Imagine my surprise a month ago when I went to upgrade my Verizon Wireless plan that at the end of February I would be eligible to upgrade my cell phone to a new model. I was pretty psyched about this, as my LG VX4400 (here is a CNET Review of the VX4400) had begun to have problems dropping calls as well as the battery not holding the charge well.
Well, it is the end of February and earlier today I went out to the Verizon Wireless store at the Mall to upgrade my phone. After talking with a salesman for about twenty minutes and trying out several phones, I decided to get a LG VX6100 (see a CNET review I found for the VX6100).
Why the LG VX6100?
The salesman said that it was Verizon’s most popular phone. I wanted a flip-phone, tri-mode support (for coverage even in most remote areas), and a speaker for hands-free operation. The VX6100 offered all of that. It was actually lighter and smaller then my old phone, which is always better, and it felt very sturdy. I asked how the RF was on the phone and he said that with his (he showed me his, battle scars and all, to prove he had one) he has had excellent coverage and very few dropped calls. As he put it, “if it drops the call, probably no other phone would have held it either.”
It came with a camera, but I didn’t buy the ability to send pictures to friends. If I use the camera, it is to take pictures for my phone’s wallpaper or something.
Anyways, the best part? Since I was eligible for a phone upgrade, I was given $100 off any phone right away. Then there was a $50 rebate for the VX6100. So the cost of a new phone? $149 – $100 – $50 = $50.
Amazingly, that is probably the cost (both money and time wise) of getting a replacement battery for my old phone and figuring out why it would randomly lose calls. Might as well upgrade to a new phone right?
Money well spent in my opinion. I also had my phone plan again upgraded, this time to include the new No Roaming plan offered by Verizon.