Verizon’s iPhone 12 deals include free phones for switchers, discounts for those upgrading

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Verizon is offering iPhone 12 discount if you meet the right criteria. 


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Looking for the new iPhone 12 on Verizon? The carrier has some deals if you meet the right criteria. 

Fresh off of the announcement that it has turned on its new 5G nationwide network, the nation’s largest carrier on Tuesday announced its deals for Apple’s latest iPhones. As with prior years, those who are switching to Verizon will be able to get an iPhone 12 for free when they trade-in “select” phones and sign up for either a Do More, Play More or Get More unlimited plan. 

Those who already have Verizon will be able to get the iPhone 12 for as low as $15 per month for 24-months when financing on Verizon’s device installment plans and trading in “select” phones. You will also need to be on one of those newer premium unlimited plans or the older Above or Beyond unlimited plans. 

The exact phones eligible for trade-in were not immediately known, though if you have an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus you can save $250 off a new iPhone when you trade-in, purchase the new phone online and have the right unlimited plan.

Verizon’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro go on preorder on Friday before going on sale the following week. 

The deals, while not as aggressive as those offered by rival AT&T, come after Verizon took a prominent role during Apple’s iPhone event. The carrier’s CEO, Hans Vestberg, appeared on stage during the virtual keynote to announce its new nationwide 5G network with numerous Apple speakers referencing Verizon and its 5G network during the event. 

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For Now, Verizon’s 5G Home Internet Service Offers Very Little Coverage

Verizon’s 5G Home router (Image: Verizon)

Verizon’s 5G Home service may be fast, but very few people can access it—even in the eight cities Verizon purports to serve.

Since the company doesn’t offer a coverage map for its home service, we pumped more than 400 Chicago and Minneapolis addresses through the Verizon 5G Home address finder, and discovered that the home service has even less coverage than the mobile service does.

That’s not what I expected after I spoke to Verizon last week. On Oct. 1, the company launched a new indoor home router (shown above) that is supposed to have better range than the tiny antennas in mobile phones. But looking at neighborhoods on the North Side of Chicago and in Minneapolis, we found that not only does the coverage not reach beyond what Verizon claims for phones, houses on streets that Verizon purports to serve came back with “no coverage” for the home service.

“The inconsistency in the coverage is going to make marketing Verizon 5G Home next-level challenging, because pitches will have to be targeted individually, and even then may need to be verified on site,” said Avi Greengart, founder of analysis firm Techsponential.

Verizon, of course, counseled patience.

“With our new equipment, customers will have an even better 5G Home experience. Keep in mind, we’re only on day 3 with the new equipment and our new 5G Home markets. To ensure our customers have the best experience, the website is currently being a bit conservative with who is getting qualified. That said, we’re expecting performance improvements and the addition of new small cells will continue to improve both coverage area and speeds,” a spokesman said.


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Verizon’s LTE-based home internet is now in 48 US states, and it could be your last resort

Verizon’s 4G LTE-based home broadband service targeting rural communities is now available in 48 states, and it might be worth a look if it’s available in your area. The service, called “LTE Home Internet,” offers unlimited data, no data usage caps, and typical download speeds of 25Mbps with peak speeds of 50Mbps. But it’s only available in “parts” of 189 markets, and only in areas where the company doesn’t already offer other broadband options such as Fios or its in-home 5G service.



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LTE Home Internet starts at $40, but that’s only if you’re already on a monthly Verizon wireless plan that costs $30 or more. Those who don’t have an eligible Verizon wireless plan will instead pay $60 per month for LTE Home Internet. And the prices of both of tiers go up by $10 if you aren’t enrolled in Auto Pay and paper free billing.

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Whatever rate you pay, you’ll also need the LTE Home router, which costs $240 on its own or $10 per month over 24 months through the company’s device payment plan. If you opt for the monthly payment plan, though, Verizon will give you a $10 credit on your bill for each of those 24 months.

Verizon first rolled out the LTE Home Internet service out in July in a few select markets: Savannah, Georgia; Springfield, Missouri; and the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. If you want to check if LTE Home Internet is available where you live, you can plug in your address here on Verizon’s website.

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