I took my son in to get his new phone last month. He got the Galaxy S6. I was so impressed by it that I started investigating the differences between the iPhone and the Samsung phones. From what I can gather, the Samsung S6 is a better phone than the iPhone 6 (and quite possibly, the 6s which comes out later this month). Verizon just changed their plan structure, so I asked them, “When can I get a new phone?” They said, “you can get one now if you switch to our new plan.”
That sounded good, so I waited until we had enough money for me to cover the taxes on the new phone (they divide the cost of the phone over 24 months interest free while they cut your monthly plan payment in half from $40 to $20). While I was waiting, I did some research and finally settled on getting the Galaxy Note 5. I really like the multitasking abilities of the android system that I’ve seen my son use. The ability to have my note taking app open at the same time as my Bible really appeals to me.
I went into Verizon this morning to get my first ever purchased android phone. After waiting about ten minutes, a lady came over and got my phone number and checked my ID. When I told her what I wanted to do, she said, “Well, it says here your current contract doesn’t run out until November.” I said, “I know, but they said I could come in and get a new phone on the payment plan with no contract.” She said, “Well, that’s true, but if you do that, you have to trade in your iPhone, and we’ll give you nothing for it.”
Just so the reader understands, this is a 32gb iPhone 5s, which is going for between $300-$400 right now on eBay.
My options are:
- Go back to Verizon, hand them my $350 phone, and get my new phone.
- Wait two months, go back to Verizon, get my new phone, and make $300 (ish) dollars on my old phone.
So while it was true that I could have walked out of there with a new phone today, I still feel lied to, because the implication was that I was free of the old contract because of the new plan. I will now wait until November (only two more months) and then get my new phone.
Who knows, maybe the iPhone 6s will come out and have better specs and have true multitasking. I doubt it, but Verizon may have just done me a favor. We’ll see.