So, my Note 8 is about to trip 3 years old. It's on an irregular monthly cadence of updates. Given Samsung's promise of 2 years of OS updates, and then a rather unspoken year of security updates, that puts this device at retirement age. I'm on Sprint. No, wait I'm on T-Mobile, on Sprint's towers, or towers that were Sprint, but are now T-Mobile. I do enjoy my Note series. I've had the Note 2, 4, 5, and now 8. They've been a solid performer for the most part. Weirdness with the GPS on both the 4, and now my 8. Granted, I'm not really going too many places currently, but when I do... I need it to work! I'm likely to go for the Note 20 Ultra. Don't you just love those flashy terms.. Ultra, Pro... No thanks, but they didn't ask me. I want this model, as they took out the microSD slot on the regular note. Given all the video recording I'm doing for my better half, there's no way I'd want to subject my internal storage to the constant recording we're doing. I'm equally annoyed at the loss of the headphone jack. You can dongle a jack, but again... *grumble* I was looking at discounts I could snag. * By myself through T-Mobile, with no trade in value, I think I'd get $50 off for $1249. *choke* * BestBuy with a BestBuy visa. 6% reward off $1299 + additional %5 (total 11%) capped at $50 reward for a total of $125 off. Better than nothing. * My dad found that if you buy one Note 20 Ultra or regular Note 20, and buy another of equal or lesser value, you get 24 monthly bill credits totaling $1000. A grand off... that's... impressive. So... then there's the lovely Mrs. HC. She's sporting an iPhone 8+. She's shattered her 2nd screen protector, and recently demolished her Otterbox case. The phone is still intact, but her carrier is confusingly weak up here. She can't make or receive calls in her office (not a big deal at the moment, but at some point...). Her phone bill for her line comes in around $72 all said and done, with phone paid off. If she moves her number to my parent's family plan from VZW, her line would be $25 a month. 2 lines for $50. $1000 off the purchase of two devices. She could get the regular or ultra. We'd pay my parents for the devices upfront, and automate payment for the monthly line charge. If my math is right, I'm thinking that's a pretty decent deal. If my gut is right... Mrs. HC is willing to make the switch, but she's going to really miss her iPhone. I'd love the discount, but for as much as I rail against all things Apple... I do want her to be happy. She thinks it makes financial sense to do the $1000 discount. Admittedly, I'm disappointed you can't pair an iPhone into this deal, just to give her the option, even though my mental health would take a hit. She's contemplating... I want her to be really committed to this before I tell my parents to pull the trigger. If she agrees, it will be a bit of a learning curve for both of us. Have to figure out how to get Apple to stop grabbing text messages into iMessage, and then get her setup with equivalent apps, and setup family sharing of my purchased apps for her. Then there's the whole getting her acclimated to Android environment. That's going to be the really hard part. I've tried to get her to use my Note 5 which I've setup for Google Voice on her account, but it mostly frustrates her and has sat idle for a few weeks now. That doesn't bode well for the sudden and forced change should she upgrade with me. If there's one thing in our marriage that separates us...it's our phones. She hasn't taken to Android, and I'm no fan of Apple.