Yesterday Verizon announced a new trade-in offer and a new unlimited plan. Oriented at those who want to leave their current carrier and port to Verizon, the new deals when in conjunction allow you to not only score one of the most-wanted smartphones including the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7, but also enjoy the unlimited phone data without video streaming limits.
Verizon allows you to grab one of the latest flagship phones for free and enjoy unlimited high-speed data for just $80 per month.
To start from the trade-in offer, those who want to get one of the Verizon’s hottest flagship phones out of charge need to port their existing number to the carrier and enroll for the redefined unlimited plan. The list of the promotional devices include real best-sellers. Those who qualify for the trade-in program can grab for free phones like: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Google Pixel, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and LG V20.
When switching to Verizon, you will be asked to turn in your phone and sign up for device payment on a new handset. Remember, that the phone you want to exchange for the new one need to work properly and be paid off. In addition, it also has to be a model from the Verizon’s list, including: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the Samsung Note 5, the modular LG G5, the LG V20, the HTC 10, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
In case you don’t own one of the listed above devices, you can still get a new flagship for as little as $5 per month. How? Well, simply trade-in one of the following phones: Apple iPhone SE, Samsung Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G4, LG V10 and HTC One M9.
Trade-in credits occur after two or three billing cycles and last for two years. If for some reason you decide to leave Verizon you won’t have to worry about the unpaid phone balance. Furthermore, if you resign from the service, the credits will expiry.
New Unlimited Plan
Moving on to the introductory Verizon Unlimited plan, the second condition necessary for getting one of the latest flagship at no cost, the offer gives the carrier’s customers unlimited LTE data, talk and text for just $80 per month for a single line. If you need two lines, then you will be asked to pay $140 per month, or $160 if you sign up for three lines.
Meanwhile, four lines will cost you $45 per line, which amounts to the total of $180. Those in need for more than four lines, can add up to 10 lines for $20 per line per month. All variants of the line include paper-free billing and AutoPay. Plus, the variant with four or more lines allows you to enjoy your unlimited data on both smartphones and tablets. Another important thing you should be conscious of is that the presented pricing doesn’t include taxes, while for $10 extra per month you can add another connected devices to the plan.
All Verizon Unlimited plans guarantee fast LTE speeds experience without imposing video quality limits. However, be aware of the fact that smartphone plans are never completely “unlimited”. There are always some hidden limitations that need to be accepted. The same with the Verizon’s offer.
Although the plan is deprived of data cap and overage fees, your speeds can be throttled after reaching 22GB per month. But this may happen only when you will be connected to a congested cell tower. In comparison, T-Mobile has similar limitation at 26GB per month. Note that the 22GB restriction applies to each line separately. In practice it means that each of the lines need to exceed the limits before the speeds slow down. Moreover, the data even though being unlimited on the phone itself, is limited for mobile hotspot use. Every phone within the plan may deliver up to 10GB of 4G LTE data to other devices per month. After reaching that point, speeds are reduced to 600kbps, and you won’t be able to buy extra high-speed tethering data on this plan.
Summing up, although the T-Mobile unlimited plan costs $70 it limits video streaming quality to 480p. For $15 more the Un-carrier will give you high-definition video, while for $95 you can grab both HD video quality and unlimited 4G LTE hotspot speeds (those prices include taxes). Meanwhile, despite offering unlimited plan for just $50, Sprint optimizes video and gaming so that to reduce the use of the data allotment. Perhaps the Verizon new plan is a bit more expensive than those sold by competing carriers, but it’s the closest to being truly “unlimited” and comes with a fantastic trade-in deal, enabling the carrier’s new customers to get a highly valuable smartphone.
What do you think, will the new offer help Verizon fight the sale decline it has been struggling with since 2016? Is it incentive strong enough to you to switch?
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