This is not a post about how much I love my new phone. This is a post about how you, too, can get a new phone when all signs are pointing to you not getting a new phone.
Recently, I’d been fantasizing pretty hardcore about getting a new phone. Maybe it was because Eric and his iPhone were making me realize what I was missing, or perhaps it was because my old Blackberry and terribly sun-damaged Pre (um, seriously, do not set that thing face up in the shade for even a second) were simply not cutting it anymore. I knew it would be a few months before I was eligible for my “New Every Two” upgrade, so I was resigned to just fantasizing.
But then I got a text two weeks ago from Verizon telling me I was eligible for an upgrade. I thought it was a trick so I called and found out that yes, I was eligible to upgrade early! I was so excited…but then I realized, oh, wait…I can’t actually afford a new phone.
I knew I’d have to wait, but good lord, I hate waiting when I want a new toy. So…I got resourceful.
Here’s how you can do it too.
Step 1. Don’t be too picky. I hit up the Verizon site looking for deals, knowing I couldn’t afford to be a total snob. I wasn’t too picky on which Android phone I got…Droid X? Droid 2? Incredible? I did some side-by-side comparisons and decided I wanted either the X or the Incredible.
Step 2. Get used. Amazon had the best prices ($79 for the phone) but you can’t purchase through them for an early upgrade — only for a “New Every Two.” I moved on, but that’s definitely worth checking out if that’s your situation. When I saw that I could get a certified pre-owned Incredible from the Verizon website for $50 cheaper than the new Droid X, I knew I had a winner. I’ve done certified pre-owned devices before and I’ve never had a problem with them. To me, it’s a brilliant option, a gift from the heavens for the poor tech lover.
Step 3. Unload something. I remembered a post I saw on Lemondrop a couple weeks ago about Gazelle, a site that buys your old electronics. Again, a gift from the heavens for a poor tech lover. With the all-in-one Droid, I’d no longer be needing my second generation 8G iPod touch (which I wasn’t crazy about anyway), so I typed in the info on it and found out I could get $55 for it. Um, I’ll take it! They are sending me an envelope to ship it to them and PayPal-ing me my cash. I probably could have unloaded more old gadgetry too; the Incredible is also replacing my point-and-shoot digital camera, but I think I left that in Michigan, so I couldn’t include that this time around.
Three easy steps and I ended up saving $100 on my new phone!
And I’m so glad I made it happen! I LOVE IT.
Upon my uncontrollable excitement as I waited for it to arrive (a whole 18 hours, due to free overnight shipping from Verizon), both Eric and my mom said separately of each other, “You’re going to be unstoppable with it.”
Not that I was ever super stoppable before, but they are so right.
It’s quite a device. I can’t stop playing with it, to the point that I should probably be embarrassed.
But I do love my new toys.