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Verizon launching early upgrade program to push webOS phones into dumbphone users' hands

by Derek Kessler Mon, 05 Apr 2010 5:45 pm EDT

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You are a Verizon customer using a something other than a 3G smartphone and you’re not eligible for any upgrade discounts. If this describes you, Verizon has a deal for you. Effective April 6, Big Red will be running a nationwide promotion to push the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus into the hands of Verizon dumbphone users (and those that have been hanging on to that Treo 650 for way too long) at the two-year discount price. Most of you, our fantastic readers, probably aren’t in that boat, but chances are you have a friend or family member that is. Here’s what they need to know:

  • The early upgrade is only to a Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus (shucks, I know).
  • You cannot currently be using a 3G smartphone.
  • This will reset your upgrade eligibility - i.e. you won’t get another upgrade for a year.
  • Your contract end date will be extended to two years past the upgrade date.
  • The line must be at least six months old, and you can’t have used an upgrade in the past year.

As always, there’s plenty more fine print, but this promotion should be enough to spurn your living-in-the-past associates into the 21st century with a brand-spankin’ new Palm webOS smartphone on Verizon.

And yes, we have no doubt that this is in response to the lack-luster sales of the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon. How this is going to be promoted we aren’t too sure about, but we wouldn’t count on seeing any on-air advertisements for such a targeted promotion.

Thanks, anonymous tipster!