Verizon will give you a free flagship phone with a trade and subscription to its unlimited plan
by Alan Friedman / Feb 13, 2017, 1:34 PM
How does a free flagship phone sound? Like music to your ears, right? But free flagship handsets are not handed out so easily. However, Verizon is using the launch of its new unlimited plan, Verizon Unlimited, as the backdrop for its free phone offer. Here is how it works. The phones being offered for free include the models that phone fanatics have wet dreams about. We're talking about the Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the LG V20.
Verizon is being particular about what phones can be traded in for a new flagship. No surprise there. You wouldn't expect Big Red to take back all of those BlackBerry Storm units it sold in 2008 for a brand spanking new device. The handsets eligible to be traded in include the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, LG G5, LG V20 and HTC 10. The phones being swapped must be in working condition.
After making the trade, the Verizon customer will receive up to $792 in bill credits over 24 months to reimburse him/her for the purchase of the flagship phone. The bill credits start after 2 to 3 bill cycles. And of course, the customer will have to sign up for Verizon Unlimited. Monthly rates start at $80 for one line, $120 for two, $160 for three and $180 for four. Add $20 for each additional line up to a total of ten. Don't forget that video streams at HD (720p) resolution, and subscribers will have to agree to sign up for auto pay.
And before we bid adieu, we should tell you that Verizon is also allowing the owners of other functional handset models in superb condition, to trade them in. With the trade, the Verizon customer will pay just $5 a month for any of the aforementioned flagship phones using Verizon's device payment plans. The models that Verizon will accept in this deal are the Apple iPhone SE, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G4, LG V10 and the HTC One M9.
Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016
It's not even true unlimited. Throttling occurs after 22gb.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 1:39 PM 2
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Its similar to what AT&T is doing
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 1:45 PM 1
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At least they don't throttle video streams at 480p like T-Mobile.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 2:35 PM 0
Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017
Verizon MAY throttle after 22GB PER EACH LINE is reached (the others 22GB once the account)... it is ONLY if there is network congestion, otherwise they still get 4G speeds... Its EXACTLY the same as the Other Guy's claiming Unlimited.. Verizon just doesn't BS their customers like the other 3 do.. or force them to 3G or 2G... unless its a hotspot... then you are guaranteed to be throttled to 3G
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 1:54 PM 5
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What carrier throttles to 3g? Most carriers I know throttles you to 2g. (Honest question)
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 2:11 PM 1
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Yep, att does throttling on my plan after 10 gigs down to 2G. I have 6 phones one tablet on my account, we all most of the time use wifi. We do reach the 10gigs about 5 to 7 days before start over. I don't think we have ever been throttled, None of use has ever noticed a slow down.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 2:34 PM 1
Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011
ATT has since the relaunch of Unlimited, when a Directv customer, listed it at 22GB before throttling to 128K, I moved to ATT Unlimited off a 30GB shared. I have come near 22GB three times, and once passed it. When I went over it was not throttled. Now the other two times got warnings, once I cleared 18GB's. TMO is not truly unlimited. If they were truly limited, then it would be 480 on video.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 3:37 PM 0
I'm considering this too, but Verizon has screwed their unlimited customers. AT&T still lets me subsidize my phones and keep my unlimited in the past. Basically I never paid for my brand new flagship over $200 with AT&T and they never gave no hassle of keeping my unlimited. Verizon's offer is very good one - I just don't want to end up being pushed into buying the device full out or not being able to renew my unlimited contract 3-5 years down the line. What you guys thing - should I jump ship? Verizon is slightly better service in my area.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 2:44 PM 1
Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 21, 2014
so you tell me that you rather pay $300 upfront (iphone 7 128gb) and pay $40+tax for line access($48) a month for 2 years which equals $1452 only for the phone+line access than paying $20+tax (24) a month for 2years +device finance which equals $1325? I dont know about your math but my math says you like paying more for s**t!
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 8:43 PM 0
You're counting based on new plans - I'm grandfathered in since the mid 2000's. My phone bill doesn't change whether I get a new phone or not. I'd pay the same if I get a new device with a new 2 yr contract or not. I really do pay only $200 for my device as long as I sign up for a two year contract (they do t break up my device into 24 months installments and add it to my bill - and always have unlimited data.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 10:24 PM 0
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Don't fall for their tricks. They will screw you over in the end. Never again Verizon. Piss off.
posted on Feb 13, 2017, 5:53 PM 0
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