Chances are that if you’re reading Android and Me, you’re a smartphone addict that always wants the latest. Actually keeping up with annual upgrades can be expensive and time consuming, but if you’re a Verizon customer, upgrading every year just got a bit easier.
Verizon’s Annual Upgrade Program has been extended to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge after launching with Apple’s iPhone 6s last year. With the Annual Upgrade Program, you can upgrade to a new device every year, so long as your current phone has been active for at least 30 days and is at least 50 percent paid off. If it is, you can trade in your current device and upgrade to any new smartphone, including the Galaxy S8 (or whatever Samsung cooks up next year).
To qualify for the Annual Upgrade Program, you just need to buy a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on a device payment plan. Best of all is that if you already pre-ordered a GS7 or GS7 edge on device payments, you’re already enrolled in the Annual Upgrade Program.
Verizon is also running a couple of promos for folks that activate a new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on its network. New customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate a new S7 or S7 edge, while existing Verizon customers can get up to $300 (bill credit or VZW gift card) when they trade in their current smartphone and upgrade to or add a new line with a GS7 or GS7 edge.
Normally if you want to upgrade to a new device every year, you have to trade in your current phone (or sell it on Craigslist/eBay/Swappa) and find a way to upgrade or pay full price. All of that can be a hassle, but the Verizon Annual Upgrade Program simplifies things by letting you basically rent the new flagship for a year and then trade it in and upgrade to the new hotness when it’s released. If you’re a chronic phone upgrader on Verizon, it’s worth looking into.