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Upgrade Your Verizon Prepaid Cell Phone


Verizon wireless has recently instituted an upgrade program for prepaid cell phone customers.  In the past, unless you had a contract with Verizon, you would not get a discount for upgrading your old phone.

With the holidays fast approaching and my daughter’s old LG Env2 dying, I had to act fast.  Let’s face it, she had it for two years and it was time to put it to rest (we had already replaced it because of the faulty Env2 OK button).  It served her well. Now I faced the pressure of finding a new phone that had all of the features she wanted and was available on the Verizon prepaid plan.LG Cosmo Touch Screen

Searching for Verizon Phones Online

I don’t know about you, but I found searching through the Verizon site a bit annoying.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to switch over to their Family Talk & Text plan or keep my current prepaid cell phone plan.  Unfortunately, if you spend too much time on the Verizon site, your session either times out or you get pop ups asking if you want to chat.

After managing to review the contract plans, I realized that it still doesn’t make sense for us to switch from prepaid to contract.  My daughter only sends texts (she currently has the $20 per month unlimited plan) and I work from home and use my cell phone infrequently.  I pay $100 to keep the phone activated for the year and I have time to spare at the end of the year.  My husband gets his phone through his job.

With expenses like that, why commit to a $70 a month Verizon Family Talk & Text plan. The Family Talk & Text plan would increase our monthly outgo significantly.

Shopping at the Verizon Store

Tiring of looking at the website and reading all of the options, I decided to go to the local Verizon store and I’m so glad I did.  Because I had spent Samsung Intensityso much time familiarizing myself with the Verizon products, I knew which plan I wanted (the plan I had). The $64,000 question was: Which Verizon phone will meet daughter’s needs and is available on the prepaid plan?

Let me preface this next sentence by saying, don’t shop online; go to the Verizon store.  At the store I realized that I could get any phone I wanted on the prepaid plan.  In addition to getting the phone I wanted, I enjoyed a 20% discount because I’m a current Verizon customer (even as a prepaid customer).

I ended up upgrading to the LG Cosmos Touch Screen cell phone.  I selected that one because the QWERTY keyboard buttons were larger than the Samsung Intensity’s (I like my Samsung Intensity). Only time will tell if my daughter likes it.  I purchased it as a Christmas gift but I had to give her the gift early.  Since the new phone is an upgrade on a prepaid plan, in order to transfer the number from the old to the new cell phone, the Verizon representative had to activate the new phone at the time of purchase.  My texting daughter would soon realize that her current LG EnV2 no longer worked.

Verizon’s Prepaid Upgrade OptionVerizon Wireless

Verizon’s new prepaid cell phone service upgrade allows you to enjoy a discount on new phones every year.  The Verizon representative gave us the discount even though her old phone was two years old.  Well, when you think of it, we’ve been loyal Verizon customers for quite some time, so they rewarded us with the discount.

I love purchasing things over the Internet, but this time good old human interaction yielded the results that I wanted.


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About the author: LaForey is a parent and a freelance writer who has done quite a bit of research on prepaid cell phones and free government phones.

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