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Verizon Adds Tablets to Monthly Edge Payment Plans

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Yesterday, Verizon added tablets to its monthly device payment plan, also known as Edge.

With tablets on Edge, you are looking at the same deal as you would get with phones – no upgrade fees, full device value split into 20 equal monthly payments, and the option to upgrade once you have owned the device for 30 days and have have paid off 60% of it. As you can see from the screenshot, devices like the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are already included. Verizon also sells the Galaxy Tab 4, G Pad 8.3, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and all of the iPads. 

If you were looking for a way to get into an LTE-ready tablet that works on Verizon’s network without paying the full cost up front, you now have one.

Via:  Verizon
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  • Allen Yates

    America, stop doing this to yourself! If there wasn’t a profit motivated reason for the carriers to offer this, they wouldn’t. Buy your phone up front and pay for service separately.

    • JoshGroff

      Actually, that’s exactly what T-mobile customers do. (Although, choosing to break the payments down has no downside, aside from the $20/month higher bill)

    • Brent

      Of course Verizon is motivated by proffit, but that doesn’t necessary mean that it’s bad for the customer. I’m about to move to the Edge program. I’ll be paying $30/mo for the phone (G3) , but saving $25/mo for the phone’s connection ($40 down to $15). That extra $5/mo paid over 20 months will cost me $100. My other option is to go the traditional , subsidized route, which would cost me $100 out of pocket today, as long as I get it while it’s still on sale. I’ll be paying the same abmount to Verizon overall, but happy knowning that I have the option to upgrade much sooner if I chose. I expect that Verizon sees this as an inexpensive way to create happy customers. Happy customer -> Loyal customer -> Increased proffit.

      • ceejw

        The thing you’re leaving out is that if you bought the G3 the traditional subsidized route you could sell it and make more than your $100 back when it’s time to upgrade again.

        • Max

          Which he could do as well on Edge…So what’s your point?

          • ceejw

            That’s not how Edge works. You have to return the phone you’ve been using and paying for every time you upgrade. You’re basically paying a ridiculous amount to rent a phone http://i.imgur.com/8fuzXbc.png

          • Max

            No I don’t think you know how edge works, you only return the phone if you want to “edge up” at 12 months or 60% way done with payments.
            If you make it to the full 20 months you keep the phone and you can start a new edge agreement. At that point you can sell the phone.

    • ceejw

      Doing that doesn’t work on Verizon since it’s not possible to pay for your phone service and phone subsidy separately.

    • Realist

      Of course there’s a profit motivated reason…what company do you know of that isn’t trying to make a profit? Duh

  • Matt G

    But guys it comes with 6 preselected movies!

  • Disqus_n00b

    With prepaid, I never have upgrade fees, I can spread the cost out over 20 months if I want, and can upgrade whenever I’d like, usually at a low cost by selling the old phone.

    The hoops people will jump through (and $$$ burned!) to spend $199 up front vs $349

  • Matthew

    Full price 599$ and on 2years agreement 499$?WHAT?

  • DanSan

    been debating switching from verizon to AT&T or t-mobile to save money, get away from CDMA phones and a few other reasons. currently have unlimited data on verizon but dont really use that much. whats the deal with these type of programs? if i switch to AT&T i would get a nexus 5 but my girlfriend would need a new phone. you’re still paying the full price for the phone but monthly and technically dont have a contract right? you just need to pay the phone off in order to cancel? i noticed they offer a bigger discount on the plans when you sign up for these programs. no charge to be in them? just pay your full price phone bill split into monthly payments and thats it right? my girlfriend wont need a new phone every 2 years so upgrading isnt a concern of mine.

    • M3D1T8R

      If you currently have unlimited ($30/mo), it’s highly unlikely you’ll save money in the long run by switching or moving to one of these kinds of plans. Don’t give up unlimited. Data use is only increasing over time with higher resolution content. What may seem like more than enough data today likely won’t in a year. This is how the carriers plan it, and how they screw people over.

      • DanSan

        current bill is $217/month on verizon for 3 lines, 2 smartphones with unlimited data. switching to at&t, only will be 2 lines, probably going with 8 or 10gb data plan. roughly $130 a month. definitely will save money, im a realist and know i cant hold onto it forever.

        • PoisonApple31

          At $130 a month even with one of your phones on an installment plan, you’d still be significantly under what you are paying now. Would 10GB be enough to split between the 2 lines?

          • DanSan

            she barely uses 1gb and i use between 2-5gb depending on how crazy i get. usually never more than 3gb, anything higher is rare. thats why ive been debating it. i did the t-mobile test drive last week and the coverage didn’t turn out as good as i’d like so my only other option is AT&T. they have really solid coverage down here in southeastern PA.

            like i said, i’d stay out of a contract by bringing a nexus 5. she would do the monthly installments to get the access line discount and get herself a galaxy s5. her motorola razr is shot to hell and she cant wait to ditch it.

          • PoisonApple31

            Just convince her to grab a Nexus 5 like yourself and then you’d save a lot more! :)

          • DanSan

            the monthly access charges are the exact same price if you either bring your own device or do the next plan. the only difference would be the added cost of the phones. i know i want a nexus 5, not sure what she wants but if she wants a nexus 5 she can do that or grab an S5. either way she just has to pay for the phone, regardless if its $350 bucks or $700 full price (split into monthly payments)

        • M3D1T8R

          Hmmm.. You must pay for a lot more minutes/texts than I do. I pay $135 (including taxes etc) for 4 lines, but just one is the unlimited data smartphone, with $5 for 250 texts. Three dumb lines with no texts, 700 shares minutes. If I had 2 smartphone lines and one dumb, my bill would be only +$20 or around $155-160 at most with tax. Maybe you could save some by reducing minutes and/or blocking texts (use Hangouts or something instead)? $217 does seem like a lot. Try going that route before giving up your Unlimited. Sure they will probably force everyone off it eventually, but don’t voluntarily give it up.

          • DanSan

            i have the talk and text 700 minute plan. i think its $70 or $80 a month for the first 2 lines then $10 each addtional line. all 3 of my lines have unlimited text which adds another $10 each line. i also have insurance on each line which is another $8 or each.

            i use hangouts for my messaging app but not everyone i text has it so i need to keep unlimited messaging. my moms dumb phone obviously cant use hangouts so shes stuck with it too. i mean i could knock down the text amount but i’d only be saving like 15 bucks a month at the max.

          • M3D1T8R

            Carriers really screw us on texts. $10/mo per line is robbery. They cost the carrier literally just about nothing. Stop using them if you can, ask people who text you to do the same. Then block them in your account, eventually people who still use them trying to text you will get the point. And then we all save money. I got mine down to about 20 texts a month now of usage, about ready to cancel my $5 for 250 and block completely. $15 might not be a lot but it really adds up. Drop all to 250 for starters (you may have to call to get this option). Then drop insurance on any dumphone lines (super ripoff), and any smart phone lines over a year or so old (diminishing returns on insurance over time vs just buying a new used replacement device when you factor in $100 deductible). You’ll save another $16-$24. Those couple changes will get your bill from. $217 down to around $185, a pretty significant change. And you’ll still hold on to unlimited.

          • David Narada Brown

            yea, im sure as soon as they have enough ppl on contract for these new crap plans and have reduced the amount of ppl with unlimited, they will hit the kill button for unlimited data. but they will make sure killing off remaining unlimited data customers doesnt jeopardize their dominance in the subscriber market.

      • PoisonApple31

        It’s only a matter of time before Verizon moves everyone out of contract off of unlimited data plans. :)

    • Eric R.

      If you were to switch, Verizons recent LTE devices are unlocked. You wouldn’t receive software updates directly on the device though.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      You dont really save much. You just get unlimited data. I switched in january. Maybe its because i didnt bring my own device. But for my 3 lines its like $15 less than verizon.

    • jimt

      Please do yourself a favor and check out T-Mobile, if your areas are in their network. Your wallet will thank you. They now have a test drive for free to check it out, try it.

  • M3D1T8R

    Edge didn’t work with Unlimited data though right. Also is it still $10/mo for tablet service? That means it would really be $40/mo +tax/fees over nearly two years to get the Z2 tablet for example. Too much.

    • patt

      Add 10-25$ Edge discount.

      So its like 15$

      • M3D1T8R

        Care to elaborate?

        • PoisonApple31

          He or she is thinking about the Edge smartphone discounts.

          • patt

            Yes i dont know for sure if it applies to tableta but worth to find out

          • PoisonApple31

            Seeing how its Verizon – they want to catch you without lube. Tablet monthly access is $10/month – I don’t see why they would discount that at all.

          • M3D1T8R

            Please in the future don’t bother replying with incomplete/uncertain info. It just adds to the confusion. As does your poor/lack of punctuation. Thanks.

          • patt

            Who are you to tell me what I can and can’t do.. Hop off bro

          • M3D1T8R

            1. Not your “bro”.
            2. I did not tell you what you can or can’t do. But considering that I am the person you replied to, I am precisely the person to tell you if your reply is helpful or not. I politely _requested_ what would be more helpful. If you don’t appreciate that, why did you bother replying? Unless your intent in your reply is to be unhelpful, in which case you’re just a troll.

          • patt

            I was going to post 2 promotions for people on contract that save 20$ mo for 1yr. You changed my mind. Have a good day

          • M3D1T8R

            Surprise! Another intentionally unhelpful post from this guy. Yeah, I was going to wire $10,000 dollars to your bank account, but I didn’t like the way you wrote a post, so I changed my mind. Goodbye troll.

          • patt

            Thats’t it? You are a weak troll. Too bad.

          • anthony scoggins

            Shut up, another f*#@$%g unhelpful post from mediator. A dam troll

          • M3D1T8R

            Right I’m a troll for trying to contribute helpful posts on here and discouraging/correcting those that aren’t. BTW your second to last word is spelled with an N at the end. Also lack of basic punctuation + insulting and throwing F bombs at people is not helpful. And you got my name wrong. Hope all that helps you to have more useful/helpful comments in the future. Take care.

          • anthony scoggins

            I intentionally spelled your name like that. Wow one letter!

          • iamme

            edge discounts do not apply to tablets, only phones

        • patt

          If you got 10+gb plus data plan and take device with Edge. You would get 25$ access discount / 250mb-8gb plan is 10$

    • Matthew Mascarenas

      Verizon still offers the device payment plan (12 months I believe). And that works on unlimited data plans. Iirc

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “…and the option to upgrade once you have owned the device for 30 days and have have paid off 60% of it.”

    I’ve always not been too sure about this…. So does that mean that after at least 30 days if I decide to completely pay off the device I’m eligible for a new device that they will allow me to pay off monthly? . . . I can just upgrade

    • Robert Macri

      Yes, in 30 days you can trade in your device that you just paid $360 for to continue paying $30 for a slightly newer device.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I actually find that very interesting… It’s like you can buy a device full price and still have the luxury of getting a new device discounted immediately…

        It’s actually a bit better than going prepaid if you’re the type (and I am) to sell your devices constantly

        • RyanAndTammy

          I just edged up my S4 for the G3 and as long as you have paid 60% of the price you can upgrade to a new device. You will then sign a new edge agreement with the new device. I only had to pay 50% of the S4 to be eligible to upgrade with a new edge plan but Verizon has now changed it to 60%. The monthly payment range from $24.99 to $29.99 I believe.There isn’t any “credit” after you’ve paid off the 60%, you are just allowed to sign a new edge agreement if you wish, or if you continue to make payments for a total of 20 months you won the phone/device and no longer need to make payments on it. In all honesty isn’t that bad of a deal if you’re already looking to buy new devices once a year, I’m actually paying almost the same amount for 2 phones with monthly payments and 12 gigs of data on the more everything as I was for 2 phones with unlimited data but I do still miss the unlimited data.

          • compujas

            So after you paid off 50% (under the old terms), you traded your S4 in after 12 months I assume? Now you start paying $29.99. Do you have to pay for 20 months from now, or do they credit you with the 12 months ($300) that you’ve already been paying. If you lose everything you paid down for the S4 along with the device, then you’re really losing out on the deal. You’d absolutely be better off buying the phone outright (if you can afford it) and sell it on eBay, Craigs, Swappa, etc. to help offset the price of a new full-price phone when you want to upgrade, just like many people have been doing for a while now.

          • RyanAndTammy

            After 12 months I had paid 50% and now after I’ve paid 60% of the G3 I’ll be eligible to upgrade again and I don’t have to wait 20 months I am eligible as soon as I’ve paid 60% of the phones price and I could actually pay some of it sooner if I wanted to upgrade sooner, but that’s not likely to happen. Once you’re “in” the edge plan with a phone it makes the most sense to stay “in” to continue to get a new device every year. As you said I could have bought a phone at full price around $600 and then after a period of time resell it and then buy a new phone for $600 but now I’m spending the $600 up front, actually $1,200 as my wife also wanted a new phone, vs $59.98 up front. I’ve noticed that after a year the average used phones are going for is around 40-50% on Swappa and ebay so I felt it would make more sense for me to spend less up front and not deal with selling my used phones. But the Verizon phones always seem to have a lower resell price when compared to AT&T. Also although $1,200 isn’t a huge sum of money, the present value is more than the value of the same money in 1 year as I have access to it for investment or to pay other bills. I I had $1,200 tied up in 2 phones and then sold them for $600 in the future I would have lost a small amount of the value of the initial amount. But again, this is negligible and simply because of all the NPV stuff that was ground into me during college.

          • compujas

            Understood. So there is no credit, and you’re just leasing with the option to buy essentially. When you turn it in, you get nothing for it. If you’re on a 10GB plan, it’s probably not as big a deal since you’re really only paying $5/mo for it, so effectively you’re paying $60/year for the phone. Buying outright gives you the option of cutting your losses a bit more, but it also leaves you with the risk of not making as much back, but I’d imagine that those who upgrade every year are probably buying the higher-end phones that are retaining their value better. And as you said, buying a phone outright requires tying your money up in your phone.

            It’s really sad that VZW (and others, but it seems they do the most) gets away with screwing over the customer at every turn while making it sound like they’re on your side. I’d leave them in a heartbeat if their service wasn’t the best in the area.

          • RyanAndTammy

            Exactly, I should have mentioned that it really is just leasing the phone unless you choose to purchase it. There is always the option to pay full price for it and then either sell it or have a lower monthly payment.

            I agree about them being able to screw over their customers, but without a phone payment I would be paying significantly less than I was with unlimited and 12 gigs is enough for me and it’s free to tether to my other devices so there are a couple of perks. I did tether with my unlimited for free and then eventually went the legit way paying for the “privilege” of allowing my other devices to use my unlimited but my gnex was showing it’s age and I really didn’t want to spend so much up front which was when I switched to the edge plan. If AT&T or TMobile ever get a better network in my area I’ll consider switching but they aren’t quite there yet unfortunately.

      • compujas

        I believe you get a credit for the device you’re turning in towards the new one. Don’t quote me on it but I believe that’s what I’ve heard.

  • jason

    $30 a month. HAHAHAHAHA UR FUNNY VERIZON

    • Jim Montague

      I’m certainly no fan of the Edge program, but $30 a month for 20 months is $600, so it’s not like they are getting you to pay more for the item than if you just bought it outright for $599.

      • compujas

        Technically you’re getting a $0.19 discount.

        • LosttsoL

          It’s a zero interest payment plan. Not that big a deal really.

      • iamme

        29.99 x 20 = 599.80…….19 cents cheaper than 599.99 …..i guess thats what happens when you have to round down to make an even cent