Verizon Edge is no longer an option to buy a new iPhone or Android smartphone as the company rolls out a new brand for device payments, likely in anticipation of cutting two-year contracts from the carrier. Expect to see more changes before iPhone 6s release date this fall and maybe in time for thethe Galaxy Note 5.
Starting today there is no more Verizon Edge payment option that allows users to pay around $20 to $30 a month for a smartphone. If you are looking forward to buying a new smartphone on a payment plan with Verizon that is still an option, but it is big hint at changes to come.
Instead of Verizon Edge, customers can buy a new phone on a Verizon Device Payment Plan. This is already live on the Verizon website, and it is rolling out to retail stores who will update signage in the coming days.
One source speaking to Gotta Be Mobile shares that this change is likely in preparation for killing off two-year contracts in the very near future. With a simpler name like Device Payment, Verizon is effectively removing the illusion of multiple ways to pay for a phone.
Another reason that the change to Verizon Edge hints at dropping two-year contracts is the addition of two important features to the payment plan that simply did not exist on Verizon Edge.
Under the new Device Payment plan buyers can swap upgrades to get a phone on a payment plan. A common tactic to get a new phone faster on a two-year contract is to borrow an upgrade from another line on your plan. This was not officially supported with Verizon Edge, but it is now an option on the new Device Payment Plan.
Verizon will also allow an assumption of liability on the new Device Payment plan. This allows a user with a payment plan to essentially hand over the phone and the remaining payments to another person who becomes responsible for paying for the device and service.
Shoppers can still buy a smartphone from Verizon on a two-year contract online and in stores at this time. While there is confirmation of Verizon Edge changes, the Verizon website does not list an end to two year contracts at this time. We expect to hear more about potential changes in the coming months.
Research Your Galaxy Note 5 Storage Needs
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't official yet but that doesn't mean that you can't prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things you can do ahead of Samsung's announcement and release and deciding on how much storage you might need is one of them.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design is reportedly going to be similar to the Galaxy S6's. That means premium build materials but it also means no microSD card slot for expanded storage. If this is true, and it probably is, it's going to put pressure on you to figure out how much internal storage you'll need.
If Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 doesn't feature expandable storage, it'll likely come with several storage options. Those storage options will vary in price. You don't want to pay for storage that you're never going to need so you'll want to think about this ahead of time.
Take a look at your current device, think about how you might use your next phone, and estimate how much storage it will take to feel comfortable. For some of you, it might be 32GB. For others, it might be a 128GB of space.
We don't know how much the Galaxy Note 5 will come with yet but chances are we'll see some sort of combo featuring 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.