If you happen to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber, moving forward you will be waiting a bit longer for an upgrade. Coming by way of a recent announcement, Verizon Wireless has said they are extending the upgrade eligibility to the end of the 24th month. For those not familiar with the current set-up, Verizon customers had been eligible to upgrade after the 20th month.

Basically, moving forward you will have to wait an additional four months to upgrade. Or more to the point, to the time when your two-year agreement is actually completed. The reasoning for the change is not all that clear. The carrier has said that “it is not uncommon for customers to have multiple devices” these days and went on to note that “in that context, Verizon Wireless is making the following changes to its upgrade practices.”

Anyway, the changes include the following; Upgrade eligibility begins at the end of 24-month contract. Verizon has also said this is in “keeping with how the majority of customers purchase new phones.” Not sure about you, but I was always anxious and ready after the 20th month. Key here though, the first customers that will be affected by this change will be the ones with contracts expiring in January 2014.

Other details here note that customers who still have “New Every Two” credits available will need to use them before April 15, 2013. In this case, they are now use or lose. One silver lining here will be for those with multiple lines. In this case you will still be able to share an upgrade with another line on your account. The specifics here aside, it seems that instead of ditching the contracts, Verizon is now going to make you wait longer to upgrade.

[via Verizon Wireless]