How to Check Your iPhone Upgrade Eligibility (Verizon)

With Apple's formally announced Media Event on September 10, the expectation is that Apple will be announcing one or more new iPhones. Here's a handy guide to help you determine if your current iPhone is eligible for an upgrade with Verizon.

Method #1. Perhaps the easiest way to check is to call the number #874 directly from your iPhone. Shortly, you'll receive a text message from Verizon. Here's how it looked on our iPhone 4.

Dial #874 from your phone

Method #2. Another way to check is to use Apple's Apple Store app. On the home (Featured page) is an entry called "Upgrade your iPhone." That takes you to a page where you can also check your eligibility for a new phone. One wrinkle is that, for security, you'll be asked for the last four digits of your SSN. If you'd rather not provide that in an app, Methods #1 and #3 don't require it.

Use Apple's Apple Store app.

Method #3. From your Mac, PC or tablet, you can logon to your Verizon wireless account via a browser. Note the Account Management sidebar.

Logon to your Verizon account.

Next, click "Upgrade Device" in the left sidebar. Under the device is a description of the upgade eligibility.

Select the device to upgrade

If desired, check the desired box(s) on the left to see which smartphones you are eligible for.

Note that if your iPhone is eligible for Verizon upgrade, you have two choices now. The first is the traditional two-year contract extension. Also, like AT&T, Verizon has its own fast track upgrade program called "Verizon Edge." The Verizon Edge page explains the qualifications.