T-Mobile is looking to offer a few customers the option to get some great upgrade pricing with their leaked Summer Savings Upgrade Offer starting tomorrow, August 6th. The promotion will allow customers that have been with T-Mobile for at least a year and don’t owe anything on a current device to pick up a new phone at a pretty heavily discounted rate, in some cases.
Have you been salivating at any of the upcoming Motorola phones, patiently waiting to finally get your hands on them? Do you have an old Motorola phone that you want to get rid of? Good news— Motorola is offering a trade-in rebate program for customers to get $100 off the purchase of the Moto X or any phone from the new DROID line. (As well as a bunch of other “newer” Motorola phones.)
Unfortunately, the list of phones that are eligible for trade-in only has mid-range/older phones, and doesn’t include my good old Droid Bionic… Hit the break for the phones that you can trade in:
AT&T is making a big step to start serving the needs of the tech-lovers in the world, who constantly need the latest and greatest devices to feel like they’re “in the know.” Before now, AT&T users had to pay full retail price for phones if they wanted an upgrade before their contract expired, or simply had to wait a full two years to get their next device.
With “AT&T Next,” customers can get a new smartphone or tablet every year with absolutely no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrading fee, and no financing fee.
Customers simply choose the smartphone or tablet they wish to buy, and the price of the device is split into 20 monthly installments and added onto your monthly statement from AT&T. The only add-on cost is sales tax. After 12 months, you can trade in your smartphone or tablet and select a brand new one.
AT&T will surely lure some customers away from other carriers with their new offering, however we expect many other major carriers to follow suit with similar plans.
It looks as though Verizon has made some changes to their upgrade service. Even though Verizon customers sign two-year contracts when the purchase a subsidized phone, they were always able to get an upgrade after 20 months. Unfortunately, Verizon is no longer allowing that and customers will have to wait until the full 2 years (24 months) is up in order to upgrade. Here is what Verizon has to say on the matter.
As the wireless business has evolved, Verizon Wireless has continued to expand its device portfolio, providing customers with more options than ever before. It is not uncommon for customers to have multiple devices such as a smartphone, tablet and Jetpack. In that context, Verizon Wireless is making the following changes to its upgrade practices:
- In alignment with the terms of the contract, customers on a two-year agreement will be eligible for an upgrade at 24 months vs. today’s early upgrade eligibility at 20 months. This change aligns the upgrade date with the contract end date and is consistent with how the majority of customers purchase new phones today. The first customers impacted by this change are customers whose contracts expire in January 2014. As always, customers may purchase a new phone at the full retail price at any time.
- The New Every Two program ended in January of 2011. Verizon Wireless has continued to allow customers to utilize these expired credits. However, as of April 15, these credits will no longer be available.
- Customers may continue to share an upgrade with another person on an account if that customer is upgrading to a device within the same equipment category. Customers can utilize a phone upgrade to purchase a new phone; however, the option to transfer upgrades from non-phone devices (such as a Jetpack or tablet) will no longer be available.
Source: Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile recently updated their sign-up page for the HTC One. They have announced a special offer for online orders of the HTC One, a free official Car Kit. The offer comes as an addition to their “$100 Prepaid Visa Card or the trade-in value of your old handset – whichever’s greater” offer announced the beginning of February.
T-Mobile has gone to great lengths to ensure they maximize the number of qualified buyers, which is great for those of you out their waiting in the wings for the official release. To qualify, buyers need only pre-register for information on the site by Apr 04, purchase the One by Apr 26 (which supports a possible early April pre-sale launch date), and trade-in their current, working smartphone by May 31.
Last fall Motorola hinted that they were planning to start moving the interfaces for their devices to being closer to a stock Android experience. Owners of Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX devices will see the fruits of that change in strategy as Motorola starts to officially roll out their Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. According to Motorola’s software upgrade page, several Motorola specific applications have been removed and replaced with stock Android apps.
Beginning this Sunday, the 11th, AT&T will increase the upgrade fee by 100% for customers who want to get a new device on contract. AT&T’s idea of a proposed increase has been said to have already landed in readers’ in box over the past month, but the recently leaked memo sets the stage like this: ”Because the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased, effective Sunday, February 12, 2012, AT&T will change its upgrade fee from $18 to $36.”
If you have any doubts on whether or not this is true, BGR was able to reach out to AT&T for comment and Ma Bell’s reply all but set the upgrade in stone. “Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee,” AT&T explained to BGR via email.”This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.”
So if you are an AT&T customer looking to upgrade in the near future and the thought of paying an extra $18 is just killing you right now, maybe you should hit up your local AT&T store tomorrow before the change goes into effect.
Sprint is planning on initiating a program for customers to buy out their current contract by paying a fee in exchange for an early upgrade. The program effectively resets their early upgrade eligibility and with the applicable Upgrade Now fee, customers will also have to commit to another 2 year contract. The program will run from 2/12/12 to 04/14/12. Details after the break.
Talk about a bumpy and emotional ride for you Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S owners! First we thought the devices would get the Android 4.0 upgrade then we heard it wasn’t going to be possible because of hardware limitations. After an outcry from ICS demanding owners, Samsung changed their tune and said they were looking into the “viability of the upgrading those two devices in response to strong customer demand”. Well, apparently the units aren’t ‘viable’ because today, Sammy announced that the upgrade was in fact NOT possible and instead they will issue a “value pack” to the Galaxy S to try and make up for this embarrassing blunder.
What in the hell is a “value pack”, you ask? According to reports, while the phone will remain on Android 2.3, it will receive some enhanced features such as improved web browsing, improved camera, multi-tasking, and new widgets to elevate the experience to somewhat resemble Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We are still waiting for Samsung to confirm the details.
Christmas may have passed already, but it certainly will be a Merry New Year for certain LG owners. LG has announced on their Facebook page they will be upgrading select devices to Android 4.0 starting in Q2 – Q3 of 2012, followed by a global rollout shortly after. The phones confirmed for upgrade starting in Q2 will be the LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3.0, the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Sol, the LG my Touch Q and the LG Eclipse. The phones scheduled for upgrade starting Q3 will be the LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus Big, the LG Optimus Q2 and the LG Optimus EX.
As always, the upgrade schedule will vary for certain parts of the world. They even state “the exact start dates can vary by market, as each country can have different requirements, depending on the carrier and the smartphone model”. In other words– it’s up to each carrier and country as to when the ICS update is ready. So hey– while you may not know when the exact dates are for the update, at least you know a rough timeframe of when to expect the update. It won’t be too much longer before you enjoy that sweet, sweet ICS goodness.
[via LG Facebook]