- 06-05-2012, 09:52 PM #1
So my Parents are having issues with their ATT landline so they want to get rid of it. This will mean using cell phones for regular use for the first time in their lives. Here is my problem. I want to lead them down the right path to WP. Only problem is that Sprint and T-Mobile stink at their home, ATT is out of the question and so Verizon is the only one left. With lack of WP selection, it kind of makes my job hard! Any ideas what type of game plan I should use? Also, if you start up a contract with a cell phone company but don't take advantage of the discounted handsets, can you get a discounted phone at any other time during the contract?
- 06-05-2012, 10:35 PM #2
The only WP on Verizon is the Trophy. That will probably change come fall but no one knows what Verizon will have in stock or when. If your parents need a smartphone (and in this case, a Windows Phone) right now then their only two options for Verizon is to sign a two year contract for a pair of HTC Trophys or to buy the Trophys unsubsidized and pay month-to-month. Then, come fall, they can upgrade to an Apollo phone or keep using the Trophy. However, if your parents aren't the smartphone type, then maybe they should stick with a feature phone.Also, if you start up a contract with a cell phone company but don't take advantage of the discounted handsets, can you get a discounted phone at any other time during the contract?
- 06-06-2012, 07:00 AM #4
It's a little hard for most people to switch cell services and not to get a new, subsidized phone. The Trophy is a great phone, even though it is a year old and works just as good as the new WP's. But, you probably wouldn't want to get one and lock yourself into a 2 year contract because of the future phones coming out this year, supposedly even to Verizon.
So, you would have to sign up for Verizon, get two used or new Trophys on Ebay for about $175-200 each right now, then down the road get a new, subsidized phone. I would think that your parents may have a hard time with that. I highly recommend WP, but tough to move to Verizon right now.
- 06-06-2012, 07:52 AM #5
Definitely don't lock into two years with a Trophy. Verizon offers prepaid service, maybe that would be an option?
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- 06-06-2012, 09:13 AM #8
All cell companies are pretty much the same. They are in business to make money. I understand the emotional aspects but sometimes you have to set those aside.
My previous employment required me to manage nearly 100 cell phones. We went from Nextel to Alltel to Verizon and then AT&T. None of them were angelic and they all had their problems. We had the worst customer service with Verizon. That doesn't mean everyone will.
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- 06-06-2012, 10:03 AM #9
Can they get dumbphones for next to nothing right now with a month to month from Verizon. And then sign contracts for new WPs when they arrive in the fall. Its only for a few months.
Or get MagicJack for a year. That can be the household number. I forward my MJ calls to my cell.
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- 06-06-2012, 06:03 PM #10
If you want to go month-to-month with Verizon service for a few months with some used phones then sign a contract with Verizon this fall when all the new phones come out, you might want to look into PagePlus. It's a prepaid MVNO that runs off the Verizon network. It might be cheaper depending on their usage.
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- 06-06-2012, 07:00 PM #11
Get some cheap Nokia feature phone (support them too :P ) and put them on PAYG until Apollo. Plus by then, Nokia may have endeared itself to them - making Windows Phone a much easier sell in a few months.