Yes bohratom, but the OP is implying you need a 'trick' to get the box (even a non-DVR) for free. I'm saying you don't need a trick, just walk in and ask for an upgraded model.
When ordering the upgrade for 40 dollars do you get a new or refb box 7232?
It doesn't really matter... if it doesn't work, they will replace it... but I would suggest that you go to a VZ store and get one for free, like I did.
$40 only guaranteed you than you will get a 7232 model, not another older model like the 7216.As to whether it is new or refurbished that depends on what they have in stock. Even new installs are not guaranteed brand new equipment.