Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones
By Derek Kessler on 14 Apr 2014 12:26 pm EDT

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

This move brings Verizon in line with the its competitors, who have for some time offered discounts for off-contract devices. Why pay a subsidy when you're not using it?

Verizon has been countering T-Mobile's recent announcements with their own tweaking of their plans. After T-Mobile announced that they were cutting cellular tablets to price-match their Wi-Fi versions and throwing in 1GB of data through the end of the year, Verizon countered with their own incentive, offering an extra 1GB of free data for the lifetime of a tablet on a MORE Everything plan. Just this morning,one they already own to a MORE Everything plan for either $30 or $15 depending on the data allowance they choose. When a customer brings his or her own smartphone, it must be compatible with the Verizon Wireless network.

These monthly access prices are also available to customers who choose Verizon Edge when purchasing or upgrading to a new smartphone. So, customers who choose a MORE Everything plan with 10 GB of data and four smartphones, either on Edge, moved from month-to-month contracts, or brought to the Verizon Wireless network, will pay $160 month for service and access.

To take advantage of this value, which is available for a limited time, customers can log in to My Verizon to add these devices and update their plans. They can also visit a store or call Verizon Wireless to make the change and to ensure they are on the right MORE Everything plan for their mobile lifestyle.

MORE Everything plans include unlimited talk and text, unlimited international messaging, 25 GB of cloud storage per line, and three months free of the International Long Distance Value Plan and FamilyBase service.

Verizon Wireless was the first wireless provider to introduce shareable data, and customers can have up to 10 devices on a MORE Everything plan. Currently, customers who want to activate a tablet and add it to a MORE Everything plan of 1 GB or higher will receive an additional 1 GB of shareable bonus data for as long as that tablet remains on the plan. Tablets can be added to the plan for $10 monthly access.

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones


I swear these offers and deals lately seem to be heating up. I'm not in America, but wonder how they feel about them, and if they feel more likely to even switch companies due to them.

In Canada, we have the 'Big 3' (Rogers, Bell and Telus) and I'll be dammed of they do anything greatly positive anytime soon with their plans!

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I live in the states and it's still not enough to get me to switch. I dislike the whole idea of being charged just for having a smartphone.

If they get rid of the monthly access fee I'll happily switch over. Till then I save more with Tmobile

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Interesting, but what about those of us with the grandfathered unlimited data plans who are off contract and purchase our phones at full price?

[URL="bbmc:C0018C14B"] Join C0018C14B [/ URL] She, Me, Her: I am Woman ~ VZW Z30 ~ Posted via CB 10

Looks like there is a tradeoff... go grandfathered for the data or a new plan for subsidized handsets.

That's just business.

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Exactly, I'd rather them eventually entice me into giving it up with things like this, than to just pull the plug and force us to switch... which at one point was believed to be what would happen.

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We're still not using the subsidy and paying for the unlimited data. The point of reducing the price is due to being off contract with an unsubsidized phone. Same difference to me!

[URL="bbmc:C0018C14B"] Join C0018C14B [/ URL] She, Me, Her: I am Woman ~ VZW Z30 ~ Posted via CB 10

I just ran the numbers on bringing my 3 BlackBerrys over from ATT to Verizon... Looks like more Verizon mumbo jumbo to me... there is no real savings...

That fruitcake at TMobile still has the best pricing "going away".... the problem is - where will I get a Q20 from - cause it does not look like TMob will be carrying it...

Getting it from videotron, windmobile would be a smart idea, just unlock and use. Supports those frequencies since they are the same.

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You should be able to get it directly from BlackBerry. They seem to be carrying all of the devices nowadays.

6510, 7520, 7100i, Storm 9500, Storm 2, Torch 9850, PlayBook 64gb, Z10...

What about people that have a subsidized phone but their contract will end soon? Will their plan be reduced automatically?

This sounds great, but what phones can you really use with Verizon from other carriers? Other than Sprint, which phone companies use cdma that's isn't a Verizon subsidiary already?

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You nailed it. You really can't use a whole lot of non-Verizon branded ("non-approved") phones...and guess who sells the most of them?

There are SOME exceptions to getting non-approved phones to work on their network, but they require a lot of time on your hands :P No BBs though.

I just switched my two lines over to AT&T a week ago because they were charging me the same as someone with a subsidized phone. I had a feeling that they would do this the second that I switched. Stupid verizon. Oh well, I'm paying $15 less for 6 more GB of data and we're off contract so I can't complain too much.

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That's the Key.... T-Mobile and Sprint (and the dozens of small local carriers) are scrambling to attract users. Free iPhones, Unlimited (but controlled) Data.... these type of things keep Big Red and AT&T honest.

Good news, but not good enough to get me to switch to them. If they dropped it $20 ( which I think is about how much money they take for the subsidy ) and had an unlimited data plan then I'd be on board. May the price was continue! :)

I've been waiting for this for years.

I've been buying my daughters BlackBerry phones off eBay and going on Month-Month on my plan for their lines. Over the last year I finally gave up and used their upgrades for my Q10 and Z30. Now I'm stuck, but have great phones.

yeah right, I'm on the unlimited data and Text with 450 minutes, 21% employees discount which brings me to $74 a month... Not going to happen, I'll just keep paying month to month


Hmm... same here, but pay closer to $85/month. Wonder why the difference. I recently went to a Verizon store before getting my Z30 over the phone and asked the sales rep to give me an estimate for one line unlimited talk and text with 2 gigs and I was told around $100/month (without discount) so what incentive is there to go with a new plan; none!


Unlimited text and data with 450 minutes +20% employee discount here.
Not gonna happen VZ!

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Same here with a 22% discount, thought it was 21% but just checked... If you don't mind me asking around how much do you pay per month? See my comment above about payment and switching to a new plan.

Sometimes we use over 120 gig a month for our five phones. I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize my unlimited plan.

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Verizon is offering 4 smart phones 10 gigs of data to share, unlimited calling and text for $160. And buy one htc onem8 and Samsung S5 buy one get one free. Z10 you can get all 4 phones free with ten gig shared data. Great deal. That $40 per phone 2. 5 gigs of data and unlimited calling and texting. If you want the Z30 gonna have to pay $800 for 4 phones. Grrrrrr

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Why would Verizon drop its price. They are by far the biggest and best service in the USA. Trust me Verizon is the shark in the fish tank. "Can u here me now"

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It's actually way more. I just called to possibly switch from tmobile to verizon. You only get the discount if you purchase the phones under the EDGE plan.

I asked for an estimate for 2 z30s and 2 s5s and it still comes out to 260 a month. After two years, it stays at 260 even after you pay the phones off. If you upgrade to new phones. You have go with whatever sale / deal they have going in which could bring it up to 360 again.

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This *might* entice me to give up my unlimited data plan since the two phones we have on our plan have gone over our minutes allotment (700) for three months running now, and the overages are killing us. We're paying ~$240 when we go over our minutes... for TWO lines!

At one point I'd used several gigs of data, but nowadays WiFi is nearly everywhere so my usage is significantly reduced.

Sounds like you need to use some sort of voip...e.g. MagicJack,ePhone etc and take the stress off your minutes and use the unlimited data.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

you know you can increase your minutes without affecting your unlimited data on verizon. I had gone from a 200 minute plan a while ago, when I purchased my verizon unlimited data plan to a nationwide 450. I didn't lose my unlimited.