Verizon will let you send the gift of data as a holiday present

Verizon will let you send the gift of data as a holiday present
Don't know what to get that hard to shop for Verizon customer on your holiday shopping list? How about giving him or her the gift of data. Thanks to an update taking place to the Verizon Messages app on Android, you will be able to go to the eGift Catalogue section of the app, and purchase 1GB of data for $10 to send as a gift. The money is charged to your Verizon Wireless account.

The recipient of your largesse will receive a text message containing a link. Once the link is clicked, the 1GB present can be redeemed. If you don't use the Verizon Messages app, you can go online and sent the gift from your account. If you send the gift this way, the recipient will be able to redeem the 1GB of data through a text message, or the next time they access their Verizon account online.

Regardless of how the gift is sent, you will be able to include a personal message with your gift. And unlike a new tie or an ugly sweater, this is a gift that will be used. That extra GB can be employed to stream a movie, or a television show, listen to music or play a video game. Imagine how easily you can cross out names on your shopping list by sending them some Verizon data this holiday season.

This is such a great idea for the holidays that we are surprised that Verizon is the only carrier to allow its customers to send or receive data as a gift. Actually, we wouldn't be surprised to see T-Mobile slap some sort of name like #DataGift on it and quickly offer it to its customers.


source: Verizon via Engadget

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5 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

"This is such a great idea for the holidays that we are surprised that Verizon is the only carrier to allow its customers to send or receive data as a gift. Actually, we wouldn't be surprised to see T-Mobile slap some sort of name like #DataGift on it and quickly offer it to its customers." Did you guys forget that TMo is giving its users 3 months of unlimited 4G LTE data for the holidays? Pretty sure this is better than some silly 1GB "gift" that I can NOT send to my GF over at AT&T. "..wouldn't be surprised.." What do you mean? T Mobile is the industry leader when it comes to offering the most for their customer. -Verizon user here. Just thought it was funny how you think Verizon thinks of great ideas when it comes to giving to their customers. Theyre just trying to keep up with T Mobile. Only reason they are offering the other gifts for Thanksgiving. Other than that, they will bend you over and rip every single penny they can out of your pocket.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I average 1 gb per day with AT&T Unlimited. Fùck you, Verizon. Fùck you very much.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I average about the same on VZW with Unlimited as well. Why is this a bad thing? They allow you to buy a cheap gift to give. It's a bit more elegent way of allowing someone to "pay" part of your bill if you happen to go over or what ever. At least then option is there. Can you gift another ATT customer data?

4. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Um, Alan, did you forget that as a 3-month Christmas present, T-Mobile is giving unlimited data to EVERY ONE of it's simple choice customers?

5. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I wonder if anyone (FCC) is going to force Verizon to honor this gift. i.e. if someone is gifted 1GB, but only uses 1.9GB on their 2GB plan, does it roll over (or will Verizon say they used the 1GB gift and .9GB of their plan)? If someone leaves Verizon after the gift, is Verizon still obliged to give them the gift? I'll bet Verizon will not honor the gift if either of the above happens, nor will they refund the sender or recipient ... It's just free money for VZW. If they are sneaky though, I hope the FCC pounces on them again. If VZW and a customer have a contract that states: for $80/month you get 2GB of data, VZW would be breaking the contract by accepting $90 that month. The only truly legal thing would be if VZW ONLY applies this to overages or lowers a bill by the gift amount. I also think if THEY break the terms of the contract, the ETF may be void too. This might be the cheapest way out of that company.

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