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What should I do about upgrading with a broken screen?

Miembro

I walked into a Verizon authorized retailer today and upgraded my iPhone 5s to a 6s. I am due for an upgrade in July but was looking for a new phone as mine has a substantially cracked screen and I wanted some extra storage on my phone. It was a rough experience but one of the details the service representative brought up was that I would need to send in my device as part of the early upgrade process (through Edge, I believe, though that phrase wasn't used in our chat).

The representative seemed to think that if I got the screen repaired, it wouldn't be a big deal. That information seems very, very wrong after reading some of these forums. I fear that a replaced screen and some dings on the corners of the phone would prevent me from being charged the $200 fee for not having a phone in "good working condition."

A few thought and questions:

1. Because my device is not in what I would consider "good working condition," is it even worth trying to repair the screen and send into Verizon so I don't get charged $200? It sounds like I would lose this phone altogether and still need to pay the $200 if the phone were not up to Verizon's standards? ($100 repair + $200 fee from Verizon + $0 in resale value on my own = a bad investment, right?)

2. If I choose to just lose the $200, could I unlock my original 5s and sell it to a friend to use instead? More specifically, can I unlock my 5s at all in this situation? Or could Verizon prevent that phone from being used again?

tl;dr -- Can I unlock a phone and sell it to a friend that Verizon expects to be part of a "trade in" type of deal for an early upgrade?

Thanks everyone!

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Re: Early Upgrade, Good Condition, and Unlocked Phones

Líder Sénior

with a broken screen you'd probably make the same amount of money you will be charged for not turning it in if it is $200. If i was you I'd make sure I get as much as I would lose.

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Re: Early Upgrade, Good Condition, and Unlocked Phones

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The phone is already unlocked. If you didn't start the edge agreement from the beginning you can do what you want.

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Re: Early Upgrade, Good Condition, and Unlocked Phones

Líder Sénior

The phone shouldn't work on any Verizon or any of the MVNO that uses Verizon. Possibly other carriers if that carrier subscribed to the same database

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Re: Early Upgrade, Good Condition, and Unlocked Phones

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¡Gracias, Tidbits!

I got the original iPhone through Verizon back when upgrades were $200 and two year contracts. (Again, my 2 year contract is complete in a few months but I chose to upgrade early because I have no self-control).

So I would probably be best off eating the $200 charge for not sending my phone in and making up a little bit of the difference by selling it?

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Re: Early Upgrade, Good Condition, and Unlocked Phones

Líder Sénior

with a broken screen you'd probably make the same amount of money you will be charged for not turning it in if it is $200. If i was you I'd make sure I get as much as I would lose.

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