The nation’s biggest wireless carrier apparently wants so bad new customers that it is ready to pay for them. According to an announcement posted on the company’s website, Verizon will try and lure in new customers with $650, 2 free GB a month for life, and other facilities.
New customers will receive the $650 giveaway a soon as they ditch their former carriers and ink a deal with Verizon. But the offer is addressed only to Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T clientele.
The company also mentioned that new users would receive $650 for every line they have. This is why a household of four would be able to cash in up to $2,600. But if that didn’t convince you to make the change, Verizon also promises 2 free GB/month for the rest of your life.
Nevertheless, the offer comes with some strings attached: you will have to stay friends with the carrier for at least half of year and swap the old phone, which needs to be operational, with a new one.
Additionally, don’t expect to see the cash in your pockets as soon as you leave a Verizon store. You’ll get the cash on a prepaid card minus the new phone’s trade-in value. But Verizon pledged to cover for the early termination fees you may need to pay to your former carrier and the remaining lease.
The carrier would purchase your contract in the moment you switch the wireless number. The older mobile phone should be in good shape and be worth over $0. The offer of 2GB of free data is available to XL and XXL plan users if they manage to make the switch until January 6.
If the $650 offer may sound like bribery to some sensitive ears, it is not an uncommon practice in the mobile industry. In official terms, it is called a contract buyout offer, and many careers resorted to similar plans to entice more customers to come and stay. Plus, the offer is especially irresistible to customers that already had it in their minds to leave their career.
Verizon and Sprint customers should also be aware that there is a looming deadline to ask for refunds if their phone bills contained illegal charges for unauthorized services. To avoid a costly lawsuit, the two careers agreed to pay their customers $158 million for cramming their bills.
The deadline was set for Dec. 31, 2015. Until then, the companies’ websites were instructed to prompt users to claim a refund. Customers were unwillingly charged for ringtones, news, or horoscopes brought to their phones. All affected customers are now entitled to a full refund.
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