Verizon customers interested in signing a one-year contract (as opposed to the standard two) should lock in their selections now; the company has confirmed that it is eliminating the one-year contract option as of April 17.
Verizon claims the policy change is taking place because the “greater majority of customers sign up for a two-year contract.”
The nation’s largest wireless provider (at least until that AT&T/T-Mobile deal is approved) previously offered users the ability to sign one-year contracts or contract extensions in lieu of the standard two-year agreement.
Customers who opted for the one-year contract were still able to purchase new equipment at a discount, albeit a lesser discount than the subsidized two-year agreements.
In an email to BGR, Verizon reiterated that its contract-free month-to-month plans would still be available to consumers.
Meanwhile, according to draft circulars obtained by DroidLife, Verizon may be introducing a new month-to-month prepaid plan that offers users unlimited voice and text for $50 a month.
Data will cost extra (reportedly $30 a month for unlimited data).
AT&T recently increased the early-upgrade price on some of its smartphones and feature phones.