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Verizon Offers 1-Year Contracts to Out-of-Contract Customers?

Interesting email, right?  Thanks to one of our readers, we now know that Verizon didn’t completely ax 1-year contracts on April 17 and is instead using them for special occasions and circumstances.  That special circumstance in this situation has to do with the fact that the recipient (our reader) of this email is currently floating around contract-free.  Yep, our reader is not under contract, so Verizon has offered him a 1-year deal plus a month of free service if he were to consider locking back in.

It doesn’t appear as if there are equipment deals also attached to this, so the incentive here could just be the 1 month of free service.  Anyone else receive this?

Cheers Jonathan!

  • DrClaw

    I received this as well.  I will be coming off of contract in approx 4 months (planned).

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  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun scott braunworth

    This is a normal thing that verizon reps are aloud to give, but yes for the one yr contract. they have a list of things that they can give customers to make them “happier”..
     I was in a contract still, an a rep offered me that a few months back but I didn’t take it, cause right before that they gave me $10 off a month on my data plan 12 months, but it extended my contract a yr, but it didn’t change my upgrade eligibility.  so they have a list of things that they can give out, especially free minutes! 

  • Daniel Archibald33

    I have the moto xoom off contract and they tried to offer me that deal and I told them HELL NO!!

  • mystery

    VZW has done this for a long time. It’s usually called a “Loyalty Offer” but basically its an enticement (bonus minutes, bonus text messages, a month of free service) for you to sign a new contract. Your rep/store/whatever gets the contract on their paycheck and you get the “bonus” they offer you. If you plan on staying a VZW customer anyhow, you are getting something for nothing. Plus, you are typically still eligible to get a new phone in addition to the bonus.

  • GaGal

    I am out of Verizon contract. I received the exact email today, but mine says “we’d like to make your
    monthly access FREE for one month*
    with a new 2-year Customer Agreement.”  TWO YEAR AGGREMENT! Ummm…???

  • http://twitter.com/willsours Will Sours

    Oh wow, so they give you something that costs them essentially nothing for a signed contract thats worth ~$1000 in service charges? No thanks, I’m still switching my last line shortly you bloodsucking mf’ers. 

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ max

    i think 2 years is too long for a phone

    • Anonymous

      This is for only a year

  • MiaC

    About 6 months ago, I was on month to month with the two phones on my account (family share plan).  I was offered a $9.99 unlimited data plan for my second line (smartphone) for $9.99/month, a $20 discount from the standard $29.99 unlimited plan.  The only catch – sign up for a one year contract.  So my daughter could have unlimited data, and it would cost me the same amount that I’d been paying?  No problem, sign me up!  I am still able to update my handsets at any time, only potential drawback is that new handsets will now mandate a two year contract….  So, I continue to hold out on the new handset option.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

    VZW told me I can upgrade “early” or annually. but a upper level manager has to approve and be in a good mood or your out of luck!

  • Anonymous

    I called in last week to check in on some pricing discrepancy and they offered me this, except it was with the promotion that gives me the free family share lines. So it saves me $30 a month and kept upgrades dates intact (which is now). Also, it allows my employee discount of 22% a month to kick in as it didn’t while on mo to mo. I took em up on it. Why not. By the time SGS2 finally hits, it might not be LTE, in which case I will wait for holiday phones.

    Google+ anyone? ;)

    [email protected]

    • Anonymous

      I invited you. Hopefully, it works.

  • Anonymous

    Poll time! Anyone Opting in to this? vs. Really?

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of Verizon services that are supposed to be dead… isn’t free mobile hotspot supposed to have expired last night? It’s still definitely active & working on my Tbolt. Writing this post with my old DInc tethered to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Perry/651895305 Ryan Perry

    Im leaving verizon if they push data plans on me, my upgrade date is coming January 2nd, 2012 and if I they try to take away unlimited data by then, they just lost a customer with 5 lines. Come on Big Red don’t do anything stupid!!

  • Scott Willenborg

    I still have all the grandfathered discounts and upgrades… I’m too scared to move anything cause I’m afraid they’ll charge me for walking through the front door the wrong way.  I still get my NE2 phone… waiting for the Bionic during my September NE2.

    Now if someone would have the decency to punch me in the face… I mean send me a Google+ invite I would be as happy as Richard Simmons with a mouth full of butt hair!

    [email protected]

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ryan57ford Ryan Chapman

      Sent you one, hopefully it works

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ryan57ford Ryan Chapman

      Sent you one, hopefully it works

      • Scott Willenborg

        Thanks Ryan.  I’ll watch for it.  If it comes through I will name my first born after you.  He’s 11 now and his name is already Dane but this Google+ invite is waaaaaay more important than his mental health.

  • Tyler Chastain

    This offer is made by the Verizon’s loyalty department quite a lot, basically a last resort for customers who threaten to leave.

  • http://twitter.com/smithdm4 david smith

    I didn’t receive an email, but last November I got a phone call from a VZW rep. My contract was expiring Feb. 19th, and they were offering me a free month to sign a new 1 yr deal. So now my contract expires this November, I was still eligible (and still am…waiting on the Bionic) for the 2 year upgrade price in Feb. and I still have my new every 2 discount. If only they’d bring a phone to market that I want.

    • http://jaxidian.myopenid.com/ Jaxidian

      +1 on bringing a good phone to market. All of these options that we’re seeing are pretty pathetic given that well over a year ago we had the Droid X. I have a TBolt for the unlocked bootloader and LTE, but it wasn’t much of an upgrade otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Big Red is just lining their couffers,

  • RevolutionX

    I also received this offer when I called to inquire about tiered data (which of course they could not confirm a week ago). They offered me $10 off my $29.99 unlimited data and offered to send me ALL accessories for the Bionic when its released since I mentioned I was waiting out for it instead of taking my upgrade now. Since I don’t see myself leaving Big Red any time soon I figured free accessories and a $19.99 unlimited data plan for my Bionic was not a bad deal.

    • RevolutionX

      I forgot to add that they also offered to also early upgrade everyone in my family plan even though they are over a year from upgrade.

      • Granted

        What now?! They offered free upgrade even though you’re a year away with those phones!? Damn, how do I go about getting them top offer me that plan? I would absolutely love to upgrade this or next month inserted of next March.

        • Granted

          * to, * instead

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    what a crock…lol no one but Verizon gets anything out of this “offer”

  • Anonymous

    Sign another contract in exchange for one month free?  No thanks Verizon.  Now if it were a free phone of my choice that would be another matter entirely.

    • Anonymous

      +1 Thats what I am talking about, Verizon is making a killing off of us :) Actullay this ounds like a plan just ride out the contract and float. Make Verizon beg to have you on contract. I like this idea to check out your other options as well :P

      • Anonymous

        That’s a long ride. I’ve been off contract since last November & I still haven’t been offered a deal like this.

        • Anonymous

          Verizon must not like you Lol What did you do to piss them off at
          you??? LMAO Seriously, I would try top nego. some deal to see what they
          would give you to come back and bring up the fact that Sprint or AT&T is
          looking mighty good to you right about now.

          Then think it over, take your time and decide if it’s worth the contract. A
          one year with a fre month plus a discount on a new device of your choosing
          sounds fair, but, Verizon will try to fight you tooth and nail.

          • Anonymous

            LOL. The problem is I wait 12+ months to upgrade after my contract ends. I would take a 1yr contract for a free phone of “MY” choosing as long as I get to keep my unlimited data. And I would use that on the Bionic. Dual core LTE phone. I’d play with that for a year. Hopefully I won’t go blind though. :]

          • Anonymous

            Lol Well we don’t want you to go blind now do we lol Let’s HOPE the Bionic
            is worth it’s price, I for one will have a wait and see mentallity. Some
            guys on here are drinking way too much Moto Kool Aid!!!

            In the mean time if the Bionic is good to go, you can always ride out on the
            Bionic, then hit’em up on that one year contract after your current contract
            ends :)

          • Anonymous

            That’s what I’m saying. I’ve been contractless since last November. So I would be signing a new 1yr for the free phone(Bionic), b/c these offers always have time constraints, then ride out that 1yr on the free Bionic. That would work for me.

          • Anonymous

            LOL, My contract ends this month but i am on my wifes family plan (Don’t
            Ever jump on a family w/Verizon I had to learn the hard way, and lost my NE2
            and upgrades till I finally jumped to the senior executives of Verizon to
            get my account straightt. They connected me to a lady that handles the
            serious complaints and she took care of me,). Any problems I’ll just call
            her.

            I will see if we can do the same just ride out and see what they’ll ofer me.
            :)

        • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun scott braunworth

          call them up and ask the for it.. right now they’ll give you anything to get you back in contract. just say your thinking about going to t-mobile lol

  • Jonathan Hunt

    I’ve been eligible for an upgrade for 10 months now and never received an email like this.

    • Anonymous

      Same.

    • Anonymous

      Phone Upgrade eligibility is not the same as “end of contract”. My wife was eligible for an upgrade March, I am now eligible for an upgrade, but our contract is not up until November.

      • Jonathan Hunt

        Well, I signed up for a one year contract in November 2009.  So my contract ended in November 2010.  Which was about 8 months ago.  Therefore, I’m at the “end” of my contract.  And I’ve been there for 8 months. :D

        • Rizzidy

          Maybe you should be more clear next time you write something.

  • Anonymous

    Well, here’s a story.  My wife and I went to Verizon on Monday to get her an Incredible 2.  She was upgrading from a dumbphone, and obviously the goal was to get her in before tiered data.  Anyway, they put her on a 1-year agreement.  Didn’t even take much convincing.

    PS – While the guy was working up her stuff, I asked him about my upgrade date, and he said I was eligible for Annual Upgrade next month.  I don’t know why I thought you weren’t grandfathered in for annual upgrade, but apparently you are.  1 left baby!  Come on Verizon, Nexus!

    • Tyler Chastain

      if you take your annual, you lose the new every two that you’re grandfathered for though

      • Knightcrusader

        Depending on the phone and plan, the annual upgrade may be a better deal than the NE2…. especially if it is only $30 or $50. When they went from $100 to $50, I moved my phone back to my parents family plan and it saved us all money… way more after 2 years than $50 would have.

      • Anonymous

        correct.

    • Anonymous

      Wow that’s craziness.  They were supposed to get rid of all that stuff.  You lucky lucky man.

    • Jbarb

      I am not up for renewal until November, but was online on my account today and it says I can upgrade with discounted pricing, If I wait till Nov, I would also get the loyalty discount, which I think is another $50.00 off. Not sure when this first showed up but I was pretty surprised.

      • Anonymous

        Probably on day one of your 13th month. The old policy said you were eligible after completing 12 months of your existing plan. However, I have talked them into annual upgrade at 10 months in the past. It was a fight though.

      • Anonymous

        Probably on day one of your 13th month. The old policy said you were eligible after completing 12 months of your existing plan. However, I have talked them into annual upgrade at 10 months in the past. It was a fight though.

    • Anonymous

      If could get a one-year contract on a Droid 3, I would take it.

      I can live without LTE for a year, but I don’t think I can live without it for two years.

      Maybe I’ll give Verizon a call after my contract ends in August and tell them how I have been (honestly) considering switching to T-Mobile and getting a MyTouch 4G Slide…

  • http://www.techefficacy.com JD

    After having provisioning issues with my MMS  for over 2yrs all Verizon was kind enough to offer me was a $50 credit towards a new device. Man I got screwed. I am still out of contract and haven’t used the credit. VZW customer service sucketh sometimes.

    • Granted

      Yes they suck ALL the time.

  • Anonymous

    Yes! I fall into this catogory.

  • Anonymous

    Wish they would just keep one year contracts and charge a little more for the phone like they used to.

  • franzie3

    Curious to know what his current plan is about….
    Is he already on a unlimited 29.99 plan
    is this contact including a phone discount?
    etc etc etc

    is it a data tier trap? or just VZW being nice?

  • Thelegendofdavid

    I did. Their offering me a free device of my choice. Yup! Free!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

      So what do you plan on getting would be the only question after that, I would snatch that up in a heart beat.

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Not sure bro. Droid charge is the only device i would be interested at the moment. I tried the revolution awhile back it it just had too many problems. The screen was very unresponsive and the keyboard on the device just sucked. Im a true believer in 4g and the benefits it provides to the consumers. We’ll see what happens. Dam shame the droid 3 wasn’t lte. I had an og droid and i simply don’t think that device will ever be matched again.

    • franzie3

      how long have you been eligible for a new contract?

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Around 3months

  • Anonymous

    It’s a tiered data trap!

    • Anonymous

      It may be, but if you are month to month then they can force you to tiered if they wanted anyway.

      • Anonymous

        No they can’t.

        • Anonymous

          They are very unlikely to do so, which is why they’ll lure people into it.  However without a contract they have no legal obligation to sell you any service at any price, just advanced notice of the change.  Otherwise in theory you could pay your current rate plan forever, I have a feeling in 2014 prices will likely be different enough they won’t let that happen.

        • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

          lol they can do whatever they want to if you sign a new contract.

        • derkk

          Yes they can.  they can force everyone into Tiered data if they want, but if they do, you get out of your contract.  They have the right to change their prices at will contract or not.  You just get out of your contract if they do.  If you don’t have a contract, they can rip away your unlimited data just like that.

          • Anonymous

            Nope, I’m still on an old alltel plan and verizon has never asked me to change it.  You can keep your plan indefinitely (even month to month) until you make changes to it, then they can force you into new plans or pricing. This is how it’s always been.

          • http://twitter.com/Monkdn Ray Baker

            I hope that logic is sound…  (Someone should check the fine print on the contract as it will say if they can or not)  

      • Jack_Mayhoff

        I’ve exchanged emails with Verizon support and they indicated that people with unlimited data on month-to-month (out of contract) will retain their unlimited when they sign a new contract.  Here is a quote from their last email:  “Mr. [Jones], even though you are out of contract on your wireless numbers 1234 & 6789 you will be able to keep your existing $29.99 unlimited data plan. This is due to the fact that you already had Smartphone devices active on these lines. However, since a feature phone, LG Env2 is active on your remaining number ending in 5555 it would not have the $29.99 unlimited data plan option in the future.”

        • Anonymous

          So if you waited 10 years they would still do it?  The obvious answer is no.  So they will do it for a period of time to not create a PR nightmare with pissed off customers being blindsided by tiered data plans.  I’m willing bet the average Verizon customer still doesn’t know these new plans even exist so they’ll wait until it becomes common knowledge before doing anything drastic.  However eventually this will not be an option as they are obligated to do so, the only thing holding them back is a customer revolt.

          • Jack_Mayhoff

            Sorry for being so argumentative and combative in my original post.  Clearly, I must improve my sensitivity to others.  I should not have made such inflammatory remarks to provoke you.

            P.S. Yes, they can change their minds for month-to-month customers. We all understand that.  Much like they can change their “grandfathered” approach and force you to a tiered plan when your current unlimited contract expires.  

          • Anonymous

            No, I’ve been on an old alltel plan for many years, including off contract.  They can’t change your plan unless you want to change it, like adding more minutes or a data line if you didn’t already have one, then you only have the option of keeping your current plan or going to whatever they are currently offering.

    • T Hall

      It’s a trap!

      • Maxxmentum

        agree, its a trap!

        • subhelix

          but how, if they offer a promotion like this… that can’t change your upgrade date.  you never did an upgrade.  and so if you do have a smartphone, you get one month free and maybe you have an upgrade already where you get too keep unlimited data.  one month free, which can help offset the price of a phone where you get too keep data. i know people who are trying to give me a month free our messing with me huh, cause damn if my light company has ever wanted to give me a month free so i would keep them as my electric provider.  prices are not in discussion here, just one sighted views are.

        • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

           I doubt it’s a trap. You may be out of contract but all your services are still the same. Data is legacy. Then you are golden.

  • Anonymous

    No, but I want to!