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Verizon Officially Eliminates 1-year Contracts Online, Before April 17

When Verizon reminded you all that you weren’t purchasing 1-year contracts in enough volume to keep them around, we assumed that the April 17 end date on a variety of documents out of their camp was the day they would go away.  Not so.  According to Big Red’s website, you can no longer choose the option of a 1-year contract.  And in case you didn’t know, today is only April 13, but their customer service reps are being told that they actually went away yesterday (online).  

Zack: Why can I not select 1-year contract pricing for a phone?

Tristal (VZW rep): How are you this morning Zack?

Tristal: If you are upgrading, you have to be completely out of contract to get that option.

Zack: It showed me the option on Monday

Tristal: It does show the option, but as you continue with the order, you will see where it change back to 2 year depending on your eligible.

Zack: Even if you are not signed in to the account and just go to the verizon website it does not show 1-year contracts

Zack: I thought 1-year contracts were going away the 17th of April

Tristal: Ok, let me check. One moment please.

Tristal: Zack, the 1-year contract did go away yesterday for online orders.

So, if the DROID Charge comes out tomorrow (which we’re starting to doubt), you will have to grab it for full retail or on a 2-year deal if ordering online.  Of course, you could always head into a store to see what sorts of deals they can conjure up.

Cheers Zack!

  • Trent Connor

    hmm my comm3nt is n3w

    mwaahaaahaaaa
    i miss 1 yr contracts, mine ran out now im locked into a 2 yr one

  • Gee

    Its just a sign of things to come. I would bet that very soon all “contracts” will go away, and you will be paying full price for your phones on Month to month accounts…

  • Game_face38

    just call big red and they told me i can still get the 1year contract because of my job helllllll yessssssssssssssssssss i love u big red and my job

    • http://twitter.com/CaptainCrawley Mike

      Is this based off of your employee discount?

    • Game_face38

      I work for the state. So no

  • napes22

    With the upcoming release of the Sensational, T-Mobile is looking a little more attractive nowadays. Oh wait, they were bought by AT&T…dag.

  • Anonymous

    NOW, I have to get month to month service with Verizon – WTF!

  • Dan

    For the price and hassle, other carriers are looking mighty appealing right about now.

  • Coveryourtracks

    They just couldn’t wait to take away more shit…

  • Anonymous

    Well since my phone is through the company I work for, I should be okay. For now! I am surprised that Verizon isn’t thinking outside the box so people can renew sooner rather than later, given that new phones are nearly obsolete after several months these days. I know that the plans subsidize the phones, but c’mon!

    • Nxus1ne

      it’s because they get more money by keeping you with your old smartphone rather than having you upgrade

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Do T-Mobile or Sprint offer one-year contracts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Do T-Mobile or Sprint offer one-year contracts?

    • Daniel

      Very upset with Verizon, I had planned to get Thunderbolt on 1yr. They’ll give me 1yr but not at the discounted price they offered on the website yesterday.

      I checked TMo, Sprint, AT&T and could not find mention of 1yr contracts on any of their websites.

      I love free competition, how all companies work in lockstep to create one monolithic monopoly.

      So much for differentiating from the competition.

      • mario7

        I called a store and was told specifically that I could purchase the T-Bolt at the 1 yr price under my employer discount plan. $229.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    so wait, your calling them out over a 4 day discrepancy?

    I mean, who in the hell gets a 1 year only? might as well just go to 7-11 and buy a per-per-use phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      There are plenty of people that prefer one-year contracts, although obviously not enough people in Verizon’s eyes.

      How in the world do you see a one-year contract being comparable to pay as you go phone?

      • Anonymous

        Agreed! Both my original Droid and my Thunderbolt are One year deals – now I will have to re-think come January when my contract is up and there will be quad core madness abound! :)
        DAMN!

      • Anonymous

        Agreed! Both my original Droid and my Thunderbolt are One year deals – now I will have to re-think come January when my contract is up and there will be quad core madness abound! :)
        DAMN!

      • FortitudineVincimus

        1) because on 1 year deals you hardly get any break on pricing – similar to pay as you go
        2) most people on 1 year just renew and renew and renew, so just get on the 2 year plan already and catch some price breaks

        in this case, I can see them bailing on these 1 year as they are likely more PITA for them than worth it. 2 years is good, 3 years would be a bit much bet might be how they go in the future

        • Anonymous

          Oh you’re funny. “2) most people on 1 year just renew and renew and renew….” Proof? It seems like that wouldn’t be true at all in my opinion.

          At any rate, more options is -always- better than more. Period. Then again, if you don’t agree with that sentiment, maaaaybe you don’t really understand why people like Android so much either…

        • Anonymous

          Those folks who get one year contracts are also selling their phones on ebay. I remember getting full reimbursement for the phones and using that cash to upgrade for free annually. still works. imo.

        • Anonymous

          Hardly any break on pricing? At least for smartphones, a 1-year contract added $70 to the price of the phone. For example, the Thunderbolt costs $599 off contract and $320 on contract ($250 for 2-year). That’s still a pretty good discount from the off-contract price.

          For people who like to upgrade every year, 1-year contracts is worthwhile since you can upgrade 10 months into your contract unlike, now, a 2-year contract, you can upgrade at 20 months (barring any exceptions)

    • Anonymous

      if you enjoy getting stuck with a phone for 2 years…that’s all you. a lot of people prefer 1 year contracts though.

      • napes22

        Where did you get your information? Verizon told me that more people love 2 year contracts, and they’re reputable.

        • Anonymous

          well judging from the comments on this post…a lot of people like the option of having a 1 yr contract…myself included. yes, the majority of end users like 2 yrs because of the cheaper phone price, and if they don’t mind being stuck with the same phone for 2 yrs that’s all them. and if you listen to verizon reps over your peers on droid-life…then well…i don’t know what to say to you.

      • Anonymous

        One year contract is less than 10% more for the phone than a two year, and I have a better chance of selling the phone on ebay for the cost of the phone itself without contract in 12 months. Glad I got my TB last week, but after these next 12 months I’m switching to Virgin mobile’s LG optimus V. Not a premium phone by any means, but with the money I’m going to save ($300 for 12 months of service at the 300 minute talk plan, with unlimited data and undocumented tether) I can buy a 14mp camera, the Asus eee transformer, and a big screen TV over the same 2 year contract lifespan. Also, my nook wifi tether’s to it just fine running CM7.

  • Joemega2010

    Verizon: “Oh, you didn’t hear? We secretly started a rumor that we would get rid of it the 17th, but by 17th we meant the 12th. It’s funnier that way.”

    • napes22

      Verizon: “Most organizations use focus groups and statistical evidence to make these type of decisions. But here at Verizon, we aren’t really interested in what you think.”

    • napes22

      Verizon: “Most organizations use focus groups and statistical evidence to make these type of decisions. But here at Verizon, we aren’t really interested in what you think.”

  • Ofootprint

    Noticed yesterday that some had the 1 year option some didn’t…hummmm! Not nice ;)

  • Robvanwinkle

    Faq U VZW!!!!!

  • Droiding

    Does not affect small business… I just posted a screen shot here..
    http://img853.imageshack.us/f/vzw.jpg/
    I always select 1 year contracts for whenever upgrading… get a new phone every 10 months !!!

    • palomosan

      One of my phones is due and I get a discount with the company I work, I’m wondering about that too.

      • Droiding

        This only applies to phone that your company owns under their own account, not a phone line you obtained under your own name using your companies discounts.

      • Droiding

        This only applies to phone that your company owns under their own account, not a phone line you obtained under your own name using your companies discounts.

  • RonsterWVU

    I didn’t realize that they did a month to month deal….
    Is that basically just full price for the phone?

    Doesn’t really apply to me, so i wont waste anymore words…

    • Anonymous

      Full price, no contract.

  • http://twitter.com/dleising Dan Leising

    I got the TB on a 1 year on Monday… JUST IN TIME!

    I have always gotten one year contracts, its totally worth the higher cost of the phone and with my employer’s discount it is damn near the 2 year retail contract cost… a no brainer for me.

    They will be missed…

  • Anonymous

    You have to be beyond 1-yr of contract time to get the 1yr upgrade option? Is that what she’s saying?

  • Cjreyes666

    good thing got my t bolt for a one year a couple of weeks ago.

  • John

    I Saw that yesterday on my account. Sad thing is .. I just signed up a few months ago, traveled quite alot but now settling, and started a business in an area with only a celullar one tower.. no luck for verizon wireless users in this area, because my DroidX always has had no signal at all the past few days, sometimes it’s ok… but lately it’s crap!

    • John

      I meant to say… lately I’ve been getting no signal at all

  • AnothaMexican

    Ok

  • guest

    Same ole bs by big red…

    • mario7

      Peeps, you can still get 1 yr via phone and in stores until the 17th.

      • Daniel

        In my case, I called telesales and they said I could still do 1yr. But yesterday on the website, my employer discounted 1yr rate for the Thunderbolt was $229 (maybe 239, I can’t see it anymore!). Now that its lost, they will only quote the previous undiscounted rate of $319. Even though I can still get 2yr contract rate discounted at $199.

        Argh. I never imagined they’d pull the plug on the website early. Why why why. Just to mess up their customers?