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Considering Upgrade -- How about you guys?
shirleywu
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Hi all.

I wonder if where basic phone users are nowadays. Everyone seems to be tied to their Samsung Galaxy or newest iPhone. Increasingly I find it very difficult to stay un-conformed to everyone else. Every time I am asked to use my smart phone to take pictures or go on Facebook when I am stuck with the worst possible basic phone I've ever possess  (Samsung Convoy™ 2).

I generally have Wifi wherever I go, but I guess I am willing to buy data in case I ever get stranded in unfamiliar places.

Have people done their researches about this matter? I can't quite figure out that for two year contracts, what is the cheapest additional fee that I will have to pay? Will I have to pay more if I get one of the free smart phone offered? Would it be better if I purchase the same smart phone used? I have been staring at the pages for awhile but I can't quite figure out the difference between smart and basic phone plans.

Thanks for your thought and contribution!

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Re: Considering Upgrade -- How about you guys?
SuzyQ
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The absolute minimum it will cost is the additional $30 a month for the data plan; add to that the cost of the phone, possibly a one-time upgrade fee of $30 if you purchase a discounted phone through Verizon or one of its agents... you can borrow a smartphone from a friend (if someone has one they are willing to loan) and activate it and the only additional cost would be the data plan.

Or you could purchase a phone, upgrade a phone, and have additional coats associated with those options.

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SuzyQ
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The absolute minimum it will cost is the additional $30 a month for the data plan; add to that the cost of the phone, possibly a one-time upgrade fee of $30 if you purchase a discounted phone through Verizon or one of its agents... you can borrow a smartphone from a friend (if someone has one they are willing to loan) and activate it and the only additional cost would be the data plan.

Or you could purchase a phone, upgrade a phone, and have additional coats associated with those options.

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You can get an IPhone 4 free from Verizon or an IPhone 4s for $100.  You would also have to pay a $30 upgrade fee and sign a new 2-year contract.  Your plan would not need to change, but you would have to purchase a data plan, probably the 2GB for $30 per month plan.  Also, if you want to text, you can get 1000 text per month for $10 per month.  So, your monthly cost will go up $40 per month.  If you later changed your mind, you could put a basic phone back on your line and drop the data and text plans and you would be back to where you are now except for what you spent for the phone and the upgrade fee.  Of course, you would have a new 2 year contract.

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If you want a faster 4G phone (IPhone 5 or Android), you would probably spend $200 or possibly more for the phone. In my opinion, I would not by a 3G phone, even for free.  I would recommend you get 4G.  You can click on "Shop" at the top of this page and take a look at the various phones and prices.

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Jax_Omen
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$200 for an iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4/Note2. There are plenty of good Android phones for $100 or less, with upgrade.

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