Jul 15 AT 9:04 PM Nick Sarafolean 10 Comments

Verizon rumored to launch VZ Edge upgrade program


After Verizon changed up its upgrade policy a few months ago, it appears that it has a new upgrade program in the works. Said program is reportedly set to be dubbed VZ Edge and appears to be a program to compete with T-Mobile’s new JUMP! program. If Droid Life is to be believed then we can expect this new program to launch on August 25 and tie in with Verizon’s new device payment plan.

VZ Edge Leak

What VZ Edge appears to be is a program to allow customers to upgrade to a new phone if 50% of the cost of their previous phone has already been paid. In short, it’s a way to avoid signing into new contracts that can be easily combined with the device payment plan. In fact, it appears that it will probably only be available to customers who are using a device payment plan. The device payment plan was a good idea and probably would have been fine on its own but we won’t say no to this new program if it allows for even faster upgrades.

In fact, you could, in theory, upgrade much faster with this program than you could on T-Mobile JUMP! but the problem is that you would most likely (definitely) pay significantly more with VZ Edge. And another plus for Verizon customers, this method would keep you from signing into new contracts. We assume that like the device payment plan, VZ Edge would also allow you to keep your unlimited data by buying the phones at full retail price.

Of course, you’re still getting a better deal on T-Mobile with both its plans and the new JUMP! program. But you have to consider that Verizon has long been known to be very tight fisted about upgrades and you’re also getting a far superior network to what T-Mobile offers. At the very least, it could be a step in the right direction for Verizon becoming more consumer oriented.

What do you think of the rumored VZ Edge?

Source: Droid Life

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  • redraider133

    Now next step is to eliminate contracts which will also bring phone prices down. Hopefully with VoLTE we will be able to use any phone on any network, giving the carriers less control and power.

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  • donger

    Sounds like more $ for Verizon.

  • LukeT32

    If I get to keep unlimited data in in!

  • thel0nerang3r

    Unless I’m missing something,sounds like you get to pay the monthly access fee of a subsidized phone, and you get to pay for the phone as well. I’m not seeing the benefit here.

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  • jerrbomb

    Well good for Verizon

  • Tico4674

    Not clear on if we have to continue to make payments on the previous phone once we’ve paid 50%? If we’re paying half price on the “top of the line” phones every 6 months, I’m in. Sounds too good to be true.

  • Paul

    Yeah somewhat confusing. Even T-Mobile’s JUMP program requires the down payment ($100 for the S4) + $20/m for the phone + $10/m for the JUMP program/insurance. So basically $100 down and $30 EXTRA a month on top of the service plan.

    But VZ Edge requires no down payment? Just $10/month? That seems like a much better deal, but it’s too good to be true and you know what they say about that. Even AT&T’s plan is a certain percentage of the phone and it worked out to like $32 extra a month or something, no insurance, but no down payment either.

    • Trevor Bodden

      T-Mobile has insurance included into their JUMP program, which is already a $11.99 deal so for $10 a month you’re actually getting a discount. The rest of the carriers are charging $35 for data, over $20 a month for the phone, and doesn’t allow you to trade it in after only 180 days. So, with T-Mobile, you get 2 new phones a year without paying off the old phone, and Unlimited data w/ phone w/ data for only $50 month. If you look at AT&T and Verizon they charge about $35 for data, $15 for insurance, and let’s say $30 for a device which is $80 monthly. I think it’s good to see T-Mobile getting what they deserve because this was first their concept.