-month?


I think that's what I'm going to do. Stay month to month with the
Dinc. Course I suppose by being off contract Verizon could cancel both
my grandfathered voice plan and my grandfathered Unlimited plan. But I
doubt that will happen. I'll take my chances...


I was looking for a global phone as we are doing another Europe trip
next summer. I think I'll wait until July when DH's dumb phone is ready
for upgrade and swap his for a global dumb phone. Safer to have a dumb
phone when roaming in Europe.

Thanks for your thoughts. They were very helpful.
--
Janet Wilder
Way-the-heck-south Texas
Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.
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Old May 20th 12, 07:50 PM posted to alt.cellular.verizon
Justin[_2_]
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AJL wrote on [Sun, 20 May 2012 11:01:11 -0700]:
On Sun, 20 May 2012 10:45:10 -0500, Janet Wilder
wrote:

I'm eligible for an upgrade and contract renewal right now. I have an
HTC Incredible (I) and I love it.


I also have the Droid Incredible (Dinc). My contract is up in a few
months.

The only other phone like it that I see will cost me $200


Is it bigger? Do you really want bigger? Many of the newer phones are
physically bigger and tout larger screens. While they look nice, I
suspect they may have less battery life and would be a more difficult
carry. I find the Dinc the perfect size. Large enough to read easily
and still fit nicely in my shirt pocket when walking (mp3 or radio
streaming).


The incredible has horrible battery life, less than 6 hours in my experience.

The Galaxy Nexus has about 10 hours of the same usage in battery life,
a bigger screen and LTE


 




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