About a month ago, I modestly suggested to Verizon wireless that it would be nice to have a discount for their customers who had to make a switch from AT&T to Verizon but werenâ€™t able to wait for the February 10th launch of the Verizon iPhone.
Verizon came fairly close this week.
The company announced it would provide $200 gift cards for certain customers to offset the cost of their new iPhone if they want to switch to that.
There are a couple of catches, but I think itâ€™s still a great idea that says a lot about their customer service.
The first catch is that the customers will get the $200 Visa gift card if they swap a phone bought between November 26th and January 10th. (That knocks me out right there, but thatâ€™s okay.)
The second catch is the new phone must be purchased by February 28th. This prevents anyone from holding onto that card until the summer, when the new iPhone 5 is expected to be released.
Consumer Reports, meanwhile, says users might want to do precisely that, because more features are likely to be available on the new model.
Still, I think itâ€™s a nice gesture for Verizon for its customers. Especially considering the fact that pre-ordering was shutdown after a sellout on Thursday.
Of course, not everyone is caught up in iPhone fever: during a recent Patrickâ€™s Place Poll, I asked how my readers felt about the new iPhone. The results show that not everyone is as enthusiastic about the Verizon version:
54% â€” Not interested.
46% â€” Thinking it over.
0% â€”Â Canâ€™t wait.
You canâ€™t please everyone!