Verizon Offering AT&T’s iPhone Customers Attractive Trade-in Credit?

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If you’re an AT&T iPhone customer who is planning to switch to Verizon when the Apple’s iPhone is available on its network early next month then it looks like Verizon wants to make things easier for you.

Macrumors is reporting that Verizon will be offering AT&T’s iPhone customers credit if they trade-in their AT&T iPhone for Verizon iPhone.

AT&T iPhone customers will get the following amount of credit for trading-in their GSM iPhones:

  • iPhone 2G – 16GB: $60
  • iPhone 3G – 16GB: $105
  • iPhone 3Gs 32GB: $160
  • iPhone 4- 16GB: $280
  • iPhone 4 – 32GB: $360

It’s not clear if the trade-in credit mentioned above is only meant for corporate customers as we had initially heard rumors that Verizon will be offering at least $200 to AT&T customers who trade-in their iPhone.

Anyways, a word of caution before you decide to jump ship. AT&T iPhone customers who are planning to switch to Verizon iPhone by terminating their contract with AT&T will have to pay an Early Termination Fee (ETF) of $325 (if you had purchased your iPhone before June 1 2010 then you will have to pay ETF of $175) minus $10 for each month that they were with AT&T. We now know why AT&T increased the ETF charges from $175 to $325 in May 2010.

Though users have the option to sell their old iPhones on eBay, Craiglist etc the credit offered by Verizon to AT&T customers for trading in their GSM iPhones appears to be quite attractive if users don’t want to go through the hassle.

Meanwhile, AT&T is quietly offering its iPhone customers unlimited data plans to stop them from switching to Verizon.

If you’re AT&T’s iPhone customer then please let us know what you plan to do in the comments section below.

[via Macrumors]

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  • Bruno

    I will not be switching because I won’t be able to simultaneously be on a call and utilize data features whilst on the Verizon CDMA network. Until that’s fixed, I’ll stay on GSM with AT&T.

    • oh Yeah?

      What the use in being able to do both simultaneously, if you can’t get the reception to do both to start off with.
      And what about the processor speed required to do both at the same time?
      Don’t settle for second best.

      • David



          Never had an issuse using lots of things at once with ATT. You are all a bunch of chumps that need a lesson on how to use the phone. Or you live in such a shitty area you should move anyways. Go to Verizon so we can be done with you fucking chumps. BAMMMMMM MUTHA FUCKA

  • Lee

    Will verizon pay for my early termination feed

  • Digitaltouch

    Well wifey is about to call very soon to find out if we could get the unlimited data plan because we use to have it. Were going to try to pull some strings and maybe tell att that were planing on moving to verizon then. But I have a feeling there not going to care as I got my phone after jun 1. But if that verizon thing is true it could help in my high a$$ ETF.

    • John

      I used to work at att, starting out as a call center rep and moving my way up the ranks until quitting as a floor manager. I can tell you that your bargaining power rests in your contract status. Also, each rep’s personality is very different and while one rep may offer you the deal, another rep may not. They’re all authorized to do so at their own discretion.

      I was one of the nicer reps and usually understood what the customer wanted to achieve and worked around that. If the rep is in a good mood, he’ll give credit like it’s air. You just have to be nice and understanding while you’re trying to coax the rep into doing what you want him/her to do for you.

      For example. Customers who aren’t under contract, I’ve given them $10/mo discounts on their bill for 6-12 months just for being loyal. I’ve also waived fees for upgrades, activations, etc when the situation convinced me that it was worthy. The asses that talked to me, I denied all of their requests and noted their account that the customer called specifically to get away with not paying for service and to deny their requests.

    • Digitaltouch

      So my wife called and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. We had the iPhone 3G for two years with unlimited data, on aug 2010 contract finished so instead of going with the iPhone 4 I went to in other carrier for a week after that we went back to att and got the iPhone 4. So they didn’t give us unlimited data because we canceled our contract and basically started new. So today wifey calls and tells the rep that we would like unlimited data as verizon is going to give to there customers unlimited and they would pay 280 dollars for us to switch. They rep said I can’t do it for us. So my wife could I speak to a manager? So she came on and talked to my wife and at the end of everything the manager said ok we will give it to you starting on the 6th of feb. Were happy we don’t have to deal with watching our data no more. Wish ya luck in trying. Just be nice and no what your saying.

  • iPhone pervert

    I’ll stay with AT&T. Verizon won’t allow Internet surfing n calling simultaneously, I do tht alot, they won’t offer roaming service to my home country, once on cmda switching handheld will require a trip to verizon shop and so on. All the bells n whistles aside AT&T is far better choice for me at this point.

  • Johanyh

    I am an AT&T customer. I will stay with AT&T

  • Smulee

    You can sell used iphone on ebay for lot more.

  • JamesSanT

    I’m going to wait for the next iPhone then I’m going to switch from AT&T to Verizon.

    Screw you AT&T for your unpleasant customer service, bloated prices, and spotty service. Thanks AT&T for making this switch easy for me!

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  • Vincent

    AT&T won’t budge so I’m leaving I need unlimited data

  • King

    This is a bad deal from verizon… I could sell my iPhone 4 for upwards of $500 and they are offering a $360 credit? Give me a break…

    Another reason not to go with these Nazi’s

    AT&T > Verizon

    • Seth

      No no…you get the credit and you get to keep your phone to sell it. The credit is just for switching over.

      • Tony

        “AT&T iPhone customers will get the following amount of credit for trading-in their GSM iPhones:” I really don’t think it is just for switching over and you can keep your phone to sell… it wouldn’t make sense for them to differentiate between models that way… but if that is the case (and I highly, highly doubt it) I’ll switch to Verizon, drop my Samsung phone, and run dual iPhone4s…

  • michael dow

    i pay alot of money for my contract with at&t but i think in my area it has the worse drop calls its not the iphone its the service i get 90% drop call in my home in brooklyn ny its like i am giving my money away to at7t for nothing its just so sad i dont see what at&t can do to keep me as a customer.

    • Roger

      I seen ads that AT&T can give people a small 3g box that connects to your high speed internet for $20 a month and unlimited minutes. It would be less than paying for a home phone.

  • ATT

    Nooooooooooooooooo to Verizon

  • USA

    i feel bad for android…

    i can’t wait to see how sorry verizon is………

    ATT gsm is a better phone…..

    • supernova

      Are you kidding me???? Why would you feel bad for Android?? Seriously.. I don’t see the reason behind your statement.. Do you read the news from mobile websites?? Android is creeping up and about to surpass iOS!!! Yeah, I know, they’re making it sound like iPhone would regain momentum as soon as VZW starts selling the iPhone.. But trust me, those people that will sign up to VZW iPhone deal, are the same people that’s been using iPhone from ATT.. Because those who have Android, would definitely stick with Android and all it’s glory!! Do you see how many Android devices are coming out this year?? Tegra CPU’s (dual cores!) etc?? And iPhone has what in line?? White casing??? Come one now.. Get your facts together!! And lastly, with that same reason why ATT will go down the drain.. Their limited data, dropped calls etc.. The only reason why they’re still #2 on the top wireless provider here in the US right now, is because of iPhone.. And now that VZW is offering iPhone, it’s only a matter of time before ATT becomes the 3rd or 4th on the TOP wireless providers here in the US!! Besides, Android is the future.. Those who sticks with iPhone’s are just fanboys.. Android has just wayyyyyyyyy too many to offer compared to iPhone.. And that’s a fact!!

      • Neo

        What a dumbass. You are comparing a phone to a operating system. I you wanted to compare choose a specific android phone. The iphone is far superior. Last i read they were fixing to surpass Android sales and thats something to talk about bc its one phone with a few models not 30 different phones who can only run specific apps bc they werent designed to be able to handle them. As far as whats coming. Apple nevers gives out the details untill they are fixing to launch. Thats why all you speculate on is a white iphone bc you don’t know. Cmon kid get a life and stop be gay for r2d2. Only a handfull of droid devices can compete with an iphone.

      • Jerzy

        You’re so funny with your android defence… Iphone is the reason android phones exist. And all they do is TRYING to imitate the iphone and its functionality.

  • Jayydoggy

    Supernova your an idiot Enough said

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  • obviouscoin

    I suppose CDMA is okay – that is, if you don’t travel internationally. Kind of useless otherwise.

    • dave

      its not useless cause the iphone for verizon will be made in dual gsm/cdma mode

  • Dee

    What i dont get is why would verizon want iphones that originally only works with a tmobile nerwork or att? they cant activate it and give it to customers why would they take another netwirk scraps is beyond me!

    • Gil

      Probably to sell overseas since most of Europe is gsm network. And any iPhones that stay here would most likely see they’re way back to AT&T for new service contracts, in about 3 years you’ll see more iPhones on CDMA here in the U.S. Topping gsm.

      • wireless designer

        Next generation Verizon (LTE) obsoletes CDMA… you will actually see a SIM card on Verizon phones in the future (like GSM today). Verizon’s technology road map is a winner. I am an AT&T/iOS advocate, switching to Verizon… I run both nationally… Verizon simply has the best service, and now has the “best” consumer friendly phone to use on it.

  • Gabriel

    I really don’t plan on leaving AT&T because the next gen iPhone is on the way, I sell my phone and wait for the updated iPhone in June-July.

  • Frank

    There are no 16gb iPhone 2G FYI

    • Dave

      Yes there are!! I have a 16gb iPhone 2G. It was released in 2008. 1 year after the original iPhone was released. I haven’t upgrade to new iPhone releases because the AT&T service SUCKS! Dropped calls are not fun.

      I will be switching to Droid Bionic.
      Dual CPU, 8mp camera, Larger screen, Larger memory capacity, user changeable battery, Flash, and I can use bluetooth totally hands free with voice calling. I have NEVER made a phone call and used the internet/data services at the same time. HELL, most of my calls are dropped anyway unless I stand perfectly still when I have 2 bars or more!

      AT&T I have had enough. Going back to Verizon wher my phone will at least work as a damn phone!

  • will2713

    why get an iphone midcycle? wait until July!

  • will2713

    i use a rooted Droid X running Gummyjar ROM to give free tethered wifi to my jailbroken IPod Touch for Facetime. & to the IPad. Who needs an IPhone? I have an old 3G white IPhone that went thru the washing machine. Still works great as an IPod but the screen is faded. It’s not the LCD display but a logic board problem. I may fix it.

  • fas

    The battle of Verizon and ATT has begun.

  • M

    I’ll wait until other try verizon and from there i’ll decide

  • I’ve had all three of the major carriers (AT&T, Sprint & Verizon).

    I had nothing but problems with AT&T.

    Even in areas, supposedly part of AT&T’s digital network, I would drop calls more often than not. The call quality would fade in and out and their support/customer service was useless.

    GSM technology has its following, but network load can’t be managed as easily as it can on CDMA. This is b/c CDMA uses separate channels for Voice and Data. Thus the reason you can’t do both at the same time, and most likely will not be a feature added very soon (except for phones with WiFi connectivity)on Verizon Wireless.

    I’ve never had a problem with Verizon’s customer service, even when there have been issues with a phone. They have always taken good care of me.

    I’ve also never had problems with Verizon’s service. It works as advertised, though I have had some phones which worked better or worse in certain areas.

  • I find it quite hysterical that people would jump from AT&T mid-cycle and mid-contract, even if Verizon’s service is way better.

    The iPhone 5 is likely to surface in the summer, and early termination fees are pretty steep. Though, I’m not sure waiting for the iPhone 5 on AT&T is any smarter. AT&T’s network will still be subject to the same flaws.

    IF (keyword)… If Verizon actually offers a buy back of some sort, they will likely sell them back to AT&T or sell them through a technology recycling company (where they are bound to show back up on eBay).

    I’ve not seen anything confirming Verizon’s iPhone being able to support both CDMA and GSM. Very few phones can do this.

  • jordan

    At least in Long Island I can say the iPhone is the culprit for dropped calls. My screen cracked and the replacement phone they gave cant be jailbroken yet so I swapped phones with my wife in the meantime so I can use it as a hotspot for my iPad. Her Andriod Captivate has way less dropped’s not even close..the dead zones are the same, but on the Iphone i would have full 3g signal and constant dropped calls on 2G, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4.

  • jordan

    correction – NO full 3G signal on the 2G obviously

  • Cool007

    I wish T-Mobile gets the iPhone as I love T-Moblie and since they have 4G now, it’s all good.

    I have an unlocked iPhone that I use with T-Mobile but can’t use 3G with it. 🙁

  • jason

    I just got the iphone 4 because AT&T didn’t have a great Android phone that i liked. I live in an area where Verizon dosen’t work very well, but AT&T and T-mobile do. T-mobile dosen’t have 3g in my area so i switched to AT&T, but AT&T has dropped calls all the time and data is limited like WTF? Didn’t know till I was signing the contract that it was limited. Im hoping Verizon offers money for people that switch because i will cancel on AT&T and switch to Verizon in a heart beat, my house is about to be closed on this month and im moving to a better location where Service is much better!

  • Fis

    I switched to AT&T 4 months ago and everything
    Has worked perfect. I called yesterday and asked them I they can give me unlimited data on at least one line and they said they can give it to me on all 3 lines. I believe no matter what verizon will do I think AT&T will match it and one up them.
    Happy with AT&T