I really wish Verizon would quit pestering me to “upgrade your phone for free!” First, there were e-mails. Then, text messages. Now, they’re CALLING me. They hate the fact that my contract was up 3.5 years ago and want to lock me in for another 2 years. I have a Motorola e815 phone that’s very solid and reliable. It’s no longer available. I don’t WANT a new phone or a new plan. Leave me alone!
I know what the game is. They hate having you a “free agent” because then you can leave at any time if you find a better deal or if service deteriorates. I won’t leave Verizon, though. I’ve had them since I got my first cell phone in 2002. Can’t beat the coverage. I’ve had service everywhere (even in rural North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, etc.) and have never paid roaming charges.
Plus, I don’t want to give up this phone. It’s a 2005 model Motorola e815 with extendable antenna. I’ve been able to use it in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin when nobody else who was with me could get a signal. Plus, they now charge a per kilobyte usage fee for Mobile Web. I have it for $5/month flat rate and it only uses minutes. So, after 9 and on weekends, it’s free. I’m grandfathered for as long as I keep this phone. I use it a LOT, so that’s another reason to keep what I have.