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Verizon offers $200 gift cards for customers to switch to iPhone; Consumer Reports says to wait

January 19, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Verizon Verizon is nudging its customers who bought a new phone over the holidays to switch to iPhone by offering a gift card worth up to $200.

The Verizon iPhone, debuting on Feb. 10, was announced just last week, after many customers who were eligible for a phone upgrade had already used them on other models.

Those subscribers will get a Visa debit card with up to $200 if they swap a phone bought between Nov. 26 and Jan. 10 with the iPhone by Feb. 28.

But they’ll still have to pay the full retail price for the Apple smart phone, which will cost up to $750 before the gift card is applied.

Meanwhile, the folks at Consumer Reports are suggesting that users might want to wait for the Verizon iPhone 4 to be replaced “by a newer, cooler version.” Apple usually announces new phone models in early summer.

In a blog post, reviewers derided the phone as being “middle-aged … essentially a retooling of the AT&T version … a transitional phone to tide Verizon through until the summer.”

The phone, according to Consumer Reports, runs on a 3G data network when faster 4G networks already exist and has a smaller screen than some.

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Photo: Dan Mead, chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, left, and Timothy Cook, chief operating officer of Apple Inc., at the unveiling last week. Credit: Ramin Talaie / Bloomberg

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