Leaked document shows Verizon offering $100 credit on new lines from today through the end of the month

Leaked document shows Verizon offering $100 credit on new lines from today through the end of the month
A leaked internal Verizon document reveals that the nation's largest carrier has a new promotion beginning today, and running through the end of this month. Activate a new line and handcuff yourself to it by signing a two-year contract, and Verizon will give you $100 in the form of a bill credit. The $100 won't hit your account until the third billing cycle, so you will have to stick with Big Red for at least 90 days before getting your reward.

And there is more. Until February 17th, Verizon will waive the $35 activation charge on new lines. Sounds like some of the recent consumer friendly moves by T-Mobile and AT&T have lit a fire under Verizon.

Keep in mind that Verizon has yet to make an announcement about these special offers, but if the leak is legit, the carrier should be making some sort of announcement no later than Friday.


source: AndroidCentral

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28 Comments

1. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Verizon instead of offering a discount on service or data plane you are offering a one time discount to get us to spend more money.....not this gal.....I love the service but when my contract is up in August I am looking to switch to a other carrier.....bottom line....I want more cash in my pocket!

2. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

Big deal! So you can save what amounts to $135, Verizon still charges WAY TOO MUCH for it's share everything plans. If they cut the price of their plans, that would be something to talk about, but they will never do that because they are too greedy! What T-Mobile has started is a great thing because it forces the other carriers to be competitive with their pricing, but they still have a long way to go.

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They cut the price of their plans: $45 Unlimited Talk & Text with 250MB of 3G/4G Data. If you want more, pay more; nobody told you to come late to the data party.

13. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Yeah. 250 MB is going to let you check the weatherand some emials and then the overages insue. Really saving money when you his a overage of $15 per 250 mb.

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Dude, don't take this the wrong way but, you might consider that $100 credit and get a new phone because, whatever the hell you typed your post on, butchered your statement. You might consider: 1. emails, not "emials". 2. weather and, not weatherand (is that near wonderland) 3. ensue, not "insue" (still out of context, though) 4. has, not "his" (which is used to show ownership) Just a friendly PAPINYC thought :)

21. iguanad

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

TMO doesnt have overages. They just throttle you after you hit your cap. You can change your plan at any time. I have verizon now. Plan on switching when my contract is up. Unless Verizon does something before then to become more competitive.

11. maccham

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You do know with the new ATT plans you have to either own your devices, buy them outright or "lease' them for a added amount. The bill would most likely equal or exceed a new sharte everyrthing plan from verizon.........uniformed consumers are great.

12. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I know, right!! (uninformed & dÛmb)

14. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Check out the new 10GB promo that AT&T is pushing. Its undercuts VZW on price by $50.00 with 2 smp's and more than a $100.00 w/ 5 smp's. Yeah, uninformed consumers are great.

3. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

I agree with the first two comments, one time credits are nice, but they are not enough. I have been a Verizon customer for over 3 years, I have 3 smartphones (1 has unlimited data) and 1 basic phone on my account and I am just sick of paying their ridiculous monthly cost. My billing cycle ends on the 22nd of this month, if Verizon hasn't offered a plan similar to what AT&T has just offered by then, I will be moving my 4 lines over to AT&T. I know it is only 4 lines but if enough customers switch it will send Verizon a message.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Goodbye!!

4. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

At the very least Verizon needs to release some type of unsubsidized pricing. Stop making the people not on a contract pay so much. They could allow LTE on their own prepaid or even their MVNOs.

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

NEVER!!

9. KingQwerty

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Yo PAPINYC..stop jerking off to your Lowell McAdam poster and being a shill for VZW..you're embarassing yourself.

17. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I can't help it, he gets me ∅ff!! ..... lol

22. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

You're an absolute retard, stop drinking the Kool Aid.

10. Esteban4u

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

This will not be enough to sway any significant number of customers over to Verizon, especially given their reputation of being greedy and overpriced. A fact that is well known by cell phone enthusiasts who frequent sites like this one and understand how Verizon gauges their plan prices, limits our choices of devices, offers no competitive prepaid & BYOD options and deliberately stifles / meddles with / holds back Android OS updates. The only way Verizon will lean is by hitting them where it hurts, their pocket. Nothing will change as long as new customers keep signing up and locking themselves down with their service. We as the more tech-savvy, more informed cell phone enthusiasts who can influence the cell phone purchasing decisions of our loved ones, families, friends and coworkers, need to educate them to not to allow carriers like Verizon and AT&T to take advantage of their ignorance and fall prey to the deliberate obfuscation of the true value of their service offerings, Ex. the Verizon "Edge" & At&t "Next" device upgrade schemes.

15. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Well said sir!!!!

23. anonymous102312

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

First of all, I am a sales rep for VZW so everyone is going to say how biased I am. Blah blah blah. If you look at the TRUTHS in the wireless industry right now, there really isn't so much of a gap. There are problems with all carriers. Lets start with comparisons... VZW & AT&T: AT&T announced their new plan that is $50 less per month with 2 lines. What they aren't saying is that in order to get that plan, you have to do their "Next" payment program. You get a $25/month discount on your service if you are on the "Next" program, paying on average $20-25/month for your phone over 2 years. If you are an informed customer as mentioned above, you should do some research into the promos that are being offered, not just what is being advertised. VZW & TMO: As previously mentioned, TMO is cheaper and offers a version of unlimited data. Sure you aren't signing a "restrictive" 2 year contract, but you are paying for your phone over 2 years. What does that sound like to you? The same thing VZW and AT&T started doing. For what? 1/6 the coverage of Verizon? And throttled internet speed after you reach your allowance? Again, research is needed to make sure you are making an informed decision Bottom line, Verizon is more expensive but has better coverage by far. I have customers all the time asking the differences between services, and especially in my area, the biggest difference to consider is coverage. I see it like buying a car. You want all the features from a BMW, but want to pay a Mazda price. So Mazda creates advertisements to make the other brands not sound as appealing, but at the end of the day, it is still the cheaper Mazda with less features to offer than BMW. Some consumers only look at price, others look at what they get with that price. If I am in a situation where I want to actually be able to use my phone, I would rather spend a little more money to make sure I can use the service I am paying for. Again this is my experience where I live and work where Verizon has a HUGE advantage in coverage. In major cities, this may not necessarily be the case. VZW has about a 65% market penetration in my area. We are running some big device promos now and waiving fees because people are getting their tax refunds now, so Verizon being the "greedy" and "overpriced" BUSINESS (that is in the business to make money) is attempting to capture as much market share as possible, but also maintain current customers with competitive offers. Everyone can believe what you want, just research and know the facts, not the advertisements.

24. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

One "fact" that you forgot to mention, if you bring your own phone (BYOP) to AT&T you get the same cheaper pricing. You added the Next program pricing to AT&T's pricing but didn't do the same for Verizon so you weren't comparing apples to apples. I'm a Verizon customer and have been for 6 years. But during that time AT&T has my area completely covered with LTE. The coverage gap is closing fast, Verizon will have to compete on another front, pricing.

25. Esteban4u

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

TMO may throttle their data after you've reached your allowance but does Verizon offer truly unlimited data to the vast majority of their customers who don't have grandfathered unlimited data since they were forced / tricked out of it during their last phone upgrade / contract renewal? Verizon has dismal prepaid offerings and they don't officially sanction bringing in your own devices (Ex. the Google Nexus 7 which has the network bands to operate on Verizon's network but they continue to shun it for what can only be the same reason they don't allow any other Google Nexus devices on their network, no control / locking down of Nexus devices). Having the most robust network doesn't justify being overpriced. The only reason Verizon continues to make profits is due to the influx of new smartphone customers. As the market for smartphones becomes more and more saturated, those who have been customers of Verizon for a longer time will feel the diminishing value of being a Verizon customer due to network congestion (there is only a finite amount of network bandwidth) and a more thorough and educated awareness of what all other carriers have to offer.

26. Esteban4u

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Within the next 5 to 10 years, the smartphone industry will reach a critical mass where people will see smartphones as they see personal computers today, as necessary but commonplace devices that will all able to do pretty much the same thing and with very little to differentiate one from another. We'll all look back to these times they way we look back at the start of the internet age. Companies battling each other with different mobile OS's, software developers choosing one platform over the other, mobile device OEMs doing anything to differentiate their products from their competition like gimmicky hardware and software features, and wireless carriers having complete control of the mobile device industry including the regulatory and governmental entities involved with it, will be a thing of the past. But until then, we all have to put up with all the foolishness we see today. Education is key.

27. anonymous102312

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Well said Esteban4u. Really you have to think that there is competition for a reason: not everyone wants the same thing. Where I prefer better coverage and don't use a whole lot of data, others may prefer an unlimited data plan with less coverage. Verizon EDGE program is very similar to AT&T Next. I didn't compare them because I was stating that the advertisement for AT&T only says that it is cheaper for 2 lines than with VZW but doesn't explain HOW it is cheaper. I was showing how people who do their research would know to look behind the ads to see the real information. I'm not saying that everyone should be on Verizon. If money is your major concern, by all means check out other options. Verizon is more expensive, and more than likely will keep the premium pricing. With the recent acquisition/merger/whatever you want to call it of Vodafone, who knows what is going to happen for Verizon. Who knows what will happen with other companies either? Sprint put in a bid to buy T-Mobile. What happened to Nextel when Sprint bought them? AT&T took over part of diverged assets from VZW in my area several years ago, what happened to them? 6 months later a majority ported back to Verizon and were removed from AT&T for too much roaming. Who knows what will happen in the wireless business in the future.

28. Esteban4u

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Agreed Anonymous, the future of the wireless industry remains uncertain. One change I can foresee will be the undoing of the status quo in the wireless industry once there are no more or at least a negligible amount of new wireless customers for the carriers to signup. The playing field will be leveled as wireless technology improves and the carriers will have to find new ways to compete for customers, finally putting control back into consumer's hands.

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