There is good news for Verizon customers who received a new phone for Christmas: Verizon will give you a $200 discount off the price of a new iPhone 4. This will encourage more of this carrier’s subscribers to switch to Apple’s smartphone.
U.S. wireless carriers normally offers their customers discounts on new phones every two years. If they upgrade before then, they have to pay full price, which is generally at least twice the subsidized cost.
This is why so many Verizon subscribers who got a new phone for Christmas or Hanukkah winced when their carrier announced in January that it will soon begin offering the iPhone — they thought they would have to wait a full two years before they could switch to this popular model.
But this company has announced an unusual deal in which it will give customers $200 for buying an iPhone 4 if they bought another phone during the holiday shopping season. This won’t bring the cost of Apple’s smartphone down to the same price that new Verizon customers will pay, but the discount should be enough to cause many of the people in this group to make the switch.
The full price for the iPhone 4 with 16 GB of storage is $600, and the 32 GB version is $700. The discount — which will come in the form of a Visa gift card — will make the final cost $400 and $500, respectively.
Details of the Deal
This special discount is available to those who purchased a Verizon smartphone or feature phone between Nov. 26 and Jan. 10.
It requires customers to buy an iPhone 4 at full retail price by Feb. 28. This Apple product is going to debut from Verizon on Feb. 10.
To qualify, customers must return the phone they bought over the holiday season.
Additional Details on the Apple iPhone 4
Verizon’s and AT&T’s versions of Apple’s latest smartphone are virtually identical. They both run iOS 4.2 on the 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
No matter which carrier offers it, the iPhone 4 has a tablet shape with a 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 touchscreen.
Its rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution and an LCD flash.
Just like AT&T’s version, Verizon’s will be able to run the vast amount of third-party software available for the iOS.