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Verizon Upgrade Promo May Point to October iPhone 5 Launch

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A new Verizon promo, aimed at converting basic phone users into smartphone owners with a monthly data plan payment. The deal, which is rumored to kick off in at least the Midwest this week, sill offer a $100 Verizon giftcard to users who upgrade to a smartphone.

This new promo runs through September 30th and targets customers at the end of their 2 year contract or eligible for an early upgrade. The deal gives users a special code to enter on the Verizon Trade in Site, which will give them a $100 gift card to use at Verizon.

Because Verizon doesn’t need to give consumers another reason to upgrade to an iPhone, this may point to an October launch of the iPhone 5. You see, Verizon is likely to sell a boat load of iPhone 5s as soon as the device launches, even without a promo.

iPhone 5 leakIt isn’t likely that Apple would settle for a discounted iPhone 5 on launch day, even if it isn’t available for existing smartphone owners. Apple exerts great control on the price of the iPhone, and other products, so one could argue that the iPhone won’t launch until October.

Then again, this upgrade deal doesn’t cut the price of the iPhone 5 on launch day, which means it might not have anything to do with the iPhone 5 launch date. This promo will only give upgraders $100 to spend on high margin accessories or to pay their bill, which is now at least $30 a month higher than before.

We would expect Verizon clear any major promotions for the iPhone 5 launch with Apple ahead of time, but a deal like this could be one of those random deals that dealhunters dream about.

For now, basic phone users who want to upgrade to a smartphone should be on the lookout for this deal. The Motorola Droid Bionic is expected to launch in September, and based on the leaked info would be eligible for this deal. Unless of course Verizon tacks on fine print excluding the iPhone and Droid Bionic from this deal when it begins advertising to the general public.

Would a $100 Gift Card Convince You To Upgrade to a Smartphone?

  • I would upgrade, if I could get the iPhone 5. (47%, 474 Votes)
  • I already have a smartphone. (36%, 358 Votes)
  • Not enough of an incentive. (8%, 85 Votes)
  • I would upgrade to any smartphone for a $100 gift card. (9%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,001

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8 Comments

  1. Joey_beltran

    08/15/2011 at 11:17 pm

    it baffles me to wonder where the assumption everyone will be onboard the new verizon iphone.  When verizon launched the iphone 4 (old iphone) it sold out in first few hours online….but reports showed it was actually a letdown thereafter.  Meaning those who wanted it that bad got it and those who didnt well did nothing.  That would only leave a small group who might be interested for different reasons but also a large group tied down to a 2 yr contract and not even able to buy the new iphone if they wanted.

    just a thought…

    • Hiphopapotamus

      08/16/2011 at 1:17 am

      Because most people were holding onto their upgrades with the hopes that the Iphone 5 would be out very soon after the Iphone 4 launched on Verizon. It was, after all, almost a year old by the time it launched on Verizon. Trust me….the Iphone 5 will destroy anything in its path on Verizon and that includes the Bionic, SGII, Vigor or the Nexus 3.

  2. Bob Beideck

    08/16/2011 at 1:49 am

    hopefully they do it with family data!  That’s the only way to convince me unless I don’t have to buy data or can spend $10/month

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