Verizon is becoming more aggressive in its efforts to grow its home internet base. On Friday the carrier will add its discount offer to itand 4G LTE home Internet options that come in as low as $25 a month for many more customers than those who sign up for its latest and most affordable unlimited options, CNET has learned.
The new deal, which goes into effect tomorrow and is available for a “limited time,” will unlock a discount for any Verizon customer who pays at least $30 a month for service on one of Verizon’s wireless lines. This includes those with cheap or old Verizon plans, from the carrier’s cheapest plans (like 5G Start or Welcome Unlimited) to old shared data plans that are several years old.
At a discount, you can add Verizon’s 5G Home Internet for $25 per month, or half of its regular rate (if automatic payments are enabled). There are no additional data caps or speed limits and you can still take advantage of Verizon’s 10-year price lock guarantee at this low rate. Some benefits, such as the free gift card that the carrier has been offering to new users, are still valid.
Verizon prepaid users, however, are not eligible for the deal and to qualify you will also need to be a Verizon home internet customer. The carrier tells CNET that existing home Internet and wireless users should check the offers section of the My Verizon app to see what options and discounts are available to them.
If you’re on a family plan where not everyone lives in the same area, you can sign up for multiple 5G or 4G LTE home internet options at discounted rates, as long as all addresses can receive services. Verizon says it offers home wireless Internet to more than 40 million homes, though you’ll need to check your address on its website to see if it’s available where you live.
As for those who live in an area where Fios is available, the carrier tells CNET that it will expand the offering next week to include a wired broadband option.
Verizon’s move closely follows a move by rival T-Mobile, which saidto home broadband for those who already subscribe to their wireless phone services. Like Verizon, T-Mobile dropped the price of its 5G internet service down to $25 a month as long as you were a T-Mobile wireless subscriber who didn’t already have, or recently had, home broadband from a carrier.
Matt Coakley, vice president of marketing strategy and segmentation at Verizon, says the carrier was “aware” of the T-Mobile deal but noted with the offer the carrier wanted to “make sure they’re getting a little bit of savings. More holiday cheer this year.”