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Verizon will pay up to $650 to cover your switching costs

Verizon is now offering up to $650 per line to those who are looking to make the switch to its network. We've seen other carriers offer to pay your switching costs, and now those looking to jump to Verizon's network can do so without a huge financial impact. Whether you are in the middle of a contract or making monthly device payments, Verizon will pay up to $650 per line of service that you bring to them.

The payments come in the form of a pre-paid gift card, so Verizon won't just be handing you cash or paying your old carrier directly. You will be able to use the gift cards to pay off your old balances, as long as your previous carrier is willing to wait the 6 to 8 weeks it takes for you to get the gift card. To sweeten the deal even further, Verizon is offering 2 free gigs of data each month for the lifetime of your line if you make the switch now.

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Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
  • This sounds nice, but Verizon costs a lot more per month than AT&T. They also don't have any exclusive carrier phones that I'm interested in. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • They don't cost a"lot more " per month. Their service is a lot better though Posted via the Android Central App
  • They don't cost alot more. Actually I'm paying $100 bucks for 20 gigs on at&t. Verizon was 18 gigs for $100. Now with with this 2 lines would get 22 gigs on Verizon for $100. Not cheaper or more than at&t but I would get 22 gigs a month with VZ. Not worth it to me. With rollover on at&t, I get a couple extra gigs a month anyhow. And where signal is crap for me, it is with Verizon too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How so, do you have a phone with Verizon and AT&T when out and about, how would you know they both have the same coverage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • for example many verizon phones are sim unlocked so you can easily compare both..
  • The guy is just full of hot air. Posted via the Android Central App
  • its possible, i have AT&T for my personal phone and Verizon iphone/iPad for work. I have all 3 on me 5 days a week.
  • When I was on Verizon, I was paying $118/month with the edge plan with 3GB of data on my Turbo. I made the switch to AT&T and I'm paying $92/month with 3GB of data + rollover and AT&T next on my S6 active. I don't notice any difference between Verizon's coverage and AT&T's coverage and I travel all over the country for my job. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • Times have changed. Verizon has evolved. Prices have come down As far as the comment about service, I was just continuing with the "a lot" more attitude and simply using hyperbolic language Verizon does have the best service though... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just showed you. $20+ more a month for Verizon than on AT&T for the same service. I'm not sure you know what a hyperbole is, but a hyperbole I did not make. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • I'm not sure how you managed to pay that much more on Verizon than AT&T for 3gb unless the phones were just priced vastly differently.
  • When my girl was on Verizon she was on the the three gig plan and her bill was 120/month. She switched to T-Mobile and pays 92/month with the same data including monthly payments for her iphone 6s+ . She was surprised that Verizon was stealing from her like they were and she absolutely hated their customer service. She said they were snooty and had no product knowledge. I agree with her on both counts. And, she was a Verizon faithful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 3gb on Verizon costs $65/m today (plus a phone payment). Tmobile is $65 for 6gb (plus a phone payment).
  • right but you don't know when she switched. She might have as of now grandfathered plan
  • Sprint has UNLIMITED 4G DATA (no throttling) with 3GB Hotspot for $70/mo with NO contract plus, if you wish, separate phone payment or lease.
  • The "service is better" argument is not really valid anymore. Companies have expanded their networks so much more that coverage is available pretty much everywhere. And as far as pricing it really depends on when you can get deals. I got my att service when they did the 30 gigs for the price of 15 promo. I now have 30 gigs plus rollover for around 115-120 with my corporate discount. Just me and the wife and she uses our wifi at home so I pretty much have all that to myself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not if you frequent rural areas (as I do for work). I have run both VZW and AT&T phones in the same locations and had LTE on Verizon and no signal on AT&T. There are a few places where AT&T has better signal than Verizon, but on interstates and in most cities, they tend to be comparable. Off Interstate in the areas I frequent (SE U.S.) Verizon wins it for me. YMMV. Posted from my XT1575
  • Yeah I'm an hour and a half north of Atlanta and Verizon is rock solid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Totally agree with this living in Northeast Louisiana. I have ATT and live in the sticks and only get like 2-3 bars in just one room of my house. When I had a work Verizon phone, it would at least have 3 bars almost everywhere. Luckily ATT gave us a free Microcell but still sucks when we lose electricity. Verizon is definitely better for rural areas.
  • In my experience it's still valid. I had both cricket and full, postpaid ATT...And while it was good, there were areas outside of Phoenix that things got spotty (to be fair, these were more remote areas but they were *not* total backwaters). I got onto Verizon BYOD prepaid and I do pay about $11 more a month, but for that I get an extra gig of data and much better coverage for my situation. Posted via my Mate 7 or my Moto X Pure
  • You clearly have not been away from the interstate in Alabama lol there are many places in Alabama where neither Verizon or AT&T have coverage. Sprint and TMO are worse. Some places no top carrier has it. I know because I live on a road that is at the edge of coverage for both and I work at a store that sells Page Plus (Verizon network) and Net10 (AT&T network) and people complain all the time. We also sell regional carrier SouthernLINC and it has better coverage in many rural areas across ALA and GA but they still use iDEN technology so there is no phone selection right now or BYOP with them, they are working on LTE-Advanced however. Moto X 2014
    Nexus 7 2013
  • Live about 100 miles south of Atlanta. When we had Verizon the coverage was great even when we went to south Georgia, But switched to TMO and the coverage really sucks when you get away from the interstate. Might switch back to Verizon with this offer. TMO has not been a pleasant experience.
  • No, their service is not really better that AT&T. It may be better for you and others, but for many it's either worse or a wash. In some rare instances Sprint, T-Mobile or even Cellular One might be the better provider. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon does cost a lot more actually. I've been with AT&T for 18 + years and have never really had an overly bad coverage problem. My girl had Verizon for a few years and I had (have) AT&T and we both had fine coverage pretty much in the same areas. She is on my plan now because on a yearly basis we save several hundreds of dollars being on my plan vs me being on her plan, so yes, Verizon is expensive. And it's not that they're just expensive, they're just overall an amazingly greedy company. I mean they all try and nickel dime you, but Verizon is just blatant about it and then tries to make you feel like it's such an amazing deal. Who cares if you have great data coverage if you can barely use it without sacrificing a left toe in exchange. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • You're absolutely right. Verizon acts like it has better 4G LTE coverage than AT&T, but they're both pretty much the same in terms of coverage. In fact, I was getting 4G LTE signal in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota while my colleagues on Verizon weren't getting any signal. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • Its always cheaper to have 2 phones on one plan than have 2 phones each on their own plan. AT&T and Verizon are basically the same price.
  • Look like big reds feeling some heat Posted via the Android Central App
  • Knock it off. Every carrier has promotions.
    Every carrier always wants more customers
  • The only way to really persuade people to switch is if they offered the old unlimited data plan, otherwise sounds like a joke. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or at the very least offer the same exact prices that AT&T offers. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • VZW is actually cheaper with their CURRENT promotions and price structures though
  • If I didn't have unlimited data still with VZW, I would have left already. I guess they have to do all they can to attract customers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I never thought I would see this from Verizon. Oh well, I'm still on the unlimited data plan so this has no impact on me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If enough people hear about this and make the first move of going into a store, I bet this will be good for Verizon in terms of customer acquisition Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm sure down the road Verizon will offer an 'amazing deal' like a shared family data package of 500 MB for "only" $100 a month, $15 for each additional line, with a nice $45 activation fee charging you for bringing your business to them. And maybe a $25 charge for every half MB over or something to pay for all this. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • 1. You may not fully understand the concept of, "you get what you pay for" 2. Verizons prices have come down in the last year and are commensurate with what they offer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please explain to me this "get what you pay for" concept. Me never heard of dis. And are commensurate? You did something wrong there Downton Abbey. Anyways. Meh, I've been on ATT for almost 20 yrs and my coverage has been pretty much on par with friends of mine on Verizon. Sometimes I'm getting coverage while they have none and vs versa, so just like they've changed, others have changed as well. They just pay hundreds more a yr than me with much less data freedom, all at a Verizon premium. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • At&t is good. As long as they compensate your loyalty, you're solid with them. I've been with Verizon for nearly 10 years with the exception of an 8 month stint with T-mobile Posted via the Android Central App
  • You haven't looked at prices recently between AT&T and Verizon. They are nearly identical.
  • You mean GB?
  • I might do it, I have sprint m9 and the battery drain is bad, very bad. I don't use much data, my only real concern is offline maps or how to download them to my phone.
  • These are so dumb. There are so many "catches" with these promotions. It's not just a clean switch. You have to buy one of there phones, wait 2 months for the money, then get a gift card. They count on you getting confused or frustrated and them just keeping the money Posted via the Android Central App
  • Of course there's catches it's Verizon we're talking about. I don't trust them one bit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why do people care soooo much about coverage! The majority ( I would say 90% of people don't drive more then 3 hours outside of where they live except for a couple of times a year). And if you do travel a lot for work, odds are, you have a company paid phone. I just switched to Sprint from T-Mobile and they are absolutely wonderful. And because of their current Promo, we pay $40 a month for two lines with unlimited talk and text and 2 gigs each.
  • Because my Company monitors my phone, doesn't have Unlimited Data, and supplies iPhones. I prefer Android for my use, and having my own phone keeps my stuff separate from theirs. Also, I have had my same personal phone number for over 12 years. Between my old employer and this one, I have had four different phone numbers. If I quit, or my Company fires me or goes out of business, my work phone is not mine. I still get texts and calls for the guy who previously held this job on "his" cell number because he didn't get a personal cell until a month before his retirement. The first three months were a mess. Posted from my XT1575
  • I left Verizon for T-Mobile, and the way Verizon treated me heading out the door assured me I was making the right choice. As soon as I told Verizon's associates that I was in the store that day to cancel my service, it's like I ceased to be a human being to them. This was not just an isolated experience with one staff member, either. All three people I dealt with that afternoon, including the store manager, were cold and distant to me. They didn't ask why I was leaving or if there was anything that they could do to encourage me to change my mind. Just completely mechanical and passive. Say what you want about T-Mobile's coverage, but it makes a tremendous difference to me when I walk into their carrier store and there are a bunch of smiling, friendly staff tripping over each other to help me. I'm going to stick with the company that actually acts like it appreciates my business.
  • Your are absolutely 100%correct! Cellular service is nearly homogenous in terms of coverage, but the personal touch at the customer service level is the difference maker IMO! Verizon has a bunch of snooty entitled CSRs working for them. They're like the Comcast Cable of cell phones. I can honestly say that I've never had a bad experience with T-Mobile on the customer service front. In fact, I was having issues with signal in my home and they spent nearly three weeks trying to resolve the problem. They spent several hours parked in front of my home tryna improve the signal. They discovered the problem, repaired the tower and BAM! I'm now getting band 12 LTE in my home where I was getting Edge before that. Unless they have a major disaster, they've earned themselves a lifetime customer. You may rag on about their signal on freeways or remote areas if you want, but I've never experienced that level of customer support from any carrier in the past. Posted via the Android Central App
  • At some point I want a company to just provide a data connection with no limits no throttling no hot spot restrictions. Just a one stop high speed portal for a set price Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google is coming. Just gotta cover the land with Fiber 1st. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Wouldn't it be weird if their Fiber was so fast, so reliable, and so reasonable that eventually down the road, it could offer nationwide WiFi calling coverage? Nah that's crazy. You're probably right. Won't cover the land..... ever? We'll see ;-) Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • What you're asking for is downright idiocy. If you want a terabyte of data every month you shouldn't be allowed to pay a set price. You're a data hog using a finite product. Trust, no carrier will allow you to stream things of data without throttling you or making you pay. You can get that right now from project Fi, but you will pay for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Definitely not a finite product and definitely only a fool buys into the data hog argument. It's all about the carriers soaking every last penny of profit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One can dream but sadly science is a thing
  • Verizon does have great coverage however their data speeds aren't as fast as others. They still need better data packages though as their "we don't have to because we're better" mentality will eventually bite them.
  • Glad I jumped on AT&T's 15 doubled to 30 promo a while back. Now with rollover I average 42-48 gigs/month. I haven't turned on WiFi since. I'll probably never leave AT&T for this reason. Posted via Android Central App
  • ^this. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • So if you're on T-Mobile with no contract and your phone is paid in full, you get zilch?
  • That's what it reads like. In other words, responsible people like us can switch and get nothing. I haven't done that before, so why do it now? Posted via the Android Central App
  • They had a promo where they were giving you $300 for a trade in plus another $100 off a phone so most phones were about 200-300.
    Don't know if that's still going on
  • My buddy is paying $195 a month for 2 S6 phones with only 6 gigs a month. I'm on att and I pay $170 a month for a lg g4 and a note 4 with 15 gigs shared a month including rollover gigs. I'll stay with att. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. I have this deal except I have 30 gigs with roll over for the same price. Definitely staying with AT&T Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Not sure how he managed to do that. 6gb + 2 phones on Verizon is $100, add 2 phone payments and you should be around $150. 15gb on AT&T is currently $130 with 2 phones on Next payments, add 2 phone payments and you'll be around $180. Definitely more data in this scenario on AT&T but you're also clearly paying more for it.
  • This is adorable! 2 free GB of data??? Meanwhile T-Mobile and Spring have unlimited data! Sorry, but screw Verizon :)
  • I'm in one of those weird arrangements where my Verizon work phone works better at home, and my AT&T personal phone works better at work. People can't get me at the work number, so they call the other number and keep using it out of habit. I'll get 20 calls a month on my work phone, and about 500 calls a month on the other phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol
  • I just switched all 8 of my lines from Sprint to Verizon a couple of weeks ago when they were giving $300 Verizon credit for any smartphone trade in + 2GB extra data per line. Since none of my lines were under contract, that was a way better deal than this for my situation. I basically went out and bought 8 cheap prepaid smartphones, traded those in, to get $2400 in Verizon credit, sold all of the Sprint phones, and used the combined money to pay for all new Verizon phones. Now I have 28GB on Verizon vs 30GB on Sprint, pay the same amount every month, and every line has new phones that are fully paid for.
  • I'm interested in your method! Which prepaid smartphone was eligible for that value trade-in?
  • They were all the Tracfone Alcatel Pixi Glitz. I picked them up from Kroger for $5 a piece (they were on sale at the time). And just to clarify, at the time, basically anything considered a smartphone netted you $300 if you activated a new line... Regardless of how absolutely terrible of a phone it is (and it is terrible phone).
  • That is awesome!
  • suscribe to slickdeals, they had a huge 7000 reply thread on the sale.
  • Yep, slickdeals is awesome, and ultimately where I found the $5 Pixi Glitz (I missed the $1 black friday dollar general sale). I do have to pat myself on the back, though, for doing the math, and coming up with the plan on my own, but I was far from the first or only person to take advantage of Verizon's liberal definition of a smartphone.
  • ∆ This person did their homework lol Moto X 2014
    Nexus 7 2013
  • Verizon still murders you if you go over right? Don't think the others do. I know tmobile doesn't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 15 bucks a gb when you go over.
  • The 2gb per month extra is only on xl or larger plans. If you aren't on an $80/month plan to begin with, you get nothing extra.
  • "You will be able to use the gift cards to pay off your old balances, as long as your previous carrier is willing to wait the 6 to 8 weeks it takes for you to get the gift card."
    How would I talk AT&T into going along with that?
  • Maybe they have someone like Frito from Idiocracy that works for them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sounds like a good deal but I would still prefer GSM. Just by a new unlock phone and pop in the SIM card. Google Nexus 6P
  • Why can't UK networks do this? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because UK and European carriers are farting unicorn rainbows and are way better and cheaper than US carriers and we Americans are gullible idiots who overpay for mobile service bla bla bla. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ahhh. ...sometimes it can be better to be American. ...if only a carrier would be so nice in Canada.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought Verizon said it wasn't going to join in all the pricing "wars" because their "awesome" network would speak for itself?
    I guess they aren't "God's gift" to the mobile industry after all.
  • I wish AT&T would offer a deal like this and I would be back to them in a minute. I took an offer last year with Verizon to switch and have definitely regretted it. I believed all the hype about the better coverage with Verizon but it's not true everywhere. Where I live (a small town about 2 hours from NYC) I always had LTE with AT&T. On Verizon, my Note 4 and my husband's Iphone 6 get only 1X-3G most of the time. Only thing I have enjoyed with Verizon was Travel Pass. When it's upgrade time I will be switching back. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I find att and Verizon coverage to be similar in urban areas. Verizon still has better coverage on i80 and penn turnpike in PA. I make a drive out to Ohio twice a year from NYC and att coverage is absent where Verizon still has coverage (albeit at 3g which is butt slow). People are comparing pricing when they switched maybe a few months or a year ago which is invalid. Making the switch today, prices are within $10 give or take. Att has the advantage when it comes to device options but I prefer better coverage. 5 lines and 12gb of shared data on Verizon and I shell out $150 with corporate discount. Good enough for me.
  • Knowing how Verizon likes to renig on their deals, not a chance. Got tmo and I wouldn't be happier. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • I keep hearing adverts over and over again... SPRINT is saying they are better than Verizon now, and etc..etc. etc Bunch of bull.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Au contraire Sprint actually 'now' has better data speeds and better building penetration than any American carrier because of their Tri-band LTE [2.5 GHz, 1.9GHz and 800MHz] if you live in or near most major metropolitan areas. In my case Coastal Southern & Northern California and Las Vegas. $70/mo UNLIMITED 4G LTE DATA (no throttling) including 3GB Hotspot & no contract.
  • So let's break it down for my needs. I have 2 lines for my wife and I. I'm a power user and she's not. T-mo $125 for 1 line unlimited and 1 line 2gb no corporate discount available
    AT&T $130 for 2 lines 15GB data plus rollover plus 22% corporate discount so $108
    VZW with this promo is $120 for 16 GB or $140 for 22gb with 17% corp discount so $106 or $123
    Without rollover data I would lean towards the 22g vzw plan but if they had rollover data I'd get the 16gb plan. So that's the math for my personal needs. Based on CURRENT prices, MY available corporate discount, and CURRENT carrier promotions. Also why did VZW start charging $20 per line instead of $15?