Have an employer related discount with Verizon? You may be asked to verify your eligibility
Based on the information we have received, beginning April 1, 2013, any subscriber who is receiving an employee discount will be contacted via email, SMS or direct mail and asked to provide proof of their continued employment, and thus their continued eligibility for the discount. Customers who do not revalidate within 60 will have the discount removed. Word has it that Verizon employees (presumably phone based and retail) will receive training for this initiative on or about March 18th.
The good news is that revalidating is pretty simple. The preferred way will be via a renewal website that Verizon will make available. If it is anything like the normal discount process it will involve use of your business email address to validate your eligibility. Customers will also be able to validate over the phone or by sending a form in the mail.
Given the difficult economic times over the past several years, and the wave changes in employment, it makes sense that carriers might begin to audit their discount channels. Some relationships offer discounts in excess of 15% on monthly service along with accessory discounts as high as 25%. If there has been a change in your employment status, and you think you are no longer eligible, the good news is that you do not need to do anything and at least you will still have the discount through June.
If you changed jobs or are still employed with the same company, the validation or revalidation should be relatively simple.
Thanks to our tipsters!
1. evetsnnif (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Honestly I'm kind of surprised they don't already so this.
40. jcarrigan (unregistered)
sprint does this
3. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
Sprint started doing this a couple months back, to many people that dont work for the same company or got hooked up from a rep...
4. palmguy (Posts: 122; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
Yep, Sprint started this early last yr given peeps the boot. I do remember not getting the code for teacher to work. There is going to be a lot of fake UPS workers missing out on their 25 percent cut. :-P
5. pemiwo (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
I had to do this about a year ago, so I think it may have been in place but not enforced as much.
6. JunitoNH (Posts: 646; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Honestly, getting a discount on Verizon is like getting a 10% discount on a new car, prices so expensive the savings are just simply negligible. Here's a better discount formula, Verizon ~ $90/month; Straight talk or/and T-Mobile's Gosmart $45/month, savings 50%
10. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Actually, genius, Verizon has already implemented new smartphone prepaid plans: 500MB + Unlim Talk + Unlim Txt = $60/mo. If you want 2GB, instead of 500MB, it'll be an extra $10/mo.
And T-Mobile's network sucks big, hairy donkey sac--especially on their prepaid network.
Cheap is not good, and good is not cheap.
14. N.Reynolds (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Lol thank you GMracer for explaining to ignorant people that there is quite a difference between VZW and cheaper carriers. It's like anything in life, you get what you pay for.
20. sectime (unregistered)
Hey sunshine, Page Plus $69.95 5GB unlimited voice and text or $55.00 2GB unlimited, Verizon MVNO. Talk for Good is another.
Cheaper is better
26. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Let me know how that works out for ya--especially when you need a store, customer service, or have a problem with your phone ;-)
I think it's worth the money to always have a nearby store, and for them to play the middle-man btwn me and the manufacturer if i have a problem with my phone.
Page Plus also works only in the US. You do know there are people who wanna use their phone out of the country, right? You may not want to, and I may not want to, but there are plenty of people who do.
Besides, data caps and their amounts don't matter to me. I always use wifi. My mobile data usage averages 300MB/mo.
25. 9thWonderful (Posts: 227; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Your math actually amounts to companies struggling financially so, no thanks...I'll pay a little more for reliability. Cheaper is cheaper...but is it better (?) ehh...don't know in what realm that actually holds true. Cheap is synonymous w/compromise...period
7. Bernoulli (Posts: 1161; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Eh what was the source of this article? Not that I don't trust you but I'm used to also visiting the source website
8. aahmed215 (Posts: 69; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Eh did you read the article?
"We have received a couple of tips..."
"Thanks to our tipsters!"
12. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Im a sale Rep for Verizon Wireless, I can Vouch for this just recieved the email a few days ago about it.
24. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Ditto, I forwarded this to my team a couple days ago.
37. bakogeek (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
I was told by a Verizon employee that phonearena.com is where they've been instructed to keep up on the industry. It's where I learned of the site. I imagine phonearena has a lot of reliable Verizon inside sources.
9. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Do it to me VZW. I dare you. That will be the final straw that broke the camels back. Yes, I still have an old corporate discount, and I haven't checked my new company. But if they take that away, I'm done. Even with the discount, I pay 30-40 more a month than I would though Tmo, and that will be the only kick I need to say adios. I'll say thanks for saving me an extra 20 MORE percent over their BS prices.
19. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Fraud would require me doing something to actively deceive Verizon, Which I have yet to do. I just never told them that I left that job. There is a difference.
21. Droiddoes (unregistered)
"My kid died, but I still recieve gov assistance for him. It's not fraud, I just never told them he died!"
22. KFear (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
It is a type of fraud, but Verizon had it coming. No company likes to lose money and this has accumulated to a lot of loss revenue. People get upset over the discount loss, but really??? Come on, you were getting hooked up for too long. Don't say, "but i'm a long time customer", or "they are so expensive that i deserve this". You don't. They advertise a price, take it or leave it. You have a choice as a consumer. Go to Sprint and pay less, but have crap data speeds. I did. WIFI FTW!
31. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
That is not even close to the same thing. You are purposely defrauding the government to get monetary support you are now owed. I am just breaking even considering I pay for double the amount of minutes a month than I use, and even use less data than many "share" plan customers. So bite me. We use between 5-600 minutes a month of the 1400 I pay for, and we use between 3-5 GB a month in data between my two unlimited data plans. So if you really want to compare the two, then be my guest, but it's a shaky argument at best. VZW had an intermediate plan, like the do for individuals, in the 900-1000 minute area, I probably wouldn't be such a d**k about my "discount". PS, my 20% discount only saves me about 16 dollars on a 220 a month bill. Because it ONLY APPLIES TO VOICE, not data or anything else. My bill is usually 205, where it would be 220 without the discount. If they offered a 1000 minute plan inbetween the 700-1400 minute plans that savings would be identical to what I get off from this "discount". So yes, it's the same as defrauding the government out of hundreds a month because you are a worthless POS that wants to suck the government teet. Exactly the same. Also, I have never denied not working for that company anymore. If they want to verify then be my guest. I will just take my 2400 a year elsewhere. That's the same thing I would tell them if they changed my billing after charging me TWICE for two phones I have sent back under warranty that they claim to have not received. Even though I have tracking numbers proving otherwise. So yes, I'm a tiny bit pissed at VZW because of the past year. So sue me. I've more than "earned" that discount in wasted time dealing with their worthless CS trying to get these charges removed.
33. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Oh, and even if they did kick me off that corporate discount, my fiancee's, WHOM I SHARE MY PLAN WITH, company gets a 15% discount. So it would be a wash in the end, but an inconvenience I'm not willing to deal with.
38. Droiddoes (unregistered)
That's cool. You're still committing fraud, there really is no debating that, but we'll just agree to disagree and move on, k?
39. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
No, I'm not. And I won't admit to such. If you really want to get down to it, then VZW is the one that is really committing fraud by charging me for things I don't get. If I don't use 700 minutes, I shouldn't lose them. That's the only thing ATT has going for it. If I had "rollover" I would have a 700 a month plan, as it wouldn't matter at that point if I go over one month as it would just "eat" into the minutes I have already paid for. Start charging me for what I use, like electricity, and then you *might* have a tiny bit of validity in your argument.
46. Jango_Fred (Posts: 51; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)
Fraud - Noun
Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
You are wrongfully deceiving Verizon for financial gain (savings are GAIN). Granted your deception is due to a lapse in Verizon's vigilance but still deception.
47. troutsy (Posts: 162; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
You're a very angry, ignorant person.
If you choose a 700 minute plan and go over, VZW would be glad to charge you for the minutes you use. Choosing a 1400 minute plan and not using all of it is a risk that you've accepted to avoid paying overages.
But it's not your fault, the evil VZW made you do it, I'm sure.
48. 9thWonderful (Posts: 227; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Dude just give up...you can't debate your way out of being deceitful lol & your rants get more & more ridiculous/hilarious as you try. Suppose your neighbor was using your Wifi w/out your knowledge? Lets not pretend you wouldn't feel the least bit "took". It's the same idea. The door is open...is $16 really stopping you from heading over to T-Mobile for the closeout prices or AT&T to get your precious rollover minutes. I'm sure taking away your measly $2400 a year will determine the fate of Verizon's survival. You have very little business sense...pretty much zero. You think Verizon went into business to NOT make money? It's a business & they're here for profit just like every other business. In a nut shell...you sir, are an ignorant fraud lol.
13. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
I dont know if you know this or not but Verizon does not care whether you stay or go in my opinion because there is someone out there with the same issues with another company that want to come to Verizon.
15. N.Reynolds (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Lol 14545 you are absolutely ridiculous! If you no longer are employed by that company you should not get their discount. You are bitching about something that SHOULD of happened a while ago. Get over it. If you have a problem with it go try a cheaper company and see how you like the lack of coverage and data speeds.
17. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Please, when it takes a 20% "discount" to make their prices even close to their competitors, that's a problem. And technically, it's only 5% difference between my current discount and my fiancee's discount through her current employer. The point is, between the service and billing issues I have had in the last year, it's not worth my time to keep fighting with them to give them my 200 a month. I'll take my 3 lines and pay 150-180 at tmo. Then I don't have to worry about my unlimited data being yanked out from under me. Also, I was paying full price for 2 years at that former employer without realizing the discount was available. So it's just making up for lost time.
And I get sick and tired of hear about this "loss of coverage and speeds". IF YOU LEAVE AN LTE AREA THEIR SPEEDS SUCK. You might know that if you traveled. in a 3g only area that a travel through frequently, I am LUCKY to top 750 kbps. Then, I've dealt with more than my fair share of dropped calls or no service in those areas, so it can't get *much* worse. Also, before 2007 I had sprint, so I know what bad service is. And I don't see how Tmo can come anywhere close to that.
23. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Do you ever see an ad from Verizon advertising how great their prices are? NO. And why is that? Because you get what you pay for. In the five years I've been selling VZW I've never once used that in my sales pitch. I point out that you get what you pay for. Tmo? My boyfriend has it and he constantly has to use my wifi hotspot to get internet because he's always on EDGE and can't get 4g, even in major areas. Metro? Give me a break. Sprint? I got six complaints about Sprint service in yesterday's eight hour shift alone. If you don't want to "keep fighting" with one carrier, then don't. When you are "traveling through" those 3g areas that are slow on Verizon with a Tmobile phone that won't be getting ANY service, I wonder what you will say then......
36. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
So, lets see, I get spotty coverage with VZW, or no coverage with Tmo. But I save 30-40 dollars a month in the process........Real tough decision. That's 360-480 a year, or, the subsidy on a "new" phone EVERY year. So, I'll take the discount.
41. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
LMAO you know Tmo has been charging full retail over the first 20 months AND locking you into contract too right? And "spotty" coverage with VZW? Where the hell do you even live? My parents live in the mountains in bum f*ck nowhere and I can still sit on their couch and have a conversation. And I NEVER see "no service" on my phone. Somehow I'm guessing you have 3g phones that haven't had an OTA update done on them since 2009.
44. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I live in charlotte, and travel in SC quite a lot. No one has service there, so it does me no good paying 200 a month for a lack of service. Somehow you guessed wrong, unless I'm just too stupid to not know that my Tbolt, Bionic, Rezound, or Gnex are "3G" only phones that have never seen an OTA? (Well, actually, they don't usually see an OTA, I usually just flash the new radio's via recovery, but that's not the point.)
27. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
lmao! I bet you're the type of person that would walk on to a Mercedes lot and tell the salesman, "ya know.....I can get a Kia Optima, right down the road, for $40K less."
Comparison? "ya know......I can go to MetroPCS, right around the corner, and they're almost half the price."
34. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Yes, exactly the same thing. Clearly. :Rollseyes:
I've actually tried other carriers, and they all suck. So if I'm going to get crappy service, WHY NOT PAY THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MONEY? This analogy would be more like the difference between a KIA optima and a Nissan Sentra. Not a Mercedes.
30. N.Reynolds (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Haha, so it sounds like it was your fault that you paid full price for two years, not Verizon.
32. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
No, I my company didn't "advertise" the discount. Therefore I didn't find out about it until a co worker was upgrading and he found out.
16. tward291 (Posts: 557; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Is Verizon discount like att. I get a 25% off but its only on voice not on data only way I get it on data Is if its 300mb which sucks. its not 25% off total bill before tax its off just voice. I was lied to when I stated guy told me it was overall before tax added
18. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Mine used to be the voice and data on the first line until 2009. then it was just converted to voice only. But different employers are get different billing.
This isn't even the whole list, as my former employer isn't even on here. Yet i have had, and still continue to have my discount.
28. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Discounts are delegated by the employers--not by the carriers. Just some FYI
35. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
What are you talking about? What does it have to do with what I stated above? Go away.
42. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Discounts on America's Choice or Nationwide plans apply to account level/first line, plus data plans. Share Everything plans the discount applies to the account level plan. Plans under $30/month or mobile broadband plans aren't eligible for discount.
45. 14545 (Posts: 873; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Not on all of them. My discount only applies to the account level line, and the other additional line charges. So, 22 or something, plus 2 per line. It's like 30 dollars total in discounts on mine. Not ever corporate plan is the same. They also stopped discounting my "account level" data plan in like 2010. Which was my only data plan to ever get the discount.
29. N.Reynolds (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
It varies by your discount and plan. I get 20% off my entire plan including my unlimited data and 25% off phones and accessories. But that was implemented a while ago and probably wouldn't stay the same if I changed my plan at all. But I'm loving my unlimited data so that won't happen.
43. johnbftl (Posts: 136; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
Ok, I work for a major carrier and deal with employers discounts a lot. Employers enter agreements with carriers to subsidize your monthly service for working for them, just like they subsidize your healthcare, dental, and all those other nice benefits. They're picking up the tab for the rest of it. When you leave your company, they don't keep paying your healthcare now do they? Now just like all other benefits, they're based upon employment level. Companies have different discount agreements depending on whether you're management, an executive, or just a mindless drone. So yes, keeping a discount after leaving a company is defrauding both your old company and your carrier. Your carrier has all the right to audit. When I left Wireless Advocates, Verizon cancelled my employee line within a month. Sure I miss paying $10 a month for 1500 minutes, unlimited text and data but I have no right to complain. I left that company. It's about time carriers start auditing.