I've been shopping around for a new cell phone lately and I've noticed the majority of deals are incentivizing switching carriers. Example the Samsung s9/+ bogo by either Verizon, ATT, T Mobile etc. I've been a customer of Verizon for 10+ years and have multiple lines and with ancient phones. I walk in and talk about the deal, its only for brand new customers to Verizon. I was looking to add yet another line to my account but it was already its own Verizon line.
I brought up that I could get a this deal if I switched to another carrier and basically got a "Ok cool, have a nice day." from a corporate Verizon store. I wasn't even looking for the full buy one get one, just enough to take some of the sting off the price I need to replace two devices. The only other deal they had was for a Google Pixel which I need switch to either an IPhone or a Galaxy for a medical device compatibility. Otherwise I'd consider a lot of other phones.
Whats the best way to buy a phone these days?
Example Galaxy s9
Verzion - 799 + tax
Samsung - 729 - no tax
Switching Carriers - 7xx / bo-go deal switching to pretty much anyone of them.
ok-ok.... what about an older phone
IPhone 8 700 (Apple/Verizon)
Galaxy s8 696 bucks from Verizon ... 600 from Samsung.
Is there ANY reason to buy a phone directly from a carrier anymore? Any tips or suggestions would be good. Right now I'm thinking buying directly from the manufacturer is likely my best option or squeeze a few months out of my current phones and wait for the next likely sale.
/Rant... I understand this is likely a "sky is blue" "water is wet" type of thing but it just blows my mind how the deals are structured. If they took away the "new line required" I'd be happy to lock in for another few years under their stupid payment thing.