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Verizon Customers Eligible For Upgrade Before Nov 15 Can Upgrade Now

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Verizon has decided to roll up its upgrade schedule two months in advance. This should be delightful news for subscribers whose upgrade eligibility is still weeks away. In summary, all Verizon customers eligible for a smartphone upgrade on or before November 15th of this year are eligible for an immediate upgrade.

Of course, it is not difficult to see why the carrier is making such a move -- it obviously has something to do with the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 device. By adjusting the eligibility cut-off of Verizon's subscribers, the company is basically giving shiny invitations to its customers to go buy the latest iPhone now or in the soonest time possible.

Verizon has stated that this offer is a limited time offer only, but the carrier has not specified just when exactly it will expire. That should be more than just a hint for Verizon customers: get the upgrades now while you still can.

And while the move is clearly a ploy to get Verizon subscribers to buy the new iPhone, it actually applies to other devices as well, iOS-driven or not. This should get fans of other devices excited -- they get an opportunity to get upgrades to their HTC One (M8) or LG G3 handsets.

But wait -- how do Verizon customers check if they are eligible for the upgrade? Easy -- they can check through the My Verizon app to confirm their eligibility status. Those who do not have the app can download the iOS version at iTunes. As for Android users, the app is available at the Google Play Store.

So far, the response to the release of the new iPhone has been very good. As a matter of fact, Apple has reported that preorders for the iPhone 6 have reached more than 4 million during the first 24 hours of the preorder period. Despite some trouble with preordering (the US Apple Online store went down in the first few hours of the preorder period), the iPhone 6 proves to be a very hot commodity. And those figures are for preorders only -- come release date, unit sales of the device are expected to be lofty indeed.

There is no telling for sure if other carriers will follow Verizon's move. But it would hardly be a surprise to anyone if such a thing does happen. For the buyers though, the more the number of carriers pushing the iPhone, the better their chances of getting their own units at last.